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“How much of the planet should we leave for other forms of life?” This is a question humanity must now grapple with. Global human population is anticipated to increase from 7.6 billion to 10 billion by the middle of the century. Consumer demand for food and water will more than double by 2050. Fortunately, the National Geographic Society and Google have joined forces to advance human understanding and action for global conservation of nature in the hope that technology will empower global leaders to make better decisions for a sustainable future.

Looking ahead at 2019 and 2020, Google and National Geographic will collaborate on key Google Earth data layers and stories focused on biodiversity, animal migrations and the impacts of climate change. They plan to develop engaging user and decision-maker experiences to better demonstrate the need to protect the world’s ecosystems. Leveraging the National Geographic Society’s expertise in conservation science with Google’s excellence in big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, the organizations will identify and aim to solve the grand challenges that decision-makers are trying to address and help them make better informed decisions to protect the planet.


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MegaFood, maker of vitamins and supplements from organic whole foods, is leading the charge with a petition to the EPA to ban the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant and keep farmers from applying the toxic pesticide to commercial crops. Scientists have linked glyphosate to cancer, specifically non-Hodgkins lymphoma, as was recently brought to media attention by the verdict in the case of Dewayne Johnson vs. Monsanto Company. Using glyphosate as a desiccant allows produce to be harvested quickly, but it also increases direct exposure to the harmful pesticide by consumers through the food they eat, even after processing. High levels of glyphosate residue have been found in popular brands of breakfast cereal and snack bars made from oats.

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A research scientist at Harvard University became intrigued by an anomaly he saw on a graph chart published on the front page of the New York Times in January 2017. It showed a large bump in a time series of global surface temperature. After applying sophisticated curve-fitting techniques, he demonstrated that the bump, which shows a global burst in Earth temperature during WW2, also showed up in eight independent NOAA databases, four land and four ocean. This discovery inspired geoscientist J. Marvin Herndon to conduct further research on his data to make the claim that climate scientists have been chasing the wrong culprit for global warming and climate change. The true culprit causing marked global increases since WW2 according to Herndon is air pollution from aerosolized pollution particulates “intentionally and covertly sprayed into the atmosphere for decades where clouds form.”

Herndon’s article contains numerous references for statements such as the above, and he warns the consequences of continued air pollution from use of military aerosols such as coal fly ash are grave for human and environmental health.

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Other articles of interest in this Fall 2018 TMIS eNewsletter:

* Agroforestry addresses environmental concerns while returning investments by integrating timber, livestock and crops.

* At-home genetic test kits for Alzheimer’s may cause people to confuse genetic risk with genetic certainty.

* New research projects funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society aim to restore function and stop MS forever.

* The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns about the dangers of illegal costume contact lenses lurking on store shelves and invading online retailers.

* Green and energy-efficient home improvements have potential to pay dividends for buyers and sellers.

* Cost recovery will ensure Canadian cannabis industry covers costs of regulating cannabis.

* Genetic structure similarity between zebrafish and humans reveals contamination of seawater by sunscreen chemicals poses a risk to human health via the food chain.

* Select herbs from mountainous regions of Greece help heal autoimmune disease.

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