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Red and Gray Brahman Cattle Champions Announced by Moreno Ranches at...

PR Web - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:05

Moreno Ranches is a Florida producer of superior cattle. Their cattle garnered prestigious awards at the 2015 International Brahman Show and Sale in Houston, Texas.

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Author Recounts Childhood Sexual Abuse in New Memoir

PR Web - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:05

Author Azira Ndjassue shares joys, pains of childhood ‘Growing Up In Cameroon, Africa’

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Lake Yellowstone Hotel Receives Green Seal Certification for...

PR Web - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 02:05

Renovated property meets rigorous standards.

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Climate change is spreading diseases you haven’t even heard of yet

Grist.org - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:14

Hollywood tradition dictates that in Act One of the outbreak narrative, we begin deep in the bowels of the CDC, cell cultures sloshing around a petri dish, a gaggle of white coats huddled around a microscope. Cut to the limb-flailing, flesh-eating symptoms, entire families frothing at the mouth — once unleashed, the pathogen will sweep the globe and consume us all before you can finish your Hail Marys: I’ve always loved you, Nancy!

 But according to Daniel Brooks, who’s been studying the rise of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) for 40 years, the Hollywood model needs to be recalibrated in light of climate change.

“It’s not that there’s going to be one ‘Andromeda Strain’ that will wipe out everybody on the planet,” says Brooks, professor emeritus at Toronto University and a senior research fellow at the University of Nebraska’s H.W. Manter Parasitology Lab. “There are going to be a lot of localized outbreaks that put a lot of pressure on our medical and veterinary health systems. There won’t be enough money to keep up with all of it. It will be the death of a thousand cuts.”

Contagion

Brooks, whose article on the relationship between these new diseases and climate change was published last month in the journal Philosophical Transactions, claims that evolutionary history suggests EIDs spike along with major climate change events. When organisms flee their native habitats in search of more amenable climates, they expose themselves to pathogens they’ve never encountered — and to which they haven’t developed a resistance. Human activities only serve to accelerate this process, Brooks says, scattering organisms across the planet at an unprecedented rate.

The idea — called the “Stockholm Paradigm,” by Brooks and coauthor Eric Hoberg — runs counter to earlier host-pathogen theories, which generally assumed that because pathogens evolve in tandem with their hosts, they couldn’t easily switch to new ones. Under the new paradigm, diseases can and do jump hosts when given an opportunity, leading to crossover diseases we may have never dealt with before.

The most notorious example of this is the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus, which swept across West Africa last fall and has so far killed more than 10,000 people. The epidemic was ultimately triggered by humans moving into landscapes they’ve never occupied before, where they came into closer contact with fruit bats and their weird pathogens.

But even Ebola is straightforward, compared to what Brooks sees as the real danger of climate-driven disease outbreaks.

“Pathogens that jump into human beings, like Ebola or West Nile Virus — they’re only part of a larger story,” Brooks says. “If you think of every species of plant and animal on this planet that human beings depend on — every single crop, livestock, wild species, everything — all of them are going to experience some kind of emerging disease over the next 35 to 50 years.”

Daniel Brooks, happy and healthy in Hungary … for now. Zsuzsanna Agoston

Regardless of the severity of each individual outbreak, humans will be left to foot the economic bill, to clean up what Brooks and his colleagues call “pathogen pollution.” And the costs could add up quickly.

“Either these diseases are going to reduce the population of the animals or the plants, and that’s going to hurt people economically, or it’s going to cost people a lot of money to try to treat them,” he says. “Either way, because most of the world’s biodiversity is where most of the world’s poor people live, disproportionately poor societies are going to be hit the hardest.”

And while you may not hear about them in the headlines like West Nile and Chikungunya, outbreaks in other species are already happening all the time. For example, in recent years a black yeast-like fungus (Exophiala cancerae) has several times virtually wiped out the mangrove land crab population along the Brazilian coast. Not only do poor coastal Brazilians consume mangrove land crabs as a primary food source, says Walter Boeger, coauthor of a 2012 study on the fungus, but they also sell them as a cash crop. A Google search for “Lethargic Crab Disease” yields little beyond a scientific abstract, and yet as a consequence of this EID, some of the poorest, hungriest Brazilians have become even poorer and hungrier.

Brooks also points to a group of nematodes, Setaria tundra, that has destroyed reindeer populations across northern Scandinavia and Finland. Driven by climate change and severe short-term weather events, the resulting disease outbreak is “a direct threat to sustainability and food security,” according to the 2013 Artic Biodiversity Assessment.

“What’s happening now is irreversible,” Brooks says. “Just as it’s becoming more and more difficult to predict the weather, it’s going to be more and more difficult to predict what species will move to what places, and who’s going to survive, and which populations are going to go up and down.”

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There may not be zombies roaming the streets — and Brad Pitt may not be ramrodding a Jamboree through Philadelphia — but it’s a grim scenario all the same. And it’s important that everyone stay calm, Brooks says, lest we regress to a more primitive stage of our own evolution [insert Congress joke here].

“A lot of us are concerned that the natural history of human beings is that when they see a potential crisis approaching, they freeze. And then when the crisis is upon them, they scatter,” he says. “If you’ve ever seen any wild primates, that’s exactly how they are.”

Instead, Brooks and his colleagues have proposed a number of proactive steps to help mitigate the cost of future EIDs. Foremost among them: the immediate compilation of a complete global inventory of species, which biologists have been advocating for decades without managing to convince anyone to bankroll it. In order to more successfully predict where EIDs will strike next, scientists from a slew of different fields would need access to information on pathogens and their hosts alike.

“Here’s the irony,” Brooks says. “The countries that have the money and the technology to actually make a difference don’t feel the crisis, and the countries that feel the crisis don’t have the money to do anything.”

Funny, I don’t remember a scene in Contagion in which Congress approves massive funding to inventory life on the planet, pathogens included. Maybe that’s because it’s pretty far-fetched, even for Hollywood. Brooks concedes that it would be a monumental undertaking. And terribly expensive, he says — but it will never be cheaper than it is now.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living, Science
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Applications Open for $1M Innovation Initiative Award from Alliance...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:05

San Diego based nonprofit organization supporting innovation in health and wellness that addresses strategic priorities that reduce cost, increase capacity and improve quality through systems change.

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Lemur Conservation Foundation & Madecasse Partner to Raise...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 23:05

LCF and Madécasse partner to raise awareness and funds needed for improvements at ASSR and Camp Indri, a large (almost 105 square miles), mountainous rainforest reserve located in northeastern...

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Watch Florida foodies catch venomous fish and make goat cheese

Grist.org - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 21:41

The Perennial Plate’s sixth episode of The Victory Garden’s Edible Feast takes us to the land of eternal sunshine, legions of retired Parrotheads, and, apparently, some pretty dedicated foodies and gardeners. You guessed it: We’re goin’ to Florida, kids.

Host Daniel Klein visits Palm Beach, where he interviews young fishermen who are protecting the coast from invasive lionfish; an art director-turned-farmer who makes cheese with purebred Nubian goat milk; a quirky backyard gardener; and a chef who shows us how to serve that previously mentioned invasive fish with black rice and vegetables. Now, to find the salt shaker for a nice margarita.

Check your local listings for more episodes here.


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Best Contracting LLC, announces New Testimonial from Customers

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:05

Best Contracting LLC, roofing, siding, gutters and exterior contractors, are devoted to the continuous satisfaction of its customers.

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“Climate change” vs. “global warming”? It really doesn’t matter

Grist.org - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:44

A brief Twitter rant about the obsession with language among climate hawks:

I think I shall indulge in a mini-tweetstorm. Why not.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

1. As long as I’ve been covering climate, I’ve run across people fixated on the shift from "global warming" to "climate change."


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

2. For a long time I’d hear from liberals convinced that deniers were behind the shift, since "change" sounds neutral, unthreatening.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

3. Then, I’m not sure when, the conspiracy theory drifted.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

4. Nowadays, I constantly hear from cons convinced that enviros engineered the shift, b/c "change" can accommodate anything that happens.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

5. "There’s no warming so now you say 'change' so that everything serves as confirming evidence!" … that kind of thing.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

6. If anything, evidence shows that the right first wanted the change. See the famed Frank Luntz 2003 memo: politicalstrategy.org/archives/00133…


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

7. More to the point: no one can engineer a culture-wide language shift like that — it just happens. There’s no puppet master.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

8. And more broadly: people are way, way, way too obsessed w/ the language used in climate discussions and …


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

9. … way, way, way under-invested in understanding and tracking the actual power dynamics that determine outcomes in the real world.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

10. No problem will be solved the the discovery of magic words with which to talk about climate. Language matters; power mattes more.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

11. So: less linguistic navel-gazing, more political economy, please. The end.


David Roberts (@drgrist) March 24, 2015

 

And a couple of replies:

@drgrist As an aside; the UN has been using "Climate Change" since the halcyon days of 2000. ipcc.ch/pdf/special-re…


Drew (@drew_gorman) March 24, 2015

Diverged around 1993-4 then. RT @andyskuce: .@drgrist Google nGram: "climate change" global warming" "Al Gore" http://t.co/XxAjPlYvre


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What’s scarier, suburban sprawl or a shape-shifting sexually transmitted demon?

Grist.org - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:23

There’s a line in It Follows that I would have written down, had I been able to temporarily disengage the two-handed terror-grip that I maintained on my date’s upper arm from the first 45 seconds of the film onward, but the gist was this: One of the secondary characters shares the realization that her parents had forbidden her from ever crossing 8 Mile unsupervised — yes, that 8 Mile — because it’s the point at which the suburbs end and the city begins.

The city, you see, is where innocence goes to die. It’s also where the heroine, Jay (played by newcomer-ish Maika Monroe, looking almost exactly like fellow fictional metro Detroit denizen Brittany Murphy), meets the man who will saddle her with a sexually transmitted demon. The demon will stalk its victim until either a) it succeeds in killing her or b) she passes it along to another unfortunate person through — you guessed it! — more sex. Jay spends the duration of the film being stalked by a slew of surly, sinister characters (since the demon can shape-shift), all plodding along at an ominous, zombie-like pace, who will never let her forget a seemingly fine date that’s turned into a living nightmare. (Incidentally, this is exactly how I would describe the experience of visiting certain bars in the Seattle metro area, but that’s neither here nor there!)

David Robert Mitchell, who’s partial to a good sexual-awakening-in-the-suburbs story, wrote and directed It Follows. Both the city (Detroit) and suburbs (anonymous suburbs of Detroit) are painted as fairly awful in the film: The suburbs are full of bored teens, above-ground pools filled with yard detritus, and drunk moms; the city is full of houses whose states of disrepair range from extreme to catastrophic, disgruntled prostitutes, and off-brand porn mags. Jay frantically tries to shunt the sex demon around her own suburb and bucolic Michigan lake country via various trysts, but it turns out that non-urbanites are really not great at surviving attacks from the slow-moving but highly determined undead.

There are some lessons to be learned here: 1) Holing up in the suburbs to escape so-called “urban problems” — be it crime, bad public schools, or amorphous sex demons — is a fool’s errand; 2) attempting to flee from a zombie on foot is a good way to discover exactly how walkable a community can be; and 3) always use protection with a new partner!

If you, like me, are as terrified of sleepy suburban sprawl as you are of running into the ghosts of sexual partners past, you will find It Follows very disturbing indeed — but honestly, that makes it all the more fun to watch. You can see it in theaters this weekend, when it goes into wide release.


Filed under: Cities, Living
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4AllPromos Comments on Article from Fox Business on March Madness in...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

March Madness can be a distraction in the workplace but according to a recent article by FoxBusiness.com employers should embrace the competition as it can yield some positive outcomes in the...

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Racer Boxes Writes Case Study on How to Save on Wholesale Boxes

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

Racer Boxes wrote a case study on how to make huge savings on wholesale boxes by using local manufacturers. More information is available at...

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Penney Auto Body & Glass Reopens Satellite Office For Vancouver...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

Penney Auto Body & Glass has recently reopened its satellite office at 4109 Macdonald Street to serve old clients. More information is available at...

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VentBoss by RoboVent Announces the S600 Series of Flexible, General...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

VentBoss (http://www.ventboss.com) by RoboVent announces the S600 Series of flexible, general ventilation collectors.

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RoboVent Going Green Initiative is Underway! Furthering Efforts to...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

RoboVent (http://www.robovent.com), a leading provider in Industrial Filtration and Ventilation products, celebrated today the fact that their...

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Columbia Forest Products Relaunches Wood Works Newsletter for...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

Enhanced Wood Works e-newsletter features articles by woodworking industry journalist Rich Christianson targets cabinet shops, furniture builders and fixture manufacturers.

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Badger Meter to be Platinum Sponsor of AWWA ACE15; Complimentary...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

Third consecutive year as Platinum Sponsor of world’s premier event for water professionals; will host a complimentary technology webinar leading up to conference

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TerraGo Edge ® Delivers Real-Time Centimeter Accuracy to Your...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 17:04

TerraGo Edge v3.5 delivers survey grade precision for field workers and data management tools for the GIS department

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Adventure Life Celebrates Huaorani Lodge’s World Legacy Award

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:04

Adventure Life celebrates with our partner in Ecuador as an honoree of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards. Huaorani Lodge was recently given the award for its success in Engaging Communities.

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SAE International Creates Safety Guidelines for On-Road Testing of...

PR Web - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 14:04

SAE International has created the first-ever safety guidelines for on-road testing of prototype models of fully automated vehicles.

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