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Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator — RT USA

Obama signs 'Monsanto Protection Act' written by Monsanto-sponsored senator — RT USA | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.
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#Accountability: What the #Food Industry Really Fears about #GMO Labeling #Greenpeace #health #Nuitdebout #France

#Accountability: What the #Food Industry Really Fears about #GMO Labeling #Greenpeace #health #Nuitdebout #France | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The food industry’s claim that GMO labeling will raise food costs can be easily disproved. The real reason for their opposition is a much bigger fear on their part.
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#Satellites help link #Texas earthquakes to #wastewater injection

#Satellites help link #Texas earthquakes to #wastewater injection | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it

22.09.16. - The largest recorded earthquake in East Texas was triggered by the high-volume injections of wastewater from oil and gas activities deep underground.

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled residents and damaged buildings in East Texas in 2012 was triggered by the injection of large volumes of wastewater from oil and gas activities into rocks deep beneath the surface, a new satellite study by Stanford scientists and others confirms.

Geophysicists have long suspected that the 2012 temblor, which was the largest ever recorded in the region and followed by several strong aftershocks, was a manmade, or “induced,” quake resulting from the activities of nearby wastewater injection wells, but definitive proof had been lacking – until now.

“Our research is the first to provide an answer to the questions of why some wastewater injection causes earthquakes, where it starts and why it stops,” said study co-author William Ellsworth, a geophysics professor at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

In a new study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, Ellsworth and his co-authors used a remote sensing technique called Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar, or InSAR, to measure ground deformations near the wells in East Texas where the quake occurred. InSAR satellites use radar to detect tiny, centimeter-scale changes in the shape of Earth’s surface.

“Our study reports on the first observations of surface uplift associated with wastewater injection,” Ellsworth said. “The detection of uplift when combined with well-injection records provides a new way to study wastewater injection.”

The team focused on four high-volume wells used for disposing wastewater, located near the town of Timpson, Texas, where the 2012 quake was centered. The four wells began operations between 2005 and 2007 and at their peak injected about 200 million gallons of wastewater per year underground.

Brackish water naturally coexists with oil and gas within the Earth. After extracting this slurry using hydraulic fracturing or other techniques, drilling companies separate the “produced water” from the oil and gas and then reinject it into Earth at disposal wells. Approximately 180,000 of these disposal wells are currently in operation in the United States, primarily in Texas, California, Oklahoma and Kansas. “You can think of the wastewater as ancient ocean water,” Ellsworth said. “It’s too salty and too contaminated with other chemicals to treat economically, so the only viable solution at present is to put it back underground.”

But where that wastewater is injected can make a huge difference. Injecting wastewater at a depth of over 1 mile, two of the wastewater disposal wells the scientists examined lie directly above where the earthquake occurred. The other two wells injected similar volumes of wastewater, but at shallower depths, just over half a mile below the surface.

The InSAR measurements revealed that wastewater injection at the shallow wells resulted in detectable ground uplift up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) away but only a modest rise in pore pressure, which is the pressure of fluids within the fractures and cavities of rocks, at the depth at which earthquakes happen 2 or more miles below the surface.

Increasing pore pressure within a geologic fault can cause the two sides of the fault to slip and release seismic energy as an earthquake.

This did not happen at the shallow well sites in East Texas because a thick layer of nearly impermeable rock beneath the injection sites of the shallow wells prevented the pore pressure from migrating downward towards the crystalline basement, a deep and faulted rock layer where earthquakes originate. Instead, the injected wastewater caused a subtle uplift of several centimeters over a broad area around the injection wells.

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The new findings highlight the importance of understanding the local geology for wastewater injection operations, the scientists say. “The recent upturn in seismicity in Oklahoma and Kansas commonly happens where injection occurs close to the crystalline basement, so we’re getting lots of earthquakes in those places,” Ellsworth said. “Injecting at shallower depth above a blocking formation would reduce the ability of the pore pressures to migrate to the basement and activate the faults.”

The research also demonstrates the potential of remote sensing for understanding how and where pressure changes move through Earth. “Moving forward, we need to predict where pressures will increase in order to reduce the potential for inducing earthquakes,” Ellsworth said. “Our research uncovers new possibilities for operating wells in ways that reduce earthquake hazard.”

 


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#CADTM - #Monsanto #Bayer=MoBay, le cartel des empoisonneurs contre la planète #herbicides #pesticides

#CADTM - #Monsanto #Bayer=MoBay, le cartel des empoisonneurs contre la planète #herbicides #pesticides | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
L’Inde est embourbée dans une controverse artificielle créé par Monsanto à propos de la première culture génétiquement modifiée, censée avoir reçu le feu vert pour sa commercialisation. Impliquée dans des litiges sur plusieurs fronts, Monsanto tente de contourner nos lois sur les brevets, la loi de protection de la variété végétale, celles sur les droits des agriculteurs, sur les produits de base et sur la concurrence. Elle se comporte comme s’il n’y avait, en Inde, aucun parlement, aucune démocratie, aucune loi souveraine à laquelle elle devrait obéir. Ou tout simplement, elle s’en moque.

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The grey #parrot and the race against #Africa’s wildlife #extinction

The grey #parrot and the race against #Africa’s wildlife #extinction | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The number of African greys has plunged to 1% of past levels, conservationists warn.
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Record rains are sending untreated sewage into U.S. cities #disease #pollution #toxic

Record rains are sending untreated sewage into U.S. cities #disease #pollution #toxic | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
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#FF #America #EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of #Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of #Mexico #pollution

#FF #America #EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of #Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of #Mexico #pollution | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Environmentalists say the EPA should prohibit, not permit, the dumping of fracking fluids into the ocean.
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#FF A total ban on #ivory would be disastrous for #elephants. Better to legalise it says #moron Simon Jenkins #deathpenalty for #poaching 

#FF A total ban on #ivory would be disastrous for #elephants. Better to legalise it says #moron Simon Jenkins #deathpenalty for #poaching  | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Allowing African farmers to profit from ivory in a carefully controlled market would give them an incentive to conserve wildlife
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Deadly flash #floods and #landslide hit West #Java, #Indonesia #deforestation #climate

Deadly flash #floods and #landslide hit West #Java, #Indonesia #deforestation #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Indonesia's National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB) have reported that the death toll from devastating floods and landslides in West Java province, Indonesia has now risen to 26. At least 19 people are still missing.
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Bumble #bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status | The #Japan Times #EU #pesticides #herbicides

Bumble #bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status | The #Japan Times #EU #pesticides #herbicides | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the u
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Les humains ont détruit un dixième de la nature en 25 ans #Alaska

Les humains ont détruit un dixième de la nature en 25 ans #Alaska | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
En seulement deux décennies, les zones naturelles ont reculé de 3,3 millions de kilomètres carrés, soit deux fois la taille de l’Alaska. La cause 

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Officials to tour #Utah's #drought-stricken Great Salt Lake #climate

Officials to tour #Utah's #drought-stricken Great Salt Lake #climate | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
On the southern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.
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Geodetic measurements reveal similarities between post–Last Glacial Maximum and present-day mass loss from the #Greenland ice sheet #climate #melting

Geodetic measurements reveal similarities between post–Last Glacial Maximum and present-day mass loss from the #Greenland ice sheet #climate #melting | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Accurate quantification of the millennial-scale mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) and its contribution to global sea-level rise remain challenging because of sparse in situ observations in key regions. Glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) is the ongoing response of the solid Earth to ice and ocean load changes occurring since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; ~21 thousand years ago) and may be used to constrain the GrIS deglaciation history. We use data from the Greenland Global Positioning System network to directly measure GIA and estimate basin-wide mass changes since the LGM. Unpredicted, large GIA uplift rates of +12 mm/year are found in southeast Greenland. These rates are due to low upper mantle viscosity in the region, from when Greenland passed over the Iceland hot spot about 40 million years ago. This region of concentrated soft rheology has a profound influence on reconstructing the deglaciation history of Greenland. We reevaluate the evolution of the GrIS since LGM and obtain a loss of 1.5-m sea-level equivalent from the northwest and southeast. These same sectors are dominating modern mass loss. We suggest that the present destabilization of these marine-based sectors may increase sea level for centuries to come. Our new deglaciation history and GIA uplift estimates suggest that studies that use the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite mission to infer present-day changes in the GrIS may have erroneously corrected for GIA and underestimated the mass loss by about 20 gigatons/year.
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Devastating #water #pollution now rampant across #China

Devastating #water #pollution now rampant across #China | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Devastating water pollution now rampant across China
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Wow! Toxic #Algae Blooms Set Historic Records From Coast to Coast in #America #California

Wow! Toxic #Algae Blooms Set Historic Records From Coast to Coast in #America #California | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Toxic algal blooms have popped up in more than 20 states, with ongoing blooms choking waterways and aquatic life from California to Chesapeake Bay. In Florida
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African #elephant numbers plummet during 'worst decline in 25 years’ #extinction thx to #greed #capitalism

African #elephant numbers plummet during 'worst decline in 25 years’ #extinction thx to #greed #capitalism | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
African elephant population has contracted by around 111,000 in the past decade as a result of poaching, study finds
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The Killer #Shrimp Bullies Species into #Extinction

The Killer #Shrimp Bullies Species into #Extinction | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
New research shows this invasive crustacean isn't quite as deadly as its name suggests--but it's still causing localized extinctions
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#Tunesia 'We Are Thirsty' Say Tunisians as #Drought Creates Tensions

#Tunesia 'We Are Thirsty' Say Tunisians as #Drought Creates Tensions | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Tunisia—Struggling with extremism and economic woes, Tunisia now faces another menace: persistent drought across several regions that is creating ne
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Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) was just found in 75% of drinking water... the mass chemical #suicide of #America is under way #Brokovich

Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) was just found in 75% of drinking water... the mass chemical #suicide of #America is under way #Brokovich | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) was just found in 75% of drinking water... the mass chemical suicide of America is under way
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#FF 375 top #scientists warn of 'real, serious, immediate' #climate threat. Why not mention them!? #Greenpeace #virus #bacteria #fungi

#FF 375 top #scientists warn of 'real, serious, immediate' #climate threat. Why not mention them!? #Greenpeace #virus #bacteria #fungi | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change
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#Farming on the edge: the #India #salt producers coping with 48C heat

#Farming on the edge: the #India #salt producers coping with 48C heat | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
An initiative to support female salt farmers in Gujarat provides loans to help them switch to solar in the face of climate change
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#FF #Bayer And #Monsanto: A Marriage Made In Hell | The Sleuth Journal

#FF #Bayer And #Monsanto: A Marriage Made In Hell | The Sleuth Journal | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Bayer And Monsanto: A Marriage Made In Hell
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Prince #William: #Africa #elephants could be gone from the wild by the time Charlotte turns 25 #extinction

Prince #William: #Africa #elephants could be gone from the wild by the time Charlotte turns 25 #extinction | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Duke of Cambridge tells audience at a conservation charity event in London that he is not prepared to be part of a generation that lets the species disappear from the wild
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Impressive #video of the #floods today in #Trabzon #Turkey

Impressive video of the floods today in Trabzon, Turkey Creepy Strange weakly events Tornado rolls strange, weather, warning, events, all, over, the, world
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Report finds #cancer-causing #chemical featured in ‘Erin #Brockovich’ in #US drinking #water

Report finds #cancer-causing #chemical featured in ‘Erin #Brockovich’ in #US drinking #water | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Dangerous levels of chromium-6 are contaminating tap water consumed by hundreds of millions of Americans, according to a national report released Tuesday.
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‘It’s a depressing sight’: #climate change unleashes ghostly death on Great #Barrier Reef #Australia

‘It’s a depressing sight’: #climate change unleashes ghostly death on Great #Barrier Reef #Australia | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Months after the worst coral bleaching event to hit the reef, Australian conservationist Tim Flannery returns to a tourism hot spot 50km north-east of Port Douglas to witness the destruction wrought by a warming planet...
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Federal #Court Denies Request to Turn Off #Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking #California

Federal #Court Denies Request to Turn Off #Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking #California | Messenger for mother Earth | Scoop.it
Federal court today, declared Nestlé’s reliance on a long-expired permit valid, ruling in favor of the US Forest Service for allowing the Swiss conglomerate to continue its use of a four-mile pipeline that siphons water from the San Bernardino National Forest despite the Forest Service’s lack of action on any permit renewal for 28 years.
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