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Controversy Swarms Bee and Pesticide Study

April 9th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://news.discovery.com/earth/controversy-swarms-around-honeybee-and-pesticide-study-120409.html

Another study adds to the buzz that a certain class of pesticides, called neonicotinoids, may be behind the bee-killing colony collapse disorder. But the findings have stirred up a hornet’s nest of objections from the pesticides’ manufacturer, Bayer. Harvard University biologist Chensheng Lu found a correlation between an imidacloprid-contaminated diet and one of the symptoms of colony collapse disorder.

Fukushima Has Potential to Destroy the World And Our Civilization - Video

April 9th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://theintelhub.com/2012/04/09/fukushima-has-potential-to-destroy-the-world-and-our-civilization/

A former UN Adviser has warned that Fukushima has the potential to destroy the world, the environment, and our civilization with nuclear fallout taking up to 50 years to contain. Experts are now coming forward with their opinions on the real implications of the Fukushima disaster. More and more scientists continue to report that Fukushima has the potential to make Chernobyl look like a drop of water compared to a massive lake.

EPA-approved GMO insecticide responsible for killing off bees, contaminating entire food chain

April 9th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://mountainrepublic.net/2012/04/09/study-epa-approved-gmo-insecticide-responsible-for-killing-off-bees-contaminating-entire-food-chain/

Early last year, leaked documents obtained by a Colorado beekeeper exposed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) illegitimate approval of clothianidin, a highly-toxic pesticide manufactured by Bayer CropScience that the regulatory agency knew was capable of killing off bees

Former UN advisor: If No. 4 pool collapses I’ve been told “during 50 years continual radiation, you cannot contain - Video”

April 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://enenews.com/former-un-advisor-ive-been-told-maybe-50-years-to-contain-radiation-if-no-4-pool-collapses-during-50-years-continual-you-cannot-contain-video

Reactor 4 contained no fuel when the earthquake hit. Instead, the spent fuel rods had been moved to a cooling pool on the second floor of the containment unit. [...] If another high level earthquake hits the area, the building will certainly collapse. Japanese and American meteorologists have predicted that such a strong earthquake is indeed likely to hit this year. The meltdown and unprecedented release of radiation that would ensue is the worst case scenario ... such an accident would force the evacuation of the 35 million people in Tokyo, close half of Japan and compromise the nation’s sovereignty.

Polar Bears Show Signs of Mysterious Illness

April 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment

Link: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/04/06/polar-bears-show-signs-of-mysterious-illness/

Biologists have found Polar Bears in the Beaufort Sea with hair loss and skin lesions. Those are the same symptoms that have sickened ice seals and walruses in the arctic since last summer and led the federal government to declare the incident an unusual mortality event. Scientists are just beginning an investigation into whether polar bears are suffering from the same thing.

Oil Drilling Threatens Spain's Renewable Energy Paradise

April 5th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107335

Environmentalists and local authorities are opposed to prospecting for oil in the waters off the Canary Islands, one of Europe’s leading tourist destinations and an area with great potential in the field of renewable energy.

USGS: Recent Earthquakes 'Almost Certainly Manmade' Report implicates oil and natural gas drilling, aka fracking

April 5th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/05

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research team has linked oil and natural gas drilling operations to a series of recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies. (Image: EcoWatch.org) According to the study led by USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth, the spike in earthquakes since 2001 near oil and gas extraction operations is “almost certainly man-made.” The research team cites underground injection of drilling wastewater as a possible cause.

Fukushima Fallout Will Dwarf the US Arsenal - Audio

April 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://youtu.be/RqvYuvwy9Z8

Fukushima is not safe or stable and with more than 10,000 tons of enriched nuclear material, that is enough to make 10s of thousands of nuclear bombs. And it would spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident

April 3rd, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html

Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata, was invited to speak at the Public Hearing of the Budgetary Committee of the House of Councilors on March 22, 2012, on the Fukushima nuclear power plants accident. Before the Committee, Ambassador Murata strongly stated that if the crippled building of reactor unit 4—with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground—collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4. In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.

Environmental Toxins May be Causing Mass Cancer Wave

April 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/environmental-toxins-may-be-causing-mass-cancer-wave/

Environmental Toxins May be Causing Mass Cancer WaveIt is well established that carcinogenic substances are lurking in the environment around us, but just how many cancer cases are caused by these substances remains a mystery. Diet and smoking habits make up nearly 60 percent of cancer cases, and thus personal lifestyle changes play a major factor, but how many cancer cases result from environmental and occupational exposure?

Depleted Uranium–’Dirty Bomb’–Now In America

April 1st, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Palestine, War, Health

Link: http://www.realzionistnews.com/?p=710

Joe Cortina: Our government has been lying about the risks since day-one of the Gulf Wars beginning in 1991. During the first period, Desert Storm, approximately 350 tons were spread in Iraq. During the subsequent wars – the 2003 invasion of Iraq - nearly 2000 Tons turned that nation into a radioactive wasteland. Our soldiers who have returned home, suffering from Depleted Uranium’s poison, are calling their deadly ailments, “The Gulf Syndrome.” Br Nathanael: Is it used in Afghanistan as well? Joe Cortina: Absolutely! There has been even MORE tons of this deadly poison spread over Afghanistan by an irresponsible Government gone mad! These deadly micro-particles are often carried up into the atmosphere and released with rain hundreds of miles away. The Jews themselves have poured over 75 tons of this radioactive death on the tiny 138 Square Mile Prison we know as Gaza. That’s enough to kill 50 million people. Gaza has 1.5 million people.

Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing DNA Damage

March 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-is-causing-dna-damage/#ixzz1qdTsTNfM

New research has recently been released showing that glyphosate, the main active ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup Ultra Max, is causing both DNA and cellular damage to cells found in the mouth and throat. Seeing as the inhalation of herbicides and ingredients like glyphosate is very common, this research alone is enough to raise concern over the safety of such substances which are used on a major scale.

As Fukushima Worsens, US Approves New Nukes

March 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/30-7

Despite reports this week that the Fukushima nuclear situation may be even worse than previously thought, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has given approval today for two combined licenses for two nuclear reactors in South Carolina, only the second time in the last three decades that new nuclear plants have been approved in the nation.

New pesticides linked to bee population collapse

March 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/new-pesticides-linked-to-bee-population-collapse-7601198.html

Two studies confirm dangers of 'nerve agents' used on one-third of all British cropland. Worldwide declines in bee colonies, threatening much of global agriculture, may be caused by a new generation of nerve-agent pesticides, two new scientific studies strongly suggest. The findings place a massive question mark over the increasingly controversial compounds, now the fastest growing family of insecticides in the world.

California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation

March 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2012-13-30/california-slammed-fukushima-radiation?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zerohedge%2Ffeed+%28zero+hedge+-+on+a+long+enough+timeline%2C+the+survival+rate+for+everyone+drops+to+zero%29

The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California's seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada:

40,000,000 Bq of iodine-131 in a single bed of kelp off Southern California — Amount most likely larger

March 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://enenews.com/40000000-bq-of-iodine-131-in-a-single-bed-of-kelp-off-southern-california-amount-most-likely-larger

The total amount of 131I taken up by the canopy was most likely larger than that measured in the canopy tissue because iodine taken up by canopy blades is translocated throughout the kelp body as iodide. The scientists estimated that the entire kelp tissue on the surface at Corona del Mar contained about one millicurie.

IPCC predicts rise in extreme climate events

March 28th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.scidev.net/en/agriculture-and-environment/planet-under-pressure-2012-2/news/ipcc-predicts-rise-in-extreme-climate-events.html

Climate change could mean unusually high temperatures occurring much more often in most parts of the world by the end of the century, according to a special report on extreme weather events from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Fukushima monthly fallout higher now than 9 months ago in June

March 28th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://enenews.com/fukushima-fallout-totals-higher-9-months-june

Title: Reading of radioactivity level in fallout by prefecture

Scientists Warn of Low-Dose Risks of Chemical Exposure

March 25th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/03/25-1

A new study finds that even low doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals — used in everything from plastics to pesticides – can have serious effects on human health. These findings, the researchers say, point to the need for basic changes in how chemical safety testing is conducted.

Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records

March 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/03/24-2

First decade of 21st Century warmest on record; US locations break 7,000 temperature records in March. Accelarated climate change, driven by human activity, has led to soaring temperatures around the world and the decade between 2001 and 2010 was the warmest ever recorded in all continents of the globe, according to a new report released by the World Meteorological Organization.

5 Deadly Threats to Our Precious Drinking Water Supply

March 21st, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/water/154648/5_deadly_threats_to_our_precious_drinking_water_supply/

If you brushed your teeth this morning or flushed the toilet or had a cup of coffee, consider yourself lucky. Actually, if you turned on your tap and potable water freely came out, consider yourself truly blessed. Because so many of us in the United States are in this situation it can be easy to forget that nearly 900 million other people aren't so lucky.

Outrageous Lies Monsanto and Friends Are Trying to Pass off to Kids as Science

March 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/154602/outrageous_lies_monsanto_and_friends_are_trying_to_pass_off_to_kids_as_science/

The claims made in a book from the biotechnology industry are laughable. But these blatant lies are passed off as 'science' for schoolchildren. It's not enough that the biotech industry -- led by multinational corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BAS, and Dupont -- is poisoning our food and our planet. It's also poisoning young minds.

INTENTIONALLY STEERING THE JET STREAM?

March 18th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://conspiracyanalyst.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/intentionally-steering-jet-stream.html

Rare, "one of a kind" superstorms are popping up everywhere in a suspiciously, unnatural, rapid fire manner. We are told that this alarming trend is due to some of the following causes...... global warming/climate change (which is it?), solar flares, mother earth revolting, God's revenge, planet X....etc. Notice how it is impossible for the average citizen to validate these theories. Most, if not all of these causes cannot be seen or observed. However,we can see , feel and hear the effects , such a, tidal waves, earthquakes, forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, abnormally fierce lightening, the sighting of aurora borrelalis in new places...etc.

Island nation of Kiribati plans mass relocation due to climate change

March 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/08/island-nation-of-kiribati-plans-mass-relocation-due-to-climate-change/

Rising sea levels created by the melting of Earth’s polar ice caps and glaciers pose such a threat to the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati that its leader said this week they were in talks to purchase land in neighboring Fiji for a mass relocation of its citizens.

Solar storm not nearly as bad as could have been

March 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SCI_SOLAR_STORM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-03-07-21-21-58

Our high-tech world seems to have easily weathered a solar storm that didn't quite live up to its advance billing. While some experts think the threat from the solar storm passed by Thursday afternoon, space weather forecasters said it's still too early to relax. That's because there's a chance the storm's effects could continue and even intensify through Friday morning.

"Planetary Genocide": Fukushima One Year Later : The Poisoning of Planet Earth

March 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29658

“The most difficult thing of all is to see is what is right in front of your eyes.” Goethe. As we approach the tragic one-year anniversary of Fukushima’s multiple nuclear reactors’ accident on March 11, that initially affected the entire Japanese population, we now know that this nightmare has engulfed all of us.

Flare-up: How the Sun Could Put an End to Nuclear Power

March 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/03/08-7

Solar energy may soon eclipse nuclear power — only not in the way we hoped. According to NASA, the planet will soon face an outbreak of powerful solar flares capable of collapsing global power grids. Were this to happen, the world's reactors could be left to run wild, overheat, melt down, and explode. As this is being written, the strongest solar storm in six years is barreling toward the Earth at 4 million miles per hour.

Big Nuclear's Cosy Relationship with the Obama Administration

March 8th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/03/08-12

One year on from Fukushima, the US is rewarding the nuclear energy lobby by underwriting new investment – regardless of risk. Super Tuesday demonstrated the rancor rife in Republican ranks, as the four remaining major candidates slug it out to see how far to the right of President Barack Obama they can go. While attacking him daily for the high cost of gasoline, both sides are traveling down the same perilous road in their support of nuclear power.

Powerful solar flare during night of March 6-7, 2012

March 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://earthsky.org/space/another-major-solar-flare-during-night-of-march-6-7-2012


In the round image on the far left the round yellow dot is Earth. The white dot in the middle is the sun. The coronal mass ejection leaves the sun and strikes Earth. Animated forecast track prepared by space weather experts at NASA Goddard's Space Weather Lab.

On March 6-7, 2012 was an X5-class eruption. It was the second major solar flare in a week. Its effects are now headed for Earth. The CME is expected to reach Earth on March 8, 2012 at 06:25 UTC (+/- 7 hours). That will be 12:25 a.m. CST tonight in the U.S. (again, +/- 7 hours). The impact could spark a “strong-to-severe geomagnetic” storm, according to analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab- Site. AP is reporting this solar flare as the largest in five years. Their story about it emphasizes that the solar flare effects have the potential to cause disruptions to various earthly technologies, specifically power grids, GPS and airplane flights. NASA held a press conference yesterday (March 6, 2012) in which space weather experts discussed the fact that the sun is now active. EarthSky has noticed via comments on its Facebook page, indicating that many don’t trust federal agencies’ downplaying of solar flare effects. The basic feeling seems to be expressed in a series of articles in June 2011 in the Washington Post.

Do scientists really believe Earth is headed for disaster in 2012? Is our government secretly planning to save and protect the elite - while leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves? Time is of the essence as Jesse Ventura chases down the 2012 conspiracy. It began as an ancient Mayan prediction that the world would come to an end. Now, experts reveal solar storms may lead to catastrophe in the very same year. Video: http://youtu.be/fOWWIDT910I

‘Super sherpa’ says climate change may make Mount Everest unclimbable

February 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/26/super-sherpa-says-climate-change-may-make-mount-everest-unclimbable/

Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world’s top mountaineers have warned. Apa Sherpa, the Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times, said he was disturbed by the lack of snow on the world’s highest peak, caused by rising temperatures.

Evacuate Tokyo and All US Forces From Japan

February 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21729

Tokyo Radiation Level 25 Times the Fukushima Mandatory Evacuation Zone (San Francisco) Widely known Physicist Dr Paolo Scampa, the publisher of the EU AIPRI Blog and an eminent chemical physicist, announced today his latest calculations of deadly radioactivity in Tokyo itself. The Tokyo suburbs are about 100 miles or 160 km South of the six destroyed, deteriorating and badly leaking nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Station for Nuclear Reactors.

Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply

February 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/willie-nelson/occupy-food_b_1299401.html

Of the 40,000 food items in a typical U.S. grocery store, more than half are now brought to us by just 10 corporations.Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, the destruction of soil fertility, the pollution of our water.On a global scale, the consolidation of our food system has meant devastation for farmers, forests and the climate.

Hundreds of thousands protest new Spanish labour legislation

February 24th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/spai-f21.shtml

In Madrid an estimated 110,000 protestors took the streets according to El País, while the unions put the figure at 500,000.The labour reforms mean employers can reduce the salaries of workers by claiming this is necessary for competitiveness or productivity. New training and apprenticeship contracts, will create poor paying jobs , an end to collective wage bargaining.

Top Biblical Verses That Illustrate Why Rick Santorum Is Out of Step with Christianity on Environmental Issues

February 23rd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/814466/top_biblical_verses_that_illustrate_why_rick_santorum_is_out_of_step_with_christianity_on_environmental_issues/#paragraph4

Santorum expresses his dislike for environmental protection saying humans were “put on earth … for our benefit, not earth’s benefit.” this is out of step with religious leaders — including the Pope — who have called on world leaders to address environmental issues. Bible on environmental protection.“ If you defile the land, it will vomit you out ” (Leviticus 18:26,““I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.” (Jeremiah 2:7)You shall not pollute the land in which you live…. You shall not defile the land in which you live, .” (Numbers 35:33-34)

Making Sustainability Legal: 9 Zombie Laws That Keep Cities From Going Green

February 23rd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: http://www.alternet.org/visions/154261/making_sustainability_legal_9_zombie_laws_that_keep_cities_from_going_green_?page=entire

. Over half the homeowners’ associations in the US — including some in those 19 states — explicitly ban clotheslines in their neighborhoods. A gathering “right-to-dry” movement is rising up to challenge these rules.New York, is notoriously rigid about telling people who they can and can’t let stay in their houses, for how long, and under what terms.

'Perpetual Growth Myth' Leading World to Meltdown: Experts UN-Sponsored Papers Predict Sustained Ecological and Social Meltdown

February 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/02/20-5

"The current system is broken," says Bob Watson, the UK’s chief scientific advisor on environmental issues and a winner of the prestigious Blue Planet prize in 2010. "It is driving humanity to a future that is 3-5°C warmer than our species has ever known, and is eliminating the ecology that we depend on for our health, wealth and senses of self."

Detroit residents speak out on utility shutoffs

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/uti2-f16.shtml

Evelyn Walker, 53 is on disability and receives Social Security and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. Her benefits are too low, however, to allow her to pay rent, food and utilities.The bill grew to over $4,000 when they shutme off, and I have a lot of disabilities.

Utility shutoffs soar amidst mass poverty in Michigan

February 16th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Health

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/uti1-f16.shtml

What is actually happening in Detroit—and spreading throughout the country—is a devastating growth of poverty, accompanied by a staggering number of households living without heat or light. . Nearly 400,000 households were disconnected from either their gas, electricity or both this year by the state’s largest energy providers. More than one million Michigan residents have been denied gas or electricity the last three years. People think they can’t cut off their utilities in winter. Not true.

European Union, U.S. sign organic food deal

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/02/15/european-union-u-s-sign-organic-food-deal/

NUREMBERG, Germany — Food products classified as organic in the European Union or the United States can be sold as such in either region after a deal struck on Wednesday between the two major trading blocs.Before the deal, which comes into effect in June this year, companies producing organic food had to conform to two different sets of standards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Protests erupt as Sri Lankan government enforces new IMF austerity measures

February 15th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/slec-f15.shtml

Sri Lanka government imposes new austerity measures demanded by International Monetary Fund (IMF). Thousands of fishermen and workers launched protests for the second day demanding reversal or compensation for, fuel price increases.

The Anti-Empire Report: Please tell me again ... What is the war in Afghanistan about?

February 14th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2012/02/14/please-tell-me-again-what-is-the-war-in

Afghanistan is well situated for oil and gas pipelines to serve much of south Asia, pipelines that can bypass those not-yet Washington clients, Iran and Russia. If only the Taliban would not attack the lines. Here's Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, in 2007: "One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan, so it can become a conduit and a hub between South and Central Asia so that energy can flow to the south." [2]

Amerika, A modern day East Germany

February 12th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Zionism, Politics, Police State, Science

Link: /http://www.darkpolitricks.com/2010/08/amerika-a-modern-day-east-germany/

Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings – about 17 million square feet. The government has directed this huge intelligence apparatus onto the people

Alcoholic drinks to get weaker, says minister

February 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9067332/Alcoholic-drinks-to-get-weaker-says-minister.html

Alcoholic drinks should be made weaker under in Britain under Government plans to tackle the "deadly problem” of binge-drinking, a health minister has said. ."In the strategy, ministers are expected to unveil measures to increase the price of alcoholic drinks according to how strong they are. This could be done through higher taxation per unit, minimum pricing per unit or simply higher levels of duty for strong drinks. Ministers will also encourage companies to produce weaker alcoholic drinks.

Cuba on the Road to Clean Energy Development

February 7th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Science

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106684

More than a decade ago, solar electricity changed the lives of several mountain communities in Cuba. Now this and other renewable power sources are emerging as the best options available to develop sustainable energy across the island.If the world's clean energy potential exceeds our consumption needs, why do we insist on using the polluting kind?"

Print Leaflet Feedback Share » New wave of job losses in Australia

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/jobs-f06.shtml

The year 2012 has opened with an acceleration of job losses across Australia’s manufacturing, retail, mining and finance sectors, as corporate restructuring and cost-cutting that began last year with the destruction of thousands of jobs. The retail and services industries, which employ by far the biggest numbers of workers, especially young people, are experiencing a devastating slump

Highest level of radioactive cesium in San Francisco-area milk since August 2011 — Now at 150% of EPA’s maximum contaminant limit

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://enenews.com/highest-level-radioactive-cesium-san-francisco-area-milk-august-2011-150-epas-maximum-contaminant-limit-chart

A new milk sample has been measured, this one with a best-by date of 2/16/2012. The results are posted to the milk sample page. Low levels of both Cs-134 and Cs-137 were still detected in the sample.

The Seed Emergency: The Threat to Food and Democracy

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Economic, Politics, Science, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/06-0

Patenting seeds has led to a farming and food crisis - and huge profits for US biotechnology corporations.Corporations defined a problem - and for them the problem was farmers saving seeds. They offered a solution, and the solution was to make it illegal for farmers to save seed - by introducing patents and intellectual property rights [PDF] on those very seeds. As a result, acreage under GM corn, soya, canola, cotton has increased dramatically.

Advertise on NYTimes.com Obama Imposes Freeze on Iran Property in U.S.

February 6th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics, Iran

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/world/middleeast/white-house-moves-to-tighten-sanctions-on-iran.html?_r=1

The White House moved to enforce tightened sanctions against Iran on Monday because of the country’s suspect nuclear program, freezing all property of the Central Bank of Iran, other Iranian financial institutions and the Iranian government in the United States. The administration has been trying to persuade Iran’s oil customers to shift to other suppliers,China and India,to keep buying Iranian oil.

Brazil Deepens Strategic Cooperation with Cuba

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Zionism, Economic, Politics

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106635

- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to Cuba served to further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, leverage the South American giant's investments in the Caribbean island, and deepen political ties. In what was her first trip to Cuba, Rousseff judged as wrong "a blockade that denies a people access to food," in reference to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, and said her government would be granting 350 million dollars in credit for food purchases from Brazil. On Feb. 1, Rousseff travelled to Haiti, where she was set to meet with government officials to discuss a number of issues, According to official press accounts, during her stay in the capital she signed several agreements with Cuba, but no details of their content were released. "We also agreed to finance the purchase of equipment, machinery, small tractors, and harvesters, with a 200 million (dollar) credit to boost food production in Cuba," Rousseff said, and insisted on a partnership between the two nations that will help the island's development and ensure better living conditions for its people.

Shortages of rare minerals: China's strategic control over terbium, yttrium, dysprosium, europium and neodymium

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic, Science

Link: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29033

China's near-exclusive access to terbium and yttrium sent prices soaring in 2011, potentially hobbling clean energy industry. Shortages of a handful of rare minerals could slow the future growth of the burgeoning renewable energy industries, and affect countries' chances of limiting greenhouse gas emissions, business leaders were told at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Last year, prices of many scarce minerals exploded, rising as much as 10 times over 2010 levels before dropping back, said PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).Terbium, yttrium, dysprosium, europium and neodymium are widely used in the manufacture of wind turbines, solar panels, electric car batteries and energy-efficient lightbulbs. But because these "rare earths" are mined almost exclusively in China, it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to source them in the required quantities. In a survey of some of the largest clean energy manufacturers, 78% told PwC said they were already experiencing instability of supply of rare metals, and most said they did not expect shortages to ease for at least five years. Currently, 95% of the rare earth minerals needed by clean tech industries come from China which has set strict export quotas. Last year China reserved most for its own for its domestic wind, solar and battery industries, shifting costs to the US and Europe which do not mine any of the minerals.

Strike threat wins new contracts for nurses

February 2nd, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://socialistworker.org/

SOME 10,000 nurses at four of the largest New York City hospitals recently settled contracts that include modest raises and increased staffing. The deals also include lump-sum payments that partially offset a recent arbitration decision requiring private-sector nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to contribute to their health care fund for the first time.

Russia wheat export fears send prices soaring

January 31st, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.agrimoney.com/news/russia-wheat-export-fears-send-prices-soaring--4105.html

Wheat prices ended at a four-month high in Chicago, and in Paris at their highest since June, boosted by concerns over Black Sea supplies fostered by a double whammy of frost and export curb concerns.

Why Are the Chinese Buying Record Quantities of Gold?

January 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonchang/2012/01/29/why-are-the-chinese-buying-record-quantities-of-gold/

Analysts believe China bought as much as 490 tons of gold in 2011, double the estimated 245 tons in 2010. “The thing that’s caught people’s minds is the massive increase in Chinese buying,” remarked Ross Norman of Sharps Pixley, a London gold brokerage, this month.So who in China is buying all this gold?The People’s Bank of China, the central bank, has been hinting that it is purchasing. “No asset is safe now,” said the PBOC’s Zhang Jianhua at the end of last month. —China is the world’s largest gold producer.

New Study: Climate Change Threatens World's Wheat Crop

January 30th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, World, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/29-2

It could be much more difficult than we thought to feed everyone in a warmer world.A study released Sunday afternoon finds that wheat crop yields could plunge due, in part, to climate change. Extreme temperatures are already cutting wheat yields in India (Narinder Nanu/AFP) The study, published in Nature Climate Change, researchers warn that current projections underestimate the extent to which hotter weather in the future will accelerate this process. Extreme heat causes wheat crops to age faster and reduce yields, the Stanford University-led study shows, underscoring the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population as the world continues to warm.

We've Lost Nearly All of Our Wild Foods -- What Happened? And What Are We Missing?

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153568/weve_lost_nearly_all_of_our_wild_foods__what_happened_and_what_are_we_missing

Once upon a time, wild foods were a regular and beloved part of the American diet. Today, the American epicure might dine on foraged mushrooms and ramps, but for many of us, fish are the last wild food we eat. What happened? And what are we missing?

Sugar High: The Dark History and Nasty Methods Used to Feed Our Sweet Tooth

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153831/Sugar_High%3A_The_Dark_History_and_Nasty_Methods_Used_to_Feed_Our_Sweet_Tooth/

Sugar is now 20 percent of the American diet, but it's not just our health that suffers from its pervasiveness. Today, sugar productionstill uses exploitative labor practices and can cause serious environmental problems .

Nuclear Power After Chernobyl and Fukushima

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/nuclear-power-after-chernobyl-and-fukushima-4593/

It is one of the marvels of our time that the nuclear industry managed to resurrect itself from its ruins at the end of the last century, when it crumbled under its costs, inefficiencies, and mega-accidents. Chernobyl released hundreds of times the radioactivity of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined, contaminating more than 40% of Europe and the entire Northern Hemisphere.1

Wheat Climbs as Russia May Slow Shipments Amid Waning Supplies January 26, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

January 26th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-01-26/wheat-climbs-as-russia-may-slow-shipments-amid-waning-supplies.html

Wheat advanced to a three-week high in Chicago as Russia may slow shipments of the grain with supplies for exports down. Corn and soybeans gained. Wheat stockpiles held by farmers in Russia’s main exporting regions in the south have dropped below last year’s levels, declining as much as 50 percent in some areas, SovEcon, a Moscow-based agricultural researcher, said yesterday. The country banned exports in August 2010 after its worst drought in half a century. The ban was lifted in July. “Russia could potentially put some export curbs in place, but nothing is for certain.

Ecology and the Pathology of Capitalism

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30304.htm

Virtually all of the social upheaval, inequality, and environmental problems of today in some way ensue from capitalism, including overpopulation and armed aggression. Capitalism requires continuous economic expansion and a burgeoning market for consumers. This is simply not possible on a finite planet.Through lifelong indoctrination, Americans are persuaded that self-interested greed is in their best interest.The illusion of democracy, including voting in the absence of meaningful choice, is a poor substitute for direct action and anarchy. Democracy cannot flourish in the sterile soil that capitalism leaves in its wake. Either we have democracy or we have capitalism, or we create something entirely different.

Sun shoots a fastball at Earth, but minimal impact expected

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Science

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sun-shoots-a-fastball-at-earth-but-minimal-impact-expected-on-satellites-power-grid/2012/01/20/gIQA5KiBEQ_story.html

A huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes.

While Some Waste, Others Feast

January 20th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, World, Economic

Link: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106503

Alexander, a 24-year-old law student dines almost exclusively on the food that other Germans – grocery stores, restaurants and supermarkets – throw away. supermarkets and grocery stores 'sort out' potatoes that are too large, cucumbers that are "too bent" for dumping The stores’ management eliminate foodstuffs considered ‘unattractive’, even if they are still edible. As a result, thousands of tonnes of apples, bananas, milk, coffee, yoghurt, sugar and cheese rot in enourmous garbage containers .In response to what the food retail industry has dubbed ‘looting’, supermarkets and grocery stores are now locking up their garbage containers. Many companies have even hired security personnel to keep away the looters from containers all over the country , a bakery chain used to toss up to 12 tons of bread every month. "Now, we burn the old bread as (fuel) for our backing ovens.

After Fukushima, fish tales

January 13th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After%2BFukushima%2Bfish%2Btales/5994237/story.html#ixzz1jqQpnFBz

Dewar, the executive director of Physicians for Global Survival, a Canadian anti-nuclear group, says the Canadian government has downplayed the radiation risks from Fukushima and is doing little to monitor them. “We suspect we’re going to see more cancers, decreased fetal viability, decreased fertility, increased metabolic defects – and we expect them to be generational,” she said. And evidence has emerged that the impacts of the disaster on the Pacific Ocean are worse than expected.

Toilet on tap: Panel recommends Americans drink more waste water to combat future shortages

January 11th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085351/Toilet-tap-Panel-recommends-Americans-drink-waste-water-combat-future-shortages.html#ixzz1jCcebjMb

'Wastewater is a drought-proof supply and a very viable option compared to imported water and other options' Next time you pour a glass of water from the tap try not to think about this - you might be about to drink what you once flushed away. Rising numbers of Americans are consuming wastewater, or 'toilet on tap', without even realising it, according to an official report. Even though it once contained human waste, food scraps and bath scum, the National Research Council claims that it could actually be better for you than fresh water.

2012 Is the Year to Finally Bury Nuke Power

January 4th, 2012
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/01/04-1

The year 2012 has opened with news that Fukushima's radioactive cloud may already have killed some 14,000 Americans, according to a major study just published in the International Journal of Health Services. Some 100 million tons of tsunami trash---much of it radiated by Fukushima fallout---has begun contaminating the beaches of our west coast. Germany and Japan, the world's third and fourth largest economies, along with numerous others countries, have definitively turned away from the "Peaceful Atom."

How Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories May Pose a Genuine Threat to Humanity

December 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, War, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/153554/how_right-wing_conspiracy_theories_may_pose_a_genuine_threat_to_humanity/

The paranoia infecting a broad swath of the American right-wing can be comical at times -- think about Orly Taitz and her fellow Birthers. But we laugh at our own peril, because what Richard Hofstadter famously characterized as "the paranoid style in American politics" poses a serious threat to our future: the right's snowballing conspiracy theories could ultimately lead to disaster.

Startling the Global Community, Canada Withdraws from the Kyoto Convention

December 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Politics

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21510

Canada has announced its intention to withdraw from the Kyoto treaty on greenhouse gas emissions (GGE), sandbagging the other signatories to the convention. The Kyoto protocol, initially adopted in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, was designed to combat global warming with the agreement allowing countries like China and India take voluntary, but non-binding steps to reduce their greenhouse gas carbon emissions.

Over 462 trillion becquerels Fukushima strontium in Pacific Ocean, Seafood risk - Health risk looms as Pacific seafood accumulates radioactive poisoning

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://www.examiner.com/human-rights-in-national/over-462-trillion-becquerels-fukushima-strontium-pacific-ocean-seafood-risk?CID=examiner_alerts_article

After Japanese Prime Minister declared the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe under control Friday, Japan's The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released calculations Monday showing at least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean since Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear power plant catastrophe began, making it one of the world's most severe marine pollution cases in history. According to Greenpeace independent research, Government and retailors are not adequately protecting the public from dangerous radioactive contaminated Pacific seafood, still sold unlabeled in Japan and on the international market, including to the United States due to a secret pact between Secretary Clinton and the Japanese Prime Minister.

Why Is It So Easy to Save the Banks – but So Hard to Save the Biosphere?

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/18-3

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to the banks. That is just one government's contribution: yet it amounts to 12 times the annual global climate change bill. Add the bailouts in other countries, and it rises several more times.

Medical Journal Article: 14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout

December 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medical-journal-article--14000-us-deaths-tied-to-fukushima-reactor-disaster-fallout-135859288.html

Impact Seen As Roughly Comparable to Radiation-Related Deaths After Chernobyl; Infants Are Hardest Hit, With Continuing Research Showing Even Higher Possible Death Count. WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan, according to a major new article in the December 2011 edition of the International Journal of Health Services. This is the first peer-reviewed study published in a medical journal documenting the health hazards of Fukushima.

Why Is the FDA Saying It's OK to Eat Seafood 10,000 Times Over the Safe Limit for Dangerous Carcinogens?

December 18th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/153475/why_is_the_fda_saying_it%27s_ok_to_eat_seafood_10%2C000_times_over_the_safe_limit_for_dangerous_carcinogens/

FDA not only downplayed the risk of contamination, but ignored staff members who proposed higher levels of contamination protection. Ever since the largest offshore oil spill in history spewed into the Gulf of Mexico last year, independent public health experts have questioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's efforts to effectively protect Americans from consuming contaminated seafood.

Highly Toxic Mercury Present in Processed Foods, Yet FDA Does Nothing

December 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/highly-toxic-mercury-present-in-processed-foods-yet-fda-does-nothing/

Why has the FDA ignored the fact that mercury, an element that is highly toxic in all forms, was found in a large number of brand-name processed foods? Specifically, the mercury content was found to be contained in high-fructose corn syrup, which also reportedly contains genetically modified ingredients. Instead of addressing this major public health concern, the FDA is focusing their time on crushing beneficial supplements through ridiculous NDI regulations that threaten the entire infrastructure of the nutraceuticals industry.

The Walmartization of America Redux: How the Relentless Drive for Cheap Stuff Undermines Our Economy, Bankrupts Our Soul, and Pillages the Planet

December 16th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/16-4

If you want to know why the middle class disappeared and where they went, look no further than your local Walmart. People walked in for the low prices, and walked out with a pile of cheap stuff, but in a figurative sense, they left their wages, jobs, and dignity on the cutting room floor of the House of Cheap.

The Poor Man’s Guide To Survival Gear

December 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://www.alt-market.com/articles/414-the-poor-mans-guide-to-survival-gear

Some knives deserve the amount of attention and the high price tag they have garnered, but many are just….well….regular knives with a fancy name engraved in the blade. You are buying a knife for its functionality, not its sex appeal. Gerber, SOG, and Kershaw make plenty of knives which work just as well for $80 or less than any $400 cord wrapped Strider knife. Being able to prioritize gear and understand what is truly useful versus what is a waste of space is as important a skill as being able to shoot or navigate a map. It does not take a lot of money to build a solid base kit for emergencies….unless you buy one that somebody made for you .Guns and survival go hand in hand, especially during an economic or social collapse. To bring up guns in a prepping article almost always draws criticism of militancy and extremism from suburban basted over-privileged adolescent hippies who have read “Into The Wild” way too many times and think survival is about “communing with nature”. Sorry kids, but as much as I love nature, as soon as you turn your back on it, you end up a pre-digested meal spread like almond butter across 30 acres of grizzly valley.

Occupy the Food System The world can feed itself, without corporate America's science-experiment crops and expensive chemicals

December 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/12/12-0

Farmers have been through this before — our lives and livelihoods falling under corporate control. It has been an ongoing process: consolidation of markets; consolidation of seed companies; an ever-widening gap between our costs of production and the prices we receive. Some of us are catching on, getting the picture of the real enemy.

Fukushima Plant Leaks Radioactive Water

December 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/05/fukushima-leak-radioactive-water

Radioactive water might have found its way into the Pacific ocean and experts believe it could contain strontium... "Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse. And everything in the sea died." Revelation 16:3

The Greatest Water Crisis in the History of Civilization: Coming to the American West?

December 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/153312/the_greatest_water_crisis_in_the_history_of_civilization%3A_coming_to_the_american_west_/

Think of the coming Age of Thirst in the American Southwest and West as a three-act tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles. New records tell the tale: biggest wildfire ever recorded in Arizona (538,049 acres), biggest fire ever in New Mexico (156,600 acres), all-time worst fire year in Texas history

Using Arable Land for Bio-fuels: Carbon Credits in the ‘Valley of Death’

November 30th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28071

AGUAN VALLEY, HONDURAS– At 3,000 square miles, the Aguan River Valley in northeastern Honduras is about the same size as California’s Death Valley. But despite being green and fertile, the Aguan basin is becoming famous as a “valley of death.” Since January 2010, at least 45 displaced peasants have been killed in clashes over land rights in Aguan, and “the actual number of killings is probably much higher,” according to Annie Bird, co-director of the human rights advocacy group Rights Action (RA), who visited Honduras in September.

Report Highlights Obama's Broken Environmental Promises. Critics say White House office operates as 'one-stop wrecking machine' for important environmental protections

November 29th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/11/29-0

Barack Obama has been just as zealous as George Bush in stripping away environmental, health and safety protection at the behest of industry, it turns out. Report shows Obama has been just as zealous as his predecessor at thwarting the EPA. (Photo: Kent Nishimura / POOL/EPA) Some environmental organizations were beginning to suspect this, after Obama over-ruled his scientific advisers and blocked stronger ozone standards. Now, a new report [pdf] from the Center for Progressive Reform has dug up some key data revealing that the White House in the age of Obama has been just as receptive to the pleadings of industry lobbyists as it was in the Bush era. And it goes far beyond ozone.

Fukushima: “China Syndrome Is Inevitable” … “Huge Steam Explosions”, “Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion” or a “Nuclear Bomb-Type Explosion” May Occur

November 22nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World

Link: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/fukushima-china-syndrome-is-inevitable-huge-steam-explosions-massive-hydrovolcanic-explosion-or-a-nuclear-bomb-type-explosion-may-occur.html

Mainichi Dailly News notes: As a radiation meteorology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide [says]: The nuclear disaster is ongoing. At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again. At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater.

Radiation Reporting: Blind, Idiotic, Corrupt - or All Three

November 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.truthout.com/radiation-reporting-blind-idiotic-corrupt-or-all-three/1320952140

The ongoing radiation catastrophe stemming from three out-of-control nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan, has taken a back seat to far graver news events of late: Michael Jackson's doctor, fund-raising by presidential hopefuls, the World Series and Netflix stock.

7 Elephants Now Thrashing Your Living Room 1. Fukushima Is Irradiating the Planet

November 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1359/061/7_Elephants_Now_Thrashing_Your_Living_Room.html?currentSplittedPage=0

Estimated to have already far surpassed Chernobyl in dangerous radioactive emissions that are not abating in the least and expected to get worse, we hear nothing about this in the mainstream news. In fact, the level of denial is outright Orwellian.

White House Could Cast Decisive Vote to Permit 20,000 Fracking Wells in Delaware River Basin

November 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/11/white_house_could_cast_decisive_vote

This week the Delaware River Basin Commission released draft regulations to allow for the natural gas drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in the river’s watershed, which provides water to 15.6 million people in New York City, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The proposed plan would allow for some 20,000 gas wells to be developed in the watershed. A vote on the regulations is set for Nov. 21 and could prompt a battle between activists and the White House, which holds a seat on the commission and may cast the deciding vote. We speak with Josh Fox, whose documentary about fracking, "Gasland," was nominated for an Academy Award, and play an excerpt of his new video about the possible impacts natural gas fracking could have in the Delaware River Basin. [includes rush transcript]

New International Report Shreds Japan's Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario

November 2nd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/New-International-Report-Shreds-Japan-s-Carefully-Constructed-Fukushima-Scenario.html

Needless to say, in the aftermath of the disaster, both TEPCO and the Japanese government were at pains to minimize the disaster’s consequences, hardly surprising given the country’s densely populated regions. But now, an independent study has effectively demolished TEPCO and the Japanese government’s carefully constructed minimalist scenario. Mainichi news agency reported that France’s l’Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety, or IRSN) has issued a recent report stating that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 that entered the Pacific after 11 March was probably nearly 30 times the amount stated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. in May.

The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan's culture of deceit

November 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20111101ad.html

There is an axiom in Japanese: uso mo hōben — "lying is also a means to an end." It sums up the general attitude in Japan of tolerance of — even justification for — not telling the truth.

Scientist Marco Kaltofen Presents Data Confirming Hot Particles

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://fairewinds.com/content/scientist-marco-kaltofen-presents-data-confirming-hot-particles

Washington, DC - October 31, 2011 – Today Scientist Marco Kaltofen of Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) presented his analysis of radioactive isotopic releases from the Fukushima accidents at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Mr. Kaltofen’s analysis confirms the detection of hot particles in the US and the extensive airborne and ground contamination in northern Japan due to the four nuclear power plant accidents at TEPCO’s Fukushima reactors. Fairewinds believes that this is a personal health issue in Japan and a public health issue in the United States and Canada.

Why Is the State Department Using Our Money to Pimp for Monsanto?

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152921/why_is_the_state_department_using_our_money_to_pimp_for_monsanto/

The State Department is using taxpayer money to help force genetically modified crops on other countries. People in India are up in arms about eggplant. Not just any eggplant -- the fight, which is also raging in the Philippines, is over Monsanto's Bt eggplant. Even as increasing scientific evidence concludes that biotechnology and its arsenal of genetically modified crops may be doing more harm than good, companies like Monsanto are still pushing them hard and they are getting help from the U.S.

EPA Puts Jon Grand in Prison

October 31st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/10/31-7

Where are the criminal prosecutions of the major corporations responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Still nowhere to be found. Where are the prosecutors? Where is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Not prosecuting major polluters. Instead, what are they doing? Cracking down on whistleblowers. And those who support whistleblowers. While the corporate crooks are running free.

How the 1 percent rules

October 26th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/26/how-the-1-percent-rules

Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History explains how the 1 percent has rigged the supposedly democratic political system so they're always the winners. THE OCCUPY movement's most powerful unifying factor has been its clear and simple identification of the key problem in American society: the divide between the vast majority of the population--the 99 percent--and the richest and most powerful 1 percent.

Worst Food Additive Ever? It's in Half of All Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children

October 24th, 2011
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/food/152848/worst_food_additive_ever_it%27s_in_half_of_all_foods_we_eat_and_its_production_destroys_rainforests_and_enslaves_children/

The production of this ingredient causes jaw-dropping amounts of deforestation (and with it, carbon emissions) and human rights abuses. On August 10, police and security for the massive palm oil corporation Wilmar International (of which Archer Daniels Midland is the second largest shareholder) stormed a small, indigenous village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They came with bulldozers and guns, destroying up to 70 homes, evicting 82 families, and arresting 18 people. Then they blockaded the village, keeping the villagers in -- and journalists out. (Wilmar claims it has done no wrong.)

Why Is the CIA Keeping Climate Change Secret?

October 23rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=why-is-the-cia-keeping-climate-chan-11-10-23

The Central Intelligence Agency is working on climate change, but you'd never know it. Climate change is hard to hide, but the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is trying anyway.

The Arctic and the Lessons of the Gulf

October 20th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/the-arctic-and-the-lessons-of-the-gulf.html?_r=3&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha211

The Interior Department has been inching closer to approving Royal Dutch Shell’s ambitious plans to drill for what are believed to be huge deposits of oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska.

#Fukushima I Nuke Plant: 450 Tonnes of Groundwater Per Day Seeping into Reactor/Turbine Bldgs

October 19th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-450-tonnes-of.html

Since the end of June when the contaminated water treatment system started the operation, total 50,000 tonnes of groundwater have seeped into the reactor buildings and turbine buildings at Fukushima I Nuke Plant. Now, the total amount of contaminated water (highly contaminated water plus not-so-highly contaminated, treated water) at the plant has grown from 127,000 tonnes at the end of June to 175,000 tonnes as of October 18, according to Asahi Shinbun.

Climate change 'grave threat' to security and health

October 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15342682

Climate change poses "an immediate, growing and grave threat" to health and security around the world, according to an expert conference in London. Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases. A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more and more strain on military resources.

Rick Perry Officials Spark Revolt after Doctoring Environment Report

October 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics, Science

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/10/14-4

Officials in Rick Perry's home state of Texas have set off a scientists' revolt after purging mentions of climate change and sea-level rise from what was supposed to be a landmark environmental report. The scientists said they were disowning the report on the state of Galveston Bay because of political interference and censorship from Perry appointees at the state's environmental agency.

Our Oceans Are in Dire Shape, But Without Them All Life on Land -- Human, Plant and Animal -- Is Totally Screwed

October 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/water/152636/our_oceans_are_in_dire_shape%2C_but_without_them_all_life_on_land_--_human%2C_plant_and_animal_--_is_totally_screwed/

Global warming's impact on oceans will be severe, not only for marine life but also for all life on land. Global warming has often been discussed with regard to its effects for life on land: increased temperatures and heat waves, increased weather extremes, less but more intense rainfall, drought and forest fires.

Fukushima: Japan Goes to WAR - Giant Nuke Weapons Aimed at the US, Switched ON

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, World, Health

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article21193

(San Francisco) - Japan is readying six huge, long acting nuclear weapons for immediate use against the country’s economic and military foes. Chief among those is the United States. The weapon is radioactive poison gas from the six destroyed American reactors and old reactor cores at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Fukushima Daiichi is now fully weaponized in concept and, in just days, in real life.

25 Signs That A Horrific Global Water Crisis Is Coming

September 17th, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Economic

Link: http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/25-signs-that-a-horrific-global-water-crisis-is-coming

Every single day, we are getting closer to a horrific global water crisis. This world was blessed with an awesome amount of fresh water, but because of our foolishness it is rapidly disappearing. Rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers all over the globe are drying up, and many of the fresh water sources that we still have available are so incredibly polluted that we simply cannot use them anymore. Without fresh water, we simply cannot function. Just imagine what would happen if the water got cut off in your house and you were not able to go out and buy any. Just think about it. How long would you be able to last? Well, as sources of fresh water all over the globe dry up, we are seeing drought conditions spread. We are starting to see massive "dust storms" in areas where we have never seem them before. Every single year, most of the major deserts around the world are getting bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller. Whether you are aware of this or not, the truth is that we are rapidly approaching a breaking point.

Tar Sands Protesters: "Which Side Are You On, Obama? Which Side Are You On?" Determined oilsands pipeline protesters can't hide disappointment

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/09/03-9

WASHINGTON — As hundreds of anti-oilsands activists gathered for a final day of civil disobedience Saturday at the White House, the sizable crowd erupted in familiar songs of protest. More than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested in the past two weeks in front of the White House as they protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline project. (Luis M. Alvarez/Associated Press) One lilting verse carried across the White House lawn louder than the others: "Which side are you on, Obama? Which side are you on?"

Fukushima Blows Lid Off Exploited Labour

September 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Environment, Health

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=104978

TOKYO - The Fukushima disaster has thrown up the first opportunity in decades to bring justice to thousands of unskilled workers who risk radioactive contamination to keep Japan’s nuclear power plants running.

Second giant ice island set to break off Greenland glacier

September 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44353322/ns/us_news-environment/#.Tl_womqJ2mk

Astonished scientist says he was 'completely unprepared for the gob-smacking scale of the breakup, which rendered me speechless' New photographs taken of a vast glacier in northern Greenland have revealed the astonishing rate of its breakup, with one scientist saying he was rendered "speechless." In August 2010, part of the Petermann Glacier about four times the size of Manhattan island broke off , prompting a hearing in Congress.

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