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"The People's Climate March" in New York City last Sunday drew over 310,000 people, triple the original estimate of 100,000. The figure was obtained using a sophisticated formula developed by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The march is reportedly New York's largest social demonstration in the last ten years.
A United Nations summit on climate change has determined that more carbon pollution than ever before has been released into the air. China, the United States, and India led the nations in carbon emissions via the burning of coal, oil, and gas. Scientists estimate that global temperatures will rise by two degrees over the next 30 years as a result.
Moose populations are down due to tick infestations, which can cause the animals to bleed to death, say officials in the northern U.S. states. Biologists blame warmer temperatures for the surge in ticks. Fewer hunting permits are being issued as a result and at least one state has banned moose hunting altogether.
Complaints from farmers have caused the FDA to revise food safety rules that the farmers say may hurt their business. Farmers will now be able to harvest crops sooner following raw manure applications and water quality standards are being relaxed. The final rules will be issued 2015.
The smell of cut grass may be a call for help, according to researchers who say that the odor summons beneficial insects who come to the rescue. Parasitic wasps are reportedly drawn to a plant when it's chewed and proceed to lay their eggs in the attacking insect. The smell of damaged leaves is also considered by scientists to be a sign of a plant's distress.
Poison plants Human beings have a natural affinity with nature and simply being in nature is known for its calming effects. Everyone knows how awe inspiring a beautiful sunset is or how soothing a brook sounds, but even just looking at plants can help you feel more relaxed. If you’ve had a bad day at the office or you’ve fallen out with someone, getting outside and emersing yourself in the sight of trees and plants can lower your blood pressure, ease muscle tension and reduce any feelings of worry, fear or anger. Reducing stress may even reduce the chance of depression or addictive behaviors.
9/26/14
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