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California Drought: Farmers Stop Planting, Sell Water Instead

March 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/environment/20150318/1019694889.html

Farmers in California’s Central Valley, where much of the US’ food supply is born, have taken a huge hit because of the state’s ongoing record drought. And so, instead of planting crops this year, many have opted to sell their water rights. Farmer Lance Tennis: "We're going to make a lot more selling the water than planting the rice."

San Diego sues Monsanto for bay pollution & persistent contamination

March 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/usa/241581-san-diego-monsanto-lawsuit/

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has been sued by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District for selling chemicals the multinational knew were harmful to the ecology, including that of the now heavily polluted San Diego Bay.

Renewable Energies in Latin America Weather Low Oil Prices

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/03/renewable-energies-in-latin-america-weather-low-oil-prices/

Most Latin American countries have set medium and long-term targets for alternative energy supply, committed to increasing contribution of renewables, diversify their energy mix, decrease dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions because of climate change.

Report: Florida Banned State Workers From Saying "Climate Change"

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/florida-climate-change

Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming," according to a bombshell report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).

Monsanto Is About To Escape All Regulation From The USDA

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-is-about-to-escape-all-regulation-from-the-usda/

Intentional mutation, a new way that biotech is getting around regulatory approval for genetically modified crops. Genome editing will be used instead of previous methods for altering living organisms by genetically altering DNA material through artificial manipulation in a laboratory. In this way, they can bypass FDA and other agencies trying to ban GMOs.

International Protest Against GMO Trees Coming March 3rd

March 2nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/international-protest-against-gmo-trees-coming-march-3rd/

US government allowing first genetically modified tree to be legalized with zero government or public oversight, environmental risk assessments despite overwhelming public opposition. Plans to seed the entire South, with hundreds of thousands of GE trees. You can visit stopgetrees.org to learn more and take further action. You can also contact one of 313 Brazillian embassies and consulates.

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/75-air-rain-samples-contain-monsantos-round/

Round Up chemicals were prevalent, but so were 37 other toxic compounds – all present in both rain and air samples. Glyphosate was found in 86% of air samples, and 77% of rain samples.

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://patriotrising.com/2015/02/24/record-us-farmers-switching-to-non-gmo-crops-in-2015/

falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

Taps run dry in Brazil's biggest city as drought bites

February 23rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/11428718/Taps-run-dry-in-Brazils-biggest-city-as-drought-bites.html

Lowest rainfall since 1930, reservoirs that supply almost half of the 20 million people in the metropolitan area close to running dry. government warnins the reservoirs could dry up in four or five months. State water utility introducing incentives for families using less water, fines for excessive use, installing water savers on taps, did not rule out water rationing.

IMF set to pass Ukraine bailout in coming weeks: Official

February 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/19/398336/IMF-set-to-approve-Ukraine-bailout

IMF spokesman, Gerry Rice: the fund's 24-member board will meet at the end of February or in early March to pass a new four-year financing package for the East European country. The USD 17.5 billion assistance is reportedly part of a USD 40 billion aid promised by the international community.

Most honey contains glyphosates, the main ingredient in Roundup

February 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Most_honey_contains_glyphosates%2C_the_main_ingredient_in_Roundup/41948/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Sixty-two percent of the conventional honeys and 45% of the organic honeys sampled had levels of glyphosates above the minimum established limits. Countries that don't allow genetically modified crops have lower levels of herbicides in their honey.

Magnitude 7 earthquake registered in Japan, N-plant operations unaffected

February 17th, 2015
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://tass.ru/en/non-political/777992

TOKYO, February 17. /TASS/The meteorological department declared a tsunami threat in Iwate and issued a recommendation to the residents of more than 7,000 houses located in the coastal area to evacuate urgently. An earthquake measuring 6.9 points on the open-ended Richter scale was registered in the northwest of Japan on Tuesday.The national meteorological department said the epicenter of the quake was located in the ocean, some 210 kilometers away from the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture. Its seismic focus was identified at the depth of about 10 kilometers below the seafloor.

US to face worst droughts for 1,000 years

February 16th, 2015
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/society/anomal/16-02-2015/129838-usa_drought-0/

Recent research which takes into account climate models, published in Science Advances, indicate that the United States of America may face its worst droughts for one thousand years over the coming century. The areas predicted to be most at risk are the US Southwest and the Great Plains and the droughts are predicted to last for decades.

GMOs invade fruit industry: Apples, pears, cherries and peaches to all become unlabeled GMO

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/048633_GMO_apples_genetically_modified_fruit_apple_polyphenols.html#

Okanagan Specialty Fruits company, which says it "...married the best of nature with the best of science." In addition to genetically modified apples, the Okanagan Specialty Fruits company also promises to roll out genetically modified peaches, cherries and pears.

USDA Approves First GMO Apple For Planting

February 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/usda-approves-first-gmo-apple-planting/

USDA has now approved the first GMO apple for commercial planting inside the United States. Arctic apples — which will be available in the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties — are genetically engineered in a way to suppress the production of an enzyme that causes browning when cells in the apple are injured, from slicing.

Brazilians hoard water, prepare for possible drastic rationing

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Brazilians_hoard_water%2C_prepare_for_possible_drastic_rationing/41804/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, drilling homemade wells and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought.

6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/6000-increase-cancer-rates-fukushima-site/

Abe-led government and US continue to sweep the fall out of the Fukushima disaster under the rug. Exploding rates of thyroid cancer in children, as well as an epidemic of leukemia, heart attacks, and other health problems, neglect is compounded by a complete disregard, not only for human life, but for all life upon this planet.

New Genetically Modified Tree Approved by USDA with No Assessments

February 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/new-genetically-modified-tree-approved-usda-no-assessments/

Are you worried about genetically modified trees replacing what was once known a nature? US government allowing the first genetically modified tree to be legalized with zero government or public oversight and zero environmental risk assessments.

World's deepest lake Baikal shrinking

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/775101

Water level in lake Baikal, oldest and deepest freshwater reserve in the world dropped 40 centimeters to 456.09 meters, believed a critical point. Russian government approved ecological monitoring of the lake's unique ecological system. Lake is home to more than 1700 species of plants and animals, most of which can be found only there. Baikal seals are the only freshwater seals.

'Tropical' Winter Thunderstorm Hits Moscow as City Sets Temperature Record

February 1st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150201/1017609005.html

Moscow hit with thunderstorm Sunday morning, set a new record with air temperatures rising to 3.1 degrees Celsius (37.6 degrees Fahrenheit), highest since 1914 for this time of year. "Thunder rumbled over Moscow, unique weather phenomenon that occurs very rarely." Moscow onsidered to be one of the most affected places in the world by global warming.

Big Oil wants North Dakota to ease radioactive waste laws (VIDEO)

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/usa/227999-radioactive-waste-laws-dakota/

Amid falling oil prices nationwide, energy industry players in North Dakota want officials to alter radioactive waste disposal laws so that more toxic fracking fluid can be stored in-state, saving companies tens of thousands of dollars per truckload.

First-ever rainless January in S.F. history

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141002654

Not one drop of measurable rain fell on city streets in January, the first time that’s happened in recorded weather history, which dates back to the Gold Rush.

China Passes US to Become World's Top Foreign Investment Destination

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150130/1017561747.html

China passed the United States to become the world's leader in foreign direct investment (FDI) volume in 2014, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report showed.

California City Says Black, Sediment-Filled Tap Water Is “Safe To Drink” Read more: whatreallyhappened.com http://whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz3QFRqd36j

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/california-city-says-black-sediment-filled-tap-water-safe-drink/

Residents in Gardena, California reported a foul-smelling, black sludge coming from their sinks, Golden State Water Company claims that this “water” is safe to drink. Customers gathered samples of the water for the water company to test, they still refused to test the samples because they needed “special tubes” to do so.

Russian Corporation to Create Water Decontamination Station for Fukushima-1

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/science/20150128/1017474749.html

Experts from the Russian national nuclear corporation Rosatom will create a demo water decontamination station this autumn to be used at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant, the project head of the subsidiary RosRAO, that deals with radioactive materials, Sergei Florya, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

5 Things You’re Not Being Told About Fukushima

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/01/28/5-things-youre-not-told-fukushima/

1. Two Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Material Escaped Reactor 1, 2. US West Coast Will Experience Peak Radiation in 2015, 3. Thyroid Cancer Spreading in Japan, 4. Japan Planning to Build More Nuclear Plants, 5. Experts Can’t Agree on the Health Dangers. Sake brewers finding no one wants to buy their products due to reports of contaminated rice and water. Fukushima is Bad.

S&P downgrades Russia's credit rating to junk

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/S%26P_downgrades_Russia%27s_credit_rating_to_junk/41236/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia's sovereign credit rating to below investment grade to BB+ from BBB. First time in more than 10 years Russian sovereign debt rated below investment grade. Could push up its borrowing costs, many investment and pension funds have rules preventing them from buying anything not classed as investment grade.

Nearly 140,000 Floridians have spoken out against genetically modified mosquito proposal

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Nearly_140%2C000_Floridians_have_spoken_out_against_genetically_modified_mosquito_proposal/41209/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The company, Oxitec, is hoping to release male mosquitoes that have been modified to produce offspring that won't "survive to adulthood." The genetically modified mosquitoes will instinctually seek out wild female mosquitoes, and their offspring that won't survive will lower the total population in an effort to fight the often lethal dengue virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

Hungary Commits to GMO-Free Farming

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/hungary-strikes-gmo-crops-initiates-widespread-gmo-rejection/

Hungary has made a move against Big Biotech. In an attempt to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of GMOs in farming.

New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/112780093

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.

Brazil's most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years

January 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014996904

Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira: country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. The drought is also having an impact on energy supplies, with reduced generation from hydroelectric dams.

Gov’t: Sea urchins with insides empty, bare skeletons, and black lesions in Hawaii — Birds dying of unusual cancers, rarely seen in wildlife (PHOTOS)

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://enenews.com/govt-diseased-sea-urchins-hawaii-insides-empty-bare-skeletons-black-lesions-birds-dying-unusual-cancers-photos

Affected urchins have dull flattened spines (droopy urchins), or gradual to complete loss of spines (outside skeleton bare). Some are found empty with some tissue and spine remaining on their surface. a critically endangered Rota crow died from liver cancer, unusual in that cancer is rare in wildlife in general.

Cancer Chemicals Found Near Yellowstone River After Oil Spill

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/cancer-chemicals-found-yellowstone-river-oil-pipeline-spill/

Following an oil pipeline leak and subsequent spillage of over 50,000 gallons of oil into the monumental Yellowstone River, cancer-causing chemicals have now been detected even within nearby water treatment plants which usher mass amounts of water meant for drinking.

Monsanto’s Newest GMO Food Weapon…Wheat - Video

January 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/monsantos-newest-gmo-food-weapon-wheat/

Monsanto is developing a new GMO seed…wheat. For many years, farmers and consumers said no to GMO wheat since the crop is usually directly consumed by humans. The new GM wheat seed will be resistant to three different herbicides: dicamba, glyphosate, and glufosinate. Why three herbicides? With the widespread use of Roundup (aka glyphosate), super-weeds immune to the popular chemical are taking over farm fields.

Sao Paulo’s largest reservoir drying up: Experts

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/17/393454/Sao-Paulos-chief-reservoir-drying-up

The biggest reservoir for Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, has depleted to only a fraction of its capacity and threatens a severe drought for the region, experts warn. Provides potable water to some six million, remaining five systems also show low levels of capacity. Experts recommended implementing water rationing.

It's Getting Hot in Here, NASA Says 2014 Warmest Year on Record

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/science/20150117/1017019253.html

Climate scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year since records began in 1880, and the third time the record has been broken in the last decade.

Bowing to Monsanto, USDA Approves New GMO Soy and Cotton Crops

January 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Bowing_to_Monsanto%2C_USDA_Approves_New_GMO_Soy_and_Cotton_Crops/40938/0/38/38/Y/M.html

United States Department of Agriculture on Thursday approved Monsanto's controversial herbicide-resistant genetically modified strains of soybean and cotton, in a move that critics say is a bow to the powerful biotechnology industry, at the expense of human and environmental health.

That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth

January 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/01/16/was-easy-just-60-years-neoliberal-capitalism-has-nearly-broken-planet-earth

Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth's natural systems driving towards their breaking point. In a single lifetime humanity has become a geological force at the planetary-scale."

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

January 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014989784

A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, concluded humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.“We may b on a precipice of a major extinction event,;Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

‘Uncaged Corporate Parrots’ and the GMO False Narrative

January 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/uncaged-corporate-parrots-gmo-false-narrative/

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss: genetically modified (GM) food should be grown in Britain because it is more ‘eco-friendly. US, crops are being grown in a more environmentally friendly way with less water and pesticide usage. I would like us to have that opportunity. Our farmers need technology that will help them in world markets. Health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GMOs (see here)

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