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Unprecedented Mass Die Offs as Pacific Ocean “Turning Into a Desert” Off California Coast

May 22nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/unprecedented-mass-die-offs-as-pacific.html

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.

Is This Global Drought Being Caused by the Systematic Destruction of the Hydrologic Cycle?

May 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/is-this-global-drought-being-caused-by-the-systematic-destruction-of-the-hydrologic-cycle_052015

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.

Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program Scientists used the Medea program to study how global warming could worsen conflict. Now that project has come to an end.

May 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/05/cia-closing-its-main-climate-research-program

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 Criminalizes taking Soil Samples and “Ecological” Photos on Public Lands

May 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Wyoming_Criminalizes_taking_Soil_Samples_and_%E2%80%9CEcological%E2%80%9D_Photos_on_Public_Lands/44033/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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.

Beemageddon: White House reveals national strategy to tackle honeybee decline

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/usa/260073-honeybees-white-house-plan/

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

Elected Official Denies Pesticide-Bee Death Connection – Research Disagrees Other research disagrees

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/bee-health-committee-chairman-praises-neonicotinoids-denies-connection-to-bee-deaths/

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.

Cold temperature records set in Saskatchewan - Video

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/2003916/cold-temperature-records-set-in-saskatchewan/

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: Tax Organic Products To Solve CA Water Crisis

May 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/economists-tax-organic-products-to-solve-ca-water-crisis/

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.”

Texas governor signs law to prohibit local fracking bans

May 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141096904

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’s jaw-dropping progress at reducing CO2 emissions in just 4 months

May 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/news/259425-china-carbon-emissions-cuts/

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.

America’s second largest reservoir — Lake Powell — is disappearing

May 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/americas-second-largest-reservoir-lake-powell-is-disappearing/

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.

Oklahoma Oil Billionaire Demanded University Fire Scientists Studying Dangers of Fracking Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm approached a dean at the school.

May 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/fracking/oklahoma-oil-billionaire-demanded-university-fire-scientists-studying-dangers-fracking

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.

Washington State Declares Emergency Drought - Governor

May 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150516/1022204982.html

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.

40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, and 34 of Them Are Along the Ring of Fire -

May 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/40-volcanoes-are-erupting-right-now-and-34-of-them-are-along-the-ring-of-fire_052015

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.

Beekeeper Survey: “We’ve Lost Almost Half Our Bee Colonies in the Past Year” Pesticides largely to blame

May 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

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.

Canada, Australia, and Japan Issue Warning over GMO Contamination

May 13th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/canada-australia-and-japan-issue-warning-over-gmo-contamination/

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.

Health Disaster in the Making: Hundreds of Schools Are Next to Fields Doused by Monsanto's Toxic Weed Killers

May 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/environment/health-disaster-making-hundreds-schools-are-next-fields-doused-monsantos-toxic-weed

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 suspends fracking over ‘hazardous’ chemicals

May 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/news/256229-denmark-fracking-chemicals-total/

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.

Chilling: How Monsanto’s Agent Orange is Still Used Today

May 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/chilling-how-monsantos-agent-orange-is-still-used-today/

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

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/newswire/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-t/

“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.

Thousands of Farmers in India Rise up Against Monsanto

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/thousands-of-farmers-in-india-rise-up-against-monsanto/

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.

Dead zones recorded in Atlantic Ocean for first time - Video

May 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/05/04/dead-zones-recorded-in-atlantic-ocean-for-first-time/21179392/

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, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington All Jolted By Significant Earthquakes

May 3rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://endoftheamericandream.com/

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.”

Monsanto has the FBI in its pocket

April 30th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rinf.com/alt-news/latest-news/the-fbi-is-now-working-for-monsanto/

“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.

'Europe is Good at Gas': Shell Lobbied EU to Prefer Gas Over Renewables

April 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150427/1021442474.html

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.

Colombia's health ministry seeks to halt coca spraying

April 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141079165

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.

After Bee Die-Off, Chinese Apple Farmers Resort to Hand-Pollination

April 26th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/after-bee-die-off-chinese-apple-farmers-resort-to-hand-pollination/

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.

Official: US Government Confirms That Fracking Is Causing Earthquakes in Oklahoma

April 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://21stcenturywire.com/2015/04/25/official-us-government-confirms-that-fracking-causing-earthquakes-in-oklahoma/

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.

EU Commission proposes GM opt-out for member states

April 22nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/news/252101-eu-commission-gmo-law/

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."

What If The Drought Causes California’s Food Supply to Collapse? - Video

April 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/what-if-the-drought-causes-californias-food-supply-to-collapse_042015

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.

Brazil Admits Monsanto’s Roundup Is Causing Cancer After Approving 3 GMO Crops

April 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/brazil-gave-green-light-to-3-new-gm-crops-but-calls-glyphosate-cancerous/

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.

US May Start Testing Food for ‘Probably Carcinogenic’ Glyphosate

April 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150418/1021050402.html

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.

‘Monster Marijuana’ To Become Reality As Monsanto Patents GMO Po

April 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/%E2%80%98Monster_Marijuana%E2%80%99_To_Become_Reality_As_Monsanto_Patents_GMO_Pot/43506/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Monsanto announced it had patented the first genetically modified strain of marijuana. This has far-reaching consequences for drugs policy, since cannabis is still an illegal substance. Would you smoke GMO pot, or would you prefer to smoke nature’s finest?

EU clears path for 17 new GM foods

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/EU_clears_path_for_17_new_GM_foods/43487/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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.

Activist Power: Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Neonics

April 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/activist-power-lowes-to-stop-selling-bee-killing-neonics/

Lowe’s, one of the US’s largest home improvement and gardening supply stores, has plans to stop selling products containing ‘neonics,’ largely in response to activist pressure, a likely culprit in the decimation of bee and butterfly colonies. EU suspended their use in all 27 countries years ago.

Lab Sees 3400% Increase in Testing Food for Monsanto’s Toxic Glyphosate

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/independent-lab-sees-3400-increase-in-requests-to-test-for-toxic-glyphosate/

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.

U.S. Forced to Import Corn as Shoppers Demand Organic Food

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/u-s-forced-to-import-corn-as-shoppers-demand-organic-food/

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.

Food Chain Catastrophe: Emergency Shut Down Of West Coast Fisheries: “Populations Have Crashed 91 Percent”

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/food-chain-catastrophe-emergency-shut-down-of-west-coast-fisheries-populations-have-crashed-91-percent_04162015

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 Bans Insecticide in Light of Massive Bee Deaths

April 16th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/portland-oregon-bans-insecticide-in-light-of-massive-bee-deaths/

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.

Corporate Farms Control of Water

April 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Corporate_Farms_Control_of_Water/43444/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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 Approves more Herbicide-Resistant Corn, Soy, & GM Trees

April 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/brazil-approves-more-herbicide-resistant-corn-soy-gm-trees/

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.

BIG WIN! El Salvador Farmers Kick Monsanto Out

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/big-win-el-salvador-farmers-beat-monsantos-monopoly/

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 Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back

April 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2015/04/mitch-mcconnell-war-coal

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.

Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/lowes-to-stop-selling-bee-killing-pesticides-to-protect-pollinators/

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.

US Farmers Going Out of Business Due to GM Crop Contamination

April 12th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/us-farmers-hemorrhaging-cash-due-to-gm-crop-contamination/

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.

Fukushima Robot Dies Three Hours After Entering Radioactive Reactor Vessel

April 11th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/fukushima-robot-dies-three-hours-after-entering-radioactive-reactor-vessel/

robot sent to inspect a reactor’ containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant stopped responding three hours into the operation.

Monsanto Profits Fall Another 15% In April

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-profits-fall-another-15-in-april/

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 Announces Complete Ban on Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Maize

April 10th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/poland-announces-complete-ban-on-monsantos-genetically-modified-maize/

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.

Water Crisis Pushes Brazil Toward Solar Power at Last

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/water_crisis_pushes_brazil_towards_solar_power_at_last_20150406

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.

Family Vacations In Luxury Resort In Caribbean; Father Paralyzed, Two Teen Boys In Comas, From Being Exposed To Pesticide

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/family-vacations-in-luxury-resort-in-caribbean-father-paralyzed-two-teen-boys-in-comas-from-being-exposed-to-pesticide/

“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.

In California, farmers rely on oil wastewater to weather the drought

April 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/04/in-california-farmers-rely-on-oil-wastewater-to-weather-the-drought/

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.

Germany Set to Ban Fracking In Unprecedented Legislation

April 5th, 2015
Categories: Environment

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.”

Icelandic gov’t suggests removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/icelandic-govt-suggests-removing-the-power-of-commercial-banks-to-create-money-and-handing-it-to-the-central-bank/

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.

Ten Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ten_Percent_of_California%E2%80%99s_Water_Goes_to_Almond_Farming/43188/0/38/38/Y/M.html

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.

EPA Restricts Use of Pesticides Suspected of Killing Bees

April 2nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141057391

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.

Antarctica just experienced its warmest day ever

March 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/antarctica-just-experienced-its-warmest-day-ever-10142968.html

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.

Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer

March 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29946-rounding-us-up-and-exposing-us-all-to-cancer

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.

The Oceans Are Dying — Paul Craig Roberts

March 30th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/03/30/oceans-dying-paul-craig-roberts/

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.

The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life — Paul Craig Roberts

March 27th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/03/27/social-costs-capitalism-destroying-earths-ability-support-life-paul-craig-roberts/

Social Costs Of Capitalism Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life Food polluted with herbicides, antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. World Health Organization: glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup, herbicide sprayed on GMO food crops, likely causes of cancer, believed to be exterminating honey bees and Monarch butterflies. California with one year’s supply of water, from severe drought, fossil-fuel fracking industry polluting remaining surface and ground water. Fukushima radiation pollution.
Capitalism’s pursuit of profit is destroying life on earth.

$600 Million Fracking Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water

March 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.alternet.org/fracking/fracking-company-sues-ohio-village-their-water

A massive fracking company, Gulfport Energy, an oil and natural gas exploration and production company worth $600 million, is suing a small Ohio town for its water. Gulfport filed a lawsuit against the village of Barnesville (pop. 5,000) claiming the town violated an agreement to provide water from its reservoir.

FL Gov Rick Scott orders employee to get psych evaluation for using the term "climate change."

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Police State

Link: http://www.orrazz.com/2015/03/fl-gov-rick-scott-orders-employee-to.html

Scott reportedly ordered longtime employee of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to take time off and seek professional mental treatment for using the term "climate change" in reference to the failed Keystone XL Pipeline project, according to the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

World's pollinators in rapid decline

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/channel/newsitem.asp?c=11&cate=__15865

According to a joint study by BirdLife, IUCN and others, the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction.

Earth Is Halfway to Being Inhospitable to Life, Scientist Says

March 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/earth-is-halfway-to-being-inhospitable-to-life-scientist-says_032015

A Swedish scientist claims in a new theory that humanity has exceeded four of the nine limits for keeping the planet hospitable to modern life, while another professor told RT Earth may be seeing an impending human-made extinction of various species.

Monsanto to Pay $350k in Settlement Over Franken-Wheat

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150319/1019740522.html

Wheat farmers in eight states have sued agrochemical giant Monsanto over the unexplained appearance of its genetically modified seeds in a field in Oregon. On Wednesday, the company announced it would settle seven of those suits, shelling out $350,000.

Jerry Brown seeks $1-billion emergency drought relief plan for California

March 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141043697

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will unveil a $1-billion relief plan, also crafted a $7.5-billion water bond that was approved by voters to bolster the state's water infrastructure. In 2014, Brown signed a $687.4-million drought package, which offered aid to communities facing acute water shortages, food and housing assistance to those harmed by the drought.

What If The Drought Causes California’s Food Supply to Collapse? - Video

March 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.nutritionalanarchy.com/2015/03/18/what-if-the-drought-causes-californias-food-supply-to-collapse/

NASA experts claim California now holds less than 1 year in water reserves, drought and water usage have depleted fresh supplies at a drastic rate, a threat to biggest source agriculture production in the country, 80-90% of many key fruit and vegetable crops raised in California.

California Drought: Farmers Stop Planting, Sell Water Instead

March 18th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/environment/20150318/1019694889.html

Farmers in California’s Central Valley, where much of the US’ food supply is born, have taken a huge hit because of the state’s ongoing record drought. And so, instead of planting crops this year, many have opted to sell their water rights. Farmer Lance Tennis: "We're going to make a lot more selling the water than planting the rice."

San Diego sues Monsanto for bay pollution & persistent contamination

March 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/usa/241581-san-diego-monsanto-lawsuit/

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has been sued by the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified Port District for selling chemicals the multinational knew were harmful to the ecology, including that of the now heavily polluted San Diego Bay.

Renewable Energies in Latin America Weather Low Oil Prices

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/03/renewable-energies-in-latin-america-weather-low-oil-prices/

Most Latin American countries have set medium and long-term targets for alternative energy supply, committed to increasing contribution of renewables, diversify their energy mix, decrease dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions because of climate change.

Report: Florida Banned State Workers From Saying "Climate Change"

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/03/florida-climate-change

Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the agency in charge of setting conservation policy and enforcing environmental laws in the state, issued directives in 2011 barring thousands of employees from using the phrases "climate change" and "global warming," according to a bombshell report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).

Monsanto Is About To Escape All Regulation From The USDA

March 9th, 2015
Categories: Environment, Science, Health

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/monsanto-is-about-to-escape-all-regulation-from-the-usda/

Intentional mutation, a new way that biotech is getting around regulatory approval for genetically modified crops. Genome editing will be used instead of previous methods for altering living organisms by genetically altering DNA material through artificial manipulation in a laboratory. In this way, they can bypass FDA and other agencies trying to ban GMOs.

International Protest Against GMO Trees Coming March 3rd

March 2nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/international-protest-against-gmo-trees-coming-march-3rd/

US government allowing first genetically modified tree to be legalized with zero government or public oversight, environmental risk assessments despite overwhelming public opposition. Plans to seed the entire South, with hundreds of thousands of GE trees. You can visit stopgetrees.org to learn more and take further action. You can also contact one of 313 Brazillian embassies and consulates.

75% of Air and Rain Samples Contain Monsanto’s Round Up

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/75-air-rain-samples-contain-monsantos-round/

Round Up chemicals were prevalent, but so were 37 other toxic compounds – all present in both rain and air samples. Glyphosate was found in 86% of air samples, and 77% of rain samples.

Record US Farmers Switching to Non-GMO Crops in 2015

February 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://patriotrising.com/2015/02/24/record-us-farmers-switching-to-non-gmo-crops-in-2015/

falling GMO grain prices to a rising tide of public distrust of genetically modified ingredients, failing GMO traits, higher GMO seed prices, and the premium prices that people willingly pay for quality food over toxic junk, the conventional farmer is changing his tune when it comes to Big Ag practices.

Taps run dry in Brazil's biggest city as drought bites

February 23rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/11428718/Taps-run-dry-in-Brazils-biggest-city-as-drought-bites.html

Lowest rainfall since 1930, reservoirs that supply almost half of the 20 million people in the metropolitan area close to running dry. government warnins the reservoirs could dry up in four or five months. State water utility introducing incentives for families using less water, fines for excessive use, installing water savers on taps, did not rule out water rationing.

IMF set to pass Ukraine bailout in coming weeks: Official

February 19th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2015/02/19/398336/IMF-set-to-approve-Ukraine-bailout

IMF spokesman, Gerry Rice: the fund's 24-member board will meet at the end of February or in early March to pass a new four-year financing package for the East European country. The USD 17.5 billion assistance is reportedly part of a USD 40 billion aid promised by the international community.

Most honey contains glyphosates, the main ingredient in Roundup

February 17th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Most_honey_contains_glyphosates%2C_the_main_ingredient_in_Roundup/41948/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Sixty-two percent of the conventional honeys and 45% of the organic honeys sampled had levels of glyphosates above the minimum established limits. Countries that don't allow genetically modified crops have lower levels of herbicides in their honey.

Magnitude 7 earthquake registered in Japan, N-plant operations unaffected

February 17th, 2015
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://tass.ru/en/non-political/777992

TOKYO, February 17. /TASS/The meteorological department declared a tsunami threat in Iwate and issued a recommendation to the residents of more than 7,000 houses located in the coastal area to evacuate urgently. An earthquake measuring 6.9 points on the open-ended Richter scale was registered in the northwest of Japan on Tuesday.The national meteorological department said the epicenter of the quake was located in the ocean, some 210 kilometers away from the town of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture. Its seismic focus was identified at the depth of about 10 kilometers below the seafloor.

US to face worst droughts for 1,000 years

February 16th, 2015
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://english.pravda.ru/society/anomal/16-02-2015/129838-usa_drought-0/

Recent research which takes into account climate models, published in Science Advances, indicate that the United States of America may face its worst droughts for one thousand years over the coming century. The areas predicted to be most at risk are the US Southwest and the Great Plains and the droughts are predicted to last for decades.

GMOs invade fruit industry: Apples, pears, cherries and peaches to all become unlabeled GMO

February 15th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/048633_GMO_apples_genetically_modified_fruit_apple_polyphenols.html#

Okanagan Specialty Fruits company, which says it "...married the best of nature with the best of science." In addition to genetically modified apples, the Okanagan Specialty Fruits company also promises to roll out genetically modified peaches, cherries and pears.

USDA Approves First GMO Apple For Planting

February 14th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/usda-approves-first-gmo-apple-planting/

USDA has now approved the first GMO apple for commercial planting inside the United States. Arctic apples — which will be available in the Granny Smith and Golden Delicious varieties — are genetically engineered in a way to suppress the production of an enzyme that causes browning when cells in the apple are injured, from slicing.

Brazilians hoard water, prepare for possible drastic rationing

February 13th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Brazilians_hoard_water%2C_prepare_for_possible_drastic_rationing/41804/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, drilling homemade wells and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought.

6000% Increase in Cancer Rates at Fukushima Site

February 6th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/6000-increase-cancer-rates-fukushima-site/

Abe-led government and US continue to sweep the fall out of the Fukushima disaster under the rug. Exploding rates of thyroid cancer in children, as well as an epidemic of leukemia, heart attacks, and other health problems, neglect is compounded by a complete disregard, not only for human life, but for all life upon this planet.

New Genetically Modified Tree Approved by USDA with No Assessments

February 4th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/new-genetically-modified-tree-approved-usda-no-assessments/

Are you worried about genetically modified trees replacing what was once known a nature? US government allowing the first genetically modified tree to be legalized with zero government or public oversight and zero environmental risk assessments.

World's deepest lake Baikal shrinking

February 3rd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/775101

Water level in lake Baikal, oldest and deepest freshwater reserve in the world dropped 40 centimeters to 456.09 meters, believed a critical point. Russian government approved ecological monitoring of the lake's unique ecological system. Lake is home to more than 1700 species of plants and animals, most of which can be found only there. Baikal seals are the only freshwater seals.

'Tropical' Winter Thunderstorm Hits Moscow as City Sets Temperature Record

February 1st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150201/1017609005.html

Moscow hit with thunderstorm Sunday morning, set a new record with air temperatures rising to 3.1 degrees Celsius (37.6 degrees Fahrenheit), highest since 1914 for this time of year. "Thunder rumbled over Moscow, unique weather phenomenon that occurs very rarely." Moscow onsidered to be one of the most affected places in the world by global warming.

Big Oil wants North Dakota to ease radioactive waste laws (VIDEO)

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://rt.com/usa/227999-radioactive-waste-laws-dakota/

Amid falling oil prices nationwide, energy industry players in North Dakota want officials to alter radioactive waste disposal laws so that more toxic fracking fluid can be stored in-state, saving companies tens of thousands of dollars per truckload.

First-ever rainless January in S.F. history

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141002654

Not one drop of measurable rain fell on city streets in January, the first time that’s happened in recorded weather history, which dates back to the Gold Rush.

China Passes US to Become World's Top Foreign Investment Destination

January 31st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/business/20150130/1017561747.html

China passed the United States to become the world's leader in foreign direct investment (FDI) volume in 2014, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report showed.

California City Says Black, Sediment-Filled Tap Water Is “Safe To Drink” Read more: whatreallyhappened.com http://whatreallyhappened.com/#ixzz3QFRqd36j

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://govtslaves.info/california-city-says-black-sediment-filled-tap-water-safe-drink/

Residents in Gardena, California reported a foul-smelling, black sludge coming from their sinks, Golden State Water Company claims that this “water” is safe to drink. Customers gathered samples of the water for the water company to test, they still refused to test the samples because they needed “special tubes” to do so.

Russian Corporation to Create Water Decontamination Station for Fukushima-1

January 29th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://sputniknews.com/science/20150128/1017474749.html

Experts from the Russian national nuclear corporation Rosatom will create a demo water decontamination station this autumn to be used at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant, the project head of the subsidiary RosRAO, that deals with radioactive materials, Sergei Florya, told RIA Novosti Wednesday.

5 Things You’re Not Being Told About Fukushima

January 28th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/01/28/5-things-youre-not-told-fukushima/

1. Two Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Material Escaped Reactor 1, 2. US West Coast Will Experience Peak Radiation in 2015, 3. Thyroid Cancer Spreading in Japan, 4. Japan Planning to Build More Nuclear Plants, 5. Experts Can’t Agree on the Health Dangers. Sake brewers finding no one wants to buy their products due to reports of contaminated rice and water. Fukushima is Bad.

S&P downgrades Russia's credit rating to junk

January 26th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/S%26P_downgrades_Russia%27s_credit_rating_to_junk/41236/0/38/38/Y/M.html

Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia's sovereign credit rating to below investment grade to BB+ from BBB. First time in more than 10 years Russian sovereign debt rated below investment grade. Could push up its borrowing costs, many investment and pension funds have rules preventing them from buying anything not classed as investment grade.

Nearly 140,000 Floridians have spoken out against genetically modified mosquito proposal

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.blacklistednews.com/Nearly_140%2C000_Floridians_have_spoken_out_against_genetically_modified_mosquito_proposal/41209/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The company, Oxitec, is hoping to release male mosquitoes that have been modified to produce offspring that won't "survive to adulthood." The genetically modified mosquitoes will instinctually seek out wild female mosquitoes, and their offspring that won't survive will lower the total population in an effort to fight the often lethal dengue virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

Hungary Commits to GMO-Free Farming

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/hungary-strikes-gmo-crops-initiates-widespread-gmo-rejection/

Hungary has made a move against Big Biotech. In an attempt to make the entire European Union free from GMO crops, Hungary will initiate a joint alliance of European Union member states rejecting the use of GMOs in farming.

New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax

January 25th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/112780093

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). In the morning, he officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. In the afternoon, he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.

Brazil's most populous region facing worst drought in 80 years

January 24th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014996904

Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira: country's three most populous states are experiencing their worst drought since 1930. The drought is also having an impact on energy supplies, with reduced generation from hydroelectric dams.

Gov’t: Sea urchins with insides empty, bare skeletons, and black lesions in Hawaii — Birds dying of unusual cancers, rarely seen in wildlife (PHOTOS)

January 22nd, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://enenews.com/govt-diseased-sea-urchins-hawaii-insides-empty-bare-skeletons-black-lesions-birds-dying-unusual-cancers-photos

Affected urchins have dull flattened spines (droopy urchins), or gradual to complete loss of spines (outside skeleton bare). Some are found empty with some tissue and spine remaining on their surface. a critically endangered Rota crow died from liver cancer, unusual in that cancer is rare in wildlife in general.

Cancer Chemicals Found Near Yellowstone River After Oil Spill

January 21st, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://naturalsociety.com/cancer-chemicals-found-yellowstone-river-oil-pipeline-spill/

Following an oil pipeline leak and subsequent spillage of over 50,000 gallons of oil into the monumental Yellowstone River, cancer-causing chemicals have now been detected even within nearby water treatment plants which usher mass amounts of water meant for drinking.

Monsanto’s Newest GMO Food Weapon…Wheat - Video

January 20th, 2015
Categories: Environment

Link: http://investmentwatchblog.com/monsantos-newest-gmo-food-weapon-wheat/

Monsanto is developing a new GMO seed…wheat. For many years, farmers and consumers said no to GMO wheat since the crop is usually directly consumed by humans. The new GM wheat seed will be resistant to three different herbicides: dicamba, glyphosate, and glufosinate. Why three herbicides? With the widespread use of Roundup (aka glyphosate), super-weeds immune to the popular chemical are taking over farm fields.

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