Central America, a place of abundant wind and sunshine, is still chained to thermal power and large-scale hydroelectricity and has failed to include local communities in clean, environmentally-friendly and less invasive projects.
The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.
The city of Toledo has put its water quality on "watch" status because of toxins that shut down Toledo's public drinking-water system for three days a year ago. The water is safe to drink, city officials said. Microcystin detected in the intake crib three miles out in Lake Erie, not detected in tap water.
Fishermen set their nets June 9 pulled up thick blankets of slime… Department of Fisheries and Oceans, determined slime to be a “goo” of phytoplankton… Skeena River sockeye – predicted run of 3.5 million – were a no-show… as of mid-July, only 130,000 returned, growing concern over green algae material decimating their fishing season.
Stud written by James Hansen, NASA's former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.
New rainfall records set over the weekend in southern and central California. Rare storm allowed firefighters to contain 60 per cent of a wildfire that swept across a California interstate. California is in its fourth straight year of drought, mandatory water restrictions ordered in April. July typically driest month of the year in Southern California.
Gov. Jerry Brown: speaking at a summit of mayors from around the world; the world may already have “gone over the edge” on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.“We don’t know how far we’ve gone, or if we’ve gone over the edge,” “There are tipping points, feedback loops. This is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain future . We are talking about extinction.
Global weather observations have all arrived at the same conclusion: This June broke all temperature records, while the first half of 2015 already promises the hottest year in more than 100 years of records. June was the third month this year to have broken a monthly temperature record since 1880,
Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage of the region's winter wheat as below-average quality on Monday. Farmers in the Northwest nervous the uncharacteristically low quality of their product could slash the crop's already declining prices.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reported yesterday that high levels of radiation—up to 60 times higher than the maximum allowed in drinking water—were found in Ten Mile Creek, which flows into the Monongahela River in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
United Nations reports that we have 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and that, by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent.
At least five Republican governors, including two presidential hopefuls — Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana indicated they may defy new federal rules that are part of President Obama's climate change agenda meant to reduce carbon emissions, transition to renewable energy. Require power plants to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.
ExxonMobil, world's biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change—seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm's own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.
Kuskokwim River salmon returning to spawn alarmingly low… [Kings are] dramatically below last year’s count… “Mounting evidence suggests that the 2015 chinook salmon run was early and weak,” Fish and Game managers said… chum salmon also is very low, sockeye salmon harvests well under 2014 and five-year average levels… down 86% from same period last year off 75% from average.
BP agreed to pay record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions by the US and several states over 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. US justice department, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, sued BP for damages not covered by earlier settlements, ends litigation between BP, and the government, allows the company to pay over 18 years.
For 20 years the New Manhattan Project have been saturating our atmosphere with chemtrail sprays found to consist of aluminum, barium and strontium. It is not normal jet engine exhaust.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist Frank Forcella has been using an air compressor to spray gritty material like corncob bits on both sides of a crop to kill young weeds without harming corn or soybeans. His method utilizing the new technology is gaining attention from organic farmers who don’t use chemicals to control weeds in their fields.
US scientists found a way to estimate time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park 10 months to 10 years beforehand, most recent happening nearly 70,000 years ago. They promise it won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a volcanic winter.
Police say last week's massive raid in Northern California's rugged Emerald Triangle by county law enforcement with no help from the DEA targeted private landowners not because they were growing pot, because they were illegally sucking 500,000 gallons of water a day from a section of the nearby Eel river.
Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three individuals, imposed a ban on import and export of goods from the territory of Crimea. Information in the statement of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper on the internet page of the Canadian government.
Oceanographers are puzzled by an accelerated burst of warming sea that threatens the fisheries of the American Atlantic coast. Off the US West coast, scientists baffled by a mysterious blob” of water up to 4°C warmer“ than the surrounding Pacific, linked to weird weather across the entire country.
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before, only seen such a weather phenomenon “on television, in programs about America.”
A controversial trial of genetically modified (GM) wheat has failed to repel pests any more effectively than ordinary crops, scientists have found. Researchers attempted to engineer a variety of wheat to emit an odor that deters aphids in the hope of reducing the amount of pesticides required by plants.
Dutch court on Wednesday said that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a lawsuit.
Toxic algae bloom west of Vancouver Island threatens salmon… The bloom stretches along the Pacific coast from California to B.C. Cause unknown.An additional concern relates to salmon stock. The bloom has almost no crustaceans… which is worrisome, most prolific toxic algal outbreak ever recorded.
Jerry Brown: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board; if more water does not flow into California, eventually will be too many people for available water to support. “ how many people can we accommodate? ”Lynn Wilson,academic chair, Kaplan University, United Nations climate change delegation: past “civilizations had to migrate out of drought areas,” interview with CNBC in July. “We may have to migrate people out of California.” every option such as importing water would likely occur, “migration can’t be taken off the table.”
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in the heart of tornado alley. Builders broke ground on the $1.25 billion dollar facility. It will include a biosafety level 4 lab, designed to handle deadly and exotic pathogens for which no vaccines or treatments exist.
Crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) places intense selective pressure on pests to evolve resistance. Pest “develop resistance rapidly” when Bt crops don’t produce a high enough level of Bt toxin, require farmers to use more pesticides. Bt corn didn’t eradicate the pest, it made it stronger, causing even more pesticide use.
There are now more than 50,000 different pesticides being manufactured with over 600 ‘active’ ingredients. Nearly seven billion pounds of pesticides are used annually around the world. Who makes all these chemicals? The same “Big 6 Companies” that oppose food labeling.1. Monsanto 2. Bayer 3.Syngenta 4. Dow 5. Dupont 6. BASF
Pope Francis' on the environment: Once beautiful landscapes covered with rubbish, industrial waste, chemicals, linked to throwaway culture not yet managed to adopt circular model of production capable of preserving, limit use of non-renewable resources, moderate consumption, maximize efficient use, reusing,recycling. Markets promote extreme consumerism to sell products, people in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending. Climate is a common good, belonging to all. Those who possess economic or political power mostly concerned with masking the problems.
Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder found underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks: ongoing overhaul of German armed forces made it possible to set aside 76,600 acres of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.
Government opted against selling the land, in some cases, prime real estate, to investors in favour of creating natural refuges.
North Korea in a severe drought, Much of Korean Peninsula had unusually dry weather in recent weeks, crucial time for rice farming when seedlings are transplanted. Rice is a staple for both Koreas. Crop production in the North could fall 20 percent from last year if drought continues.
An Arlington fracking company leeched 48,000 gallons of benzene solvent into the city's water supply, doesn't call 911. It takes 24 hours and 4 attempts to plug the well, while hundreds of residents are evacuated. The EPA says water supplies are now as safe as fracking.
The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs approved at the EU level, urging Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) to implement a Germany-wide ban on cultivation.
Threat in Florida’s waters; deadly flesh-eating bacteria. Florida state health department report 32 cases past 12 months. Number of infections increases May through October, the bacterium thrives when water is warmest. It can also infect those who eat raw shellfish or mishandle raw oysters.
French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal: the weed killer Round Up should not be sold in garden shops since it is potentially harmful to human beings. Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena: glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
Owen Paterson former Environment Minister for the UK: talks about Greenpeace being put on trial for “crimes against humanity” GMOs can save millions of lives. It’s the environmentalists who are doing real harm.”
World’s largest underground aquifers, a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides detailed picture of vital water reserves under the Earth’s surface. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers from India, China, United States and France passed their sustainability tipping points, more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study.
Pope Francis: The spread of (GM) crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production, affects the present and future of regional economies. In several countries there is a trend in the development of oligopolies in the production of seeds and other products needed for cultivation, the dependence deepens when you consider the production of sterile seeds, which end up forcing farmers to buy (seeds) from producers.”“It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”
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