April, UK was sunniest on record, May was the third wettest, double national average, third coldest (by day) and third windiest since records began at Lancaster University’s Hazelrigg weather centre in 1966.
Energy Minister: "Russia is capable of safely and predictably providing a stable volume of oil supplies to the global market amid a wide range of prices," he said, adding that Russia’s oil sector has all necessary technologies for supporting oil production volumes.
Local governments in Oklahoma no longer have the power to regulate fracking within their limits because of a bill signed last week by Republican Governor Mary Fallin. Follows similar legislation recently approved by the Republican-dominated administration in Texas. Both restrictions came at the behest of oil and gas producers, big contributors to GOP politicians in those states.
Thousands of people in Spain have organised to protest introduction of “fracking” – a controversial technique that involves pumping water, chemicals and sand at high pressure into shale rock to release gas and oil. Demanding the government refuse permits for exploratory wells because of numerous threats fracking posed to the environment and health.
A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds.
For the past several weeks, the Gaviota Coast in California has seen its delicate ecosystem destroyed by an oil spill that poured roughly 100,000 gallons of oil into the ocean. The volunteers who spontaneously appeared to help clean up the oil, were threatened with arrest by police for tampering with the scene and putting themselves in danger.
The Netherlands has banned sale and use of glyphosate-based herbicides; linked to major health issues, birth defects, nervous system damage, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, various forms of cancer, and kidney failure. Sri Lanka cited kidney disease as reason for banning his product.
Western Europe and large parts of North America will experience more extreme weather because of “Arctic amplification” – the enhanced sensitivity of high latitudes to global warming, “We are seeing these extremes because the Arctic is warming faster than elsewhere. The whole lower atmosphere is heating up but the sea ice is the most observable. This is having this effect on the jet stream, making it extend further south and stay longer.”
For millennia the Aral Sea reigned as one of the planet’s largest inland bodies of water, straddling what is now Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Up until the 1960s was the world’s fourth largest inland body of water, covering some 26,000 square miles—an area larger than the state of West Virginia. As recently as the 1980s processed thousands of tons of fish annually.
With bill S.697, chemical industry to be given free reign to write their own safety standards. This new bill would give companies authority to call their own toxic chemicals ‘safe’ when regulatory bodies elsewhere have called them carcinogenic, and even deadly. Chemical industry that has spent $190 million lobbying for its passage.
A string of popular California beaches will remain closed until further notice due to mystery oil-based pollutiona week after an oil spill 100 miles further north, although there is still no confirmed link between the two. Officials said clean-up workers had made “significant progress.”
A sudden volcano eruption on the small southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabu-jima has forced authorities to raise the alert to the highest level and advise evacuation of the immediate area.
The Salton Sea is the largest lake in California, 360 square miles in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Now the sea is slipping away. The Salton Sea needs more water — but so does just about every other place in California.
Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th that has appeared in the past few months, a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record. The dozen whales found along nearly 300 miles of coastline, different species and various ages. In a typical year, one or two gray whales wash ashore.
Flood of the Millennium Hits Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Marcos and other Texas cities
Major Metro Areas Paralyzed In Texas Just Before Jade Helm 15 Begins — Coincidence? The timing of the extraordinary May 2015 rain events in Texas, occurring just prior to the July 15th commencement of unparalleled military exercise JADE HELM 15, cannot be coincidental. As the 1000-year flood slowly makes it way across the state one question emerges –was it a manmade or natural weather event?
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: predicts 2015 could become the warmest year on record. El Nino 2015 is quite rare. A normal El Niño develops throughout the spring, summer and fall, peaking early winter and then dissipating early the following year. This one developed much earlier.
Powerful Western corporations want to make Ukraine the largest GMO (genetically modified organisms) grower Genetically modified organisms have so far been banned by law in Ukraine, but the EU association agreement signed by the new Ukrainian government calls for closer cooperation in biotechnology.
1. GMOs Contaminating Organics, 2. GMOs Fueling Superbugs, 3. Despite Potential Dangers, GMOs go Unlabeled, 4. Too Many Unanswered Questions and Scary Possiblities.
The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
European Patent Office (EPO) is about to grant 30 patents on plants derived from conventional breeding to Monsanto and its affiliated companies. The Swiss company Syngenta can expect to receive around a dozen patents very soon. Many of the patents claim vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, carrots and lettuce.
Vandals damaged an inflatable dam holding 50 million gallons of drinking water, releasing enough water to serve 500 families for an entire year. Police said the vandals entered a restricted area to damage the thick, rubber dam that was constructed in 1971. Police have no suspects or reasons for the damage. Repairs are expected to cost $3 million.
Research and watchdog group Corporate Europe Observatory: corporate lobby groups American Chemistry Council, CropLife America, American Chambers of Commerce, mobilized to stop EU taking action on hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts. European Union dropped planned rules to ban 31 pesticides containing hazardous chemicals.
Farmers in Tambo Valley, where rice is cultivated, are protesting against Southern Copper Corp.’s $1.4 million project to build a copper mine in the region, expressed concerns about the natural resources in the region getting polluted.
Inspections of containers holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant found that at least 10 percent have leaks, which could trigger a hydrogen explosion. According to TEPCO, there were about 1,300 such containers at the plant as of May 20.
CEO of Plains All American, which operates the pipeline, told reporters Wednesday evening that the company had experienced “mechanical issues” before the leak, but did not elaborate.
The ocean is dying, food supply along with it. The causes are numerous,massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result. Effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.
Removal of trees (deforestation) having major impact on water cycle, as global climates change. The worst multi-year drought in the history of the state of California, headed for the worst water crisis in this country ever. 1,900 wells have already gone completely dry in California. Worse in South America. Drought in Queensland Australia is the largest ever recorded. Africa faces food shortages due to severe drought, crop failure rates over 50 percent.
CIA allowed civilian scientists to access classified data, ocean temperature, tidal readings, satellite data to glean insights how global warming could create security threats around the world. The program has come to a close.
Wyoming: “Data Trespass Bill,” outlaws collecting ecological data on private and public lands. Violations can result in a year of prison, fines of $5,000. It also makes any samples inadmissible as evidence in court, even if they show environmental hazards.
The National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators will seek to manage the way forests are burned by wildfires and replanted, how offices are landscaped, and how roadside habitats where bees feed are preserved
Illinois Elected representative Rodney Davis, bee health committee chairman appointed to study pesticide,herbicide connections to colony collapse disorder claims neonicotinoids; absorbed into plant tissue present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic have nothing to do with killing off pollinators. Says Varroa mite which is to blame.
Saskatoon reached a new low of -5.7°C on Monday with the old record being set in 1949 at -5°C. At least two other records were broken in the province.
Economists with the Property and Environment Research Center and Hoover Institution argue organic farms don’t use water as efficiently as conventional farms; propose tax on all organic products food, linens, clothing, pillows, tobacco to reduce demand for water-wasting organic products, reduce pressure on California’s dwindling water supplies.”
Governor Greg Abbott; Texas a state that is home to the two of the most productive U.S. shale oil fields, signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning an oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation.
China has made tremendous strides against CO2 emissions. In four months, reduced levels to the amount the UK emits. To achieve these reductions, China had to close 1,000 coal plants, it leads the world in coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
As water levels plummet to 45% in America’s second-largest reservoir, new islands appear – and fears grow for a waterway that serves 40 million people in seven states. Colorado river serves Wyoming ranches, Arizona agricultural plantations, crucial to California food industry.
A billionaire oil tycoon, who is a major donor to the University of Oklahoma, approached a dean at the school demanding that the university fire scientists who were studying the link between fracking and the increase of earthquakes in the oil-rich state.
A statewide emergency drought declared in US state of Washington, one of the wettest states in the United States, affecting the state’s eastern agricultural lands. Department of Agriculture estimates losses incurred by the drought could reach $1.2 billion.
3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century, average of 35 per year. number of volcanoes erupting now is above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year. Tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.
More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died the past year, worst die off in a decade. Survey was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time bees dying more in the summer than winter, when they face harsh weather conditions, low sources of food.
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