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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Unprecedented heatwave: Behind the ‘Indian’ summer in Europe, climate change and an African scorcher | The Indian Express

Unprecedented heatwave: Behind the ‘Indian’ summer in Europe, climate change and an African scorcher | The Indian Express: "What lies behind the extraordinarily high temperatures experienced across Europe this week? Meteorologically, it is the result of the development of an area of high pressure above the Iberian Peninsula, which pushed hot winds north and east up to the southern Baltics, Belarus and western Ukraine, and as far north as southern Scandinavia.
Alongside have come the familiar warnings that the world’s climate has changed fundamentally — bringing with it extreme, and sometimes catastrophic, weather events.
The United Nations has issued an unusual safety advisory, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have warned of future heatwaves in places where they have never occurred before."



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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Robert Redford Urges Global Action on Climate Change - ABC News

Robert Redford Urges Global Action on Climate Change - ABC News: "
Robert Redford said he came to the United Nations Monday not as an actor but as an environmental advocate, father, grandfather and concerned citizen to urge the world's nations to take action now on climate change.

The 78-year-old Oscar winner said his environmental activism began more than 40 years ago and has grown stronger as he has seen the threat of global warming grow.

He told a high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on climate change that "the time for half measures and climate denial is over."

"It is the overwhelming judgment of science that climate change is real — and the result of human activity," Redford said. "Everywhere we look, moderate weather is going extinct."

The mission of the 193 U.N. member nations, he said, "is as simple as it is daunting: save the world before it's too late.""



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Saturday, June 27, 2015

A diet that mimics fasting may be good for you

A diet that mimics fasting may be good for you: "For years, people have tried going on extremely low-calorie diets, hoping to stave off illness and delay the effects of aging.

It's an approach that is based on science showing that limiting proteins and sugars seems to impede processes in the body that lead to diabetes and even cancers. But it's also a tough road that can sap dieters' patience and strength, said University of Southern California aging researcher Valter Longo, who recently led a study searching for a better way to get the benefits of fasting without quite so much pain.

"We wanted to know, what if you let people eat normally, but then once every few weeks you fool the system into thinking it was starving?" he said."



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Republicans resist proposed dietary guidelines of less meat, more veggies | The Salt Lake Tribune

Republicans resist proposed dietary guidelines of less meat, more veggies | The Salt Lake Tribune: "Washington • Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what to eat.

House and Senate spending bills say the guidelines must focus only on nutrition and diet. That's a clear effort to thwart a recommendation by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that eating a diet higher in vegetables and other plant-based foods is better for the environment than eating a diet based more on foods from animals.

The advice from a government advisory panel of independent doctors and nutrition experts has raised the ire of the meat industry.

The dietary guidelines come out every five years, and the government advice informs everything from school lunches and food packaging labels to advice from your doctor. The departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are expected to issue a final version by year's end based on the advisory committee's February recommendations."



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