“Around the world, treated and untreated wastewater entering surface waters contains pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs that originate from human consumption and excretion, manufacturing processes, or improper disposal. Areas in some streams have high enough concentrations of amphetamines to alter the bottom of the aquatic food chain.
Environmental Protection Agency announced it had gotten an "unusually high number of reports of crop damage that appear related to misuse of herbicides containing the active ingredient dicamba." Complaints of dead crops appeared in 10 states suspects dicamba drift as the culprit. The dicamba products currently on the market tend to vaporize in the air and drift far away from the land they're applied on, killing other crops.
The turbines off the coast of rising twice as high as the Statue of Liberty. Workers attached the final 240-foot-long blades just days ago, turning the nation’s first offshore wind farm into a reality;. some see progress, the birth of a promising industry, a way to ditch the 1 million gallons of diesel fuel that Block Island burns each year for power, will provide enough energy to power about 17,000 homes.
Misleading advertising basis for a lawsuit filed August 25, 2016 against General Mills, maker of the brand Nature Valley Granola Bars, label their products’ packages with the words “Made with 100% NATURAL whole grain OATS.” The lawsuit was filed by Beyond Pesticides, Moms Across America, and Organic Consumers Association using the Richman Law Group  in Washington, DC, citing the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedure Act. Glyphosate, a key herbicide chemical active in several commercial and agricultural herbicides, has been found in General Mills’ natural granola bars.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan and killing at least one person.The quake struck 25km (15.5 miles) west of Chauk, at a depth of 84km, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt as far away as Thailand, Bangladesh and India,
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday, levelling buildings in several towns as residents slept. The mayor of hard-hit Amatrice said people were trapped under debris and that "The town isn't here anymore."The quake struck at 3:36 a.m. and was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including Rome where people felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. First images of damage showed debris in the street and some collapsed buildings in towns and villages that dot the countryside
Monsanto made the decision to give up on its seed plant after three years of protests from local citizens and GMO-free campaigners from all over Argentina. In 2014, activists forced to Monsanto to stop the construction of the plant by using coordinated protest techniques at the construction site. A spokesman for Monsanto told Argentinian media organizations that
“An investment of almost 1500 million makes no sense,” forced to admit that protests, local pressure, and resistance by environmentalists, anti-GMO activists and local residents part of the reason the company decided to dismantle the plant.
A scientific report released Tuesday reveals six million Americans are exposed to high levels of unregulated industrial pollutants through drinking water. The chemicals, widely used in industrial processes and commercial products for the past 60 years, are called poly-and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). “Cancer, elevated cholesterol, obesity, immune suppression, and endocrine [hormone] disruption” in humans have all been linked to PFAS exposure, according to the report published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters . Levels to reach toxicity are much lower than lead, known to be toxic to humans, not regulated by the EPA.
A New York federal appeals court ruled Ecuadorean plaintiffs cannot collect a $9 billion judgment in the US against Chevron for rainforest damage. The case has been labelled the “biggest environmental case in the world.” The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court’s finding, which found the Ecuadorean court judgment was obtained by corrupt means; doesn't invalidate the Ecuadorian judgment and does not stop the enforcement of the judgment anywhere outside the US.
As health officials predicted, the Zika virus is beginning to spread across south Florida, and now a type of genetically modified (GM) mosquito designed to fight the virus has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration
Earth Overshoot Day—the day on which people worldwide have officially used up more natural resources like air, food, and water than the planet can regenerate in a year—has come early. The 2016 threshold was hit on Monday, making it the fastest pace yet, according to a new report by the Global Footprint Network, which measures the milestone every year. That's five days earlier than last year, about five weeks earlier than in 2003, and months earlier than it was in 1987, when it fell on December 19. In 1961, the global population didn't even use up 100 percent of the world's natural resources, according to the network. We deplete fisheries and harvest forests more quickly than they can reproduce and regrow,"
The rapidly warming climate will melt Greenland's ice cap to such an extent that thousands of tons of hazardous waste left in the 1960s by a secret U.S. military base will be unearthed by the end of the century, new research finds. The biological, chemical, and radioactive waste will then seep into the ground and the sea.
CDC and the Florida Health Department recommended an aerial spraying program to cover a 10-square-mile area just north of downtown Miami. The state is spraying a chemical called Naled, which is an organophospate pesticide that causes severe skin and eye irritation, contains an ngredient called napthalines classified by the EPA as a “possible human carcinogen.”In the 1950s, the U.S. was seeking to weaponize the Aedes aegypti mosquito while Brazil and other Latin American countries were trying to eradicate it. Army scientists were considering how fleas, grasshoppers, and mosquitoes might be deployed.. These insects were harder to protect against than gas— masks wouldn’t help. The threat they posed would last, as long as a population of insects remained alive, would be difficult to pin an insect-borne attack on the U.S. There were parts of the Soviet Union that had never been exposed to the disease, which made them vulnerable, had the right climate to support mosquitoes.
For years, fish have been feeding on tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean, mistaking them for food, humans then eat the fish. These “microplastics,” sometimes thinner than human hair, are now in 85–90 percent of some fish populations, albeit in relatively small quantities, says Richard Thompson, a marine biology professor at Plymouth University; projected that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
Tuesday, July 26, Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 in favor of passing controversial new water quality standards that will raise the maximum allowable levels of more than two dozen cancer-causing chemicals to be dumped into the state's rivers and streams.
10 of the 20 largest wildfires in California's history have burned in the last 10 years. Toxic algae blooms off of the coast of Florida, dormant anthrax that's been released from the melting soils in Siberia. Scientists fear that as ice-melt accelerates in the Arctic, 1,500 billion tons of land-based carbon and 10,000 billion tons of sea-based methane released into the atmosphere from the permafrost and from beneath the Arctic Sea where it's been trapped for hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
This week, the most dangerous volcano in Mexico erupts, three major volcanoes in Indonesia all erupted within the space of 72 hours. Mexico and Indonesia are both considered to be part of “the Ring of Fire,” and all along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean volcanoes are starting to go off. According to Volcano Discovery, 25 volcanoes in areas that are considered to be within the Ring of Fire have erupted recently. Our planet appears to have entered a time of increased seismic activity,
Mount Rinjani on Lombok island near Bali erupted on Monday, disrupting flights from one airport in Bali Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands erupted late yesterday. Farms and trees around the volcanoes were covered in gray ash, but nearby towns and villages were not in danger
New purchases of Western white wheat have been halted in Japan until some type of validated test can ensure that no GMOs are present in U.S. wheat exports; follows U.S. reports of a third incidence of GMO wheat contamination in the Pacific Northwest.Wheat containing GMOs are not approved for the U.S. commercial market. Steve Mercer, vice president of communications for U.S. Wheat says that Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will resume purchases once a test designed by Monsanto and validated by USDA is available.
In the 1990s, a European genetic engineering company was preparing to field test its genetically modified version of Klebsiella planticola, a soil bacteria that grows on plants' roots.which it had tested in the lab, presumed to be safe. The company's genetic engineers were trying to solve a problem faced by farmers all over the world; how to deal with crop residues like leftover corn and wheat stalks after harvest without burning fields and creating thick and dangerous smoke. They figured that they could take a gene that leads to alcohol production from yeast and insert it into the bacteria Klebsiella planticola; hoped this simple modification could: decompose the plant material without burning it, produce alcohol that could be used for gasoline or cooking, and create a sludge byproduct that would be rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, magnesium and calcium to be used as fertilizer. When they applied it as fertilizer, wheat grown in the sludge died after a week. The parent bacterium makes a slime layer that helps it stick to the plant's roots. The engineered bacterium makes about 17 parts per million alcohol that is toxic to roots, and kills them. Klebsiella planticola is found in the root systems of every terrestrial plant on Earth. If the modified bacterium were released into the wild, it would threaten every single terrestrial plant on the planet.
The Rodale Institute for 30 years, conducting a long-term comparative Farming Systems Trial. Industrialising nature creating more problems than it solved, documented research comparing organically fertilised fields and conventionally fertilised fields on its 330 acre farm in Pennsylvania, USA. It’s the longest running comparative study of its kind in the world. Water tables being exhausted and polluted, soils are eroding, being contaminated; despite increasing use of pesticides (insecticides and herbicides), ‘pest‘ and disease problems are proving more troublesome than they were before the industrial revolution, resulting in getting less whilst putting more in. With resources failing, this is critical.
President Barack Obama signed into law, S. 764, which was the newest manifestation of the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know).The DARK Acts were a way to establish federal labeling – i.e. the lack of GM labeling – and would banish all state labeling initiatives under a federal standard. The federal measure authored by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and fast-tracked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (no committee, no debate) has now quelled all state efforts for clear text labeling of genetically modified organisms in food.
SEATTLE (AP) — Genetically modified wheat not approved for sale or commercial production in the United States has been found growing in a field in Washington state, agriculture officials said Friday, posing a possible risk to trade with countries concerned about engineered food.
Flint, Michigan, water rates, which are already the highest in the nation, may go up twofold over the next five years, according to state water officials.
The six individuals are being charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy and willful neglect of duty for manipulating reports that would have otherwise indicated that water in Flint was not safe to drink. Adam Rosenthal, one of the six, is also facing felony charges of tampering with evidence.
The worldwide use of natural material resources, such as fossil fuels and metals, has tripled over the past 40 years. And it will triple again in the next 40, according to a United Nations report released July 20.
Due to a recent heatwave on July 12, 2016, the solar power plants across the state were able to produce a record 8,030 megawatts of electricity around 1:06pm. This is enough energy to power 6 million homes in the Golden (and most populous) state. This is double what was produced in May.
Temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait climbed to " 54°C (129.2°F) on Thursday. Friday, Basrah, Iraq International Airport reported a high temperature of 53.9°C (129°F). "Today's high in Basrah is the second highest reliably measured temperature in world recorded history outside of Death Valley, California."
A new review of scientific literature is linking one of the most well known and notorious herbicides in the United States to a variety of diseases as a result of a mechanism that modifies the function of human DNA. Glyphosate, a synthetic amino acid and analogue of glycine, is the most widely used biocide on the planet; is pervasive in the food supply, and chronic exposure will lead to slow accumulation of damaged proteins
A Richmond man has been recovering after contracting a rare, flesh-eating bacteria from the ocean in Virginia Beach. WWBT-TV reports Charles Ballard Sr. was wading in the water while fishing with his son June 11 when he got tiny cuts on his feet from stepping on jagged rocks. Three days later, Ballard noticed those cuts became open sores. He was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with vibrio vulnificus, a potentially fatal flesh-eating bacteria. Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU Medical Center, says they only see about one or two vibrio cases a year.
Finished apparel products contain large quantities of chemical substances… many of which are released from garments during consumer washing. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) receive large amounts of microfibers daily. While most of these microfibers are removed, a significant amount is still released into the local environment, aquatic animals ingest these microfibers. Researchers also detected microplastics in non-animal, marine-sourced food products like sea salt.
Researchers from the University College London warn that extinction of species around the world may have already dropped below a "safe" level for the health of the planet. Published in the journal Science, the paper examines the rate of decline in animal, plant and other living species around the globe, and attempts to estimate the potential impact of new extinctions on the world's ecosystems.
Last month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2016 was the highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed a bill legalizing the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes in the state, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. U.S. market for hemp is around $600 million per year; as many as 25,000 uses for industrial hemp, including food, cosmetics, plastics and bio-fuel. The U.S. is currently the world’s #1 importer of hemp fiber for various products, with China and Canada acting as the top two exporters.
U.S. Department of Agriculture says removing DNA from a crop is not the same as adding genes from another organism, corn injected with outside DNA is technically considered a GMO, but canola that can tolerate herbicide because scientists removed a gene is not; this regulatory gap allows American consumers to be duped into purchasing gene-edited products that are actually labeled non-GMO.
Environmental activists are being murdered at record rates, as many as three deaths occurring per week, according to London-based advocacy group, Global Witness. 185 killings occurred in 2015 – a 60 percent increase over the previous year, deadliest year on record.”The majority of the murders were activists opposing logging, mining, agribusiness and dam projects. United States government is complicit in the persecution of activists, labeling them terrorists, governments throughout the world “turning a blind eye to corruption, illegalities and environmental degradation,” condemning activists as“anti-development.”
50 days before the Games begin; financial crisis is preventing the city from honoring its commitments to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The governor said crisis is so severe it could result in “a total collapse in public security, health, education, mobility, and environmental management. UN Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde said July 5 the risk of terrorist attacks at the Rio Olympics is still high .Rio’s police warned people heading to the Games won’t be protected because officers aren’t being paid. 200 scientists signed a letter stating 2016 Games in Brazil puts the world at risk for a global Zika outbreak. Drug-resistant bacteria discovered growing off of the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s beaches where Olympic sailors are scheduled to compete.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlawed GMO food in Russia, making it a criminal offence to import or produce it in the country. Citizens violating the new law will have to pay a fine of between 10,000 and 50,000 rubles ($155 – $770) and companies will be fined a much harsher 100,000 and 500,000 rubles ($1550 – $7700).
Lord Rothschild has urged the British public to steer clear of a Brexit vote and remain part of the European Union, in a threatening open letter for The Times. Rothschild said we live in a time when “international order based on co-operation is crucial to prosperity and security”.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared an emergency in four south Florida counties, as a thick, odorous algae bloom has begun to spread in the surrounding waters. Residents of St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach and Lee counties have been warned to stay out of discolored water and to not use tainted water for watering lawns or other personal uses.The bloom was caused by a chemical leak in Lake Okechobee last month which raised levels of toxicity to 20 times over World Health Organization (WHO) safety standards. Republican Governor Scott blamed the severity of the bloom on inaction by the White House.
#1. Hospital food
#2. School food for children
#3. Vaccines and flu shots
#4. Military rations
#5. Animal feed
#6. Top notch, fine-dining restaurants
#7. Whole Foods supermarket (especially at the food bar)
#8. Foods labeled “gluten-free”: Most of these foods contain monosodium glutamate, which is genetically modified and causes migraine headaches and brain damage in infants.
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the San Francisco-based utility company, announced it will phase out its nuclear power production in California by 2025. That means the power produced at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, the state’s lone remaining operational nuclear power plant, will be replaced.
President of TEPCO, Naomi Hirose, admitted on NHK that his company concealed the reactor meltdowns at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant immediately after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Hirose also confirmed that TEPCO ordered not to use the word “core meltdown” when referring to what happened at the crippled plant. In fact, the utility did not officially admit the meltdowns until more than 2 months after the accident.
Record June snows continue across the planet in both Hemispheres. Unbelievable snows in Hawaii a week before summer, record snow in Rarest of snow in Mexico. Barrow, Alaska along with unusual amounts of plentiful sea ice. Snows across California, Washington State, New Hampshire, frost across upstate New York and La NIna strengthens.
Rice harvested in Japan's Fukushima region, heavily affected by a nuclear meltdown in 2011, is returning to the EU, starting with Britain next month, the Japan Times reports. 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London, UK the first EU nation to import the region’s produce after the nuclear disaster.
Brazil recently refused all U.S.-grown GM crops. While we are continuously force fed genetically modified foods — since they are in approximately 80 percent of all packaged, conventional foods in grocery stores in America — other countries are refusing to import them, grow them, or sell them within their borders.
Despite the abundance of scientific studies documenting the rapid and dangerous decline of pollinator populations, state and federal lawmakers have yet to pass any meaningful protections for bees. The reason, according to the findings of a new investigation, is that pesticide giants such as Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta have deployed an aggressive lobbying campaign to dilute and suppress attempts to regulate their multi-billion dollar industry—with great success.
Retired Southern Californian couple, Ron and Sarah Hall, found out the hard way that the state frowns upon homeowners installing powerful solar panels. SoCal Edison did not allow the Halls to activate their solar system because “it exceeded state standards for energy production. The panels they installed, would have generated too much power: 28% over the amount a homeowner is allowed to produce.The state is concerned homeowners who produce too much power with their solar systems could sell the excess power and therefore potentially be energy retailers.
Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant "super bacteria" off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on Aug. 5 The super bacteria can cause hard-to-treat urinary, gastrointestinal, pulmonary and bloodstream infections, along with meningitis. The CDC says studies show that these bacteria contribute to death in up to half of patients infected.
US coal production has plunged to its lowest since the 1980s miners strike, and it’s all due to an abnormally warm winter. In just three months, the coal industry has seen a 17 percent drop in production, making it the steepest decline in decades.
“When scientists tell us that the planet is getting warmer and we need to do something about it, the majority of people think that’s a good idea, let’s do something about that, because we don’t want Manhattan to be underwater,” Obama said during a fundraiser in New York City.
The Scottish National Party’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said he and his government remained “deeply skeptical” on the merits of fracking and confirmed that the practice would not be allowed in Scotland until there is clear evidence that it does not cause health-related or environmental harm.
Iit’s possible to deter the insects in a way that actually improves your garden – by incorporating plants that repel insects. 7 plants that repel mosquitoes: 1. Citronella 2. Lemon Balm 3. Basil 4. Catnip 5. Marigolds 6. Lavender 7. Mint
According to a recent study, up to 81 drugs and personal-care products were detected in the flesh of salmon caught in the Puget Sound. Some of the drugs include Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, Lipitor, and cocaine.Samples were gathered over two days for the study, and both migratory juvenile chinook salmon and resident staghorn sculpin were tested. Chemicals were found not only in the tissue of the fish but in the water. Samples were gathered over two days for the study, and both migratory juvenile chinook salmon and resident staghorn sculpin were tested. Chemicals were found not only in the tissue of the fish but in the water. Drugs and contaminates found include Flonase, Aleve, Tylenol, Paxil, Valium, Zoloft, Tagamet, OxyContin, Darvon, Nicotine, caffeine, Fungicides, antiseptics, anticoagulants, antibiotics.
US lawmakers must reject the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement as it poses a direct threat to water and food quality and to property rights across the United States, a coalition of more than 450 civil society groups wrote in a letter to Congress. The groups also requested the US Trade Representative to remove from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) any provision that empowers corporations to challenge government policies in extrajudicial tribunals
Warning against dangers to "workers, communities, and our environment," more than 450 environmental advocacy groups called on Congress to reject the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)."These deals harm workers, communities, and our environment,."allow multinational corporations sue nations in private, clandestine tribunals for passing laws they don't like.
The country’s central grid has increased four-fold to 770 megawatts since 2013 with many solar power projects under development. Chile now has 29 solar farms and another 15 in the pipeline. With so much clean power available, the price of solar has cost absolutely nothing for certain regions in recent months. As Bloomberg stated: Spot prices reached zero in parts of the country on 113 days through April, a number that’s on track to beat last year’s total of 192 days, according to Chile’s central grid operator.
West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority in Alabama advised 100,000 of their customers to stop using their tap water for drinking or cooking until we are able to bring temporary system our engineer is designing online.” That includes water boiled or cleaned with Brita style filters, neither can remove the contaminants;.admitted they have no “means to provide bottled water for its customers in the interim.” The chemicals in question are perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, known to cause cancer, thyroid damage, birth defects; used in manufacture of non-stick cookware, waterproof clothes, and carpet sealants. .It’s believed they were discharged into the Tennessee River by companies like 3M.
Environmental Protection Agency wants to raise the amount of biofuels in America’s gasoline, an energy industry executive says the move could severely damage most of the vehicles in the U.S., reduce the amount of energy per gallon and add to the national economic uncertainty.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder now the subject of a federal racketeering (RICO) lawsuit filed by hundreds of Flint residents.The lawsuit alleges that the state of Michigan ran Flint’s day-to-day operations through an emergency manager, who attempted to partially balance the city’s budget through a cost-cutting measure: Switching Flint’s water source from Lake Huron, which had been the source of water in the city for more than 50 years, to a local, heavily polluted river.
At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found. Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history. The Guardian’s investigation demonstrates that similar testing regimes were in place in cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee.
Under normal conditions, for instance, plants convert nitrates they absorb into nutritious amino acids and proteins. But prolonged drought slows or prevents this conversion, leading to more potentially problematic nitrate accumulating in the plant, the report said. If people eat too much nitrate in their diets, it can interfere with the ability of red blood cells to transport oxygen in the body,
Three plaintiffs have been awarded $17.5 million in damages caused by Monsanto and three other companies for negligence in the production of PCBs. Monsanto, Pfizer, Solutia, and Pharmacia must pay the plaintiffs and assessed an additional $29 million in punitive damages against Monsanto for its continued selling of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, after the compound had been banned, .
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD Corrupted?
1,445 CPM, 289 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,345 CPM, 269 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,329 CPM, 265.8 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,290 CPM, 258 Times Normal, Louisville, KY. Beta, Gamma.
1,198 CPM, 239.6 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,160 CPM, 232 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,148 CPM, 229.6 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,125 CPM, 225 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,092 CPM, 218.4 Times Normal, Pierre, SD. Beta, Gamma.
1,055 CPM, 211 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,046 CPM, 209.2 Times Normal, Mason City, IA. Beta, Gamma.
1,032 CPM, 206.4 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,031 CPM, 206.2 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma. Yes
1,022 CPM, 204.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,021 CPM, 204.2 Times Normal, Atlanta, GA. Beta, Gamma.
1,009 CPM, 201.8 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Beta, Gamma.
Gov. Rick Snyder has called for the suspension of an internal state investigation into the Flint drinking water crisis after Attorney General Bill Schuette complained it was complicating — and compromising — his ongoing criminal investigation.
A tornado that raked the northern Kansas landscape for about 90 minutes was impressive both for its classic "wedge" shape and its sheer endurance — staying on the ground about 10 times longer than the typical twister.The Storm Prediction Center says most tornadoes last less than 10 minutes and stay on the ground for about 3½ miles. Wednesday's storm covered about 23 miles moving so slowly it lasted an hour and a half and was so isolated that other storms never interrupted its air flow.
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.
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