Peru has declared an environmental emergency state in a remote area of the Amazon region due to high levels of mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared the 60-day emergency state in 11 districts of the Madre de Dios region near the country’s southeastern border with Brazil.“Forty-one percent of the population of Madre de Dios is exposed to mercury pollution. As part of the emergency, the government would provide uncontaminated fish to residents in Madre de Dios and send hospital boats to help treat the affected people there.
The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered. Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation,
Over the past few days we have seen major volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica and Indonesia, and according to Volcano Discovery 40 volcanoes around the planet are erupting right now; earthquakes continue to shake the globe with alarming regularity. 3,000 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater within the past month globally.
The city of Phalodi, in India's Rajasthan, has set a new temperature record for the entire country hitting a scorching 51 °C (123.8 °F) on May 19, 2016. Weeks of strong sunshine and increasing heat are usual before the Indian monsoon season. The country started experiencing abnormally hot weather early as February and the heat already claimed lives of more than 340 people across the country. Almost 2 500 people died from heat-related incidents during a heatwave in 2015.
Strong storms with extreme hailstorms have hit central Apulia and particularly Putignano on may 20, 2016.
More than 400 simultaneous demonstrations around the world are voicing fury at US biotech leviathan Monsanto, which is facing a hostile takeover from German pharmaceuticals company Bayer. The crowd held up posters condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.
Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer. Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup. A health official in the municipality of Nepena said at a news conference that children in the school suffered a range of symptoms, including extreme vomiting, fainting, stomach pains, and headaches as a result of the exposure.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the ‘March Against Monsanto‘ grassroots campaign on May 21, 2016. A complete list of events can be found here: Find March Against Monsanto in your city This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.The campaign comes as the demand for GMO labeling and non-GMO food alternatives continues its exponential climb, Vermont enacting mandatory GM labeling legislation that will require food corporations to let consumers know if their products contain GM ingredients.
The Indian government is pushing ahead with one of the most ambitious and expensive engineering projects in history, despite opposition from lawmakers, environmentalists and neighboring Bangladesh. The idea was first conceived by the British in the 1850s, and has been revived several times, only to be definitively approved by the current government. As a result of the Inter Linking of Rivers (ILR) 30 new canals will be built, changing the course and capacity of some of one of Asia’s greatest rivers, Ganges and Brahmaputra. Estimates for the project, which will take decades, have consistently risen, up to 20 trillion rupees ($300 billion). "Interlinking of rivers is our prime agenda: Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. "We are going ahead with five links of the rivers now and the first one, to start any time now.”
Healthy soil contains billions of tiny microorganisms that help plants to thrive and our food supply to remain abundant. A paper, published in Nature Communications, used large-scale data comparisons of soil from 78 global dry lands and from 179 locations across Scotland to study diversity of soil microbiota. The researchers found that diversity is absolutely imperative for supporting ecosystems. With high diversity of microbiota, the soil can function more efficiently and provide a multitude of services. This single factor turned out to be more important than annual rainfall, altitude, or temperature. Loss of microbial diversity resulted in reduced multi-functionality, including soil fertility and food production. Soil biota is essential to ecosystem functioning because it breaks down organic matter, enables chemical elements to be reused, and fixes nitrogen, which is necessary for nutrients in the ecosystem.
US Navy is legally permitted to harass, injure or kill nearly 12 million whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and seals across the North Pacific Ocean over a five-year period. One-quarter of every tax dollar you pay is helping to fund it;. do not include dozens of other military projects in the same areas.
A whole lot of frozen food, approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands to include both organic and conventional, recalled due to potential listeria contamination. Listeria can cause listeriosis, which is particularly dangerous and possibly even fatal for pregnant women (in whom it can cause miscarriages), babies, elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The products are being sold in all 50 states and Canada. The products, according to the recall, have the best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
Almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, leaving a 13- by 2-mile sheen of oil on the waves, federal authorities said. The Coast Guard said that the spill had been contained and that two companies were being contracted to begin cleanup operations.
Why would a media outlet criticize healthy eating, attack positive organizations that promote organic foods and transparency in the marketplace? Why did Forbes write a hit article against Moms Across America for simply putting up billboards that encourage families to eat organic fruits and vegetables for better health? The article stated that Moms Across America "promotes conspiracy theories and bad science disguised as empowered moms fighting for kids' health." It's because media outlets like Forbes are heavily influenced by the demands of the biotech industry. Promoting unadulterated, nutritious whole food, and seeking honest labeling for pesticides, herbicides and GM ingredients, has nothing to do with "promoting conspiracy theories.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD
1,545 CPM, 309 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma.
1,435 CPM, 287 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,424 CPM, 284.8 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,345 CPM, 269 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,333 CPM, 266.6 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,295 CPM, 259 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,226 CPM, 245.2 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,183 CPM, 236.6 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,117 CPM, 223.4 Times Normal, Phoenix, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,089 CPM, 217.8 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,082 CPM, 216.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,065 CPM, 213 Times Normal, Hartford, CT. Beta, Gamma.
1,055 CPM, 211 Times Normal, Harrisonburg, VA. Beta, Gamma.
1,053 CPM, 210.6 Times Normal, Memphis, TN. Beta, Gamma.
1,050 CPM, 210 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Beta, Gamma.
1,013 CPM, 202.6 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA, Beta, Gamma.
1,001 CPM, 200.2 Times Normal, Denver, CO. Beta, Gamma.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA): 28% of bee colonies in the United States were lost over the 2015-16 winter. More than half of surveyed beekeepers said they suffered unsustainable losses during the winter. If we want to produce apples, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries and lots of other types of food, we need a functioning pollination system. Bees
Germany, the fourth-largest economy in the world and a leader in renewable energy, produced so much energy this weekend from its solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants that power prices went into negative territory for several hours. Consumers were being paid to use energy. Sunday’s spike in renewable output shows that wind and solar can keep pace with the demands of an economic powerhouse; highlights the success of Germany’s push to expand clean energy, increase energy efficiency. As of 2012, individuals owned more than a third of Germany’s renewable energy capacity."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades. Tennessee Valley Authority board voted to declare the Bellefonte nuclear plant near Hollywood, Alabama, surplus. The site includes two partially finished nuclear reactors, office buildings, warehouses. 1,600 acre site appraised at $36 million, will be sold at auction to highest bidder,. Board member Eric Satz: completing Bellefonte not economically viable, a lot has changed in the energy market in 40 years, including huge improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
Five Pacific Islands have been swallowed by rising seas and coastal erosion, in what Australian researchers say is the first confirmation of what climate change will bring.The submerged region, which was part of the Solomon Islands archipelago and was above water as recently as 2014, was not inhabited by humans. However, a further six islands are also experiencing "severe shoreline recession," which is forcing the populations in those settlements to flee.
The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently released a document called Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts that highlights the many health hazards caused by the consumption of fluoride. And the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) recently submitted a compilation of its own to OEHHA, which is soon to make a final decision concerning fluoride's toxicity, providing additional evidence that fluoride causes cancer.
The move from Del Monte comes as a result of pressure from investors who are seeking more “natural” products, particularly non-GMO and BPA-free products. BPA – or bisphenol A, a chemical found in bottles and food packaging that is considered to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer and brain damage. Campbell Soup and General Mills, both recently announced that they were moving away from BPA packaging.. Hershey’s has recently started to transition its sugar sourcing away from GMO sugar beets and towards non-GMO sugarcane, citing consumer discomfort with GMOs as the main reason for making the switch.
Millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world; over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. Many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish. In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has started to become a major national crisis. In Vietnam so many dead fish and clams have been washing up along the coast that soldiers have been deployed to bury them.
Officials in Canada’s Alberta say they expect a huge wildfire in the oil sands area of the province to continue burning for months, that the massive blaze will torch a vast area covering over 2,000 square kilometers by Sunday, get even worse because of continued high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds.There is fear the growing wildfire could double in size and reach a major oil sands mine and even the neighboring province of Saskatchewan.
Japanese are catching on to electric cars big time. The country has more charging spots than gas stations, the Japan Times quotes data from Nissan Motor Corporation. The number of power locations in Japan both on the street and in homes is now 40,000, which is more than the country’s 34,000 gas stations, according to Nissan research.
Over the past few months, several communities in upstate New York and New England have detected PFOA -- perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, a chemical linked to a range of health issues from cancer to thyroid disease -- in their drinking water. PFOA is a fluorinated compound that is absorbed into our bodies through inhalation or ingestion. The chemical can then accumulate in our blood serum, kidneys and liver.The stain-resistant and water-repellant properties of PFOA make it effective in products that act as coatings. Common consumer products with PFOA include Scotchgard, Gore-Tex and Teflon.
Despite thousands of seismic jolts occurring after a major earthquake recently rocked southern Japan and caused widespread public concern over safety in the region, authorities say there is no need to shut down the local nuclear plant. The decision not to take any precautionary measures has been backed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.“There are no compelling scientific grounds. We are not going to shut down the plant just because of calls from the public or politicians. What has been going on is within our expectations
At the start of this year, an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon and some 8,000 tons of sardines washed up the Chilean, thousands of dead clams piled up on the coast of Chiloe Island.coast as a result of El Niño. That is about 12 percent of annual salmon production in Chile, the world’s second-biggest producer of the fish after Norway. On the shores of Santa Maria Island off the center off Chile’s long coast, cuttlefish have been washed up dead in the thousands.
$3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed.
, Obama urged Flint residents to begin drinking the water again, while he sought to cover up the criminal responsibility of government officials for the disaster. His visit to Flint is part of a broader effort at damage control Those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water, despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
If the rest of the world ate like Americans, the planet would have run out of freshwater 15 years ago, according to the world's largest food company. Nestlé executives told US officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because Americans eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit. "A calorie of meat requires 10 times as much water to produce as a calorie of food crops."Producing a pound of meat requires a tremendous amount of water,farmers use tons of crops such as corn and soy to feed each animal, which require tens of thousands of gallons of water to grow."Nestle thinks one-third of the world's population will be affected by freshwater scarcity by 2025. Major regions, including in the United States, are being drained of their underground aquifers. "Problems with be severest in the Middle East, northern India, northern China, and the western United States."
Years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency. ”In 2013 prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions. Grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food.
In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuh, co-directors of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”—the film that Hedges reveals led him to become a vegan.
A Boulder, Colorado judge has removed a child from her mother’s care because the mother believes chemtrails are being sprayed into the atmosphere, court documents reveal. Boulder Judge D.D. Mallard told Becca Vandb that ‘99% of people would know those are just contrails,’ and said that she is ‘so immersed in a fringe subculture’ that ‘she is a danger to her daughter.’
Over the past month, nearly 50 tons of dead fish have washed up on Vietnam’s shores — without official explanation. Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Vũ Văn Tám released a report to say that the only thing that could be to blame for killing the fish is a highly poisonous toxin. There have been at least 35 other incidents of mass fish die-offs reported in 2016..The fish that don’t die end up contaminated with over 80 different pharmaceuticals on average.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD
1,454 CPM, 290.8 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,418 CPM, 283.6 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,361 CPM, 272.2 Times Normal, Casper, Wyoming Beta, Gamma.
1,269 CPM, 251.8 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,195 CPM, 239 Times Normal, Champaign, IL. Beta, Gamma.
1,167 CPM, 233.4 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma.
1,150 CPM, 230 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,143 CPM, 228.6 Times Normal, Denver, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,125 CPM, 225 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,120 CPM, 221.4 Times Normal, Harrisonburg, VA. Beta, Gamma.
1,095 CPM, 219 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,063 CPM, 212.6 Times Normal, Bakersfield, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,060 CPM, 212 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,054 CPM, 210.8 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,053 CPM, 210.6 Times Normal, Memphis, TN Beta, Gamma.
1,041 CPM, 208.2 Times Normal, Kansas City, KS. Beta, Gamma.
1,037 CPM, 207.4 Times Normal, Augusta, GA. Beta, Gamma.
1,029 CPM, 205.8 Times Normal, Pierre, SD. Beta, Gamma.
1,028 CPM, 205.6 Times Normal, Louisville, KY. Beta, Gamma.
1,008 CPM, 201.6 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Beta, Gamma.
Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes - both natural and self-engineered - that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population: natural pandemics and extreme conventional warfare are the most important global risks, with artificial intelligence (AI) and natural disasters also posing serious threats. The likeliest risks include nuclear war and pandemics (both natural and deliberately engineered), followed by disasters stemming from runaway climate change, geoengineering run amok; also included low-probability — but high impact —events, like asteroid impacts and supervolcanic eruptions.
7.2 Mw, Russia
Deadliest 6.7 Mw, India India
Total fatalities 11
Number by magnitude
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge on January 1 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
India A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck India 30 km (19 mi) west of Imphal in the state of Manipur on January 3 at a depth of 55.0 km (34.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). At least 11 people were killed (six in India and five in Bangladesh), 200 others were injured and a large number of buildings were damaged.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge on January 5 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
Indonesia A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia 8 km (5.0 mi) east of the Talaud Islands, North Sulawesi on January 11 at a depth of 13.0 km (8.1 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe).
Japan A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Japan 74 km (46 mi) northwest of Rumoi on the island of Hokkaido on January 11 at a depth of 238.8 km (148.4 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Bolivia A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Bolivia 12 km (7.5 mi) west northwest of Charagua on January 14 at a depth of 582.6 km (362.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of II (Weak).
Japan A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 52 km (32 mi) southeast of Shizunai on the island of Hokkaido on January 14 at a depth of 46.0 km (28.6 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
Indonesia A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Indonesia 69 km (43 mi) south southeast of Namlea, Maluku on January 16 at a depth of 4.2 km (2.6 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). Eight people were injured and about 120 houses were damaged in two villages on Ambelau island.
China A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck China 70 km (43 mi) east southeast of Hongtu, Qinghai province on January 20 at a depth of 9.0 km (5.6 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). Nine people were injured and 600 houses were damaged.
Mexico A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck offshore of Mexico 215 km (134 mi) southwest of Tomatlán, Jalisco on January 21 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
United States A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the United States 86 km (53 mi) west of Old Iliamna, Alaska on January 24 at a depth of 129.0 km (80.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). Four homes were destroyed in Kenai after a gas leak.
Morocco A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck offshore of Morocco 50 km (31 mi) north northeast of Al Hoceima on January 25 at a depth of 12.0 km (7.5 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate). Fifteen people were injured and some buildings were damaged; it also caused a blackout in the region.
Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Papua New Guinea 94 km (58 mi) south southeast of Taron on January 26 at a depth of 26.0 km (16.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Russia A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Russia 88 km (55 mi) north of Yelizovo on the Kamchatka Peninsula on January 30 at a depth of 177.0 km (110.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
Antarctica A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Antarctica 473 km (294 mi) northeast of the Balleny Islands on January 31 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
6.4 Mw, Taiwan Taiwan
6.4 Mw, Papua New Guinea
Deadliest 6.4 Mw, Taiwan Taiwan
Total fatalities 117
Number by magnitude
New Zealand A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck offshore of New Zealand 124 km (77 mi) northwest of L'Esperance Rock on February 1 at a depth of 391.0 km (243.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
Taiwan A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan 24 km (15 mi) southeast of Yujing on February 6 at a depth of 23.0 km (14.3 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). Numerous buildings, including a residential tower, collapsed in Tainan. 117 people were killed and 550 were injured.
Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore of Papua New Guinea 88 km (55 mi) west southwest of Panguna on February 8 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
Chile A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Chile 36 km (22 mi) west of Ovalle on February 10 at a depth of 29.0 km (18.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
Indonesia A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Indonesia 0 km (0 mi) west of Komerda, East Nusa Tenggara on February 12 at a depth of 28.0 km (17.4 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
New Zealand A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck New Zealand 11 km (6.8 mi) east northeast of Christchurch on February 14 at a depth of 8.2 km (5.1 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe). Minor damage was reported and parts of the ground suffered from liquefaction. A part of Godley Head collapsed and other cliffs collapsed as well.
Tonga A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Tonga 32 km (20 mi) west northwest of Nuku`alofa on February 15 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Southern East Pacific Rise on February 17 at a depth of 13.0 km (8.1 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
Indonesia A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Indonesia 151 km (94 mi) southeast of Tobelo on February 17 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
Chile A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Chile 105 km (65 mi) west southwest of Coquimbo on February 22 at a depth of 12.0 km (7.5 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Western Pacific-Antarctic Ridge on February 27 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
7.8 Mw Indonesia Indonesia
Number by magnitude
Indonesia A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck offshore of Indonesia 659 km (409 mi) southwest of Muara Siberut, Mentawai Islands on March 2 at a depth of 24.0 km (14.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of III (Weak).
United States A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck offshore of the United States 71 km (44 mi) south of Atka, Alaska on March 12 at a depth of 19.0 km (11.8 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
United States A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of the United States 76 km (47 mi) south of Atka, Alaska on March 19 at a depth of 17.0 km (10.6 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Antigua and Barbuda A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Antigua and Barbuda 124 km (77 mi) east northeast of Codrington on March 19 at a depth of 32.0 km (19.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Russia A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck offshore of Russia 211 km (131 mi) south of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy on March 20 at a depth of 31.3 km (19.4 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
7.8 Mw Ecuador Ecuador
Deadliest 7.8 Mw Ecuador Ecuador
Total fatalities 715
Number by magnitude
Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Japan 56 km (35 mi) southeast of Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture on April 1 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Papua New Guinea A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Papua New Guinea 123 km (76 mi) northeast of Angoram on April 1 at a depth of 5.4 km (3.4 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate).
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Vanuatu 81 km (50 mi) north northwest of Port-Olry on April 3 at a depth of 35.0 km (21.7 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Vanuatu 105 km (65 mi) west southwest of Sola on April 6 at a depth of 24.0 km (14.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate). This was an aftershock of the 6.9 quake.
Indonesia A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Indonesia 68 km (42 mi) south southwest of Bunisari on April 6 at a depth of 35.4 km (22.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Vanuatu 106 km (66 mi) west of Sola on April 7 at a depth of 26.8 km (16.7 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of V (Moderate). This was an aftershock of the 6.9 quake.
Nepal A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Nepal 9 km (5.6 mi) south southwest of Patan on April 9 at a depth of 4.1 km (2.5 mi). The earthquake injured at least 3 people.
Afghanistan A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Afghanistan 39 km (24 mi) west southwest of Ashkasham, Badakhshan Province on April 10 at a depth of 210.4 km (130.7 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light). Six people were killed and forty-six injured in Pakistan.
Myanmar A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar 74 km (46 mi) southeast of Mawlaik on April 13 at a depth of 134.8 km (83.8 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). 2 people were killed and 70 injured in Assam, India.  50 people were hurt in Chittagong, Bangladesh.
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Vanuatu 86 km (53 mi) northwest of Port-Olry on April 14 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). This was an aftershock of the 6.9 quake.
Japan A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Japan 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of Ueki, Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe). Nine people were killed, while more than 800 others were injured. At least 20 homes and a wall of the Kumamoto Castle collapsed, while more than 24,000 people were forced to spend several nights in shelters. This was a foreshock of the 7.0 quake.
Japan A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Japan 5 km (3.1 mi) east of Uto, Kumamoto Prefecture on April 14 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong). This was a foreshock of the 7.0 quake.
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Vanuatu 95 km (59 mi) northwest of Port-Olry on April 14 at a depth of 16.0 km (9.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). This was an aftershock of the 6.9 quake.
Guatemala A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck offshore of Guatemala 105 km (65 mi) south-southwest of Champerico on April 15 at a depth of 25.0 km (15.5 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IV (Light).
Japan A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Japan 1 km (0.62 mi) west-southwest of Kumamoto City on April 15 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of IX (Violent). 39 people were killed, three people were declared to be still missing and more than 1,000 others were injured. 8,700 buildings were damaged and a bridge collapsed in Aso.
Ecuador A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Ecuador 27 km (17 mi) south southeast of Muisne on April 16 at a depth of 19.2 km (11.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VIII (Severe). 659 people were killed, 42 missing, and over 4,600 injured. 7,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged.
Ecuador A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Ecuador 19 km (12 mi) west northwest of Muisne on April 20 at a depth of 14.8 km (9.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). This was an aftershock of the 7.8 quake.
Ecuador A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Ecuador 12 km (7.5 mi) north northeast of Muisne on April 20 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). This was an aftershock of the 7.8 quake.
Ecuador A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Ecuador 33 km (21 mi) north northwest of Bahia de Caraquez on April 22 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong). This was an aftershock of the 7.8 quake.
Vanuatu A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Vanuatu 1 km (0.62 mi) southeast of Norsup on April 28 at a depth of 27.2 km (16.9 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VII (Very strong).
France A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 602 km (374 mi) east of the Pacific French minor territory of Clipperton Island on April 29 at a depth of 10.0 km (6.2 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of I (Not felt).
Vanuatu A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck offshore of Vanuatu 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Lakatoro on April 30 at a depth of 4.8 km (3.0 mi). The shock had a maximum intensity of VI (Strong).
Alaid (Northern Kuriles): intense thermal signal from summit crater, strong degassing (updated 20 Apr 2016)
Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 18 Feb 2016)
Aso (central Kyushu, Japan): degassing, sporadic steam / ash explosions (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 28 Nov 2015)
Chikurachki (Paramushir Island): new eruption since end of March 2016 (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Colima (Western Mexico): sporadic small explosions (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): seismic unrest, occasional ash venting (updated 22 Mar 2016)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 20 Apr 2016)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): overflowing lava lake (updated 2 Mar 2016)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 13 Apr 2016)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 1 Mar 2016)
Kerinci (Sumatra): intermittent ash emissions (updated 14 Apr 2016)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): new lava flow from vents on NE flank of Pu'u 'O'o (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 27 Apr 2016)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake ini summit crater (updated 22 Apr 2016)
Momotombo (Nicaragua): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 29 Mar 2016)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): new vent on crater floor (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): intense spattering from intra-crater cone (updated 29 Mar 2016)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 20 Apr 2016)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 24 Feb 2016)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): sporadic vulcanian explosions from Minamidake and Showa crater (updated 14 Apr 2016)
Sangay (Ecuador): small strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 4 Apr 2016)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): increased effusive / explosive activity from Caliente dome (updated 22 Apr 2016)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 14 Feb 2016)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 24 Apr 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak, intermittent strombolian explosions (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian explosions in Ontake crater (updated 20 Apr 2016)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): large and frequent explosions, ash columns rising several km (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Ubinas (Peru): sporadic vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Jan 2016)
Villarrica (Central Chile): lava lake in summit crater, spattering, strombolian explosions (updated 4 Apr 2016)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 13 Nov 2015)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): steaming / degassing (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Government is planning to implement mandatory fluoridation to the whole of New Zealand. Currently, only around 50% of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils still fluoridating, while voicing their growing concerns about fluoridation risks and dangers. In response to more and more councillors and mayors deciding against fluoridation, the Government is now taking the decision away from local councils and communities and putting the power into the hands of District Health Boards (DHB), who are under the direct control of Central Government.”
Washington is conducting economic and propaganda warfare against four members of the five bloc group of countries known as BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Brazil and South Africa are being destabilized with fabricated political scandals. To destablilze Russia, Washington worked with the New York mega-banks and the Saudis to drive down the oil price from over $100 per barrel to $30. This has put pressure on Russian finances and the ruble.
A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low.
Brussels (AFP) - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday. Belgium faces growing pressure from neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety. Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.
Rural northeastern Wisconsin residents are facing an ongoing drinking water crisis. Pollution from large-scale dairy farms known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and the failure of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have created unsafe drinking water for thousands in Kewaunee County. Tainted water across the state of Wisconsin has become a serious problem. Since 2013, 64 Wisconsin drinking water systems have tested over federal lead contamination limits.
State police in Michigan have been conducting online surveillance to track social media discussions related to the Flint water crisis, even attempting to press charges against one man over a Facebook post, new emails released by the state show.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported accounts of unusually candid comments by an oil and natural gas industry executive, Terry Bossert, at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute gathering in Harrisburg this April. “We heard Range Resources say it sites its shale gas wells away from large homes where wealthy people live and who might have the money to fight such drilling and fracking operations. Oil and gas operations in California are disproportionately located in poor and minority communities 5 million Californians living within a mile of an oil or gas well had a poverty rate 32.5 percent higher than that of the general population. :
A study recently published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests women who eat as much or more seafood as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends for pregnant women may be exposing themselves to unsafe levels of mercury, depending on the types of fish they’re eating;. found that 30% of frequent seafood eaters have mercury levels exceeding the limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – 11 times more than those who rarely ate seafood.
A river near a fracking site in Queensland, Australia exploded into flames after a coal seam gas (CSP) protester sparked a kitchen lighter above the water surface. Footage uploaded by Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham shows flames erupting from methane gas bubbling to the surface of the Condamine River.
Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” the organization’s annual roundup of conventionally grown produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. A single sample of strawberries contained residues from a whopping 17 different pesticides.
10. Sweet bell peppers
11. Cherry tomatoes
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced the sudden death of foreman, Matthew McFarland Thursday
as the attorney general’s announcement of three men facing criminal charges in connection with the city’s water crisis.The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department told MLive that there were no apparent signs of foul play and an autopsy conducted did not determine a cause of death. Police are still waiting for toxicology reports. Lapeer County deputies also contacted state and federal officials because McFarland had been questioned by investigators looking into Flint’s Water Emergency.
A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis, claimed her child had been lead poisoned.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture have approved a pesticide-bacteria spraying program to be used over Seattle, in an attempt to kill Asian and European gypsy moths. The program, opposed by many residents, will spray a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the same bacteria gene commonly used in GM crops to kill insects. Washington State Department of Agriculture says the damage caused by the moths would have serious economic and environmental implications.”
The United States has approved the sale of 254 rolling airframe missiles to the government of Qatar, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release on Friday. The small, lightweight missiles that are used by several US allies contain infrared homing for guidance to targets, and are so named because they rotate in flight, much like a bullet fired from a rifle.
Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee; Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby charged in lead poisoning disaster. Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence when he allegedly changed testing results to show there was less lead in city water than there actually was, also charged with willful neglect of office. Prysby and Busch are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, a treatment violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and a monitoring violation of the Safe Drinking Water.
Colombia will resume using weed killer to destroy illegal coca crops less than a year after suspending its use following World Health Organization decision to classify it as a carcinogen. Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas: instead of dumping glyphosate from American-piloted crop dusters, as Colombia did for two decades, the herbicide will be applied manually by crews on the ground. "We'll do it in a way that doesn't contaminate. President Juan Manuel Santos last year banned use of glyphosate. Conservative critics warned without glyphosate Colombia would soon be awash in coca.
A 6.4 magnitude quake struck Thursday followed by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday. 410,000 homes without water and power, forcing crowds of people to queue for food and water at emergency aid centres. 180,000 people seeking shelter, some evacuees said food distribution was two rice balls for dinner. Many shelters unable to keep up with food supplies, shelves in stores and supermarkets remained empty of food and other items due to severed supply chains and distribution channels.
Over the past 48 hours, dozens of earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater. Fve major earthquakes over just two days. Saturday, Japan’s southern island of Kyushu was hit by a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, 7.8 earthquake struck off Ecuador’s Pacific coast.followed by at least 163 aftershocks. “We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded; Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Two German state environment ministries have admitted that workers failed to carry out safety checks at two nuclear power stations, but registered them as done anyway. One power station has been shut down. German energy giants EnBW and RWE have admitted that employees did not carry out routine safety readings on equipment measuring radioactivity at their nuclear power stations, but pretended they had. Both workers were immediately barred from the premises and then dismissed.
General Electric (GE) Global Research has just announced the development of a prototype turbine which converts carbon dioxide into electricity. While the size of the turbine does not exceed that of a desk, the inventors say it could actually power a town of 10,000 homes; has the potential to help solve two critical issues of the modern world – CO2 pollution and energy crisis.
Scientists say there has been an above average number of significant earthquakes across south Asia and the Pacific since the start of the year. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake has struck Japan hours after a first which killed three and injured 19 others. The first earthquake, measuring 6.5-magnitude, hit the south-east Asian country late on Friday, local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Organic food demand is so booming multiple efforts are underway to support the acquisition of organic farmland. Cost-Co, General Mills, rush for organic farmland. Cost-Co’s CEO, Craig Jelinek, the company can’t keep up with the demand for organic food. General Mills announced it will double its organic acreage with a goal of acquiring 250,000 acres, plans to achieve $1 billion in sales from organic and natural products. General Mills is the second largest purchaser of organic fruits and vegetables in North America.
Federal fishery managers banned nearly all sardine fishing off the U.S. West Coast for the second straight year . Pacific sardine populations have plunged 90 percent since 2007, prompting the Pacific Fishery Management Council to vote Sunday to extend its prohibition on virtually all fishing of the small oily fish within 200 miles of the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. The sardine collapse has rippled up the food chain, linked to deaths of sea lions and brown pelicans across the U.S. West Coast. Sea lion pups, emaciated and starving, have washed up on California beaches.
A recent study by the American Chemical Society published by Chemistry and Engineering News shows that “eating vegetables grown using reclaimed water boosts urine levels of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater” meaning that anyone who consumes this produce is exposed to the carbamazepine drug in detectable dosages.
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of the fruits and vegetables that rank highest in pesticide residues. This year, strawberries top the list. Some of the strawberries were found to have residues from 17 different pesticides. Some of the chemicals found on the strawberries linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption, and neurological problems, according to the EWG. The full list includes:
Sweet bell peppers
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced they will eliminate the use of a class of insecticides linked to negative effects on pollinator populations, including bees and butterflies; decided to end the use of neonicotinoid insecticides for its Ortho brand lawn and garden care products. The company said they are expanding their selection of non-neonicotinoid products and will completely end the use of neonicotinoid ingredients imidacloprid, clothianidin and dinotefuran by 2017.
The American Nurses Association: genetically modified ingredients should not be allowed in any product labeled ‘natural.’ The public has a right to appropriate food labeling including country-of-origin, modification of any of the food’s ingredients; know the contents of their food and food products and the manner in which they were processed or modified.”
On Monday and Tuesday, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEP) donated urine samples to find out if they have glyphosate in their systems. The screening comes ahead of a symbolic vote in the European Union that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, on whether to re-license the RoundUp chemical for another 15 years. 
New Wave Foods biotech company was founded a year ago by Dominique Barnes, who studied marine conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Michelle Wolf, a materials scientist, and it plans to release a “popcorn shrimp” product that is entirely man-made out of red algae and protein powder,within the next eight months.
Organic food demand is exploding; organic food sales $37 billion annually, up 12% from just a year ago, farmers switching to organic crops at a growing rate. The masses are seeing how toxic our current approach to agriculture can be. .Awareness growing on the potential dangers of GMOs and the very negative impact pesticides and herbicides have on human health and the environment,
Charging that the Flint water crisis was part of an "intentional scheme" created by state officials to save money, a group of 15 citizens on Wednesday filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and other high-profile state officials; seeks "financial compensation for property damage, loss of business and financial losses attributed to the city's water crisis; as well as compensatory damages for future medical care and punitive damages."
Eight new asteroids that could pose a threat to Earth were spotted by NASA’s asteroid-hunter among 439 other objects rotating around our planet, according to a report newly released by the space agency. classified as potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs), based on their size and how closely their orbits approach Earth. NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope, tasked with detecting, tracking, and characterizing asteroids and comets, detected a total of 439 NEOs (near-Earth objects) in 2015, of which 72 were newly discovered.
Between 2014 and 2015, domestic certified organic operations increased by nearly 12%, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP). “Organic food is one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture,” says agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack.
UK supermarket Waitrose to remove all of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide bottles from their shelves. Other businesses in the UK, like German retailer REWE (toom Baumarkt), have also removed glyphosate-based products from their stores. French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal hasasked stores to stop selling Roundup. Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced import of Monsanto’s glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
How do you expect the public to accept your GM crops if you make every effort to hide them?” “If you truly believe that your technology is safe, then why are you treating it like a dirty little secret that can’t be shown on the label? Why, if it’s such a proven technology, are you fighting labelling instead of promoting it? 64 countries around the world require mandatory GMO labelling” GMO has a serious credibility problem. No amount of labelling can hide that.
Spain’s lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies, on Tuesday adopted a draft law that would ban the oil and gas companies from production with the help of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking citing environmental concerns..Fracking is a process in which water mixed with chemical is pumped underground at high pressure to break apart rock formations that block the flow of oil or natural gas to the wellhead.
In a publicity blitz against GMO labeling, Big Food is using a six-figure campaign to run ads in prime time on network and cable TV in and around the nation’s capital. This is part of a last ditch effort for the biotech industry and Big Food to keep states from writing their own mandatory GMO-labeling laws. Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, funder of the ad campaign blitz in the capitol, is “working urgently with Congress to pass a national uniform labeling standard and stand up against on-package labeling of GMOs,” Companies want that ‘national standard’ to forbid mandatory on-package GMO labels.
. In a just-released June 25, 2015 internal email, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 water expert Miguel Del Toral described the situation in Flint as “bordering on criminal neglect” after he discovered high levels of lead in tap water and efforts of state officials to conceal it from the public. Del Toral sent the message to his superior, EPA Section Chief of Ground Water and Drinking Water Rita Bair, the day after submitting a detailed interim report warning of high lead in Flint water.
Canadian farmers are justifiably requesting that Lawrence MacAulay, the Canadian Agri-Minister, immediately act to halt the sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed by Forage Genetics International, a Monsanto licensee. Many farmers have been concerned that their alfalfa will be contaminated by GM alfalfa; asked the Minister to put border controls in place to stop the continued cross-pollination of non-GM alfalfa with seed that has already been compromised.
One-hundred organizations representing more than 5 million Nigerians, including farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have submitted a joint objection to the country’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA) expressing serious concerns about human health and environmental risks of genetically altered crops.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened the door for farmers to plant MON87419, a new strain of genetically modified (GM) corn created by Monsanto to tolerate the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight. The move will likely increase spraying of the herbicides. Like earlier strains of GMO corn, MON87419 is designed to withstand being coated in toxic chemicals that wipe out weeds and other plant life on farm fields could “lead to an increase in dicamba use, which will spur the evolution of dicamba-resistant weeds and abandonment of conservation tillage practices.
U.S. Geological Survey published for the first time an earthquake hazard map covering both natural and "induced" quakes 7 million people live in places vulnerable to these induced tremors. Highest risk of man-made earthquakes associated with wastewater injection includes Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio and Alabama.. Hundreds of earthquakes since fracking became commonplace in last decade. Click link to view map.
UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization):advantage of organic agriculture; work with natural processes, increase cost-effectiveness.. Organic farmers intensify production in a sustainable way; could produce enough food forcurrent world population with reduced environmental impact than conventional agriculture.without polluted environment, less diverse diets, degraded soils and nutrient deficient food, ill health; an unsustainable model of agriculture that creates food insecurity, environmental degradation, helps create jobs in rural areas..Crop yields increased.
Shortly after the release of a report showing 14 beers testing positive for glyphosate in Germany, a concerned supporter of Moms Across America said he had test results from Microbe Inotech Lab of St.Louis showing 10 different wines, from large and small vineyards, contained the chemical glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, including wine made with organic grapes.The contamination of conventional wine was 28 times higher than organic wine. The wines tested came from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California.
Ted Cruz: we shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shutdown the ability to produce low-cost quality food;” the anti-GMO movement is driven by “hysteria. Senator Bernie Sanders: GMO labeling exists in 64 other countries. There is no reason it can’t exist here.” Sanders favors small and mid-sized family farms, regional food systems, stopping domination of the food supply by a few large corporations
November of last year, California state officials placed an indefinite hold on the commercial crab season, in order to protect public health. The reason given by the state was dangerously high levels of algal toxins in the bodies of the crabs According to New York radio station 95.1 FM (SuperStation 95), insiders from the California Fish and Game Commission have revealed that the real reason for the ban was dangerously high levels of radioactivity resulting from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. State officials were concerned they could cause immediate sickness in anyone who ate them.“If people started connecting the dots proving radiation in seafood was making them sick, it would destroy California’s seafood industry in days.”
Many seals are underweight and starving, suffering from a shortage of food in the Pacific Ocean… “When they get extremely thin they’re open to all sorts of illnesses and infections.
Contaminants get into the water through human drug waste in sewage, medicines flushed down toilets, agricultural runoff and the wide use of endocrine disruptors like pesticides, flame retardants and plastic-related compounds like phthalates and BPA. (BPA has ironically been used in bottled water that people drink to avoid tap water risks!) 60 percent of Americans now take prescription drugs, one fourth of US women are now on antidepressants.
An estimated $21 billion has been spent on cleanup efforts since 2011, including funding for a team of remote activated robots capable of going to high-dose radiation areas of the plant where humans cannot enter and survive. Five of these robots have been lost to the dangers in Fukushima Daiichi’s severely damaged nuclear reactors and waste treatment buildings.
US public water infrastructure is dangerous to human health. Suspected cancer-causing chemical PFOA being phased out in the U.S.;, turning up in the water in factory towns across the country — most recently in upstate New York and Vermont — where it is blamed by residents for cancers and other maladies.
Committee on Environment, Food Safety & Public Health (ENVI) has formally objected to the re-authorization by the European Commission of the herbicide, called the herbicide’s re-authorization “irresponsible and unacceptable.”MEP Anja Hazekamp criticized the European Commission for even considering giving Round Up the green light in Europe.
Teri McCall, the widow of Jack McCall, is suing Monsanto for wrongful death. She claims that the company is responsible for exposing her husband to their flagship weed killer for years, all the while knowing that it caused cancer. This is similar to over legal moves against Monsanto over glyphosate damage.
The study published in the Journal of Chromatography by researchers from Poland’s National Veterinary Institute utilized a new test that allowed them to analyze exactly which of the 200 pesticides licensed for use in the EU were contributing to honeybee deaths.57 specific pesticides have been named for poisoning bees. “Bee health is a matter of public concern. Bees are considered critically important for the environment and agriculture by pollinating more than 80 percent of crops and wild plants in Europe
Along the Texas coast, game wardens will now carry radiation detectors. The Port of Houston has for years had radiation detectors to scan cargo; acquired about a hundred devices that allow game wardens to detect radiological or nuclear emissions. These are little devices that can be worn on someone’s belt.” They’re about the size of a cellphone and can help a warden determine if something suspicious is radioactive. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be connected to terrorism: radioactive materials used in the energy and medical industries can be illegally dumped.
New Delhi:- The government has given an “in-principle” approval to sites for locating 46 new reactors comprising 23 twin unit projects in a phased manner, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.This is perhaps for the first time that the government has revealed “in-principle” approval to these many sites.The government has also given in-principle approval to reactors with foreign technical cooperation.
Small amounts of a probable carcinogen were found in more than 80 water systems in every part of the state, according to an analysis of federal data by The Record. The chemical, 1,4-dioxane, raised concerns after it was found at a Superfund site in Ringwood. 1,4-dioxane can damage the liver, kidney and respiratory systems.
USA Today investigation published this week identified almost 2,000 additional water systems in all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years. “The water systems, which reported lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] standards, collectively supply water to 6 million people.”
Desire to eat pure, uncontaminated, healthy food now diagnosed as a mental disorder known as orthorexia nervosa. “Orthorexics refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, corn and dairy; foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives. Jennifer Culbert , a registered dietician: if someone cuts out processed food, or things that are genetically modified, or not grown organically, the danger is that they can become malnourished or underweight.”
France just approved plans to totally ban some widely used pesticides blamed for harming bees, going above and beyond European Union (EU) restrictions.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder boasted in March that the lead-in-the-water crisis plaguing the city of Flint for months had actually spurred job growth. Though Snyder has been heavily criticized for tight-fisted budgeting that enabled the crisis, 81 temporary workers have been recently hired -- to hand out bottled water so that residents would not have to hydrate themselves with poisoned municipal water.
. General Mills (GM), the same company that tried to impair genetically modified food-labeling by donating more than a million dollars to defeat legislation in several states, is about to label its products containing genetically modified ingredients. GM announced that it will label all their products if they contain genetically modified ingredients; says that it will label GM products due to a need to be cost-effective with Vermont’s new GMO labeling law going into effect this summer..”
The United States has been hit by seven historic floods since the month of September, and the latest one is making headlines all over the planet. This week, nearly two feet of rain triggered record-setting flooding in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and more rain is expected for the area.
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