In America, unlike in other countries, a huge chunk of medical spending goes to insurance company profits, not to health care. Another big chunk goes to paperwork, which has a variety of purposes such as collecting personal information on patients and combating fraud (probably the paperwork costs more than fraud).
Due to the prevalence of superweeds created by Monsanto’s RoundUp, farmers are trying to eradicate them with new chemicals, 2,4-D and dicamba that create pesticide drift, often mutating vines on neighboring vineyards for multiple seasons of wine growing.
Despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.
Persistent drought condition have sparked a water war in Brazil, which has more water resources than any other country in the world. The two largest cities in the South American powerhouse, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, fighting over rights to a water source that sits between them. Rio de Janeiro has long relied on the Jaguari reservoir. Sao Paulo wants in on the action.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state will not lift its ban on fracking. The long-awaited decision marks a decisive turn in the years-long battle over fracking in New York State
Until now, the Chinese have had little choice where to park their trillions, because only markets like the US Treasury market (and to a certain extent, gold) have been deep and liquid enough to accommodate their reserves. it plausible that, at some point a (largely gold-backed) renminbi will either dethrone the US dollar or co-exist alongside it in a new global currency regime.
Genetically modified mosquitoes are being set for release worldwide. After GM mosquitoes were let loose in Brazil, dengue fever cases spiked. British company who created the mosquitoes, has already shipped them to Florida, could be released in the Keys as early January or February of next year.
Researchers at Princeton University say abandoned wells in Pennsylvania are emitting natural gas. Three million nationwide could be leaking. Abandoned wells could represent 10 per cent of methane in Pennsylvania. Can leak methane for decades.
Farmers and crop scientists struggling to save the fast diminishing stock of agricultural diversity. 75 percent of fruit vegetable varieties gone. If the single seed variety that everyone is sowing turns out to be unsuited to climactic conditions, or lacks resistance to insect and crop diseases; won't have the genetic diversity on hand, resilient varieties that can withstand the rigors.
A pipeline breach near the Israel-Jordan border has flooded a nature reserve in what authorities call one of Israel’s worst environmental disasters, causing large amounts of potentially poisonous gas to be released near Aqaba, raising health concerns
A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.
In Pamplona, Spain the yearly tradition is to throw yourself into an arena and run for your life as bulls chases you. America, has a similar tradition, bulls are replaced with human sheeple who will stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with the best consumer deals they can find. People often hurt in both events, sometimes lead to death as weaker sheep are trampled during the commotion. 100 million Americans will head out for their annual running and spend upwards of $13 billion in a single day.
San Diego has embraced a once-toxic idea: turning sewer water into drinking water. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to recycle wastewater.
Neil Young is boycotting Starbucks. Starbucks is supporting a lawsuit to block law that requires genetically-modified ingredients be labeled,” Young wrote. “ claims that the law is an assault on corporations’ right to free speech.”
Attempt to stop water flowing into trench at Fukushima plant fails… TEPCO determined leak must be continuing. Special cement failed. TEPCO cannot create a planned underground wall of frozen soil around the No. 1 through 4 reactor buildings. Highly-radioactive water from tunnels under the facility leaks to surrounding soil. Tepco unable to halt tainted water flowing.
Oil companies contaminate what could otherwise be very useful ground water resources for irrigation and for drinking. It’s possible these aquifers are now contaminated irreparably during worst drought in the history of agriculture in California.” Avoiding the tapwater may be a good idea.
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR), would give authority to spray toxic chemicals avoided, by the organic community if the agency decides a pest is threatening economically important crops.
Seawater 160km off Californian coast was found to contain Caesium-134. This is an isotope that only occurs in nuclear reactors and can be used to trace the spread of radiation from Fukushima.
United States and China, which combine to produce nearly half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, struck a deal to reduce their emissions. Conservatives oppose taxes or regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions, dismiss scientific conclusions that would justify such regulations.
Claims by the biotech industry that GMO crops can be contained and kept away from organic farmers who have chosen not to use genetically modified ‘suicide’ seeds has steadily been proven false. A third of organic growers are now reporting problems with cross contamination.
The keeper of these bees, Dave Schuit, who produces honey, reported that he lost over 600 hives – around 37 million bees. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions.” US scientists have found 121 different pesticides in samples of bees, wax and pollen.
Japanese government planning to burn and store its waste on two sites in Futaba and Okuma for those highly radioactive, in Tomiaka for those weakly radioactive (8,000 Bq / kg). The most active ash (100,000 Bq / kg) will be trapped in concrete and stored for thirty years. Then moved to a final repository to be stored there for more than two centuries and a half.
Earthquakes have rumbled under northwestern Nevada like a seismic drumroll since midsummer, and in recent days, they have built to a crescendo. Seismologists refer to such quakes as swarms, U.S. Geological Survey detected them regularly. They can produce thousands of small tremors. In September, 500 miniquakes struck southeastern California in two days. largest magnitude 3.8.
Monsanto ? Known for creating or helping to create 13 highly carcinogenic and toxic products including saccharin, PCBs, Polystyrene, DDT, the atom bomb, nuclear weapons, dioxin, Agent Orange, Petroleum based fertilizers, Round Up, rGBH, aspartame, GMOs, and terminator seeds.
Latest update of Yellowstone volcano by United States Geological Survey (USGS), October registered 98 total earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region, 21 more earthquakes than those reported in September.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has sounded a stark warning over California’s sustained drought, publishing its latest findings where satellite surveys show a rapidly depleting groundwater supply. California is the United States’ most valuable agricultural state, and thus key to America’s food supply (and much of the world’s as well) that could mean drastic consequences for food commodity prices and potential shortages.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Climate change is happening, it's almost entirely man's fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.'s panel on climate science said Sunday.
COPENHAGEN — The gathering risks of climate change are so profound that they could stall or even reverse generations of progress against poverty and hunger if greenhouse emissions continue at a runaway pace, according to a major new United Nations report.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently decided to deregulate Dow Chemical’s next-generation GE crops. These crops are resistant to glyphosate, toxins like 2,4-D, a component of Agent Orange, Dicamba, linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and cancers, disease.
Japan to reopen a nuclear plant despite warnings of increased volcanic activity in the region from scientists. Japan’s Seismological Agency documented increase of activity in the Ioyama volcano, 40 miles from the power station. A month ago, there was an eruption at Mt. Ontake.
Coca-Cola ordered to shut down operations in a city in India for using too much water, violating pollution laws. Villagers protest as their wells dry up, due to the Coke plant operating there. Coca Cola caught dumping pollution from their plants, trying to sell the toxic waste to farmers as ‘fertilizer.’
November 4th, Colorado residents will have the chance to vote on Prop. 105 to label GMOs, Monsanto is running campaigns saying that GMO labeling will cause a rise in food prices,
On Tuesday more energy was created by UK wind farms than by nuclear power stations, reports the National Grid. Wind farms made up 14.2 per cent of all power generated, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 per cent, due to unusually strong winds.
Monsanto spent $2.5 million in addition to what they’ve already spent to defeat GMO labeling in Oregon bringing total to $4.5 million, another million in Colorado to keep voters from checking that YES LABEL GMOs box at the voting booths. What are these companies trying to hide from U.S. consumers?
City council members, Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell have y introduced a motion to curb the growth and proliferation of GMO seeds and plants within the city, and to protect local gardens and city-grown food from current and future contamination from GMO seeds.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released a statement Saturday following the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity, highlighting that the world has lost more than half of the planet's wildlife population.
One of the largest volcanic eruptions in centuries is occurring on Iceland. The volcano Bardarbunga is producing high levels of sulfur dioxide.
Tepco: sharp spike in the radioactivity of water samples taken from an observation well by the sea located east of the damaged No. 2 reactor; told reporters increased radioactivity in the water could be due to higher levels of groundwater caused by recent typhoons mixing with radioactive elements.
A new study on the practice of hydraulic fracturing has found a direct connection to some 400 micro-earthquakes in an Ohio town; published in the journal Seismological Research Letters. This is the second report on the Utica Shale this year.
Voters in a South Korean city have rejected plans to build a nuclear power plant in a referendum the government says has no legal effect.T he city was picked for nuclear plant by Samcheok's previous administration. Attitudes have shifted since Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima. 85 percent of residents who cast ballots said no.
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