The National Organic Standards Board decided the antibiotic tetracycline will be out of Organic Apple and Pear Orchards by 2014 (RT @TakePart: Antibiotics will be out of organic apple & pear orchards in 2014!
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
Here's a "win" on a fight by the organic and health activist.
New Win! We can do it if we have the will to push back and remind corporate bullies and our officials it's the nation of the people, by the people, for the people!
“The ruling represents the first crack in the judicial armor that has been so meticulously welded together by major corporations,” said Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has helped 150 communities in eight states adopt Community Bill of Rights to limit corporate powers. “It affirms what many communities already know, that change only occurs when people begin to openly question and challenge legal doctrines that have been treated as sacred by most lawyers and judges.”
The Court’s ruling is significant because the fracking companies have relied on secrecy agreements with landowners to hide the environmental and........[.click the title to read more]...
The most epic underground fountain made up of hot water sprung on one of Smolensk city main square. Throwing tons of trash and stones as large as a building brick it found its way deep from inside of the ground and high ...
In the United States, the Japanese Beetle entered the Country without its natural enemies and found a favorable climate and an abundant food supply. By 1972, Beetle infestations had been reported in 22 States east of the Mississippi River and also in Arkansas, Iowa, and Missouri. Since then, the pest has spread to Southern and Western States, but tough regulations and careful monitoring have prevented its establishment there. Without its natural checks and balances, the Japanese beetle has become a serious plant pest and a threat to American agriculture.
Click on the photo-link to read about what can be done to control this pest.
Final draft of nonbinding education standards 'buries' human role, but gives cohesion in introducing students to climate science (Climate change being cut from UK curriculum, but being introduced in to the US (albeit weakened from earlier drafts)
Nearly all of Austria’s glaciers shrank significantly last year, with one glacier receding a record 97.3 metres (319.2 feet), the Austrian Alpine Association ("Environment" Austria’s glaciers shrank in 2012: study: Nearly all of...
As the demand increases for locally grown organic foods, more people are constructing aquaponics models of all sizes to grow their own food. (RT @GardNGourmet: There is a solution! Concerned About Unfriendly #GMO’s?
Monica S Mcfeeters's insight:
Now the education and awareness info about GMOs hits the radio.
US Hospitals Sporting Fast Food Chains ABC News I think that fast food like burgers Fries and sodas and the last things you'd find in a hospital but. In many around the country places where heart disease diabetes and other ailments assisting with...
THE PROBLEM: Across the United States low income communities often lack the same resources- jobs, education and healthy food. In New York City, for example, most of the Bronx has the lowest national median income and highest rates of unemployment.
There has been a lot of discussion lately on the environmental impact of the proposed Keystone-XL pipeline that is intended to carry heavy oil from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.
I suspect at the end of the day the US government will approve the pipeline as GDP growth and potential job losses will always trump concerns over the environment.
However, the US government has been putting on a lot pressure on Alberta to improve its environmental standards as a quid pro quo for approving the pipeline. In response Alberta is exploring expanding their current CO2 emissions program to a $40/tonne carbon levy. In the past, all of the funds raised by Alberta's carbon emissions program was returned to industry to invest in dubious energy efficiency programs. But Alberta could really have a much more meaningful impact in terms of reducing CO2 emissions, that would more than compensate the emissions from the oil carried in the Keystone XL pipeline, if it invested some of this money into its local universities and R&E network — Cybera.
Although on the production side the tar sands are one of the biggest sources of CO2 emissions, the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) industry, globally is the fastest growing and soon will be the largest source of CO2 emissions on the consumption side of the equation. ICT emissions are produced indirectly from the coal generated electricity that is used to power all of our devices. Currently it is estimated that ICT consumes around 10% all electrical power growing at about 6-10% per year. According to the OECD and other studies ICT equipment in our home now consumes more energy than traditional appliances.
New studies suggest that the growth in wireless networks could be the single largest component of that growth in CO2 emissions from the ICT sector. In a recent report by the Centre for Energy-Efficient Communications, at the University of Melbourne-based research centre claimed that by 2015, the energy used to run data centres will be a "drop in the ocean", compared to the wireless networks used to access cloud services. The report predicts that by 2015 energy consumption associated with 'wireless cloud' will reach 43 terawatt-hours, compared to 9.2 terawatt-hours in 2012. This is an increase in carbon footprint from 6 megatonnes of CO2 in 2012, up to 30 megatonnes of CO2 in 2015, which is the equivalent of an additional 4.9 million cars on the road, the report states.
More worrisome is another report from Sweden KTH that predicts will need to increase the density of wireless base stations by 1000 times to meet the insatiable demand for the "wireless cloud". If this came to fruition, it would be incredibly huge jump in the demand of electricity by the ICT sector.
BrightSource Energy has suspended its application to build a $2.7-billion solar power plant at Hidden Hills, saying it needed to redesign the Inyo County project and the delay would lead to financial uncertainty.
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