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BIG WIN! El Salvador Farmers Kick Monsanto Out

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/big-win-el-salvador-farmers-beat-monsantos-monopoly/

After outperforming Monsanto’s biotech seed with record crop yields, they have also now managed a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing the company from supplying El Salvador with its poison seeds.

Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/04/mitch-mcconnell-war-coal

Coal, the No. 1 cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number.

Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/lowes-to-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides-to-protect-pollinators/

After two years of pressure by the hard-hitting campaign by Friends of the Earth and partners, Lowe’s Home Improvement announced yesterday it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides—a leading contributor to global bee declines—from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size.

US Farmers Going Out of Business Due to GM Crop Contamination

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/us-farmers-hemorrhaging-cash-due-to-gm-crop-contamination/

Every time an organic farm is contaminated with genetically modified crops, those farmers lose their very expensive designation as an ‘organic farm’ but also are in the legal jaws of companies like Monsanto who sue farmers for patent infringement, even when it was their seed that happened to contaminate an organic farm, through no fault of the farmer.

Fukushima Robot Dies Three Hours After Entering Radioactive Reactor Vessel

April 11th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/fukushima-robot-dies-three-hours-after-entering-radioactive-reactor-vessel/

robot sent to inspect a reactor’ containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stopped responding three hours into the operation.

Monsanto Profits Fall Another 15% In April

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-profits-fall-another-15-in-april/

The Wall Street Journal reports on Monsanto’s loss in the latest piece entitled ‘Monsanto Profit Falls 15% on Weak Sales, Stronger Dollar,’ which reads: “Monsanto Co. said its earnings fell 15% in its fiscal second quarter, missing analysts’ expectations as corn-seed sales weakened and a stronger U.S. dollar pressured results.

Poland Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/poland-announces-complete-ban-on-monsantos-genetically-modified-maize/

Poland has announced that it will launch a complete ban on growing Monsanto’s genetically modified strain MON810, announcement, made by Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki, sets yet another international standard against Monsanto’s genetically modified creations.

Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/water_crisis_pushes_brazil_towards_solar_power_at_last_20150406

The drought has seen a dramatic drop in the levels of the reservoirs that supply dozens of hydroelectric dams in the southeast and centre west—Brazil´s industrial powerhouse and major population centre. Levels fall too low to generate power. Plans to introduce solar energy into the energy mix being considered as Brazil seeks alternatives to hydroelectric dam.

Family Vacations In Luxury Resort In Caribbean; Father Paralyzed, Two Teen Boys In Comas, From Being Exposed To Pesticide

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/family-vacations-in-luxury-resort-in-caribbean-father-paralyzed-two-teen-boys-in-comas-from-being-exposed-to-pesticide/

“Steve Esmond, his wife Dr Theresa Devine were staying with their two teenage sons Sean and Ryan at the luxury Sirenusa resort in St. John when they suffered serious illness over two weeks ago. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that investigators found an acutely toxic and odorless pesticide banned in the US, a substance known as methyl bromide, during its preliminary examination of the rental villa where the family stayed.

In California, farmers rely on oil wastewater to weather the drought

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/in-california-farmers-rely-on-oil-wastewater-to-weather-the-drought/

The wastewater Chevron is selling flows, without municipal treatment (though the oil products are removed), to 90 local farmers who spread it on their citrus, nut and grape crops.

Germany Set to Ban Fracking In Unprecedented Legislation

April 5th, 2015
Categories: Environment

The “strictest conditions for fracking” to date have been passed in Germany by the cabinet, after they approved the country’s first nationwide fracking law. The law would ban fracking in specific areas to “protect drinking water, health, and the environment.”

Icelandic gov’t suggests removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/icelandic-govt-suggests-removing-the-power-of-commercial-banks-to-create-money-and-handing-it-to-the-central-bank/

Under the so-called Sovereign Money proposal, the country’s central bank would become the only creator of money. Banks would continue to manage accounts and payments, and would serve as intermediaries between savers and lenders. The central bank can only try to influence the money supply with its monetary policy tools.

Ten Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ten_Percent_of_California%E2%80%99s_Water_Goes_to_Almond_Farming/43188/0/38/38/Y/M.html

California is nation’s leading producer of almonds, avocados, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, lettuce, milk, onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts, and dozens of other commodities. The state produces one-third of our vegetables and two-thirds of our nuts and fruits.

EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees

April 2nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141057391

EPAissued a moratorium on use of a of pesticide theorized to be responsible for plummeting bee populations. Neonicotinoids are a class of common pesticides that recent research pointed to as being harmful to birds, bees and other animals. The EPA previously approved their use, outcry over damage caused agency to reverse course while more studies are done. EPA sent letters to people and companies that applied for use of the pesticide, saying new use permits won't be issued.

Antarctica just experienced its warmest day ever

March 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/antarctica-just-experienced-its-warmest-day-ever-10142968.html

Global warming caused the northern tip of Antarctica to nearly reach room temperature last week, with a record-breaking high of 63.5 F (17.5 C) being recorded at Argentina's Esperanza Base on Tuesday. The weather there was warmer than in the UK, where British Summer Time has just begun.

Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer

March 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29946-rounding-us-up-and-exposing-us-all-to-cancer

Glyphosate residues cannot be removed by washing, not broken down by cooking. Remains in food for a year or more, even if foods are frozen, dried or processed. Eating strictly organic doesn't protect you. Present in the air, water and rain. Even at levels barely measurable, Roundup shown to promote proliferation of cancer cells.

The Oceans Are Dying — Paul Craig Roberts

March 30th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/03/30/oceans-dying-paul-craig-roberts/

Capitalists use the environment as a cost-free dumping ground, the accumulating costs threaten everyone. Oceans are “common property.” No one owns them, so no one can protect them. In capitalism there is no thought for the future of the planet and humanity, only short-term profits. Social costs are ignored, humans will destroy everything that sustains life if they can raise their incomes.

The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life — Paul Craig Roberts

March 27th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/03/27/social-costs-capitalism-destroying-earths-ability-support-life-paul-craig-roberts/

Social Costs Of Capitalism Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life Food polluted with herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. World Health Organization: glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup, herbicide sprayed on GMO food crops, likely causes of cancer, believed to be exterminating honey bees and Monarch butterflies. California with one year’s supply of water, from severe drought, fossil-fuel fracking industry polluting remaining surface and ground water. Fukushima radiation pollution.
Capitalism’s pursuit of profit is destroying life on earth.

$600 Million Fracking Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water

March 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fracking-company-sues-ohio-village-their-water

A massive fracking company, Gulfport Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company worth $600 million, is suing a small Ohio town for its water. Gulfport filed a lawsuit against the village of Barnesville (pop. 5,000) claiming the town violated an agreement to provide water from its reservoir.

FL Gov Rick Scott orders employee to get psych evaluation for using the term "climate change."

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Police State

Link: http://www.orrazz.com/2015/03/fl-gov-rick-scott-orders-employee-to.html

Scott reportedly ordered longtime employee of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to take time off and seek professional mental treatment for using the term "climate change" in reference to the failed Keystone XL Pipeline project, according to the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

World's pollinators in rapid decline

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsitem.asp?c=11&cate=__15865

According to a joint study by BirdLife, IUCN and others, the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction.

Earth Is Halfway to Being Inhospitable to Life, Scientist Says

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/earth-is-halfway-to-being-inhospitable-to-life-scientist-says_032015

A Swedish scientist claims in a new theory that humanity has exceeded four of the nine limits for keeping the planet hospitable to modern life, while another professor told RT Earth may be seeing an impending human-made extinction of various species.

Monsanto to Pay $350k in Settlement Over Franken-Wheat

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150319/1019740522.html

Wheat farmers in eight states have sued agrochemical giant Monsanto over the unexplained appearance of its genetically modified seeds in a field in Oregon. On Wednesday, the company announced it would settle seven of those suits, shelling out $350,000.

Jerry Brown seeks $1-billion emergency drought relief plan for California

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141043697

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will unveil a $1-billion relief plan, also crafted a $7.5-billion water bond that was approved by voters to bolster the state's water infrastructure. In 2014, Brown signed a $687.4-million drought package, which offered aid to communities facing acute water shortages, food and housing assistance to those harmed by the drought.

What If The Drought Causes California’s Food Supply to Collapse? - Video

March 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.nutritionalanarchy.com/2015/03/18/what-if-the-drought-causes-californias-food-supply-to-collapse/

NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate, a threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops raised in California.

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.

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