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Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Compound Derived From Cannabis 21.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) Cannabidiol, or CBD, a compound found in cannabis, has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, and have other medicinal uses -- and it has no euphoric properties, like marijuana. Still, regulators debate its legal status, while Big Pharma attempts to corner the CBD market. Help Truthout keep publishing stories like this one: We depend on reader support! Click here to make a tax-deductible donation today. The medicinal properties of cannabidiol (better known as CBD), a compound found in the Cannabis sativa L. plant species, are quickly drawing the attention of scientists, plant-medicine lovers, dietary-supplement companies, venture capitalists, professional athletes and Big Pharma -- not to mention people living with serious, chronic medical conditions. Insiders predict the burgeoning market will be as profitable as the NFL. Today, if you run a search on PubMed.gov , a medical research database, you'll find more than 1,500 academic articles on cannabidiol. Unlike ...
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Amazon and eBay hosting ads for banned invasive species 6.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Unregulated traders are using the sites to sell some of the world’s most invasive plants, with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems Amazon and eBay appear to be openly breaking the law by hosting listings to ship banned invasive species to the UK, the Guardian can reveal. Both eBay and Amazon have previously been criticised for hosting ivory traders, but the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) rates invasive species as a more significant threat to biodiversity than poaching for animal parts. In February, the CBD said there was an “urgent need” to control the vast, unregulated network of online traders who buy and sell these pests across the ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Most Americans Are Represented by a Climate Denier in Congress, and More 15.3.2016 Truthout.com
In today's On the News segment: Sixty percent of Americans are represented by someone in Congress who refuses to accept climate science; environmental activists in Nevada derailed a Bureau of Land Management auction last week; new research shows paternal lifestyle choices affect the health of offspring; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this. Sixty percent of Americans are represented by someone in Congress who refuses to accept climate science. That's according new research from the Center of American Progress Action Fund, which found that more than 200 million people in our country are represented by a climate change denier in Congress. And considering that 76 percent of Americans believe in global climate change -- including about 60 percent of Republicans -- that means that most of us disagree with our lawmakers on the need to address our climate crisis. Yet thanks to the massive amount of fossil fuel money pouring into ...
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Would it be so bad to wipe out mosquito that spreads Zika? 20.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The species Aedes aegypti is currently responsible for spreading the Zika virus through the Americas and also infects humans with dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. Should there be an effort to get rid of Aedes aegypti?
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Five thousand protected areas 2.12.2015 Le Monde Diplomatique
A marine or coastal protected area (MCPA), as defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and signed by 168 states, is “any defined area within or adjacent to the marine environment, together with its overlying water and associated flora, fauna, historical and cultural features, which has been reserved by legislation or other effective means, including custom, with the effect that its marine and/or coastal biodiversity enjoys (...) - 2015/12 / ,
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Towards a ‘blue economy' 2.12.2015 Le Monde Diplomatique
By protecting our marine resources we can help local economies, especially through ecotourism.
Marine protected areas are one of our best tools to secure the health and resilience of the ocean — over 70% of our planet.A marine protected area (MPA) is an area where measures to protect, manage and sometimes restore ocean health are applied. The aim is to preserve the quality and diversity of ecosystems, habitats and species, the essential services they provide, or simply the beauty of the (...) - 2015/12 / ,
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Scientists: we are 'condemning' forest elephants by ignoring evidence 23.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
As the ivory trade threatens to obliterate forest elephants, conservationists and governments fail to recognise them as a distinct species despite rising genetic and physical evidence. How do you tell two species apart? Let’s say you’re investigating a bird with two populations. One lives in the savanna, the other in the forest. The savanna population eats grasshoppers, but the one in the forest eats beetles. The savanna bird is big-bodied with a curvy beak; the forest bird is smaller with a straighter beak. Is this enough to determine you’re dealing with not one, but two species? Probably. But how about you look at the genetics? Lo and behold, the animals’ DNA shows that the birds have been separated by 6 million years – easily making it two species. Now, let’s say we’re not talking about birds here, but elephants. African elephants. Suddenly, things get messy. Really messy. And political. And ...
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Hemp vs. marijuana: Minnesota researcher finds genetic difference 21.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"We think that this genetic discovery has some policy implications and should be considered as efforts are underway to open the door to commercial hemp cultivation," said plant biologist George Weiblen.
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Potbox: a monthly subscription box for weed 9.7.2015 Boing Boing

Until Chris Christie becomes president, residents of San Francisco and Los Angeles are able to subscribe to a monthly box of 10 grams of weed, from a company called Potbox, for $150.

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Enviro groups protest BLM plans for increased fracking in Colorado 14.5.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Environment groups are protesting federal plans that would allow increased oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing on public lands in western ...
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Nepal: A Trailblazer in Biodiversity Conservation 20.4.2015 Truthout.com
Nepal's Chitwan National Park has become one of Asia's success stories in wildlife conservation. (Photo: Naresh Newar/IPS) Chitwan, Nepal - At dusk, when the early evening sun casts its rays over the lush landscape, the Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 200 km south of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, is a place of the utmost tranquility. As a flock of the  endangered  lesser adjutant stork flies over the historic Narayani River, a left bank tributary of the Ganges in India, this correspondent's 65-year-old forest guide Jiyana Mahato asks for complete silence: this is the time of day when wild animals gather near the water. Not far away, a swamp deer takes its bath at the river's edge. "The sight of humans drives them away," explains Mahato, a member of the Tharu indigenous ethnic group who play a key role in supporting the government's wildlife conservation efforts here. "We need to return now," he tells IPS. The evening is not a safe time for humans to be wandering around these ...
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NSW election 2015: on frantic final day of campaign, Baird ahead of Foley in polls - live! 27.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In the last full day of campaigning ahead of the NSW election, Mike Baird’s Coalition government leads Labor on a primary vote of 45% to Labor’s 34% with Greens steady on 11%. Follow it live...

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Are there too many sustainable development goals? 20.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

We asked, you answered. As part of our Students Speak series, students share their thoughts on the effectiveness of the new set of goals and targets

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Suez canal scheme ‘threatens ecosystem and human activity in Mediterranean’ 30.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Scientists say new channel will herald arrival of more invasive species, with potentially harmful impact on region as a whole Continue reading...
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Use biodiversity to combat climate change! 14.11.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The influences of ecology are subtle. So far, few have realised that biodiversity, as noted in South Korea, is key to climate change in many situations. Maintaining our ecosystems should be key in these changing times, but our climate changes continue because we have not resolved the pollution or the degradation issues that we have caused. New ideas and new solutions are essential to combating our climate problems, as Norway (and many others) state categorically.
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‘The Other CO2 Problem’: How Acidic Oceans Will Cost Our Economy Billions 9.10.2014 Think Progres

The most important takeaways from the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity's comprehensive report on ocean acidification and how it's harming the economy.

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World not on course to meet 2020 biodiversity targets 9.10.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Out of 20 biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010 few are on track – some are even further away from being realised than they were four years ...
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Acid damage to coral reefs could cost $1 trillion 8.10.2014 New Scientists HIV
Lost revenue from tourism and other industries help make the economic case for governments to start acting to stop ocean ...
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Biodiversity Summit 6.10.2014 Earth Times
If you appreciate the buzzing bee, the sight of cheetah hunting, or the thought of stroking a manta ray, this summit is essential reading. It begins today, so we can but hope ---.
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As Aircraft Emissions Skyrocket, EPA Looks Into Regulation For First Time 5.9.2014 Think Progres

The airline industry's carbon emissions may soon be regulated due to efforts from the Obama administration.

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