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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 | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | 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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                                                          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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Leaky Vaccines Enhance Spread of Deadlier Chicken Viruses

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Over the past fifty years, Marek’s disease—an illness of fowl—has become fouler. Marek’s is caused by a highly contagious virus, related to those that cause herpes in humans. It spreads through the dust of contaminated chicken coops, and caused both paralysis and cancer. In the 1970s, new vaccines brought the disease the under control. But Marek’s didn’t go gently into that good night. Within ten years, it started evolving into more virulent strains, which now trigger more severe cancers and afflict chickens at earlier ages.
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The Alarming Environmental Costs of Beef

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Most of us are aware that our cars, our coal- or gas-generated electric power and even our cement factories adversely affect the environment. Until recently, however, the foods we eat had gotten a pass in the discussion. Yet according to a 2013 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the livestock supply chain that produces meat and milk for our diets causes more greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and the like—to spew into the atmosphere than does either transportation or industry. (Greenhouse gases trap solar energy, thereby warming the earth's surface. Because gases vary in greenhouse potency, scientists tally them according to the amount of CO2 that would have the same warming effect over decades.)
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West Coast Region: Marine Debris Removal

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By: Asma Mahdi Marine debris removal efforts are crucial to help protect habitat, prevent entanglements and ghostfishing of marine life, and improve navigation safety. For more than a decade, the N...

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Alarm over 'timber grab' from Cambodia's protected forests - BBC News

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Ancient, highly valuable forests are being lost at an "unprecedented" rate from protected lands in Cambodia, according to a new report.
The analysis, from campaign group Forest Trends, says that large corporations are using legitimate development permits to illegally clear land.
Around 2,000 sq km of forests are being lost every year, they say.
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It's no fracking fun: life on the Bakken Shale

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An oil field boom in North Dakota has turned a quiet agricultural region into an industrial zone, where farmers and ranchers report over 100 oil spills per month.

In a July 23 webinar, members of North Dakota’s environmental community spoke about the impacts of the second-largest fracking oil field in the United States, the Bakken Shale.

Earthworks, a non-profit American environmental agency, presented the webinar entitled "Inside the Bakken: National Impacts and How You Can Help."

One of the largest oil developments in the U.S. in the last 40 years, the Bakken Shale extends over eastern Montana, western North Dakota and into parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. While the oil was initially discovered in 1951, hydraulic fracking made it economical to put the field into production.

“Bakken oil is transported by oil and the vast majority of oil trains travel from North Dakota,” said Deborah Thomas, a board member with the non-profit group ShaleTest Environmental Testing, while introducing the speakers.

“These trains with their payloads of extremely explosive, fracked crude travel through communities across North America, putting millions of Americans and Canadians at risk.”

Just over two years ago, the air and hand brakes failed on one such train filled with Bakken crude. It careened at 104 kilometres per hour into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, derailing near the town’s centre at 1:15 a.m. and spilling six million litres of crude oil.

The extremely volatile oil burst into flames and, with the subsequent explosions, killed 47 people, forced another 2,000 from their homes, and destroyed much of the downtown core.
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Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's

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In 2005, I argued that ice sheets may be more vulnerable than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated, mainly because of effects of a warming ocean in speeding ice melt. In 2007, I wrote "Scientific Reticence and Sea Level Rise," describing and documenting a phenomenon that pressures scientists to minimize the danger of imminent sea level rise.

About then I became acquainted with remarkable studies of geologist Paul Hearty. Hearty found strong evidence for sea level rise late in the Eemian to +6-9 m (20-30 feet) relative to today. The Eemian is the prior interglacial period (~120,000 years ago), which was slightly warmer than the present interglacial period (the Holocene) in which civilization developed. Hearty also found evidence for powerful storms in the North Atlantic near the end of the Eemian period.

It seemed that an understanding of the late Eemian climate events might be helpful in assessing the climate effects of human-made global warming, as Earth is now approaching the warmth that existed then. Thus several colleagues and I initiated global climate simulations aimed at trying to understand what happened at the end of the Eemian and its relevance to climate change today.
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We’re exposed to hormone-disrupting BPA just by breathing

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Manufacturing and wastewater treatment sites are releasing bisphenol A into the air, exposing people to high levels of the chemical, according to a study Researchers have long known people can be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly...

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Bees and Pesticides: 70% Contamination in Massachusetts

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The pesticide class associated with bee colony collapse is in 70% of pollen and honey samples in Massachusetts. How are the rest of our 49 states doing?

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L'Amazonie grignotée par la ruée vers l'or clandestine

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Vue du ciel, l'Amazonie ressemble à une immense table de billard, d'un vert intense mité de taches couleur café: ce sont des sites miniers illégaux, reflet d'une ruée vers l'or qui menace le poumon de la planète. «La perte pour nos ressources naturelles est incalculable», explique à l'AFP le haut commissaire du Pérou contre les mines illégales, Antonio Fernandez Jeri. «Chaque hectare perdu représente des espèces uniques de flore et de faune», déplore-t-il.

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«Comme le narcotrafic, l'activité minière illégale est d'une grande envergure», souligne Antonio Fernandez Jeri. «C'est pourquoi il nous fallait chercher des alliés stratégiques et nous l'avons fait. Nous avons une commission technique de travail avec l'Equateur et aussi avec la Bolivie et la Colombie. Il nous reste à régler la question avec le Brésil», raconte-t-il.

Pollution au mercure

Le Brésil, où l'activité minière illégale a été constatée dans neuf des 26 États du pays, la présidente Dilma Rousseff s'est récemment engagée à parvenir d'ici 15 ans à zéro déforestation.

 

En Colombie, un survol de la réserve de Puinawai, près de la frontière brésilienne, montre l'ampleur des dégâts, avec des arbres taillés et de la végétation arrachée afin de creuser et d'extraire le précieux métal. Pour obtenir un gramme d'or, il faut utiliser deux ou trois grammes de mercure, un métal qui vient polluer les terres et rivières alentour, mettant en péril la vie des habitants, avec «des cas prouvés d'infertilité, de problèmes de peau, d'estomac», selon M. Fernandez Jeri.

 

Au Pérou, cette activité a détruit une partie de l'habitat de tribus indigènes isolées, comme les Mashco Piro, qui ont dû sortir de leur isolement pour aller chercher de la nourriture, affrontant d'autres tribus avec leurs arcs et leurs flèches.

 

En Bolivie, de plus en plus de coopératives opèrent des sites miniers, avec certes des papiers en règle vis-à-vis de la législation du travail, mais sans autorisation environnementale, selon un rapport régional de la Société péruvienne de droit de l'environnement.

«L'activité minière, qu'elle soit illégale ou légale, génère un impact sur l'environnement», souligne Alvaro Pardo, directeur du centre d'études minières Colombia Puntomedio. «Le problème est que l'activité minière illégale finit d'exploiter une zone et s'en va tout simplement, en laissant derrière elle de grosses pertes que nous les Colombiens devrons ensuite tous payer», soupire-t-il.

 

La mine est pourtant un secteur crucial pour l'économie sud-américaine, alors que la région est un des grands fournisseurs mondiaux de matières premières, dont les cours ont explosé ces dernières années. «L'activité minière à moindre échelle, comme l'appelle la Banque mondiale, ou artisanale, doit continuer à exister, elle ne peut pas s'arrêter», concède M. Pardo, «mais elle doit être une activité économique avec un développement durable, sans affecter l'environnement».

 

En Pérou, 60.000 demandes de légalisation de sites miniers ont d'ores et déjà été déposées mais, selon les estimations officielles, il reste encore 100.000 mineurs clandestins dans le pays, détruisant chaque jour un peu plus l'écosystème de la forêt.

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Sans compter les ravages sur la faune, et l'empoisonnement massif de population indigène avec l'utilisation du mercure et sa généralisation dans la chaine alimentaire (rejet en rivière, poissons, produit de la pêche...)

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Success story: Cleaner bluefish show effectiveness of US coal regulations, study says — Environmental Health News

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"Mercury levels in bluefish caught off the U.S. Atlantic coast dropped more than 40 percent over the past four decades thanks to federal restrictions on coal emissions, according to a new study.

This is good news not only for bluefish but for the entire predator fish population in the Mid-Atlantic. And it's better news for people fond of eating the tasty fish, often served broiled or baked, as it suggests that mercury reductions due to coal-fired plant emissions crackdowns in North America have quickly led to less contamination in marine life.

“This is an important study … this is the type of work that we need to encourage policy makers to support clean-coal technology,” said Katlin Bowman, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California’s Department of Ocean Sciences who was not involved in the study.

Coal-fired plants are big mercury contributors to the atmosphere – where most emission pollution gets dumped – and the ocean, where those pollutants eventually settle."

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Utah coyote hunter who shot wolf won't face charges

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FRISCO — The coyote hunter who shot a protected gray wolf in Utah last year won’t face any criminal charges for killing an endangered species.
Investigators with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Department of Justice found that the Utah resident was legally hunting coyotes near Beaver in late December when he mistook the collared female gray wolf for a coyote.
The female wolf had gained some notoriety after wandering from the northern Rocky Mountains all the way down to the Grand Canyon, where wildlife advocates one day hope to see a restored wolf population.
Another wandering wolf was similarly killed near Kremmling, Colorado in late April, in an incident that’s also being investigated by various agencies.
Wolves from the Yellowstone area have been dispersing quite widely around the West in search of good habitat and conservation advocates say they should be allowed to re-establish populations in suitable areas, including western Colorado and northern Arizona.
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For Illinois farmers, damage from coal mines can span decades

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Larry Skinner finished planting corn and soybeans by Memorial Day. In midsummer, the pace slows down on his farm near the town of Newman in Central Illinois. He walks his fields monitoring moisture levels, watching for insects and looking for sprout growth.

In a profession facing constant uncertainty from the weather, Skinner has one more variable to consider: how to repair uneven farmland sunken by coal mining more than 20 years ago.

The coal mine near his farm closed in the 1980s, but he and his neighbors are still cleaning up the mess. Mining caused land to subside – or sink – unevenly, resulting in marshy areas that can reduce crop yields.

“This shows what greed does to the American farmland,” said Skinner, shaking his head as he pointed to a subsided area, an extensive brown spot in a field of green.

Some of the best farmland in the world can be found on the Illinois prairie. Rich soil mixed with plenty of precipitation produces high yields of corn and soybeans year after year. Underneath much of this same land are coal reserves deposited roughly 300 million years ago. That has created friction between two of the state’s biggest industries.
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Wildlife advocates question federal sage grouse maps

Wildlife advocates question federal sage grouse maps | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
Report says fragmented habitat isn’t adequate for protection of species
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FRISCO — After a detailed mapping analysis maps, wildlife conservation advocates say the federal government downsized important habitat for sage grouse.
The findings are outlined in a new report released by WildEarth Guardians. It compares protected areas to remaining key population hotspots. Almost 20 million acres designated as Priority Areas for Conservation disappeared from the Priority Habitat areas proposed in U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management sage grouse plans.
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Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish

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Noah’s Ark supposedly provided shelter to animals from the rising floodwaters. But at a federal breeding site near Shasta Lake, Calif., the opposite is occurring: The tanks of Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery are providing refuge this summer for salmon nearly out of water. There, staffers are rearing the only insurance policy that the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook have against extinction: a living genetic bank of 1,035 baby fish, selected to reseed the population should it extinguish in the wild. Unique coloring, genetics and size distinguish this subspecies, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The Golden State’s extreme drought, now well into its fourth year and said by climate scientists at the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to be the state’s worst in more than 1,200 years, has been accelerating the anticipated demise of several of California’s endangered fishes, including its salmon.
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Winemakers eye native American grape species as a way to reduce pesticide use

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Chemical analysis informs potential hybridization efforts
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FRISCO — As the widespread and disastrous consequences of heavy pesticide use become ever-more apparent, wine-makers and grape growers are trying to figure out ways to make their grapes more resistant to bugs and fungi without using toxic chemicals.
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AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated…

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We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food

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The other item was more sobering -- an article in London's Independent newspaper headlined, "Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages, says study." The study, based on a model created at Anglia Ruskin University's Global Sustainability Institute, forecasts that if global emissions continue unabated, plausible climate trends will lead to catastrophic crop failures and food riots around the globe. "In this scenario, global society essentially collapses as food production falls permanently short of consumption," Aled Jones, director of the Institute, told reporters. The study echoes a similar, peer-reviewed report from Lloyds of London, which found the probability of a major food crisis "significantly higher" than the insurance industry's benchmark return period of 1:200 years.
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India conducts first official survey of Ganges dolphins

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The Straits Times: Conservation programme aims to protect the endangered species and restore biodiversity of the polluted river

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CITING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, NATIVE AMERICANS FIGHT TO TAKE BACK SACRED LAND FROM MINING COMPANIES

CITING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, NATIVE AMERICANS FIGHT TO TAKE BACK SACRED LAND FROM MINING COMPANIES | Farming, Forests, Water & Fishing (No Petroleum Added) | Scoop.it
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Advocates for the protection of Oak Flat protest outside the U.S. Capitol on July 22, 2015.

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Global warming is causing rain to melt the Greenland ice sheet | John Abraham

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Higher temperatures are melting Greenland ice directly, but also indirectly via increased rainfall
Greenland, one of the largest ice sheets in the world, is melting. In fact, it is melting ahead of schedule as the world warms.

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Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

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California's ongoing drought has forced many almond growers to use groundwater on the thirsty crop. The problem: That water is high in salt, and it's killing almond trees.

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Feds seek near-total ban on ivory trade to protect elephants

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Booming Asian economies fuel huge poaching and wildlife trafficking issues
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FRISCO —Federal wildlife managers hope that a near-total ban on the U.S. ivory trade will help slow the slaughter of elephants poached for their tusks.
By some estimates, as many as 100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory between 2010 and 2012 — about one every 15 minutes. Elephants are threatened in formerly safe areas, and some of Africa’s most famous wildlife parks are littered with carcasses.
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed new regulations that would prohibit most interstate commerce in African elephant ivory and further restrict commercial exports. The proposed rule builds upon restrictions put in place last year following President Obama’s Executive Order on combating wildlife trafficking.
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The $50 billion plan to save Louisiana's wetlands

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Louisiana is in trouble. The Mississippi River Delta is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of 16 square miles a year, some of the fastest land loss on the planet.

The bayou lands are crucial to the nation's fisheries, as well as regional oil and gas supplies. Perhaps ironically, activity by the energy industry is helping to destroy its own infrastructure.
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Climate: Not a lot of options for polar bears

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New study shows food shortages will catch up to the Arctic predators
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FRISCO — When it comes to finding food as Arctic sea ice melts, polar bears don’t exactly have a lot of options.
That’s one of the main reasons the Arctic predators are under the global warming gun, and a new study of how the bears respond metabolically during lean times underscores the existing science.
Researchers with the University of Wyoming set out to learn as much as they could by using satellite collars and surgically implanted monitors to track polar bear’s summertime movements and core body temperatures on ice and shore.
They found the animals are able to reduce their energy expenditure a little, but not enough to make up for the associated food shortages. Their findings suggest that increasing sea ice loss represents a significant threat to these carnivorous bears.
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Study documents ubiquity of bee-killing pesticides

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indings suggest human health risks from inhaling pollen laced with neonicotinoids
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FRISCO — Scientists with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health say their new study examining pollen and honey shows there’s a need to develop public policies that aims to reduce neonicotinoid exposure.
After working 62 Massachusetts beekeepers who volunteered to collect monthly samples of pollen and honey from foraging bees, the researchers found more that 70 percent of the samples contained at least one neonicotinoid, a class of pesticide that has been implicated the steep decline of honeybee populations, specifically colony collapse disorder, when adult bees abandon their hives during winter.
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