US scientists found a way to estimate time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park 10 months to 10 years beforehand, most recent happening nearly 70,000 years ago. They promise it won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a volcanic winter.
Police say last week's massive raid in Northern California's rugged Emerald Triangle by county law enforcement with no help from the DEA targeted private landowners not because they were growing pot, because they were illegally sucking 500,000 gallons of water a day from a section of the nearby Eel river.
Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three individuals, imposed a ban on import and export of goods from the territory of Crimea. Information in the statement of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper on the internet page of the Canadian government.
Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast. Off the US West coast, scientists baffled by a mysterious blob” of water up to 4°C warmer“ than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire country.
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before, only seen such a weather phenomenon “on television, in programs about America.”
A controversial trial of genetically modified (GM) wheat has failed to repel pests any more effectively than ordinary crops, scientists have found. Researchers attempted to engineer a variety of wheat to emit an odor that deters aphids in the hope of reducing the amount of pesticides required by plants.
Dutch court on Wednesday said that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a lawsuit.
Toxic algae bloom west of Vancouver Island threatens salmon… The bloom stretches along the Pacific coast from California to B.C. Cause unknown.An additional concern relates to salmon stock. The bloom has almost no crustaceans… which is worrisome, most prolific toxic algal outbreak ever recorded.
Jerry Brown: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board; if more water does not flow into California, eventually will be too many people for available water to support. “ how many people can we accommodate? ”Lynn Wilson,academic chair, Kaplan University, United Nations climate change delegation: past “civilizations had to migrate out of drought areas,” interview with CNBC in July. “We may have to migrate people out of California.” every option such as importing water would likely occur, “migration can’t be taken off the table.”
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in the heart of tornado alley. Builders broke ground on the $1.25 billion dollar facility. It will include a biosafety level 4 lab, designed to handle deadly and exotic pathogens for which no vaccines or treatments exist.
Crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) places intense selective pressure on pests to evolve resistance. Pest “develop resistance rapidly” when Bt crops don’t produce a high enough level of Bt toxin, require farmers to use more pesticides. Bt corn didn’t eradicate the pest, it made it stronger, causing even more pesticide use.
There are now more than 50,000 different pesticides being manufactured with over 600 ‘active’ ingredients. Nearly seven billion pounds of pesticides are used annually around the world. Who makes all these chemicals? The same “Big 6 Companies” that oppose food labeling.1. Monsanto 2. Bayer 3.Syngenta 4. Dow 5. Dupont 6. BASF
Pope Francis' on the environment: Once beautiful landscapes covered with rubbish, industrial waste, chemicals, linked to throwaway culture not yet managed to adopt circular model of production capable of preserving, limit use of non-renewable resources, moderate consumption, maximize efficient use, reusing,recycling. Markets promote extreme consumerism to sell products, people in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending. Climate is a common good, belonging to all. Those who possess economic or political power mostly concerned with masking the problems.
Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder found underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks: ongoing overhaul of German armed forces made it possible to set aside 76,600 acres of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.
Government opted against selling the land, in some cases, prime real estate, to investors in favour of creating natural refuges.
North Korea in a severe drought, Much of Korean Peninsula had unusually dry weather in recent weeks, crucial time for rice farming when seedlings are transplanted. Rice is a staple for both Koreas. Crop production in the North could fall 20 percent from last year if drought continues.
An Arlington fracking company leeched 48,000 gallons of benzene solvent into the city's water supply, doesn't call 911. It takes 24 hours and 4 attempts to plug the well, while hundreds of residents are evacuated. The EPA says water supplies are now as safe as fracking.
The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs approved at the EU level, urging Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) to implement a Germany-wide ban on cultivation.
Threat in Florida’s waters; deadly flesh-eating bacteria. Florida state health department report 32 cases past 12 months. Number of infections increases May through October, the bacterium thrives when water is warmest. It can also infect those who eat raw shellfish or mishandle raw oysters.
French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal: the weed killer Round Up should not be sold in garden shops since it is potentially harmful to human beings. Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena: glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
Owen Paterson former Environment Minister for the UK: talks about Greenpeace being put on trial for “crimes against humanity” GMOs can save millions of lives. It’s the environmentalists who are doing real harm.”
World’s largest underground aquifers, a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides detailed picture of vital water reserves under the Earth’s surface. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers from India, China, United States and France passed their sustainability tipping points, more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study.
Pope Francis: The spread of (GM) crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production, affects the present and future of regional economies. In several countries there is a trend in the development of oligopolies in the production of seeds and other products needed for cultivation, the dependence deepens when you consider the production of sterile seeds, which end up forcing farmers to buy (seeds) from producers.”“It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”
Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis: Greece will not be swayed by pressure from The White House: We will not submit to the interests and wishes of any third country. Greece is nobody’s property. We move based on the interests of our people and our national interests. The country must become a development hub for Europe’s energy supply."
Monsanto decided to market itself as a ‘sustainable agriculture’ company despite spending billions to provide world with destructive, carcinogenic chemicals, genetically modified ‘pesticide treadmill’ biotech has us running on. GE crops provide no significant increase in crop yields.
Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion. Agribusiness PR strategies: Agribusiness is “pro-science”, its opponents are “anti-science”.
Due to ‘disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fiber,” the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is ditching Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. decided to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds.
2015 wet season in the Caribbean, June to November, forecast to be drier than normal and a similar prediction issued for the 2016 dry season. This follows drier than normal dry season in 2015. "Serious news" for agriculture in the region. 2014 Jamaican economy lost one billion dollars, result of drought and brush fires caused by extreme heat.
EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking.
Thousands of farmers in India reverting back to traditional farming methods as consequences of Western agriculture have begun to negatively impact region’s food and water supply, and the health of its people. Growers returning to traditional, organic methods that date back to centuries ago. India has emerged as a global leader in organic farming, welcomed 600,000 certified producers.
Norwegian Government Pension Fund—the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world with holdings of approximately $890 billion—to begin divesting from companies heavily involved with the mining, transportation, or burning of coal.
For the second time in as many months, Utah is facing a municipal water crisis. In April, community of Nibley unable to use the water from the taps due to a chemical spill. This time, city of Syracuse, Utah issued a boil order due to E. Coli and Coliform contamination in the water supply.
According to meteorologists, lenticular clouds are common in mountainous regions but rare in the plains. The rarity of lenticular clouds in the plains could explain why the appearance in Texas on Monday caused a stir on social media.
northwest China got a surprise wintry blast of snow mainly in mountainous regions, temperatures across the area dropped to below freezing. Rgion was suffering from a drought since January.
Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros announced they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following World Health Organization’s report stating glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, exploring non-toxic alternative weed-killers.
Thursday officially declared coldest day of the year. 11.3 degrees in Melbourne, a record for 2015. Victoria; sub-zero temperatures Thursday morning.
Washington State University researchers David Crowdera,John Reganold: data from 44 studies involving 55 crops grown on five continents over 40 years; organic farming is somewhere between 22 percent and 35 percent more profitable for farmers than conventional. The reason: higher price farmers get when they sell certified-organic crops. Organic farmers save on chemicals.
Scarcity of water is as much a man-made crisis as a natural one; federal subsidies prop up cotton farming in Arizona, cheap loans for cotton production that don’t have to be fully repaid if the market slumps. Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops in existence, each acre demands six times as much water as lettuce, 60 percent more than wheat.
The high temperature Monday in New York 58 degrees; National Weather Service’s NOWData, second time since 1872 high temperature on that date so low. Boston weather high of 49 degrees Monday ties lowest-ever high temperature for any day in the entire month of June since 1872.
National Weather Service: Portland set a record Tuesday for the coldest high temperature for June 2; day’s high of 50 degrees broke the record of 54 degrees, set on June 2, 2001.“It has never been that cold for a high on this date.
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