Daily Archives: August 6, 2014

Tackling Ocean Challenges


Link TV

Published on Aug 6, 2014

(Earth Focus: Episode 66) Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic. The XPrize Ocean Initiative seeks to solve some of these critical threats by bringing in teams from around the world for high-profile competitions to find the best new technologies and stimulate investment in research and development. After the massive Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Clean up XCHALLENGE in 2011 awarded $1.4 million to a team that demonstrated an oil recovery cleanup rate four times greater than the industry’s previous best recovery rate. A second $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is spurring innovators to develop accurate and affordable pH sensors to deepen our understanding of ocean acidification, which threatens the growth of shellfish and coral reefs.

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Algae Overload Infects Global Waterways


VOAvideo

Published on Aug 6, 2014

This week 400,000 people in Toledo, Ohio, could not drink the water. The city’s water supply from Lake Erie was polluted with a toxin linked to the overgrowth of algae. While the water is now safe to drink, harmful algal blooms are not going away any time soon in Ohio or elsewhere in the United States and around the globe. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the story.

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Ebola Outbreak Spreading Unchecked


Associated Press

Published on Aug 6, 2014

The Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 930 lives as world health leaders scramble to contain it and researchers focus on an experimental, unproven drug. (Aug. 6)

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Why Americans should REALLY worry about Ebola…


thomhartmann

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks with Dr. Arthur Caplan, Professor of Bioethics-NYU Langone Medical Ctr / Author-most recent book, Contemporary Debates in Bioethics Website: http://pophealth.med.nyu.edu/

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Time to Repudiate Reaganomics…


thomhartmann

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Thom Hartmann says Reaganomics meant the end of competition in America.

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WHO calls for emergency meeting on Ebola outbreak – YouTube


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Two Americans infected with the Ebola virus and being treated in Atlanta have received an experimental drug, Z-Mapp, that had not previously been tested on humans and is in extremely limited supply. The WHO announced the latest rising death toll from the outbreak and said it is convening a medical panel to consider the ethics of making the drug more widely available. Judy Woodruff reports.

Read the story here: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world-…

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Return to Fukushima with Miles O’Brien


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Three years after the disaster at Fukushima, science correspondent Miles O’Brien returned to the Daiichi nuclear plant for an exclusive look at the site. Follow Miles on a never-before-seen tour of Daiichi’s sister site, Fukushima Daini, which narrowly avoided a meltdown during the Tohoku earthquake. As the country debates turning its reactors back on, Miles asks: will Japan have a nuclear future?

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