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Palau ocean sustainability linked to tourist consumption of reef fish
(Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program) Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau's ocean sustainability, finds a new Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program study published today in Marine Policy. While climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau's reefs, the best tourism management strategy includes a more than 70 per cent reduction in reef fish consumption by visitors. These findings are highly relevant for sustainable development in small island developing states under climate change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Child and adolescent sexual abuse in women seeking help for sexual and reproductive mental health problems: prevalence, characteristics, and disclosure - L ópez S, Faro C, Lopetegui L, Pujol-Ribera E, Monteagudo M, Avecilla-Palau À, Martínez C, Cobo J, Fernández MI.
This is a multicentric, descriptive, cross-sectional study of child and adolescent sexual abuse in women over 18  years in 24 primary care sexual and reproductive health centers in Catalonia. A total of 1,013 women were recruited; 345 (37.6%, 95% CI: 34.6-... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 8, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

What's driving the worldwide obesity epidemic?
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Heart of Mental Health and Well-Being at the United Nations
In the normally staid halls of the U.N., energy exploded as Bolivian musician Hillario Soto entered a large conference room at the back, playing his home-made bass flute, followed Pied-Piper-style by a troupe of musicians, adult vocalists, and youth singers. Leading the revelry on keyboards was internationally-acclaimed composer and singer/songwriter Russell Daisey performing his original anthem "Happy People, Happy Planet" that celebrates a joyful connection between people and the environment. Bass flute player Hillario Soto leading the troupe in the event open. Photo: Mamadou Dabo. As they paraded down th...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Title V MCH Block Grant Program, Palau, State Snapshot: FY 2016 Application / FY 2014 Annual Report
Executive Summary and high-level data from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Includes contact information and amounts of funding by source and service level. -- Health Resources and Services Administration (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant--Palau: FY 2016 Application/FY 2014 Annual Report
A description of the status and activities of Palau's maternal and child health programs. Includes data on financial, program, and performance measures. -- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - September 23, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Dying Coral Reefs Likely To Be Walloped For Third Year In A Row
Coral reefs, already reeling from a two-year global bleaching event that has left large swaths of ocean biomes dying or dead, will likely continue to suffer during a third year of warmer oceans, researchers warned Monday. Key reefs, particularly those around the U.S., will likely face widespread destruction as the third global bleaching event in recorded history continues, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Warm oceans have wrought havoc on the planet's coral since mid-2014, spurred by a particularly strong El Nino, which waned earlier this year. “This is the most widespread, longest ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Science And Technology Combine In Search For Underwater Resting Place Of WWII MIAs
The remains of American airmen missing in action since 1944, along with wreckage from their plane, have been located on the ocean floor off the Pacific island republic of Palau. Members of Project RECOVER, a collaborative effort to seek out the final resting places of World War II armed forces personnel, discovered the U.S. Navy TBM-1C Avenger torpedo bomber in March. However, it took a couple of months to secure the location and collect DNA samples, so they felt it was appropriate to announce the new WWII crash site as Memorial Day weekend approached. "It was a way of saying that we do care, that Memorial D...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 31, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Downed World War II aircraft missing for 72 years located in Pacific Islands
An American aircraft missing since July 1944 was recently located off Palau by effort to combine advanced oceanographic technology with archival research to locate MIAs and military aircraft. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 25, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Compacts of Free Association: Issues Associated with Implementation in Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands
Examines potential impact of proposed legislation approving the 2010 Palau agreement, which would provide financial assistance for education and health services through 2024. Summarizes and updates reports issued from 2007-2013. -- Government Accountability Office (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - April 5, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Contacts: Republic Of Palau
Lists Republic of Palau contacts for substance abuse and mental health programs. -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural web sites and other tools via the Rural Assistance Center - March 7, 2016 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

This Tiny Nation Could Be A 'Tipping Point' For Saving The Oceans
ImageContent(562a6d16e4b0443bb563d9d6,562a6a53140000e800c7ab53,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562a6a53140000e800c7ab53.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images,The island nation's president has asked, "How much will Palau's efforts matter if the world is not on the same page?") The tiny nation of Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, has long been a international leader in ocean conservation. Over the past decade or so, it established the world's first shark sanctuary, passed some of the most stringent laws banning bottom trawling, and developed a framework for community-based conservation ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

At the Mercy of Mother Nature (and of Policies of Larger Nations)
The Vienna Convention for Protection of the Ozone Layer this month celebrates 30 years of environmental protection, including the establishment of the Montreal Protocol, which has successfully phased down hundreds of chemicals harmful to the ozone layer and to global climate. The one remaining challenge, the management of the powerful greenhouse gases called HFCs, is finally being negotiated after several years of calls for action by the Federated States of Micronesia and fellow island nations. Phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol is essential to global climate-change mitigation this century and would enhance inte...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Palau Chiefs Offer Wisdom in 'Bul'
We have reached a defining moment in history, one that will solidify the relationship between people and our planet for generations to come. With so much at stake, particularly for thousands of the world's most vulnerable communities, leaders must be prepared to make decisions for the future, not for current political expediency. Later this month, those of us at the highest levels of government will adopt the Post­ 2015 Development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It's an important framework that builds on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which proved we can make historic gains by ma...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Our Fate Tied to the Ocean's Fate
World leaders and the international community are gathering soon at the United Nations to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide the UN and member states for the next 15 years. A critical component of achieving all the goals will be conservation and sustainable use of the world's ocean, seas, and marine resources -- Goal 14. This is good news. A healthy ocean is essential to ending poverty, drives prosperity, and ensures the health of our planet for generations to come. The ocean makes this planet habitable for human life. It generates half the oxygen we breathe and regulates our climate. Our fate is tie...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

13 Photos To Remind Us How Amazing The Ocean Is
Did you know that 71% of the earth is covered by the ocean? Two thirds of which is still undiscovered in terms of wildlife. The ocean does a lot of amazing and essential things for us. Here's a quick short list: - Generates most of the oxygen we breathe - Helps feed us - Regulates our climate - Produces oxygen - Cleans the water we drink - Offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines - Provides homes for an incredible array of wildlife If this isn't enough to convince you how important it is for us to preserve the ocean as much as we can, check out these amazing Instagram photos that will. 1. @daviddoubilet - The Great B...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Coral reefs defy ocean acidification odds in Palau
Will some coral reefs be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions in Earth's oceans? If so, what will these reefs look like in the future? As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide released by the burning of fossil fuels, its chemistry is changing. The carbon dioxide reacts with water molecules, lowering ocean pH in a process known as ocean acidification. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Palau: Reason for Ocean Optimism
Efforts to conserve the world's oceans are continually challenged by both what people put into them, and the rates at which we are taking biodiversity out of them. Awareness of these problems is at an all-time high, and yet I often struggle to find examples of places where people have gone beyond awareness to actually adopt and practice ocean-friendly behaviors. But rest assured that there are still "hope spots" in the world's oceans, ones that remind us of the benefits that occur when people and governments prioritize marine conservation. The island nation of Palau is one of them. Consisting of approximately 2...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Our Fate Is Tied to Our Ocean
It's not an exaggeration to say that we depend upon the ocean for our very existence. It regulates our climate and our weather. It generates half of the oxygen we breathe. It provides food and income for billions of people. Covering almost three-quarters of the planet, the mighty ocean is -- without a doubt -- a natural resource like no other. Our fate is inextricably tied to the ocean's fate and the ocean is in trouble. Many of the world's fish stocks are depleted and continue to be overfished. Runoff and debris are choking our waters. The very chemistry of the ocean is changing, becoming more acidic because of the carbo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 8, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Diverse coral communities persist, but bioerosion escalates in Palau's low-pH waters
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A new study led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found that the coral reefs in Palau seem to be defying the odds, showing none of the predicted responses to low pH except for an increase in bioerosion -- the physical breakdown of coral skeletons by boring organisms such as mollusks and worms. The paper is published June 5 in the journal Science Advances. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 5, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Why I Am an Ocean Optimist
I began my scientific career as a student in Jamaica, where we noted the scarcity of fish due to extreme overfishing, but paid more attention to the bountiful, colorful corals. By the mid-1980s, a few years into my first job, the corals were also gone. Fast forward 30 years, and I am pummeled daily by news of dissolving baby oysters, collapsing fisheries, growing dead zones, and mounting tons of plastic, not to speak of fresh images of seabirds once again soaked in oil. The ocean was once considered too vast for us to harm. But today, all evidence suggests that ocean habitats throughout the world are endangered by the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Europe's premier basic cardiovascular science meeting
(European Society of Cardiology) Cutting edge research in basic cardiovascular science will be presented at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014, held 4-6 July at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting is organised by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Science of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in collaboration with 13 European cardiovascular science societies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Palau's coral reefs surprisingly resistant to ocean acidification
(National Science Foundation) Marine scientists working on the coral reefs of Palau have made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals' resistance and resilience to ocean acidification. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 23, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Coral reefs in Palau surprisingly resistant to naturally acidified waters
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Ocean researchers working on the coral reefs of Palau in 2011 and 2012 made two unexpected discoveries that could provide insight into corals' resistance and resilience to ocean acidification, and aid in the creation of a plan to protect them. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 15, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

It won't be long before the victims of climate change make the west pay | Chris Huhne
The scientific case is strengthening: developed countries are to blame for global warming – and there will soon be a legal reckoningWould you enjoy the cosiness and warmth of Christmas with your children or grandchildren just that little bit less if you knew that other people's children were dying because of it? More than four million children under five years old are now at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, an area of the world that is one of the clearest victims of the rich world's addiction to fossil fuels.About 18 million people in the Sahel – the vulnerable pan-African strip of land that runs f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 29, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Chris Huhne Tags: Comment The Guardian Asia Pacific World news Sea level United Nations Climate change Palau Climate change scepticism Environment Science Comment is free Source Type: news

Saving the giant bumphead parrotfish of Palau
This video shows how the fish is caught in a tussle between local tradition, restaurants and scuba-diving tourists. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - December 5, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant State Overview Narrative for Palau
Includes an overview of Palau, its health system, maternal and child health status, and rural geographic living areas. -- Maternal and Child Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - November 25, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Birdbooker Report 275-276 | @GrrlScientist
Compiled by an ardent bibliophile, this week's report features 13 titles, including books about birds, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater fishes, tyrannosaur paleobiology and mammals; all of which were recently published in North America and the UK.Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky,My pile of books is a mile high.How I love them! How I need them!I'll have a long beard by the time I read them. ~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular children's books. Compiled by Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, the Birdbooker Report is a weekly report that has been published online for years, listing the wide variety of n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 30, 2013 Category: Science Authors: GrrlScientist Tags: Blogposts guardian.co.uk Science Source Type: news

PALAU Community Epidemiological Profile 2012
Examines data collected from the biannual Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) and the annual School Health Screening Survey (SHSS) to present information on substance abuse and mental health indicators among youth in the Republic of Palau. -- Palau Ministry of Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

PALAU Epidemiological Profile 2012
Provides an update on substance abuse and mental health in the Republic of Palau and includes statistics on health status, demographics, economics, and educational status. -- Palau Ministry of Health (Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Rural publications via the Rural Assistance Center - January 29, 2013 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news