Fishermen set their nets June 9 pulled up thick blankets of slime… Department of Fisheries and Oceans, determined slime to be a “goo” of phytoplankton… Skeena River sockeye – predicted run of 3.5 million – were a no-show… as of mid-July, only 130,000 returned, growing concern over green algae material decimating their fishing season.
Stud written by James Hansen, NASA's former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years.
New rainfall records set over the weekend in southern and central California. Rare storm allowed firefighters to contain 60 per cent of a wildfire that swept across a California interstate. California is in its fourth straight year of drought, mandatory water restrictions ordered in April. July typically driest month of the year in Southern California.
Gov. Jerry Brown: speaking at a summit of mayors from around the world; the world may already have “gone over the edge” on global warming and that humanity must reverse course or face extinction.“We don’t know how far we’ve gone, or if we’ve gone over the edge,” “There are tipping points, feedback loops. This is not some linear set of problems that we can predict. We have to take measures against an uncertain future . We are talking about extinction.
Global weather observations have all arrived at the same conclusion: This June broke all temperature records, while the first half of 2015 already promises the hottest year in more than 100 years of records. June was the third month this year to have broken a monthly temperature record since 1880,
Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage of the region's winter wheat as below-average quality on Monday. Farmers in the Northwest nervous the uncharacteristically low quality of their product could slash the crop's already declining prices.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 reported yesterday that high levels of radiation—up to 60 times higher than the maximum allowed in drinking water—were found in Ten Mile Creek, which flows into the Monongahela River in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
United Nations reports that we have 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and that, by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent.
At least five Republican governors, including two presidential hopefuls — Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana indicated they may defy new federal rules that are part of President Obama's climate change agenda meant to reduce carbon emissions, transition to renewable energy. Require power plants to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030.
ExxonMobil, world's biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change—seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm's own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.
Kuskokwim River salmon returning to spawn alarmingly low… [Kings are] dramatically below last year’s count… “Mounting evidence suggests that the 2015 chinook salmon run was early and weak,” Fish and Game managers said… chum salmon also is very low, sockeye salmon harvests well under 2014 and five-year average levels… down 86% from same period last year off 75% from average.
BP agreed to pay record environmental fine of $18.7 billion to settle legal actions by the US and several states over 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. US justice department, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida, sued BP for damages not covered by earlier settlements, ends litigation between BP, and the government, allows the company to pay over 18 years.
For 20 years the New Manhattan Project have been saturating our atmosphere with chemtrail sprays found to consist of aluminum, barium and strontium. It is not normal jet engine exhaust.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research agronomist Frank Forcella has been using an air compressor to spray gritty material like corncob bits on both sides of a crop to kill young weeds without harming corn or soybeans. His method utilizing the new technology is gaining attention from organic farmers who don’t use chemicals to control weeds in their fields.
US scientists found a way to estimate time of the next eruption of the dormant volcano in Yellowstone National Park 10 months to 10 years beforehand, most recent happening nearly 70,000 years ago. They promise it won’t be cataclysmic, yet its lava and ash could cause a volcanic winter.
Police say last week's massive raid in Northern California's rugged Emerald Triangle by county law enforcement with no help from the DEA targeted private landowners not because they were growing pot, because they were illegally sucking 500,000 gallons of water a day from a section of the nearby Eel river.
Canada introduced additional economic sanctions against 14 Russian legal entities and three individuals, imposed a ban on import and export of goods from the territory of Crimea. Information in the statement of Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper on the internet page of the Canadian government.
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before, only seen such a weather phenomenon “on television, in programs about America.”
A controversial trial of genetically modified (GM) wheat has failed to repel pests any more effectively than ordinary crops, scientists have found. Researchers attempted to engineer a variety of wheat to emit an odor that deters aphids in the hope of reducing the amount of pesticides required by plants.
Dutch court on Wednesday said that the government has a legal duty to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The decision came in response to a lawsuit.
Toxic algae bloom west of Vancouver Island threatens salmon… The bloom stretches along the Pacific coast from California to B.C. Cause unknown.An additional concern relates to salmon stock. The bloom has almost no crustaceans… which is worrisome, most prolific toxic algal outbreak ever recorded.
Jerry Brown: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board; if more water does not flow into California, eventually will be too many people for available water to support. “ how many people can we accommodate? ”Lynn Wilson,academic chair, Kaplan University, United Nations climate change delegation: past “civilizations had to migrate out of drought areas,” interview with CNBC in July. “We may have to migrate people out of California.” every option such as importing water would likely occur, “migration can’t be taken off the table.”
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is being moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in the heart of tornado alley. Builders broke ground on the $1.25 billion dollar facility. It will include a biosafety level 4 lab, designed to handle deadly and exotic pathogens for which no vaccines or treatments exist.
Crops genetically engineered to produce insecticidal toxins derived from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) places intense selective pressure on pests to evolve resistance. Pest “develop resistance rapidly” when Bt crops don’t produce a high enough level of Bt toxin, require farmers to use more pesticides. Bt corn didn’t eradicate the pest, it made it stronger, causing even more pesticide use.
There are now more than 50,000 different pesticides being manufactured with over 600 ‘active’ ingredients. Nearly seven billion pounds of pesticides are used annually around the world. Who makes all these chemicals? The same “Big 6 Companies” that oppose food labeling.1. Monsanto 2. Bayer 3.Syngenta 4. Dow 5. Dupont 6. BASF
Pope Francis' on the environment: Once beautiful landscapes covered with rubbish, industrial waste, chemicals, linked to throwaway culture not yet managed to adopt circular model of production capable of preserving, limit use of non-renewable resources, moderate consumption, maximize efficient use, reusing,recycling. Markets promote extreme consumerism to sell products, people in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending. Climate is a common good, belonging to all. Those who possess economic or political power mostly concerned with masking the problems.
Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder found underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks: ongoing overhaul of German armed forces made it possible to set aside 76,600 acres of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.
Government opted against selling the land, in some cases, prime real estate, to investors in favour of creating natural refuges.
North Korea in a severe drought, Much of Korean Peninsula had unusually dry weather in recent weeks, crucial time for rice farming when seedlings are transplanted. Rice is a staple for both Koreas. Crop production in the North could fall 20 percent from last year if drought continues.
An Arlington fracking company leeched 48,000 gallons of benzene solvent into the city's water supply, doesn't call 911. It takes 24 hours and 4 attempts to plug the well, while hundreds of residents are evacuated. The EPA says water supplies are now as safe as fracking.
The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs approved at the EU level, urging Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) to implement a Germany-wide ban on cultivation.
Threat in Florida’s waters; deadly flesh-eating bacteria. Florida state health department report 32 cases past 12 months. Number of infections increases May through October, the bacterium thrives when water is warmest. It can also infect those who eat raw shellfish or mishandle raw oysters.
French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal: the weed killer Round Up should not be sold in garden shops since it is potentially harmful to human beings. Sri Lanka president, Maithripala Sirisena: glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
Owen Paterson former Environment Minister for the UK: talks about Greenpeace being put on trial for “crimes against humanity” GMOs can save millions of lives. It’s the environmentalists who are doing real harm.”
World’s largest underground aquifers, a source of fresh water for hundreds of millions of people being depleted at alarming rates, according to new NASA satellite data that provides detailed picture of vital water reserves under the Earth’s surface. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers from India, China, United States and France passed their sustainability tipping points, more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study.
Pope Francis: The spread of (GM) crops destroys the complex web of ecosystems, decreases diversity in production, affects the present and future of regional economies. In several countries there is a trend in the development of oligopolies in the production of seeds and other products needed for cultivation, the dependence deepens when you consider the production of sterile seeds, which end up forcing farmers to buy (seeds) from producers.”“It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further.”
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.
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