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.
Always look for the ‘USDA Organic’ certified seal. And for those who don’t trust the seal itself due to some shady practices, I can recommend you look on the back and see which ‘certifying body’ was responsible for the seal. Oregon Tilth is, generally speaking, at the top tier of organic quality.
The city of Spokane, Washington has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for allegedly selling chemicals for decades that it knew were harmful to human and environmental health. Marlene Feist, Spokane’s utilities spokeswoman, described the suit as “long-term litigation,” pointing out that the city will spend $300 million to keep PCBs and other pollutants from entering the river in coming years – all of which were caused by Monsanto’s dumping of chemicals via paint, inks, hydraulic fluids, and industrial sealants.
The toxic spill began Aug. 5 when an EPA contractor accidentally ruptured a wall holding back millions of gallons of wastewater containing a variety of toxic substances such as mercury and lead at a closed gold mine in Colorado.
Warm water killing fish in Mat-Su and Anchorage… killing salmon in the Matanuska and Susitna valleys… Arctic char… have also gone belly up dead salmon have been found near the [Knik River's] weir… Dead fish have been turning up in other Mat-Su streams…Juneau Empire, Aug 7, 2015: Herring mystery… dead baby herring in the algae-filled empty squares of the Statter Harbor breakwater. “It’s hard to know why, but there’s a lot of them,” Juneau-based marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway] Dead herring… on Unalaska shorelines… “Hundreds ofthe few that drifted on the beach were not being eaten by the eagles, or seagulls or terns.” Scientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and the small fish… “Their fins are deteriorated while their eyes are intact,” [Melissa Good, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks] said. Needlefish, thousands of millions [i.e. billions] of needlefish… For about a mile there was needlefish and smelts. Dead needlefish… It was just millions of needlefish, piles of them.
Bt toxins were found in 93% of the women tested and 80% of their unborn babies at the Sherbrooke Hospital in Canada. Glyphosate – found in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Round Up – is being found in people’s blood, urine, and breast milk around the nation
Extreme weather such as intense storms, droughts and heatwaves will cause more frequent and severe food shortages as the global climate and food supply systems change, British and American experts warned.
California is now well into its fourth consecutive year of drought. This is not without consequences. Tensions in the state have mounted as urban and agricultural water users become increasingly stressed by water shortages — but we can't blame the almond farmers. There are many factors at play here, notably a complex water cycle and conveyance network, as well as a somewhat archaic legal landscape.
Feeding people will require cleaner energy, smarter farming and women's rights, but also a "fundamental cultural change," according to Paul Ehrlich, president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley, professor and researcher John Harte. "What is obvious to us is ... that if humanity is to avoid a calamitous loss of food security, a fast, society-pervading sea-change as dramatic as the first agricultural revolution will be required.
New Zealanders who eat a lot of seafood may be exposing themselves to radiation and putting their health at risk, a study suggests. Researchers found seafood such as mussels, paua and oysters contained concentrated levels of radiation. Those at particular risk were sub-populations for whom fish consumption was culturally important and those relying of fishing and shellfish collection to feed their families.
New evidence from Fukushima shows that as many as 2,000 people have died from necessary evacuations, writes Ian Fairlie, while another 5,000 will die from cancer. Future assessments of fatalities from nuclear disasters must include deaths from displacement-induced ill-heath and suicide in addition to those from direct radiation impacts.
African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), just lodged an appeal to South African Agriculture, Water Affairs, and Forestry Minister, Senzeni Zokwana, against the general release approval of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) maize, MON87460.
Dr. Ramon Seidler, a retired senior scientist from the US Environmental Protection Agency, has become a leading spokesperson against genetically modified foods and the increasing use of pesticides with GM crops. GM crops literally suffocate the soil. Our soil is full of billions of tiny micro-organisms, and without them, the larger organism – the plant – cannot grow properly. Soil is a complex mixture of these micro-organisms, minerals, rock, fungi, organic matter, and bacteria. If you alter just one aspect of the soil, you alter everything that grows in it.
GM crops are taking important enzymes and minerals out of our soil.
Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.
In 2011 unusual mortality events were reported for Alaskan walruses, seals, and polar bears, all of which were found to be “suffering from hair loss, skin sores, and unusually lethargic behavior.” No cause was ever identified. Unusual mortality events for California sea lions were reported by the NOAA in 2013, escalating to catastrophic losses in 2015. Dolphin populations in California also experienced significant mortality events in 2013 and were found to have significantly impaired immune systems. Sardines in the Pacific Northwest experienced also experienced a significant reduction in numbers in 2013, with the November population estimate of 378,000 tons constituting a steep drop from the 1.5 million tons estimated in 2000. 378,000 tons represented the lowest reported in over ten years. The King Salmon population in Alaska declined 73 percent from 2011 to 2012 In 2014, starfish were afflicted with a devastating and inexplicable wasting disease up and down the coast of North America. An unusual mortality event was reported for Alaskan whales in 2015. North American Pacific coast sea birds have also been impacted. Auklets living along entire north American pacific coast have also experienced a steep population declines that were described as “just massive, massive, unprecedented” by Julia Parish, a seabird ecologist at the University of Washington.Land animals in Alaska and California also experienced significant and inexplicable population declines. Unusual mortality event was reported for Alaskan whales in 2015. Land animals in Alaska and California also experienced significant and inexplicable population declines. Arctic caribou experienced a decline of 27 percent between 2011 and 2013. Monarch butterfly populations experienced a record low in 2013. Malady killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits and vegetables.
Latest study published at Science Direct: “Potential pathways of pesticide action on erectile function – A contributory factor in male infertility,” the study shows that along with heavy metals, radioactivity, and poisonous fumes of organic chemicals, pesticides are largely contributing to erectile dysfunction and the downfall of male fertility. Of course there are numerous “psychological, physiological, pathological, social, environmental, and nutritional factors.
The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for a spreading environmental disaster that is threatening crucial waterways throughout the Southwest. The catastrophe has contaminated rivers in Colorado and New Mexico with up to 3 million gallons of orange sludge containing lead, arsenic, cadmium and other toxic metals. One sample showed the lead level an astonishing 12,000 times the acceptable standard – standards set by the EPA. Mercury was 10 times the acceptable level, beryllium and cadmium 33 times, and arsenic 800 times.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is buying 80 million 4-inch black polyethylene balls to cover the surfaces of three Los Angeles reservoirs that serve 4 million residents. At a cost of 33 cents each, the hollow spheres are designed to block sunlight from turning bromide and chlorine in the water into bromate, a suspected carcinogen. NPR is reporting total cost of the project at $34.5 million.
last year, sea ice in the Chukchi sea (which lies between Alaska and Russia) got down to such low levels — an increasingly common occurrence as climate change dramatically reshapes the Arctic — that tens of thousands of walruses in the area were forced to drag themselves onto the Alaskan shore in search of rest, a behavior known as “hauling out.” And this year, ice is already low enough again that it’s looking like another haul-out may be imminent.
Scientists all over the world have suggested that the bizarre experiments taking place at CERN could either open a black hole, destroy the entire world or open up a portal to another dimension. But none of those concerns have been taken seriously. Instead, scientists at CERN just continue to smash more and more particles into each other at higher and higher speeds.
The "Frankensteinian genetics" sown into our livestock: Chickens today grow at an extremely unnatural rate. Their legs often cannot keep up with the weight of their bodies and actually collapse underneath them, Faruqi says. "It would be similar to a human being gaining hundreds of pounds in the first couple of months of life."
The Eastern Pacific ocean is superheating, as this process continues, so will marine ecosystem implosion. The climate engineers have aggressively interfered with all of the planet’s processes and natural cycles. This includes the El Niño events which the weather makers have actively tried to suppress.
Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States. 622 CPM, 124.4 Times Normal, Concord, NH. Gamma and Beta Radiation only.372 CPM, 74.4 Times Normal, Boston, MA. Gamma only.
354 CPM, 70.8 Times Normal, New York City, NY. Gamma only.532 CPM, 106.4 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA. Gamma and Beta only 562 CPM, 112.4 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Gamma only.344 CPM, 68.8 Times Normal, Atlanta, GA. Gamma only 495 CPM, 99 Times Normal, Miami, FL. Gamma only.
241 CPM, 48.2 Times Normal, Chicago, IL. Gamma only.
Whales have been dropping like flies in the Gulf of Alaska. Approximately nine whale carcasses were sighted in late May and early June. Now, fisherman have spotted five more decomposing whales, a fin whale and four humpbacks to add to the death toll.
It appears that carry trades are not the only thing blowing up in China. A massive explosion, fireball, and mushroom cloud can be seen at chemical storage facility in the Chinese port town of Tianjin
Last week, the EPA accidentally spilled millions of gallons of pollutants into the Animas River in Colorado, turning the water a deep mustard-yellow and, in some places, orange. The contaminants are believed to include dissolved iron, zinc, and copper.
Japan has begun a controversial return to nuclear power generation with the restart of a reactor in the country’s south-west, four and a half years after its faith in atomic energy was shattered by the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi.
Radiation leakage exerts a long term effect on the environment. It contaminates our food chain, the groundwater and the ocean. And the contaminated seawater will circulate around the globe
The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is receiving multiple reports indicating a significant increase in dead and dying birds found on beaches… Leslie Slater is the Gulf of Alaska Unit Biologist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge… says there are a lot of potential reasons for the increase in fatalities but the prevailing cause is likely tied to the birds’ food sources. “What we’re seeing more precisely is that birds seem to be starving. That’s sort of the ultimate cause of their deaths but something might be happening before that… biotoxins can build up through the food chain and ultimately cause the deaths of these birds.”
It seems that these days, everywhere you look, journalists and environmental activists are praising Apple for powering its data centers with "100 percent renewable energy," as the company puts it. Greenpeace named Apple tops in its 2015 "Clicking Clean" report and commended the company for being transparent about its energy use, pledging to power its data centers entirely with renewable energy, seeking to reduce and mitigate its carbon footprint, and advancing the cause of renewable energy by pushing utility companies to make it available to both large and small customers.
Another dead whale washes up on Pacifica beach — Yet another dead whale washed up at a Pacifica beach in what has become an inexplicable summer trend, marine officials reported… The whale that washed up Sunday is just the latest in a string of mysterious dead whales found in the area. A humpback whale washed up on Sharp Park Beach in Pacifica in May, and in April the rotting carcass of a sperm whale on the beach near Mori Point left scientists baffled as a dissection revealed no official cause of death.
Central America, a place of abundant wind and sunshine, is still chained to thermal power and large-scale hydroelectricity and has failed to include local communities in clean, environmentally-friendly and less invasive projects.
The WHO has already declared that five of the major chemical herbicides used to grow GMO crops are either likely or definitely cancerous, yet the USA still makes secret trade deals that would allow biotech to push their genetically modified ‘food’ on Americans who don’t want to eat it.
The city of Toledo has put its water quality on "watch" status because of toxins that shut down Toledo's public drinking-water system for three days a year ago. The water is safe to drink, city officials said. Microcystin detected in the intake crib three miles out in Lake Erie, not detected in tap water.
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.
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