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Paving Paradise: Austerity, Pristine Beaches and the Greek Fire Sale | Nomadic Politics

Paving Paradise: Austerity, Pristine Beaches and the Greek Fire Sale | Nomadic Politics | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Critics to proposed Greek legislation opening up beach development worry that in an effort to abide by harsh austerity measure, the Mediterranean nation will be selling off its greatest treasure, its pristine coasts.
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Something worth thinking about when it comes to development. 

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These articles address food, water and environment issues that relate to farmers and consumers to enable their personal and local control over those matters
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This Is an Unprecedented Kind of Oil Spill

This Is an Unprecedented Kind of Oil Spill | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A tanker that sank off the Chinese coast was carrying “condensate,” a mix of molecules with radically different properties than crude.

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The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation

The Three Stumbling Blocks to a Solar-Powered Nation | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Solar energy is growing at a faster rate world-wide than any other source—but existing technology has its limits and R&D is lacking.
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Four-Part Framework to Value Water - Water Canada

Four-Part Framework to Value Water - Water Canada | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Research led by Oxford University provides a four-part framework to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice.

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Yellowstone supervolcano could be heated by churning chunks of a Pacific Ocean plate

Yellowstone supervolcano could be heated by churning chunks of a Pacific Ocean plate | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
A recent study further unravels the mystery of Yellowstone's volcanic system.
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Don't be silent about the EPA Clean Water rollback

Don't be silent about the EPA Clean Water rollback | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Klean Kanteen CEO: Time is running out to urge the EPA to ensure clean water for the health of business and consumers.

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Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More

Cancer-Linked Glyphosate Found In Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, and More | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
General Mills' Cheerios are one of the first solid foods many parents feed to their children. Despite the fact that they now claim to be GMO-free, independent testin
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Special Report: How Monsanto's GM cotton sowed trouble in Africa

By Joe Bavier BOBO-DIOULASSO, Burkina Faso (Reuters) - In 2000, farmers in Burkina Faso, Africa's top cotton grower, were desperate. Their cotton fetched top prices because its high-quality fibre lent a luxurious sheen to clothing and bedsheets. But pests – bollworms – were threatening the crop. Even when you dropped the bollworm larvae into a bucket of poison, farmers said, they kept swimming. U.S. seeds and pesticide company Monsanto proposed an answer: a genetically modified strain of cotton called Bollgard II, which it had already introduced in America and was marketing worldwide. G
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Van Jones - Green For All: The Next American Economy

Speech by Van Jones, environmental advocate, human rights activist, and attorney. Jones is a co-founder of three non-profit organizations. In 1996, he founded the…
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Kuwait to build $46m water pipeline in 30 months | utilities-me.com

A pipeline stretching from a water distribution plant in Mina Abdullah to the areas of Julaiaa and Nuwaiseeb will be developed as part of the project

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What Do the Koch Brothers Want?

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process.

Perhaps, the biggest winners of Citizens United are Charles and David Koch, owners of the second-largest privately run business in America Koch Industries.

 

Among other things, the Koch brothers own oil refineries in Texas, Alaska, and Minnesota and control some 4,000 miles of pipeline.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Koch brothers are now worth $80 billion, and have increased their wealth by $12 billion since last year alone.

 

For the Koch brothers, $80 billion in wealth, apparently, is not good enough. Owning the second largest private company in America is, apparently, not good enough.  It doesn’t appear that they will be satisfied until they are able to control the entire political process.

It is well known that the Koch brothers have provided the major source of funding to the Tea Party and want to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

What else do the Koch brothers want?

In 1980, David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 1980. 

Let’s take a look at the 1980 Libertarian Party platform

 

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Eau : poursuite du test entre régie publique et DSP

Eau : poursuite du test entre régie publique et DSP | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Carcassonne Agglo et Suez ont signé, hier, un contrat de gestion d'eau et d'assainissement, qui va concerner trente-quatre des quatre-vingt-deux communes que compte la communauté d'agglomération, ceci sur une période de dix ans. Il entrer

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Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History

Trump Orders Largest National Monument Reduction In U.S. History | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
In a speech in Utah on Monday, President Trump announced that his administration will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 85 percent and the Grand Staircase by about half its size.
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Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace

Oxygen is disappearing from the world's oceans at an alarmingly rapid pace | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The ocean can't seem to catch a break—or its breath.
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Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017

Weather and climate disasters cost the U.S. a record $306 billion in 2017 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From wildfires to major hurricanes, the U.S. just endured a record-breaking year of extreme weather.
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Taking care of our planet could save money as well as lives!
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As Sea Levels Rise, is the Ocean Floor Sinking? | Science | News

As Sea Levels Rise, is the Ocean Floor Sinking? | Science | News | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Researchers say that past estimates of sea level rise are too conservative and that to increase their accuracy, the effect of ocean bottom deformation should be taken into account, either based on modeled estimates of ocean mass change, or using more dire
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A sinking, melting ancient tectonic plate may fuel Yellowstone’s supervolcano

A sinking, melting ancient tectonic plate may fuel Yellowstone’s supervolcano | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
The subduction of an ancient tectonic plate may be the driving force behind Yellowstone’s volcanic eruptions.
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Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley Wants to Solve Our Water Problems

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3 ways the course of water sustainability changed in 2017

3 ways the course of water sustainability changed in 2017 | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
And how that’s likely to affect the flow of strategy in the months ahead.

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Growing food using mattresses: Ingenious solutions to everyday hardships in a Syrian refugee camp

Growing food using mattresses: Ingenious solutions to everyday hardships in a Syrian refugee camp | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Anthony Ryan took a group of scientists and engineers to Jordan's Za'atari Camp where they worked with Syrian refugees to help build novel solutions to the challenges on site.
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Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.
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10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US

10 facts about water policy and infrastructure in the US | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
From the water safety crisis in Flint, Michigan to the near-disaster with the Oroville Dam in California, a string of water-related events have made headlines, and called into question the U.S. foc…
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The Greatest Danger , by Joanna Macy | 

The Greatest Danger , by Joanna Macy |  | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
How do we live with the fact that we are destroying our world? What do we make of the loss of glaciers, the melting Arctic, island nations swamped by the sea, widening deserts, and drying farmlands?

Because of social taboos, despair at the state of our world and fear for our future are rarely acknowledged. The suppression of despair, like that of any deep recurring response, contributes to the numbing of the psyche. Expressions of anguish or outrage are muted, deadened as if a nerve had been cut. This refusal to feel impoverishes our emotional and sensory life. Flowers are dimmer and less fragrant, our loves less ecstatic. We create diversions for ourselves as individuals and as nations, in the fights we pick, the aims we pursue, and the stuff we buy.

Of all the dangers we face, from climate chaos to permanent war, none is so great as this deadening of our response. For psychic numbing impedes our capacity to process and respond to information. The energy expended in pushing down despair is diverted from more crucial uses, depleting the resilience and imagination needed for fresh visions and strategies.

Zen poet Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, “what do we most need to do to save our world?” His answer was this: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”

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The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  | Jessie Eisinger | ProPublica.org

The Trump Administration Is Scuttling a Rule That Would Save People From Dying of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  | Jessie Eisinger | ProPublica.org | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it

After Hurricane Irma hit three months ago in Orlando, Florida, the local police got a desperate 911 call from a 12-year-old boy reporting that his mother and siblings were unconscious. Fumes overcame the first deputy who rushed to the scene. After the police arrived at the property, they found Jan Lebron Diaz, age 13, Jan’s older sister Kiara, 16, and their mother Desiree, 34, lying dead, poisoned from carbon monoxide emitted by their portable generator. Four others in the house went to the hospital. If 12-year-old Louis hadn’t made that call, they might have died, too.

Portable generators release more carbon monoxide — which is particularly dangerous because it is odorless and invisible — than most cars. As a result, the devices can kill efficiently and quickly, though accidentally. The Diaz family usually placed the generator properly, outside the house, a neighbor told local reporters. But for some reason, they had brought it into their garage. From there, the generator’s murderous byproduct spread silently through the house.

During hurricanes, floods, and nor’easters, portable generators save lives — except when they take them.


But the problem of portable generators was so obvious that the little agency felt it needed to make a stand. They were one of the “persistent deadly hazards we felt we had to address,” says Elliot Kaye, who was the chairman of the CPSC from 2014 to February of this year and remains a commissioner. (The CPSC has five commissioners who vote on agency measures; the party that controls the White House tends to have the majority.)


Throughout the 16 years the CPSC has been pushing the issue, the portable-generator industry fended off regulations that would have required it to reduce the carbon monoxide emissions of its devices. The companies argued such changes would be too costly, and that they lacked the technology to make the machines safer. The industry lobbied hard, and also wielded an arsenal of delaying measures and misdirection, not to mention occasional strong-arm tactics to enforce industry discipline, its critics say.


But in early November 2016, during the final months of the Obama administration, the CPSC took one of the most significant steps it can take: The commission voted in favor of a rule to force manufacturers to lower their generators’ carbon monoxide emissions. The vote was 4 to 1, with one Republican joining the majority of Democrats.


Donald Trump was elected a week later. In January, he elevated the only commissioner to vote against the rule — Ann Marie Buerkle, a 66-year-old former Republican congresswoman from upstate New York — to be the acting chair of the CPSC, and she took on the role in February. (She awaits Senate confirmation to become the chair.) The administration has nominated, as a potential commissioner, a lawyer from the corporate firm Jones Day who specializes in defending companies from product-liability cases; one other vacancy remains. So Buerkle will likely soon have new allies.


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9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side

9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side | GMOs & FOOD, WATER & SOIL MATTERS | Scoop.it
9 Frozen Desserts with a Healthy Side from Food Network

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