Greek Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis: Greece will not be swayed by pressure from The White House: We will not submit to the interests and wishes of any third country. Greece is nobody’s property. We move based on the interests of our people and our national interests. The country must become a development hub for Europe’s energy supply."
Monsanto decided to market itself as a ‘sustainable agriculture’ company despite spending billions to provide world with destructive, carcinogenic chemicals, genetically modified ‘pesticide treadmill’ biotech has us running on. GE crops provide no significant increase in crop yields.
Due to ‘disappointing yields and poor quality cotton fiber,” the country of Burkina Faso in West Africa is ditching Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton. decided to phase out the use of Monsanto’s GMO cotton seeds.
2015 wet season in the Caribbean, June to November, forecast to be drier than normal and a similar prediction issued for the 2016 dry season. This follows drier than normal dry season in 2015. "Serious news" for agriculture in the region. 2014 Jamaican economy lost one billion dollars, result of drought and brush fires caused by extreme heat.
EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking.
Thousands of farmers in India reverting back to traditional farming methods as consequences of Western agriculture have begun to negatively impact region’s food and water supply, and the health of its people. Growers returning to traditional, organic methods that date back to centuries ago. India has emerged as a global leader in organic farming, welcomed 600,000 certified producers.
Norwegian Government Pension Fund—the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world with holdings of approximately $890 billion—to begin divesting from companies heavily involved with the mining, transportation, or burning of coal.
For the second time in as many months, Utah is facing a municipal water crisis. In April, community of Nibley unable to use the water from the taps due to a chemical spill. This time, city of Syracuse, Utah issued a boil order due to E. Coli and Coliform contamination in the water supply.
According to meteorologists, lenticular clouds are common in mountainous regions but rare in the plains. The rarity of lenticular clouds in the plains could explain why the appearance in Texas on Monday caused a stir on social media.
northwest China got a surprise wintry blast of snow mainly in mountainous regions, temperatures across the area dropped to below freezing. Rgion was suffering from a drought since January.
Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros announced they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following World Health Organization’s report stating glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, exploring non-toxic alternative weed-killers.
Thursday officially declared coldest day of the year. 11.3 degrees in Melbourne, a record for 2015. Victoria; sub-zero temperatures Thursday morning.
Washington State University researchers David Crowdera,John Reganold: data from 44 studies involving 55 crops grown on five continents over 40 years; organic farming is somewhere between 22 percent and 35 percent more profitable for farmers than conventional. The reason: higher price farmers get when they sell certified-organic crops. Organic farmers save on chemicals.
Scarcity of water is as much a man-made crisis as a natural one; federal subsidies prop up cotton farming in Arizona, cheap loans for cotton production that don’t have to be fully repaid if the market slumps. Cotton is one of the thirstiest crops in existence, each acre demands six times as much water as lettuce, 60 percent more than wheat.
The high temperature Monday in New York 58 degrees; National Weather Service’s NOWData, second time since 1872 high temperature on that date so low. Boston weather high of 49 degrees Monday ties lowest-ever high temperature for any day in the entire month of June since 1872.
National Weather Service: Portland set a record Tuesday for the coldest high temperature for June 2; day’s high of 50 degrees broke the record of 54 degrees, set on June 2, 2001.“It has never been that cold for a high on this date.
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.
Three countries jointly issue a warning genetically modified organisms pose too large a risk for contaminating other plants. If it’s allowed, you will have GMO contamination of non-GM crops and nearby land for many years.
Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers. The proximity of many schools to fields blanketed in the chemical puts kids at risk of exposure.
Denmark has suspended the first exploratory drilling for shale gas which lasted only one day after it discovered that French gas-giant Total, in charge of the project, had used “unauthorized” chemicals.
From Dicamba to 2,4-D to glyphosate, the chemicals being used on our crops are meant for our consumption, but not as food, and not to ‘feed’ the world. Some say it’s actually part of an over-arching plan to ‘control its population.’
“Caldrons of hell” created at Fukushima, says energy company official; Disaster is recurring each day at plant — Japan Nuclear Expert: We have a crisis “of a severity that can’t be imagined anywhere else.” 4 years have passed, the accident has not yet been brought to a close at all.
Some have said that India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, arrived at the nation’s pro-GMO position with the help of generous campaign funding from a GMO lobby, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of Indian farmers from demonstrating against Monsanto and their biotech cronies in a massive grassroots movement that shuns anti-farmer practices and genetically modified crop farming.
for the first time researchers have discovered dead zones in these waters, areas low in both oxygen and salinity off the coast of Africa. Fish can't survive in the dead zones, researchers don't yet fully understand how microorganisms will react.
Michigan hit by worst earthquake state has seen in more than 60 years. In recent days, a series of alarming earthquakes all over the United States. Number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than 20th century’s average for an entire year. One scientist claiming solar activity declining faster “than any time in last 9300 years.”
“Protecting America’s[GMO] seed corn industry” now rises to the level of fighting terrorists. FBI invoked broader powers authorized by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in case against two Chinese siblings who allegedly plotted to steal patented GMO seeds from cornfields in Iowa. FBI treats economic espionage and similar trade secret theft as dangerous threats to national security.
International energy giant Shell lobbied the European Union to opt for the use of natural gas instead of striving toward renewable energy, the Guardian reported citing private correspondence.
Colombias Health Ministry is recommending the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide thats the cornerstone of U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The ministry based its decision on the reclassification last month of glyphosate as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization's research arm. It said it was acting in accordance with a constitutional court ruling that it take precautions whenever credible health risks are apparent.
Pollination of apples in Maoxian has to be completed within five days in order for the trees to bear fruit. Every year thousands of villagers arrive for the arduous task of meticulously pollinating every single blossom by hand. Using homemade pollination sticks made from chicken feathers and cigarette filters dipped into plastic bottles filled with pollen, a single person can pollinate five to ten trees in a day.
US Geological Survey report has been released, which details how the same hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ process used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock beds – is responsible for unnaturally inducing earthquakes in places like Oklahoma.
The European Commission proposed a new law which would allow individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified (GM) crops – even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The US says the move is "not constructive." Plan would "grant member states a greater say as regards the use of EU-authorized GMOs in food and feed on their respective territories."
NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, while the drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate. This is a direct threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops being raised in California.
Brazilian authorities recently approved new types of GM corn and soy meant to be used with 2,4-D chemicals, as well as a genetically modified eucalyptus trees. Brazil’s National Cancer Institute just echoed the World Health Organization’s concern that glyphosate, is cancerous, condemns GM crops for placing the country in the top ranking globally for pesticide consumption.
Following the World Health Organization’s report declaring that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, likely causes cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that regulators may begin testing food for residue of the pesticide chemical.
Europe currently imports around 58 GM products from abroad, mostly US maize, cotton, soy bean and sugar beet. Seventeen new genetically modified food products will be authorised for import to Europe before the end of May in a significant acceleration of biotech trade.
Ben Winkler, laboratory manager at Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis: The commercial lab received three to four requests a week to test foods and other substances for glyphosate residues. In prior years, it received only three to four requests annually, according to its records.
A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming.
Sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to direct NOAA Fisheries Service to halt the current season as early as possible. sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007. sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007. Sardine populations have crashed 91 percent since 2007.
Portland, Oregon has joined at least seven other cities in banning the usage of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that many scientists think is behind colony collapse disorder and the premature death and dysfunction of many bees and other pollinating insects. The ban applies to all city lands and will be enforced despite the opposition of some nearby farmers who claim neonicotinoids are critical for producing their food crops.
Many corporate interests contend that private ownership of public water out- weighs the rights of actual property owners. Corporate agriculture is quite different from traditional family farming. Factory farms that have taken over agribusiness demonstrate little regard for preserving a viable water supply.
Brazil’s National Technical Commission on Biotechnology (CTNBio) approve genetically modified eucalyptus trees, corn and soybeans both made to be tolerant to 2,4-D herbicide.
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, 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.
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.
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.
robot sent to inspect a reactor’ containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stopped responding three hours into the operation.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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