Birth defects are on the rise in Hawaii, leaving many to wonder if pesticides are to blame – including some pediatricians who are witnessing a spike in birth defects in babies.
The mysterious death of at least 30 whales off the coast of Alaska over the past three months has forced the US federal authorities to declare an “unusual mortality event,” enabling them to launch a probe, which scientists warn may take months or even years to conclude.
The meltdown on equity markets is being driven by signs that the world economy is sliding into a new recession or outright depression.
This weekend you can see a host of individuals dressed as bees in Parliament Square to protest biotech’s detrimental effect on the pollinators which are so important to our food supply. The activists involved in the event are trying to bring light to the decision of the UK parliament to allow farmers to spray toxic neonicotinoids on their crops. ‘Bee Against Monsanto London’ is helping to promote the event.
The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images, shows how such images have helped bring environmental consciousness into the mainstream of American life. Yet these images have also limited the scope of popular environmentalism. Emphasizing spectacular moments of crisis, they have masked the systemic causes of long-term environmental degradation. Deflecting attention from corporate and government responsibility, media images have instead promoted the idea that individual Americans are personally culpable for pollution and other environmental problems. Ultimately, this dual focus on spectacles of crisis and individual moral choices has hidden underlying causes and structural solutions behind a veil of inattention.
That toxic spill caused by the EPA out west continues to be a PR nightmare for the agency. Now they’re in even more trouble with the Navajo tribe, who couldn’t water their livestock because of the contamination. So the agency sent the tribe nine water tanks that turned out to be fouled with oil residue.
Monsanto has been warned, and Syngenta already moved their operations outside the county. Notice was given by Josephine County, Oregon that citizens are very serious about the GMO ban (Measure 17-58) that was passed last year. The cultivation of GMO crops will not be tolerated. Biotech companies have until September 4th, to either harvest their crops or destroy them, or face monetary penalties.
The snap election is a cynical attempt to boost Syriza's vote before the austerity policies go into effect, in anticipation of a confrontation with the working class.
Male black bass and some sunfish in North Carolina rivers and streams are developing eggs in their testes. Scientists suspect exposure to pesticides, factory farm waste and birth control drugs that pass through wastewater may be to blame.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): July was Earth's hottest month ever recorded July was the hottest month worldwide since records began being kept in 1880. Much of western and central Europe was extremely hot. Several cities in Austria hottest month ever recorded in the country's 249-year period of records. Spain had its hottest July on record, France had its third-warmest July. Germany and United Kingdom both broke all-time July heat records. Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, set one the most extreme heat records ever measured in the world July 31.
A class of insecticides linked to the decline of bees has more found in more than half of the streams in the United States where samples were taken, new research has found. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say it is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids, or "neonics," in urban and agricultural land use settings across the nation.
Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have just completed a comprehensive analysis of roughly 275,000 water samples from 62,000 locations across the United States. They found that the parts of the High Plains Aquifer (also often referred to as the Ogallala) is saturated with uranium at a level that is 89 times higher than the EPA’s safe limit. The southern half of California’s Central Valley was even worse, with a uranium concentration 180 times higher than the EPA’s “maximum contaminant level;” nitrates in fertilizers and animal waste can cause the oxidation of naturally occurring uranium. Texas state officials had been concealing radioactive content of state drinking water for many years.
Third massive marine oarfish found on the island in two years. The sleek silver fish was missing its pectoral fins and tail… perplexed researchers are looking for a reason why. Dr. Misty Paig-Tran from California State University Fullerton collected tissue samples… to determine whether it had any toxins in its system. Questions remain as to why these fish are dying. The conservationist also speculated that water pollution could be to blame.
When schools in California's Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) accompanied by nutrition and gardening education. 2010 Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act required schools in the U.S. to update their meal provisions to meet new USDA nutritional standards and offer more whole wheat products, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins to children who receive subsidized school lunches.
Almost 2 million people in California and the Midwest live on aquifer sites which have up to 180 times the safe level of uranium, according to a recent study by US researchers. 275,000 groundwater samples were taken for evaluation, and it turns out that many Americans live about a kilometer from wells that are uranium-polluted, scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln discovered. Seventy-eight percent of the pollution comes from nitrate, the contaminator deriving from chemical fertilizers and animal waste. Nitrates oxidize uranium, making it soluble in groundwater.
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