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Organic food has more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides, according to the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date. The international scientific team behind the new work suggests that switching from regular to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the "five a day" currently recommended.
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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They have also launched a corresponding "Eco-Audit" to discuss it. The comment thread is less swamped right now. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/will-eating-organic-make-you-healthier
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Palau, a tiny Pacific nation, is considering a ban on commercial fishing http://econ.st/1s6fmnf 
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Fracking, invasive species & plastic bags on eco side
 
Catch up on today's #QueensSpeech, which set out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation. #StateOpening
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Very impressed by Google+ new stories feature. Only thing is that most of my auto-upload photos that get converted into stories are of family - and all my family are on Facebook, and virtually none G+. So it's hard to imagine the feature being more of a novelty, which is a shame as I think it actually solves a problem - the fact we never curate our digital pics
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To help researchers address climate related risks, we're donating one Petabyte of cloud storage and 50 million hours of high-performance computing on the Google Earth Engine platform. 

Tune-in to the White House Live Stream now (http://www.whitehouse.gov/live) to learn more about The White House Climate Data Initiative
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:16 AM. Today the White House announced the Climate Data Initiative, aimed at helping organizations and communities use public data to better understand and prepare for the effects of climate change. Up until now, it's been difficult for the public to locate ...
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Meet the world's best new environment bloggers

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Look fwd to their unique insight!
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Flood defence spending at "bare minimum"
 
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report into the #winterfloods of 2013-14 says protection must take priority over cost-cutting http://ow.ly/y7HrS
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The nuances of cloning wildlife

Slate is broadcasting a review I wrote for Issues in Science and Technology about a new book called Cloning Wildlife .  Sample...

“As the costs of DNA sequencing keep coming down, field biologists have been discovering that hybridization is rampant in nature and indeed may be one of the principle mechanisms of evolution, which is said to be speeding up in these turbulent decades. Friese notes that “as an institution, the zoo is particularly concerned with patrolling the boundaries between nature and culture.” Defending against cloned hybridization, zoos think, is defending nature from culture. But if hybridization is common in nature, then what?

“Soon enough, zoos will be confronting the temptation of de-extincted woolly mammoths (and passenger pigeons, great auks, and Carolina parakeets, among others). Those thrilling animals could be huge draws and deeply educational exemplars of new possibilities for conservation. They will also be, to a varying extent, genomic hybrids—mammoths that are partly Asian elephant, passenger pigeons that are partly band-tailed pigeon, great auks that are partly razorbill, Carolina parakeets that are partly sun parakeet. Should we applaud or turn away in dismay? I think that conservation biologists will look for one primary measure of success: Can the revived animals take up their old ecological role and manage on their own in the wild? If not, they are freaks. If they succeed, welcome back.“
The law is clear: We’re not allowed to clone humans. But it’s OK to clone endangered wildlife in captive breeding programs. There are nuances, however, and the question is how to think about them. Some answers can be found in Carrie Friese’s strange and useful book, published last fall, Cloning Wild...
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Quite chuffed with the presentation on this article about the return of the European bison

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/21/-sp-european-bison-europe-romania-carpathian-mountains

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Thanks Tom. We're feeling our way. Nice thing is this is done (mostly) with tools rather than hand-cranked, so it's replicable
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Great milestone
 
1 million solar lights are now lighting up Africa, thanks to the incredible work of #globalimpactawards winner +SolarAid.  Congratulations!  www.solar-aid.org
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Welcome boost here for the Guardian's technology coverage
 
I'm very pleased to announce that I've joined the Guardian Tech team at the Guardian's King's Cross offices. Exciting times ahead.
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In case you missed it. We're really, really proud of this special series on Alaska and climate change
 
Our special report on America's first climate refugees: Newtok's residents race to stop village falling into sea

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