The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
Farmers in Tambo Valley, where rice is cultivated, are protesting against Southern Copper Corp.’s $1.4 million project to build a copper mine in the region, expressed concerns about the natural resources in the region getting polluted.
Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion. According to TEPCO, there were about 1,300 such containers at the plant as of May 20.
CEO of Plains All American, which operates the pipeline, told reporters Wednesday evening that the company had experienced “mechanical issues” before the leak, but did not elaborate.
The ocean is dying, food supply along with it. The causes are numerous,massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result. Effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.
Removal of trees (deforestation) having major impact on water cycle, as global climates change. The worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, headed for the worst water crisis in this country ever. 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California. Worse in South America. Drought in Queensland Australia is the largest ever recorded. Africa faces food shortages due to severe drought, crop failure rates over 50 percent.
CIA allowed civilian scientists to access classified data, ocean temperature, tidal readings, satellite data to glean insights how global warming could create security threats around the world. The program has come to a close.
Wyoming: “Data Trespass Bill,” outlaws collecting ecological data on private and public lands. Violations can result in a year of prison, fines of $5,000. It also makes any samples inadmissible as evidence in court, even if they show environmental hazards.
The National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators will seek to manage the way forests are burned by wildfires and replanted, how offices are landscaped, and how roadside habitats where bees feed are preserved
Illinois Elected representative Rodney Davis, bee health committee chairman appointed to study pesticide,herbicide connections to colony collapse disorder claims neonicotinoids; absorbed into plant tissue present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic have nothing to do with killing off pollinators. Says Varroa mite which is to blame.
Saskatoon reached a new low of -5.7°C on Monday with the old record being set in 1949 at -5°C. At least two other records were broken in the province.
Economists with the Property and Environment Research Center and Hoover Institution argue organic farms don’t use water as efficiently as conventional farms; propose tax on all organic products food, linens, clothing, pillows, tobacco to reduce demand for water-wasting organic products, reduce pressure on California’s dwindling water supplies.”
Governor Greg Abbott; Texas a state that is home to the two of the most productive U.S. shale oil fields, signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning an oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation.
China has made tremendous strides against CO2 emissions. In four months, reduced levels to the amount the UK emits. To achieve these reductions, China had to close 1,000 coal plants, it leads the world in coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
As water levels plummet to 45% in America’s second-largest reservoir, new islands appear – and fears grow for a waterway that serves 40 million people in seven states. Colorado river serves Wyoming ranches, Arizona agricultural plantations, crucial to California food industry.
A billionaire oil tycoon, who is a major donor to the University of Oklahoma, approached a dean at the school demanding that the university fire scientists who were studying the link between fracking and the increase of earthquakes in the oil-rich state.
A statewide emergency drought declared in US state of Washington, one of the wettest states in the United States, affecting the state’s eastern agricultural lands. Department of Agriculture estimates losses incurred by the drought could reach $1.2 billion.
3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century, average of 35 per year. number of volcanoes erupting now is above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year. Tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.
More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died the past year, worst die off in a decade. Survey was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time bees dying more in the summer than winter, when they face harsh weather conditions, low sources of food.
Three countries jointly issue a warning genetically modified organisms pose too large a risk for contaminating other plants. If it’s allowed, you will have GMO contamination of non-GM crops and nearby land for many years.
Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers. The proximity of many schools to fields blanketed in the chemical puts kids at risk of exposure.
Denmark has suspended the first exploratory drilling for shale gas which lasted only one day after it discovered that French gas-giant Total, in charge of the project, had used “unauthorized” chemicals.
From Dicamba to 2,4-D to glyphosate, the chemicals being used on our crops are meant for our consumption, but not as food, and not to ‘feed’ the world. Some say it’s actually part of an over-arching plan to ‘control its population.’
“Caldrons of hell” created at Fukushima, says energy company official; Disaster is recurring each day at plant — Japan Nuclear Expert: We have a crisis “of a severity that can’t be imagined anywhere else.” 4 years have passed, the accident has not yet been brought to a close at all.
Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
for the first time researchers have discovered dead zones in these waters, areas low in both oxygen and salinity off the coast of Africa. Fish can't survive in the dead zones, researchers don't yet fully understand how microorganisms will react.
Michigan hit by worst earthquake state has seen in more than 60 years. In recent days, a series of alarming earthquakes all over the United States. Number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than 20th century’s average for an entire year. One scientist claiming solar activity declining faster “than any time in last 9300 years.”
“Protecting America’s[GMO] seed corn industry” now rises to the level of fighting terrorists. FBI invoked broader powers authorized by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in case against two Chinese siblings who allegedly plotted to steal patented GMO seeds from cornfields in Iowa. FBI treats economic espionage and similar trade secret theft as dangerous threats to national security.
International energy giant Shell lobbied the European Union to opt for the use of natural gas instead of striving toward renewable energy, the Guardian reported citing private correspondence.
Colombias Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide thats the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The ministry based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm. It said it was acting in accordance with a constitutional court ruling that it take precautions whenever credible health risks are apparent.
Pollination of apples in Maoxian has to be completed within five days in order for the trees to bear fruit. Every year thousands of villagers arrive for the arduous task of meticulously pollinating every single blossom by hand. Using homemade pollination sticks made from chicken feathers and cigarette filters dipped into plastic bottles filled with pollen, a single person can pollinate five to ten trees in a day.
US Geological Survey report has been released, which details how the same hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ process used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock beds – is responsible for unnaturally inducing earthquakes in places like Oklahoma.
The European Commission proposed a new law which would allow individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is "not constructive." Plan would "grant member states a greater say as regards the use of EU-authorized GMOs in food and feed on their respective territories."
NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, while the drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate. This is a direct threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops being raised in California.
Brazilian authorities recently approved new types of GM corn and soy meant to be used with 2,4-D chemicals, as well as a genetically modified eucalyptus trees. Brazil’s National Cancer Institute just echoed the World Health Organization’s concern that glyphosate, is cancerous, condemns GM crops for placing the country in the top ranking globally for pesticide consumption.
Following the World Health Organization’s report declaring that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, likely causes cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that regulators may begin testing food for residue of the pesticide chemical.
Monsanto announced it had patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. This has far-reaching consequences for drugs policy, since cannabis is still an illegal substance. Would you smoke GMO pot, or would you prefer to smoke nature’s finest?
Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet. Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade.
Lowe’s, one of the US’s largest home improvement and gardening supply stores, has plans to stop selling products containing ‘neonics,’ largely in response to activist pressure, a likely culprit in the decimation of bee and butterfly colonies. EU suspended their use in all 27 countries years ago.
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