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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt drew widespread condemnation from the scientific community this week when he said he didn’t believe carbon dioxide was a prime contributor to climate change. “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” the EPA boss said during an interview with CNBC.
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In 2010, Tamara Estupiñan’s academic research led her to discover forgotten Inca ruins in the heart of Ecuador. For the historian, the Malqui-Machay site represents the final resting place of the last king of the Incas, Atahualpa, but it’s also the subject of a raging academic debate. By Jim Wyss.
Submitted on March 15th 2017 by AdelleChattre
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We heard about an intriguing (and alarming) Bloomberg story over the weekend on NPR’s Marketplace Money program. When asked about predictions for what the guests are “long or short" on, reporter Gillian White said that she was “long” on the financial sector behind “dog leasing.” She was reporting on a piece from Bloomberg about dubious loan scheme operations, such as leasing a dog.
Submitted on March 11th 2017 by sjvn
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A group of scientists concerned about Trump have discovered a doozy. By Emily Atkin.
1. Police win warrant to search Dakota Access Pipeline protest Facebook page. By David Kravets Added by AdelleChattre on March 10th 2017.
2. Climate Contrarian Gets Fact-Checked by MIT Colleagues in Open Letter to Trump. By Zahra Hirji Added by AdelleChattre on March 10th 2017.
3. The Senate just voted to overturn another environmental rule — sending it to Trump’s desk. By Chelsea Harvey Added by AdelleChattre on March 10th 2017.
5. E.P.A. Head Stacks Agency With Climate Change Skeptics. By Coral Davenport Added by AdelleChattre on March 10th 2017.
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The fabled Silk Road may be one of the most famous and important trade networks in Earth's history, but a new study suggests that this ancient web of paths spanning Asia had its roots in trails dating back much further than anybody realised.
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Officials are struggling to clear towns of toxic animals so that people displaced after the 2011 nuclear meltdown can come back. By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura.
Submitted on March 10th 2017 by AdelleChattre with 1 Related Links:
1. Fukushima: Wild boars take over Japan’s evacuated towns [Video] Added by AdelleChattre on March 10th 2017.
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Scientists are close to completing an entire synthetic genome for a microbe that has been used in bread, beer and wine making for more than five thousand years, paving the way for a realm of new organisms designed by the human hand. The work on baker’s yeast marks a substantial advance in researchers’ ability to manufacture the code of life. While genetic modification alters only small numbers of genes at a time, the new approach allows scientists to rewrite entire genomes.
Submitted on March 10th 2017 by baron778
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A jazz musician from Norway hunted bits of cosmic debris for eight years and found it everywhere. Turns out, tons of it land every day. By William J. Broad.
Submitted on March 11th 2017 by AdelleChattre with 1 Related Links:
1. Our Universe’s Very Dusty Early, Early Beginnings. By Dennis Overbye Added by AdelleChattre on March 11th 2017.
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New research has convincingly quantified how much the Earth has warmed over the past 56 years. Human activities utilize fossil fuels for many beneficial purposes but have an undesirable side effect of adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at ever-increasing rates. That increase - of over 40%, with most since 1980 - traps heat in the Earth’s system, warming the entire planet. But how fast is the Earth warming and how much will it warm in the future? Those are the critical questions we need to answer if we are going to make smart decisions on how to handle this issue.
Submitted on March 10th 2017 by Apolatia
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New figures published by China’s National Burea of Statistics show that while the country’s total energy consumption increased by 1.4% in 2016, the country’s coal consumption declined by 4.7%. Following China’s use of coal and the country’s corresponding carbon dioxide emission levels has been a pet project for me over the last few years, in the face of growing apathy in western countries for environmental and climate issues. Over the last few years, China has made more significant and large-scale proposals, policy moves, and actions than many of the so-called western leaders.
Submitted on March 14th 2017 by tukka
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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has said he "would not agree" carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. He told CNBC that measuring human impact on the climate was "very challenging" and there was "tremendous disagreement" about the issue. Mr Pruitt instead insisted that officials needed "to continue the debate" on the issue.
Submitted on March 9th 2017 by zobo
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You may recognise Maddie the dog, she became famous as the rescue dog with an ability to balance on things. For those of you that aren’t so familiar with Maddie, here she is absolutely bossing it on the playground, what a legend. Maddie isn’t just all about the balancing act, though, she is hardened traveller …
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