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Syngenta - Another Silent Spring: Altrazine and Deadly Bee Neonicotinoids Poisoning Ecosystems and Human Health

Syngenta - Another Silent Spring: Altrazine and Deadly Bee Neonicotinoids Poisoning Ecosystems and Human Health | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

 

                         A CRIMINAL ATTACK ON OUR PLANET

                          Guardian Environment, June 23, 2014

-▶ TOXIC INSECTICIDES PUT WORLD FOOD SUPPLIES AT RISK, SAY SCIENTISTS. Regulations on pesticides have failed to prevent poisoning of almost all habitats, international team of scientists concludes. The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.
    The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, the landmark 1962 book by Rachel Carson that revealed the decimation of birds and insects by the blanket use of DDT and other pesticides and led to the modern environmental movement.
    Billions of dollars’ worth of the potent and long-lasting neurotoxins are sold every year but regulations have failed to prevent the poisoning of almost all habitats, the international team of scientists concluded in the most detailed study yet. As a result, they say, creatures essential to global food production – from bees to earthworms – are likely to be suffering grave harm and the chemicals must be phased out... http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/24/insecticides-world-food-supplies-risk

 

 Guardian Environment, July 15, 2014 - George Monbiot
 -▶ BAN NEONICOTINOIDS NOW -- TO AVERT ANOTHER SILENT SPRING. This pesticide is destroying life across the natural world: the evidence cannot be denied. Only a global moratorium will stop it http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/15/ban-neonicotinoids-another-silent-spring-pesticide-moratorium

 

Mongabay, July 15, 2014
 -▶ 'STOP USING THE BLOODY THINGS' : PESTICIDES LINKED TO BEE COLLAPSE NOW BLAMED FOR BIRD DECLINES http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0715-hance-neonicotinoids-birds.html

 

Summit Voice, July 10, 2014
 -▶ BUMBLEBEES LOSE FORAGING SKILLS AFTER EXPOSURE TO SYSTEMIC NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES. Bumblebees carrying tiny transmitters have helped show how long-term exposure to systemic neonicotinoid pesticides prevents the insects from learning all the skills they need to forage for pollen. http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/07/10/environment-bumblebees-lose-foraging-skills-after-exposure-to-systemic-neonicotinoid-pesticides/

 

 Guardian Environment, July 09, 2014
    -▶ CRIMINAL: NEONICOTINOID AGRICULTURAL INSECTICIDES, DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, BIODIVERSITY AND YOUR HEALTH -  LINKED TO RECENT FALL IN FARMLAND BIRD NUMBERS. Peer-Reviewed Research, published in the leading journal Nature has revealed pervasive pollution by these nerve agents now threatening all food production. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/09/neonicotinoids-farmland-birds

 

Mother Jones, November 07, 2011

 -▶ INDEPENDENT PANEL: EPA UNDERESTIMATES ALTRAZINE'S CANCER RISK http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/atrazine-cancer-epa

 

Treehugger, March 06, 2014
 ▶ A SILENT EPIDEMIC OF NEUROTOXINS IS THREATENING OUR CHILDREN'S BRAINS http://www.treehugger.com/health/silent-epidemic-neurotoxins-threatening-our-childrens-brains.html

 

 

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                                             VIDEO REPORT

                            Democracy Now, February 21, 2014

                                    -▶ SILENCING SCIENCE

We speak with scientist Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, who discovered a widely used herbicide may have harmful effects on the endocrine system. But when he tried to publish the results, the chemical’s manufacturer launched a campaign to discredit his work. Hayes was first hired in 1997 by a company, which later became agribusiness giant Syngenta, to study their product, atrazine, a pesticide that is applied to more than half the corn crops in the United States, and widely used on golf courses and Christmas tree farms. When Hayes found results Syngenta did not expect — that atrazine causes sexual abnormalities in frogs, and could cause the same problems for humans — it refused to allow him to publish his findings. A new article in The New Yorker magazine uses court documents from a class action lawsuit against Syngenta to show how it sought to smear Hayes’ reputation and prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from banning the profitable chemical, which is already banned by the European Union.... http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/silencing_the_scientist_tyrone_hayes_on

 

 New Yorker, February 10, 2014

-▶ DESTROYING A GOOD REPUTATION:  THE SCIENTIST WHO TOOK ON A POWERFUL, GLOBAL HERBICIDE MANUFACTURER http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/10/140210fa_fact_aviv?currentPage=all

 

                                                          VIDEO

                                         RT New, May 15, 2014
 -▶ SYNGENTA'S METHODS OF SILENCING GMO OPPOSITION ARE UNBELIEVABLE http://rt.com/op-edge/159184-syngenta-gmo-opposition-silencing/

 

June 17, 2013 100Reporters
▶ PEST CONTROL: SYNGENTA'S SECRET CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT 'ALTRAZINE' CRITICS http://100r.org/2013/06/pest-control-syngentas-secret-campaign-to-discredit-atrazines-critics/

 

June 18, 2013 Grist
  ▶  SYNGENTA PLAYS DIRTY TO SHAPE PUBLIC OPINION ON HERBICIDE http://grist.org/food/syngenta-plays-dirty-to-shape-public-opinion-on-herbicide/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

 

  ▶  SYNGENTA'S PAID THIRD PARTY PUNDITS TO SPIN THE NEWS ON ENDROCINE DISRUPTOR WEED KILLER "ATRAZINE" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1155385189/syngenta-s-paid-third-party-pundits-to-spin-the-news-on-endrocine-disruptor-atrazine

 

- ▶ ENDROCINE AG CHEMICAL DISRUPTERS A GLOBAL EMERGENCY: NEW UN STUDY REVEALS OUR CHEMICAL FOLLY http://sco.lt/6KqMcb

 

       PESTICIDE OVERLOAD: 1.1 BILLION POUNDS USED PER YEAR...

 ▶ U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY REPORT: LATEST ESTIMATES OF PESTICIDE USE IN THE UNITED STATES http://epa.gov/oppfead1/cb/csb_page/updates/2011/sales-usage06-07.html

 

 

  ▶  AGRICHEMICAL GIANT, SYNGENTA, FAULTS EU BEE PESTICIDE BAN :  AN INDUSTRY IN DENIAL http://sco.lt/4nspjV

 

 

 The Ecologist, July 02, 2014
 -▶ NEONICOTINOIDS ARE POISONING NOT JUST BEES BUT ENTIRE FARMLAND ECOSYSTEMS The world's most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals' impacts. http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2459001/neonicotoids_are_poisoning_entire_farmland_ecosystems.html

 

BBC News, June 23, 2014

-▶ WIDESPREAD IMPACTS OF NEONICOTINOIDS 'IMPOSSIBLE TO DENY': UNEQUIVOCAL EVIDENCE Neonicotinoid pesticides are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial species and are a key factor in the decline of bees, say scientists http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27980344

 

 ▶ REPORT:  HOW WORLDWIDE USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDE IS DESTROYING WILDLIFE, POLLUTING WATERWAYS

“It is clear that these chemicals have the potential to affect entire food chains. The environmental persistence of the neonicotinoids, their propensity for runoff and for groundwater infiltration, and their cumulative and largely irreversible mode of action in invertebrates raise significant environmental concerns.” http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/07/17/neonicotinoid-insecticide-toxicity.aspx

 

Guardian Environment, July 04, 2014
 ▶ SYNGENTA WITHDRAWS APPLICATION TO USE KILLER BANNED PESTICIDE LINKED TO BEE HARM http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/04/syngneta-banned-pesticide-bees http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/04/syngneta-banned-pesticide-bees

 

Guardian Environment, June 25, 2014
 ▶ SYNGENTA SEEKS 'EMERGENCY' EXEMPTION TO USE BANNED INSECTICIDE ON UK CROPS. If approved, up to one-third of UK oilseed rape crops could be treated with neonicotinoids despite a European ban http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/25/syngenta-exemption-neonicotinoid-insecticide-ban-oilseed-rape

 

The Post, Canada, June 19, 2013

▶  BEES DYING BY THE MILLIONS AS GMO CORN WITH THEIR PESTICIDES ARE PLANTED http://www.thepost.on.ca/2013/06/19/bees-dying-by-the-millions

 

 ▶  OUR GMO CORNFIELDS ARE TOO QUIET - ALL LIFE CHEMICALLY EXTERMINATED - EXCEPT THE GENE-ALTERED CORN http://sco.lt/6przzF

 

Buzz About Bees, April 29, 2014

 -▶ 80,000 BEE COLONIES POISONED IN CALIFORNIA DURING ALMOND POLLINATION - THE DEVASTATING BEE DIE-OFF
http://www.buzzaboutbees.net/Bee-Colonies-Poisoned-in-California.html

 

Guardian Environment, May 09, 2014
 -▶ HONEYBEES ABANDONING HIVES AND DYING DUE TO NEONICOTIONOID INSECTICIDE USE, RESEARCH STUDY FINDS Harvard study shows neonicotionoids are devastating colonies by triggerring colony collapse disorder http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/09/honeybees-dying-insecticide-harvard-study

 

  IUCN, June 24, 2014
 ▶ SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES POSE GLOBAL THREAT TO BIODIVERSITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH. The conclusions of a new meta-analysis (800 Scientists) of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees. http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/?16025/Systemic-Pesticides-Pose-Global-Threat-to-Biodiversity-And-Ecosystem-Services

 

 Grist, June 25, 2014
 -▶ EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT NEONIC PESTICIDES IS AWFUL http://grist.org/news/everything-we-know-about-neonic-pesticides-is-awful/

 

 Digital Journal , July 02, 2014
 -▶ GENETICALLY ENGINEERED U.S. COTTON GROWERS WANT UNLICENSED, HIGHLY TOXIC PESTICIDE USE ON 3 MILLION ACRES - FURTHER POISONING SOIL, WATER AND ALL LIFE WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT -- EXCEPT THE COTTON http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2031904

 

▶ PLACING PROFITS AHEAD OF WELL BEING: CHALLENGING THE DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF AGRO-CHEMICAL INDUSTRY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3070968001/placing-profits-ahead-of-wellbeing-challenging-the-destructive-power-of-agro-chemical-industry

 

 

Bleeding Heartland, July 02, 3013
 -▶ TIME FOR TOM VILSACK, US SEC. OF AGRICULTURE, TO SHOW LEADERSHIP ON GMO WEED CONTROL.  As the USDA considers the biotech industry's "next silver bullet solution" for herbicide-resistant weeds, Vilsack should think hard about the risks, "rather than just believing people who have some shiny new product to sell" Vilsack's record raises doubts about whether he is up to this task. http://www.bleedingheartland.com/diary/7011/time-for-tom-vilsack-to-show-leadership-on-weed-control

 

                                           BAN GMOs NOW -

                                       A Special ISIS Report

                                           http://sco.lt/5CPilt

 

May 22, 2013 Natural New
▶ OVER 800 WORLD SCIENTISTS AGREE: GM CROPS ARE NOTHING SHORT OF A BIO-WAR ON OUR FOOD http://www.naturalnews.com/040447_GMO_biowar_food.html

 

 

 Huffington Post Green, June 17, 2014
 -▶ CHINA'S REJECTION OF GMO CORN HAS COST U.S. UP TO $2.9 BILLION. The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) estimated in a report that rejections of shipments containing Syngenta AG's Agrisure Viptera corn resulted in losses of at least $1 billion, based on an economic analysis that included data supplied by top global grain exporters. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/gmo-corn-china_n_5162921.html

 

 Global Research, July 02, 2014

 ▶ ACQUIESCING TO BIG BIOTECH:  RELENTLESS DRIVE TO FORCE GMO CROPS AND THEIR  PESTICIDES INTO BRITAIN http://www.globalresearch.ca/acquiescing-to-big-biotech-relentless-drive-to-force-gmo-crops-into-britain/5389562

 

Mail Online, March 14, 2014
 ▶  SCIENTISTS HIDDEN LINKS TO THE GM FOOD GIANTS. Disturbing truth behind official report that said UK should forge on with Frankenfoods. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581387/Scientists-hidden-links-GM-food-giants-Disturbing-truth-official-report-said-UK-forge-Frankenfoods.html

 

 May 2, 2013 Guardian Environment

▶ USA BOWS TO POWERFUL BIOTECH CHEMICAL CARTEL - REJECTS EU CLAIM OF INSECTICIDE AS PRIME REASON FOR BEE COLONY COLLAPSE http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/02/us-bee-report-pesticide-eu

 

                                                      WATCH

                                   May 17, 2013 Natural News

▶ SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES ARE PENETRATING DEEP INTO PLANT TISSUES, DESTROYING BEETLES, TREES, BEES AND HUMAN HORMONES (AND WE EAT THIS FOOD?) http://www.naturalnews.com/040377_systemic_pesticides_bee_populations_hormones.html

 

 April 25, 2013 - Sun Journal

▶ A FREE RIDE? U.S. SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO  EASE REGULATIONS" ON PESTICIDES  http://www.newbernsj.com/news/business/hagan-co-sponsors-bill-to-reduce-regulations-on-pesticides-1.132767in-the-air

 

USA Today, March 28, 2013
 ▶ STUDY: TWO-THIRDS OF PESTICIDES IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND IN ENVIRONMENT GOT EPA LOOPHOLE APPROVAL WITH MINIMUM OR NO TESTING http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/27/pesticides-get-flawed-epa-approval/2024991/

 

100 Reporters, February 15, 2012
 ▶ THE BAIT AND SWITCH TACTICS OF THE PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL INDUSTRY:  FDA OVERSIGHT? WEIGHING THE PARTS, IGNORING THE WHOLE. The chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers for use have little connection with the frequently more toxic substances sold by the millions of pounds to unsuspecting American consumers.
     In the EPA’s process for registering chemicals...pesticide makers win approval for specific active ingredients, and then mix those chemicals with a number of other ingredients. The result is a far different formulation that has bypassed government safety reviews and is then sold to the public.  “Virtually no pesticide is registered by the EPA. The EPA only registers the active ingredient.”
http://100r.org/2012/02/epa-oversight-weighing-the-parts-ignoring-the-whole/

 

Institute of Science in Society
  ▶  SYNGENTA CHARGED FOR COVERING UP LIVESTOCK DEATHS FROM GM CORN Bt INSECTICIDEhttp://www.i-sis.org.uk/Syngenta_Charged_for_Covering_Up_Livestock_Deaths_from_GM_Corn.php

 

 

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 ▶ DEADLY PESTICIDE PRETREATED PLANTS/SEEDS SOLD TO CONSUMERS AS 'BEE FRIENDLY - UNLABELED http://sco.lt/93qJaj

 

 July 21, 2013 - Summit County

▶ PESTICIDES, SUPPRESSING INSECT IMMUNE SYSTEMS AT ROOT OF BEE, BAT AND AMPHIBIAN DIE-OFFS http://summitcountyvoice.com/2013/07/21/environment-pesticides-may-be-at-the-root-of-bee-bat-and-amphibian-die-offs/

 

The Age, August 16, 2013
▶ DEFORMED INSECTS BLAMED ON PESTICIDE USE http://www.theage.com.au/environment/deformed-insects-blamed-on-pesticide-use-20130815-2rzi6.html

 

Telegraph, June 14, 2013

 -▶ BEE-KILLING NEONICOTINOIDS HARM BIRDS, SOIL AND LEACHES INTO GROUNDWATER, WHERE IT PERSISTS FOR YEARS  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/10119237/Neonicotinoids-harm-birds-and-soil.html

 

The Independent, June 24, 2014
-▶ PESTICIDES LINKED TO MASS BEE DEATHS ALSO KILL OTHER FRIENDLY ORGANISMS INCLUDING BIRDS AND FISH. A group of 29 scientists from four continents found unequivocal evidence from hundreds of published studies to claim that “neonics” – the most widely used pesticides in the world – are having a dramatic impact on the ecosystems that support food production and wildlife. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/pesticides-linked-to-mass-bee-deaths-also-affect-other-friendly-organisms-including-birds-and-fish-9557959.html

 

January 10, 2012 Mother Jones

 ▶   BAYER RAKES IN $1 BILLION IN 2010 WITH BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/01/purdue-study-implicates-bayer-pesticide-bee-die-offs

 

Friends of The Earth, Jun 25, 2014
▶  NEW TESTS FIND BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES IN 51% OF "BEE-FRIENDLY" PLANTS FROM GARDEN CENTERS ACROSS U.S. AND CANADA http://www.foe.org/news/archives/2014-06-new-tests-find-bee-killing-pesticides-in-51-percent-of-bee-friendly-plants

 

 -▶ TRACKING THE CAUSES OF MASSIVE MONARCH BUTTERFLY DECLINE: GMOs, PESTICIDES, HABITAT LOSS DUE TO MEGA MONOCROP FARMING http://sco.lt/8iXChl

 

 

  -▶ PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAIN http://sco.lt/813dw1

 

 Huffington Post Green, June 21, 2014

-▶ PRESIDENT OBAMA ESTABLISHES TASK FORCE TO 'SAVE THE BEES' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/21/obama-white-house-task-force-bees-pesticides_n_5518049.html

 

 

                                                            PHOTOS
                             On The Wing Photography, May 21, 2014
              WHEN ALL THE HIVES COLLAPSE WHERE WILL WE BEE? http://onthewingphotography.com/wings/2014/05/21/when-all-the-hives-collapse-where-will-we-bee/

 

Beyond Pesticides, May 21, 2014

LANDMARK LEGISLATION

-▶ NEONICOTINOIDS: MINNESOTA PASSES BILL TO LABEL GARDEN PLANTS FOR POLLINATORS. Under the bill passed by Minnesota’s House and Senate last week, plants may not be labeled as beneficial to pollinators if they have been treated with detectible levels of systemic insecticides.

     Bees and beekeepers are in dire need of protection from the effects of systemic neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. They include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam. Currently, neonicotinoid insecticides are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world and comprise about 25% of the global agrichemical market.

Neonicotinoids are systemic, meaning that as the plant grows the pesticide becomes incorporated into the plant (AND WE HUMANS DIGEST THIS???)  http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=13312

 

Mother Jones, January/February 2014 Issue

 -▶ THE FROG OF WAR. When biologist Tyrone Hayes discovered that a top-selling herbicide messes with sex hormones, its manufacturer went into battle mode. Thus began one of the weirdest feuds in the history of science http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2011/11/tyrone-hayes-atrazine-syngenta-feud-frog-endangered

 

 

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                                                SYNGENTA

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                                                          VIDEO
                                       Mother Jones, May 11, 2012
                 SYNGENTA HAS AN ORWELLIAN HERBICIDE AD, TOO
http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/video-syngenta-herbicide-ad

 

 April 11, 2013 Corporate Europe Observatory
▶ PRIVATE LETTERS REVEAL SYNGENTA AND BAYER'S FURIOUS LOBBYING AGAINST BEE PESTICIDE BAN http://corporateeurope.org/publications/pesticides-against-pollinators

 

Pesticide Action Network, April 17, 2014

 -▶ SPINNING THE SCIENCE ON 'ALTRAZINE' 

In the last few months, investigative reporters in the U.S. and Canada have highlighted Syngenta’s desperate scrambling to discredit atrazine’s critics. Recent pieces in major outlets like the New Yorker and Canada’s 16 x 9, building on important findings first published in 100Reporters, have pulled back the curtain on Syngenta’s PR machine for a broader audience. The message? In the pesticide industry, spin is half the business. Much of the recent media coverage zeroes in on Dr. Tyrone Hayes, the Berkeley biologist who was on Syngenta’s payroll until his findings raised red flags about atrazine. http://www.panna.org/blog/spinning-science-atrazine

 

 May 9, 2013 Sustainable Food Trust
 ▶ AGRI-CHEMICAL PR STRATEGIES http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/pr-strategies-of-the-agri-chemical-companies/

 

 ▶ SYNGENTA'S PAID THIRD PARTY PUNDITS TO SPIN THE NEWS ON ENDROCINE DISRUPTOR WEED KILLER "ATRAZINE" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1155385189/syngenta-s-paid-third-party-pundits-to-spin-the-news-on-endrocine-disruptor-atrazine

 

June 18, 2013 Grist
▶ SYNGENTA PLAYS DIRTY TO SHAPE PUBLIC OPINION ON HERBICIDE http://grist.org/food/syngenta-plays-dirty-to-shape-public-opinion-on-herbicide/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

 

Environmental Health News, June 17,2014

-▶ FROGS FEMINIZED BY PESTICIDE "ALTRAZINE". Atrazine, one of the most widely used farm pesticides in the United States, has feminized male frogs and other animals in some scientific studies. But research examining potential effects in people is relatively sparse.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/atrazine-health

 

October 3, 2012
▶  HOW GMOs UNLEASHED A PESTICIDE GUSHER http://www.carighttoknow.org/gmos_unleashed_a_pesticide_gusher

 

Pesticide Action Network, April 15, 2014

▶ SYNGENTA'S NEXT TARGET: JACKSON COUNTY, OREGON Last week, Swiss-based pesticide corporation Syngenta dumped tens of thousands of dollars into a county election in Southern Oregon. Sound familiar? It should. Still reeling from their recent defeat in Kaua'i, Syngenta and the rest of the "Big 6" don’t want to lose any more fights around pesticides and GMOs. http://www.panna.org/blog/syngenta-GE-jackson-county-oregon

 

June 22, 2013 The Daily Sheeple

▶ FBI CALLS DESTRUCTION OF SYNGENTA'S GMO SUGAR BEETS IN OREGON "ECONOMIC SABOTAGE http://www.thedailysheeple.com/breaking-fbi-calls-destruction-of-gmo-sugar-beets-in-oregon-economic-sabotage_062013

 

 THE POWERFUL US GOVT SPONSORED BIOTECH INDUSTRY TWISTS ARMS....AGAIN
Greenpeace EU, April 15, 2014
  ▶  EU PARLIAMENT TO REJECT LABELING OF GM-PESTICIDE CONTAMINATED HONEY http://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/en/News/2014/EU-parliament-to-reject-labelling-of-GM-contaminated-honey/

 

Institute of Science in Society
▶ SYNGENTA CHARGED FOR COVERING UP LIVESTOCK DEATHS FROM GM CORN Bt INSECTICIDE http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Syngenta_Charged_for_Covering_Up_Livestock_Deaths_from_GM_Corn.php

 

 ▶  AGRICHEMICAL GIANT SYNGENTA FAULTS EU PEER-REVIEWED STUDY TO CURB THEIR KILLER PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/8fqLQ1

 

June 27, 2013 EcoWatch

▶ SCIENTISTS CALL FOR END TO COSMETIC INSECTICIDE ON CITY/COUNTY LANDS AFTER BUMBLEBEE GENOCIDE IN OREGON http://ecowatch.com/2013/end-cosmetic-insecticideafter-bumblebee-genocide/

 

EurActive, August 28, 2013

▶  SYNGENTA TAKES EU TO COURT OVER PESTICIDE BAN http://www.euractiv.com/science-policymaking/swiss-firm-takes-commission-cour-news-529974

 

EurActive, April 29, 2014

▶  INSECTICIDE FIRMS, SYNGENTA, IN SECRET BID TO STOP BAN THAT COULD SAVE BEES http://www.euractiv.com/sustainability/insecticide-firms-secret-bid-ban-news-519410

 

EurActive, February 04, 2014

 -▶ EUROPEAN UNION: BAYER, SYNGENTA PESTICIDES HALVE BEES POLLEN GATHERING ABILITY, RESEARCH SHOWS. A two-year EU ban of three neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the world, began in December, following research that showed harm to honey and bumblebees. The neonicotinoids are "systemic" pesticides, being applied to seeds so that the chemical spreads within the plants. Over three-quarters of the world's food crops require insect pollination, but bees have declined in recent decades due to loss of flower-rich habitat, disease and pesticide use. http://www.euractiv.com/cap/pesticides-halve-bees-pollen-gat-news-533220

 

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                                     INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

                              Beyond Pesticides, October 22, 2013
▶ SOARING PESTICIDE USE AND POISONING LINKED TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROP PRODUCTION http://sco.lt/8iunRp

 

                                       BEYOND PESTICIDES
           PESTICIDE-INDUCED DISEASES DATA BASE -- CANCER
               http://www.beyondpesticides.org/health/cancer.php

 

 

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                             THE FULL  SCOOP ON BEE CRISIS HERE

 

                           -▶  THE BATTLE FOR THE BEES -▶ 

            Dying Bees Raise Alarm For Humans - Europe Bans Pesticide

                                         http://sco.lt/8QOFgv

 

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 Center for Food Safety, December 02, 2013
▶ BEES CAN'T WAIT 5 MORE YEARS  http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2753/broad-coalition-is-building-buzz-to-raise-awareness-of-pollinator-declines

 

                                        GARDENERS BEWARE:

BEE DIE-OFF WORSENING: GMO SEEDS, PLANTS, BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES SNEAKED INTO CONSUMER MARKETS - UNLABELED http://sco.lt/8UUjT7

 

▶ 37 MILLION BEES FOUND DEAD IN ONTARIO, CANADA AFTER PLANTING LARGE GMO CORN FIELD TREATED WITH NEONICOTINOID CLASS PESTICIDES http://seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/neonicotinoids-pesticides-colony-collapse-of-honeybees-suppressing-immune-system.php#biotech

 

▶ MILLIONS OF BEES DIE BECAUSE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES MANUFACTURED BY BAYER AND SYNGENTA AND 94% OF GMO CORN IF TREATED WITH EITHER IMIDACLOPRID OR CLOTHIANIDIN PESTICIDES http://seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/gmo-corn-treated-with-neonicotinoids-pesticides-manufactured-by-Bayer-Syngenta-kill-honeybees.php

 

 

 -▶ PESTICIDE LOBBY SPENDS TENS OF MILLIONS TO DEFEND CHEMICALS TIED TO BEE DEATHS AND HUMAN ILL-HEALTH  http://sco.lt/8nhcsT

 

PBS Science, February 25, 2014
▶  U.S. AILING BEES GET $3 MILLION TO RESTORE HEALTH http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/u-s-bees-get-3-million/

 

 

   -▶ PESTICIDES/CHEMICALS ARE KILLING OUR PLANET: DECIMATING ECOSYSTEMS, POLLINATORS, DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER AQUATIC INSECTS http://sco.lt/8B0MVN

 

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                  MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION PLUNGES 59%.

      NOW AT LOWEST LEVEL EVER:  INDUSTRIAL AG AND PESTICIDES

                                          http://sco.lt/5epVmz

 

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 Mother Jones, February 10, 2014

-▶ WHY THE EPA CAN'T MANAGE TO BLOCK THIS GNARLY HERBICIDE

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/02/why-epa-cant-ban-atrazine

 

Center for Food Safety, March 24, 2014
-▶ NEW REPORT:  WIDELY-USED NEONICOTINOID SEED TREATMENTS ARE UNNECESSARY IN MOST CASES: A CHEMICAL BONANZA FOR THE PESTICIDE INDUSTRY http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3000/new-report-widely-used-neonicotinoid-seed-treatments-are-unnecessary-in-most-cases#

 

 Treehugger, May 12, 2014

 -▶ NO. 1 PESTICIDE KILLING HONEYBEES http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/no-1-pesticide-killing-honeybees.html

 

Common Dreams, April 28, 2014

  -▶ FOLLOW THE HONEY:  7 WAYS PESTICIDE COMPANIES ARE SPINNING THE BEE CRISIS http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/28-3

 

 

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                 THE SCIENCE AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

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                                                     WATCH

                 May 13, 2013 Moyers and Company - Full Show:

               "THE WAR ON SCIENCE AND TOXIC DIS-INFORMATION http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-the-toxic-politics-of-science/

 

 

Environmental Health News, September 23, 2013

-▶  SPECIAL REPORT:  SCIENTISTS CRITICAL OF NEW EU CHEMICAL/PESTICIDE POLICY HAS INDUSTRY TIES, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17 have collaborated with the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, tobacco, pesticide or biotechnology industries.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/eu-conflict

UPDATE:

Environmental Health News, October 15, 2013
-▶  SCIENTIST WITH EXTENSIVE INDUSTRY TIES QUITS KEY SCIENTIFIC EU COMMISSION REPORTING ON PESTICIDES http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2013/scientist-resigns

 

July 26, 2013 Guardian Environment
-▶  UK GOVERNMENT BEE SCIENTIST BEHIND CONTROVERSIAL STUDY JOINS SYNGENTA PESTICIDE CORPORATION - Government agency and pesticides industry are 'too close' http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/26/government-bee-scientist-pesticide-firm

 

New York Times, March 15, 2014
-▶ PHILANTHROCAPITALISM:  BILLIONAIRES WITH BIG IDEAS ARE PRIVATIZING AMERICAN SCIENCE http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/science/billionaires-with-big-ideas-are-privatizing-american-science.html?hp&_r=1

 

  ▶  CORPORATE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: ARE UNIVERSITIES RESTRICTING SCIENTISTS' STUDY OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS? http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3996053783/corporate-sponsored-research-are-universities-restricting-scientists-study-of-genetically-modified-seeds

 

 April 30, 2013 - New Scientist
▶ GOOD ARTICLE EXPLAINING RESEARCH : BEES NEED EUROPE'S PESTICIDE BAN, WHATEVER THE UK OR US SAYS http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23465-bees-need-europes-pesticide-ban-whatever-the-uk-says.html?page=1

 

                                                       WATCH

 ▶ INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIPS: THE US AGRIBUSINESSES, FOOD CORPORATIONS AND REGULATORY BODIES http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/2730001051/incestuous-relationships-the-us-agribusinesses-food-corporations-and-regulatory-bodies-video

 

▶ THE POWERFUL USDA ALLOW MORE GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS WITH Bt TOXIC PESTICIDES TO MARKET, DESPITE SERIOUS HEALTH CONCERNS  http://sco.lt/7VOZZx

 

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                                                     WATCH

                        ROUNDUP: THE ULTIMATE KILLING MACHINE 

NEW CHARGES AGAINST MONSANTO'S GMO "PESTICIDE" ROUNDUP

                                          http://sco.lt/5bdPhx

 

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▶   THE CHILD VICTIMS OF AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDE POISONING - PESTICIDE INDUSTRY DISMISSIVE  http://sco.lt/8KO8GH


 ▶   THOUSANDS OF DYING FARMERS IN SRI LANKA: STUDIES LINKS KIDNEY DISEASE TO GMO AGROCHEMICALS http://sco.lt/6gKuMT

 

   -▶ THINK THOSE PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS IN YOUR FOOD & ENVIRONMENT HAVE BEEN TESTED?  http://sco.lt/72z4gD

 

April 23, 2013 Chicago Tribune

▶  FEDERAL LAW MAKES IT PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BAN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS - The 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, the only major environmental law that hasn't been updated since it was enacted, allows chemical manufacturers to skip evaluating the safety of their products before putting them on the market. http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides?q=chemicals+in+your+body

 

Bloomberg, June 24, 2014
 -▶ MONSANTO SAID TO HAVE WEIGHED $40 BILLION SYNGENTA DEAL, THUS AVOIDING U.S.A. TAXES (AND LITIGATION?) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-23/monsanto-said-to-have-weighed-40-billion-syngenta-deal.html

 

 

 May 22, 2013 Nation Of Change

-▶ARE GMO CROPS PRODUCING HEALTH-COMPROMISING, FAKE HORMONES IN YOUR BODY? http://www.nationofchange.org/are-gmo-crops-producing-health-compromising-fake-hormones-your-body-1369236908

 

Grist, March 03, 2014
 ▶ YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THE HIGH LEVELS OF WEED KILLER IN OUR AIR AND WATER http://grist.org/list/you-should-be-worried-about-the-high-levels-of-weed-killer-in-air-and-water-heres-why/

 

  Reuter, February 25, 2014

▶IS THE USDA FINALLY ADMITTING THE PROBLEMS WITH GMO CROPS? - USDA REPORT http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/usda-gmo-report-idUSL1N0LT16M20140224

 

 EurActive, February 25, 2014

▶  AFRICAN FARMERS CUT USE OF 'TOXIC' PESTICIDES FOR NATURAL 'BIOPESTICIDES' . Cotton farmers in Mali have reduced their use of toxic pesticides and cut costs through an education project carried out by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and partially funded by the European Union.

   The UN established field schools to train cotton farmers to use alternative forms of pest control, such as “biopesticides”, which led to a 92% decrease in the use of toxic pesticides.

   The use of the biopesticides, such as neem tree extract, meant that the farmers refrained from using an estimated 47,000 litres of synthesised pesticides, saving them nearly half a million dollars over the study period. The biopesticides, which had no negative impacts on yields, therefore proved to be three times more cost-effective than synthetic pesticides. http://www.euractiv.com/sustainability/african-farmers-cut-use-toxic-pe-news-533719

 

EurActive, March 15, 2014
▶  JUDGEMENT DAY:  EUROPEAN UNION TO VOTE ON 'CHEMICAL ARMAGEDDON' FOR BEES http://www.euractiv.com/climate-environment/judgement-day-eu-vote-chemical-a-news-518547

 

                                                      WATCH

                               FROGS: THE THIN GREEN LINE

                           A WORLD WITHOUT AMPHABIANS

                                              http://sco.lt/5U62ML

 

 

                                                      WATCH:

           THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (FULL LENGTH)

                         The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel

                                          http://sco.lt/7wFWFN

 

 

  -▶ ARE YOU EATING 'PESTICIDE, GENE-ALTERED PLANTS'? http://sco.lt/7v6Y2T

 

  ▶  FOOD ALLERGIES, CANCER, ILL HEALTH LINKED TO PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/4megAz

 

  ▶  WHAT PESTICIDE EXPOSURE IS DOING TO YOUR BODY  http://sco.lt/5ph8oz

 

 June 18, 2013 Mongabay

▶ PESTICIDES DECIMATING DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER AQUATIC INSECTS http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0618-hance-pesticides-insects.html

 

 The Ecologist, January 30, 2014

  -▶ THE CHEMICAL BLITZ OF PESTICIDES IN OUR FIELDS: An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught - and exactly who benefits. http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2258103/revealed_the_chemical_blitz_of_pesticides_in_our_fields.html

 

 

  ▶ PESTICIDES ON MY PLATE:  FOOD ALLERGIES, CANCER, ILL HEALTH LINKED TO PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/4megAz

 

 ▶ WHAT'S PESTICIDES ARE ON WHAT FOOD Website:: Pesticides on Carrots http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/food.jsp?food=CR

 

 -▶ PESTICIDES SPARK BROAD BIODIVERSITY LOSS  http://sco.lt/8TdGdt

 

August 30, 2013 Sustainable Pulse:

▶ THE NEVER-ENDING TREADMILL OF MORE AND STRONGER PESTICIDES:

-----BIOTECH AG INDUSTRY STARTS NEW ERA OF PESTICIDE-PROMOTING AGRICULTURE http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/08/30/biotech-industry-starts-new-era-of-pesticide-promoting-agriculture/#.UigyP7zc-RQ

 

                                                  --- WATCH ---

                                       March 25, 2013 Ecowatch
                       DATELINE TV PRODUCER TESTED FOR CHEMICALS

                                  WHAT SHE FINDS WILL SHOCK YOU

http://ecowatch.com/2013/dateline-tv-producer-tested-for-chemicals/

 

 

Living on Earth, March 14, 2014
 ▶ THE SCARY NEW EVIDENCE ON BPA PLASTIC: AN ABSOLUTELY MIND-BOGGLING INVESTIGATION INTO THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY TACTICS TO KEEP YOU IN THE DARK ABOUT TOXIC PRODUCTS & EXPOSURE http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00011&segmentID=4

 

  October 7, 2010 The Ecologist

 ▶   HOW THE GLOBAL SEED MARKET (PATENTS, AGRICULTURE, PESTICIDES) IS CONTROLLED BY FIVE COMPANIES: MONSANTO, SYNGENTA, BAYER, DOW AND DUPONT
Graphic illustrates how just five biotech giants have increased their control of the global seed market and accompanying pesticides, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to find alternative sources of seeds
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/625294/revealed_how_seed_market_is_controlled_by_monsanto_syngenta_bayer_dow_dupont.html

 

 May 11, 2013 Focusing on Wildlife

 -▶ CONSERVATION GROUP SEEKS ASSURANCE THAT WILD BIRD SEED PRODUCTS ARE PESTICIDE (AND GMO) FREE http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/conservation-group-seeks-assurance-that-wild-bird-seed-products-are-pesticide-free/

 

 ▶ THE GLOBAL CHEMICAL BIOTECH CARTEL - AN UNPRECEDENTED POWER OVER AGRICULTURE AND  WORLD FOOD SUPPLY http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1716244040/the-global-chemical-biotech-cartel-an-unprecedented-power-over-world-agriculture-and-human-health

 

 -▶  ON YOUR FOOD, PESTICIDES AND THE TRAGEDY OF PESTICIDE FARMING http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides?q=why+is+our+food+being+made+and+modified

 

 ▶  CONTEMPORARY CORPORATE AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/6xupV3


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This is a very, very grave issue…boycott Syngenta and their peers, pressure your government, and don't use pesticides.

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The flight of the honey bee is considerably messed up thanks to a common pesticide

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A key to the epidemic of honey bee colony collapse may be an agricultural pesticide that impairs bees’ ability to fly, according to a paper published Wednesday (April 26) in the journal Scientific Reports.
Biologists at the University of California San Diego attached harnesses to the backs of honey bees and flew them in circles in a specially designed contraption resembling an amusement park swing ride, except for bees. A sensor attached to the swing could detect slight changes in speed as the bees flew, at their own pace and for as long as they could, both before and after being exposed to doses of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam at amounts akin to what they might encounter in a crop field.
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Humans Produce So Much Junk, We Are Creating a New Geological Layer

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Almost anything that’s not recycled has the potential to fossilize.

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How to restore a river

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The goal of river restoration is a reconnected stream, free from all the homegrown structures that inadvertently inhibit the natural movement of fish, water and sediment.
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Sea level rise overwhelming some coral reefs

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Seafloor erosion outpacing expectations Staff Report Coral reefs aren't just threatened by pollution, ocean acidification and over-heated ocean temperatures. In some places they are being undermined by erosion of the seafloor, U.S. Geological Survey scientists said in a new study that looked at reefs in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii. In the five study sites,…
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Two new reports add to the already large and convincing body of evidence that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.

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The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto—the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world—is a myth.

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Did you know that pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, industrial pollutants,  chemicals, and GMOs are inherently dangerous for the human body and do egregious harm to planet Earth?  

 

It’s way past time for humanity to wake up to the greed and exploitation of multinational corporations and their bottom line agendas to realize that any substance that poisons life and this planet must never be allowed to enter the food chain.

 

Health tips: Consuming organic is the best and safest way for you to protect your family from pesticides and GMOs. Environmental Working Group (EWG) new this year's Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce added strawberries and spinach to their Dirty Dozen list of greens, veggies, and fruit. 

 

EWG says that spinach jumped up four spots on this years list putting it in second place with the highest levels of pesticide residue, just behind strawberries.

 

“Spinach contained the most pesticides by weight, including a neurotoxic bug killer called permethrin, which has been banned in food in Europe, and is linked to ADHD in kids”. The permethrin was found in seventy-five percent of spinach samples.

 

“Up to 16 different pesticides were found on a single spinach sample”. Another surprising fruit that found its on the list this year is pears. Twenty different pesticides were found in pears. A hormone disruptor, carbendazim was found in a quarter of the pears sampled.

 

Two bee-killing insecticides, acetamiprid and imidacloprid were found on fifteen percent and seven percent of pears respectively. Diphenylamine, which is banned in Europe  was found in one-eighth of pears sampled.

 

Read this important timely article “Jane Goodall: How Can We Believe It Is a Good Idea to Grow Our Food With Poisons” from www.ecowatch.com by Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association.

 

This www.scoop.it/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

 

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This CEO and co-founder is focusing his efforts on sustainable farming -- one city at a time.

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The European Commission is to propose making cars, trucks, buses and vans pay higher road toll charges the more CO2 they emit as it seeks to cut road transport's carbon footprint, two EU officials said.

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"The proposal will keep the average level of tolls collected roughly constant, meaning more polluting vehicles will pay more while cleaner ones will pay less"

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Ecosystem Earth

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"An ecosystem consists of communities of interacting species and the physical environment on which they depend. Although it is well accepted that Earth consists of many different ecosystems, human societies much less readily recognize that Earth itself is an ecosystem, dependent on interacting species and consisting of finite resources. As the human population has grown and increasingly dominated available resources, “ecosystem Earth” has begun to show increasing signs of stress. Loss of biodiversity, environmental degradation, and conflict over resources among the dominant species are typical signs that a biological system is nearing a state change, which could range from collapse of the dominant species, to development of alternative biological communities, to collapse of the entire system. In this special issue, we identify our impacts on ecosystem Earth, seek to understand the barriers to change, and explore potential solutions. Decades of research on ecosystem dynamics can help to guide our thinking about a sustainable future. Bottom-up reductions in human population growth and resource consumption, changes to how we think about our place in the system, and a willingness to prioritize persistence of the other species within our biological community will lead to a healthier planetary ecosystem. It is essential that humanity begins to better appreciate our role as just one part of a large and interdependent biological community. Our ability to dominate the planet's resources makes us directly responsible for determining the future of the ecosystem on which we, and all other forms of life, depend."

 

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OCEANS: Coral loss quickly erodes seafloor, threatens coasts — USGS

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Coastal communities are already losing the coral reefs that help protect them from waves, erosion and hazardous weather, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study, published today in Biogeosciences, found that the seafloor is eroding far faster than expected in five large coral reef tracts in Florida, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Researchers already knew many reefs have fewer corals, but today's study is the first to show the widespread effects of that degradation on water depths.
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Low Water Hinders Shipping Rhine and Danube Rivers in Germany – gCaptain

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HAMBURG, April 18 (Reuters) – Water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany remain low despite recent rain and freight vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of the rivers, traders said on Tuesday.

The Rhine is too shallow for normal sailings south of Duisburg and Cologne to Switzerland, traders said.

Weekend rain had helped raise both rivers but water levels remain well below minimum levels for full loadings. The rivers have been shallow since the first week of April.

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The Swedish Supreme Environmental Court has decided to ban and stopp fish farming in cages in open water in three places and to reduce the amount farmed in another place. This is a result of the so called Weser-judgement from the EU-Court in combination with new Environmental Quality Norms in water in Sweden. The three…

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Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails - BBC News

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The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy, and must now release it before the June election.
Courts had given the government until Monday 24 April to set out draft guidelines to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution.
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They argued that publication would fall foul of election "purdah" rules.
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Quickening Arctic Thaw Could Cost Trillions, International Study Says – gCaptain

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OSLO, April 25 (Reuters) – The Arctic’s quickening thaw is melting the permafrost under buildings and roads from Siberia to Alaska, raising world sea levels and disrupting temperature patterns further south, an international study said on Tuesday.

The frigid region’s shift to warmer and wetter conditions, resulting in melting ice around the region, may cost the world economy trillions of dollars this century, it estimated.

The report by 90 scientists, including United States experts, urged governments with interests in the Arctic to cut greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. President Donald Trump doubts that human activities, led by use of fossil fuels, are the main driver of climate change.

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Roadside verges are becoming the last refuge for some of the rarest wild flowers and plants in the UK, according to a conservation charity.
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Four climate change myths, debunked | DW Environment | 

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Based on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But recent, more accurate research paints a far grimmer picture, with annual catch on a precipitous and potentially catastrophic decline.

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Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet

Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it

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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, April 22, 7:32 PM

Did you know that industrial animal agriculture is one of the main drivers of environmental issues the world is currently facing?

 

This horrific industry's use of land, water, cutting down trees, overfeeding and harming livestock, causing pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, puts our planets other species at a dangerous crossroad.

 

You can make a difference with your fork and choose plant based real whole food. Animal based food is inflammatory which causes  over time chronic diseases, illness, and early death.

 

Health tips:  Today and every day pledge to eat more plant food, less or no animal based food. You’ll not only save money, you’ll be saving the lives of countless farm animals.

 

Organic plant based food costs so much less than purchasing packages of conventionally or grass fed meat. Plant based food is delicious and it’s what your body thrives on.

 

Read more about this informative article “Shocking Graphics Reveal How One Choice We Make Every Day is Starving the Planet” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kate Good.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/healing-our-planet site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @https://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

 

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6 Amazing Farming Machines You Probably Never Knew Existed - Post Feed

6 Amazing Farming Machines You Probably Never Knew Existed - Post Feed | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Farming is one of the world’s oldest and most necessary trades, and up until recently, it has continued on with the same tools. Modern engineering along with tractors and new machinery has shifted the farming industry to one of efficiency and mass production. Farming is no longer a small scale production, but rather one that …
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'Perfect storm' threatens Europe's salamanders - BBC News

'Perfect storm' threatens Europe's salamanders - BBC News | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Urgent action is needed to protect wild salamanders in Europe from a deadly infection, say scientists.
The disease may end up wiping out all vulnerable species, with zoos and gene banks the only conservation option, they warn.
A fungal infection introduced to northern Europe several years ago behaves as a "perfect storm", say experts.
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As woody shrubs move north in a warming Arctic, so do beavers

As woody shrubs move north in a warming Arctic, so do beavers | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
As the Arctic climate warms and woody shrubs spread northward over the tundra, several animal species have followed.

Among the latest: wood-chomping beavers have apparently established a beachhead near the Arctic coastline.
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ENERGY POLICY: Trump nods again to coal by softening mercury rule

ENERGY POLICY: Trump nods again to coal by softening mercury rule | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Trump administration proclamations celebrating the repeal of pollution regulations have become a common occurrence in Washington. The list includes a rule to prohibit coal companies from polluting streams, a cap on power plant carbon emissions and lifting a moratorium on new federal coal leases. All this is being done to free up the U.S. energy sector from burdensome regulations that hamper job growth.
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Rural Kenyans protect wetlands to curb water scarcity

Rural Kenyans protect wetlands to curb water scarcity | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
USIA, Kenya, April 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Armed with a hoe and Wellington boots, George Wandera planted bamboo seedlings in neatly dug holes along the banks of a stream on his farm that feeds a nearby lake in western Kenya.

"I've never tried this on my farm before but it's the first step in protecting the stream," he said. "Before the last downpour a few days ago, the water source had completely dried up."

Large swathes of Kenya - including parts of Busia county where Wandera lives - are experiencing severe water shortages, which have damaged crops and left 2.6 million people in need of aid.
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North American lakes getting saltier because of winter de-icing

North American lakes getting saltier because of winter de-icing | Environment, Forests, Water, Fishing, Farming | Scoop.it
Melting snow from roads and parking lots is threatening thousands of lakes in North America.  

A new study of 371 lakes in eastern North America shows they're getting saltier because of runoff from the salt used to melt winter snow and ice.

Canadian Hilary Dugan, a limnologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was lead author of the study.

Dugan said the study found that the closer a lake is to roads or parking lots, the greater the threat to the quality of the lake water. Even a small amount of pavement causes salt to run off and seep into the ground and eventually get into the lake.
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malek's comment, April 18, 8:44 AM
a new challenge for Canadian science
pdeppisch's comment, April 18, 11:01 AM
We are killing the planet and our civilization every day!