Browsing: Environment and Climate

‘European Union plans to eradicate all plant life from the Spanish island of Majorca in a bid to combat the spread of a deadly bacteria were today branded “impossible” by angry locals.

Eurocrats have proposed tearing up all vegetation within 100 metres of plants and trees affected by a rapidly spreading disease which has been dubbed “ebola of the olive”.

Local experts say that on Majorca, which covers just 1,400 square miles, that would effectively mean stripping the popular holiday island of almost all its plant life.’

Read more: ‘Impossible!’ Anger as EU unveils emergency plans to wipe out ALL of Majorca’s plant life

‘Fears are mounting that up to 1,000 people could have died under the mud that ripped through Freetown, Sierra Leone, last week.

More than 450 victims are already confirmed to have died, after part of a mountain on the outskirts of the capital city caved in following heavy rain.

But it is believed the number of missing could exceed 600, and hopes are dimming for their chances of survival.

Rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors “are getting smaller every day”.’

Read more: Sierra Leone mudslides: Fears up to 1,000 people could be dead and some bodies will ‘never be found’

‘A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of supervolcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption.
Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn’t been seen outside of the agency until now.

He spoke of the true devastation that could come from an eruption, and the ‘risky’ methods that the agency is considering for preventing one – including approaches that could potentially go array and set off a supervolcano accidentally.

One such plan would involve drilling into the bottom of the Yellowstone volcano, using high pressure water to release heat from the magma chamber.’

Read more: NASA’s incredible plan to save humanity from Yellowstone supervolcano: ‘Risky’ plan to COOL magma by pumping in water (but it could trigger an eruption instead of preventing one)

‘Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say the death toll from a rain-triggered massive landslide in the eastern parts of the African country could likely reach over 200.

Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, announced the news on Friday, adding that the estimate was based on the number of households submerged.

“There are many people submerged whom we were unable to save. The rescue is very complicated because there are mountains everywhere, which make it very difficult to have access,” he said.

The deadly landslide on Thursday swept over Tora, a fishing village, on the shores of Lake Albert, which is a seismically active region in the western Rift Valley. The landslide followed torrential rains in the rural community along the lake.

Initial figures said some 40 people had lost their lives in the incident.’

Read more: Congo landslide death toll likely to reach 200: Officials

‘On June 6, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined six attorney generals in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to label chlorpyrifos as unsafe for humans in any quantity. Six weeks later, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin announced his co-sponsorship of a bill that bans chlorpyrifos. What exactly is chlorpyrifos and why is everyone so up in arms? Here’s the scoop.

Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that is widely used in agriculture throughout the United States, including in Maryland. In 2000, the EPA severely restricted home use of the chemical after it was discovered that developmental delays such as hyperactivity and motor control issues, attention deficit disorders, and decreased IQ scores resulted from even low levels of exposure.’

Read More: Maryland Joins Efforts to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

‘A Large 6.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked the Luzon island in the Philippines, with the tremor being felt in the capital Manila.

The official residence of the President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang Palace, has been evacuated after the tremor.

The earthquake stuck at 6.28am BST (1.28pm local time) and was centred near the Lubang islands, 74 miles west of Batangas, 93 miles south west of Manila.

The quake struck about 99 miles below the surface, making it a relatively deep earthquake.

Along with the presidential palace, the Foreign Affairs department, the Supreme Court, the university and the Red Cross building were also evacuated.

Aftershocks are expected.’

Read more: Huge 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks Philippines – president’s palace evacuated

‘As advocacy against “conventional” GMO crops continues to grow, it comes as no surprise that the biotech industry has been doing its best to develop a new way to modify crops. One of the top concerns about current modification techniques is the transgenic component — which allows crops to be engineered to produce different proteins that would repel pests or be toxic to insects. Understandably, many people have drawn attention to concerns about the safety of consuming such proteins. Activists have long noted that these engineered proteins used to kill insects could be toxic to humans as well, or at the very least, spark allergic reactions in some people. And it seems that GMO scientists have realized that they cannot win the fight when it comes to transgenic crops: People don’t want them.

But, unfortunately, they’ve come up with a new type of GMO crop: fragmented RNA crops. As Ralph Bock, a director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Germany explains, “The objections to transgenic proteins involve concerns about their possible toxicity or allergenicity to humans, but with the RNA interference strategy there’s no protein that is made, just some extra RNA.” Bock also co-authored a study on the new GMO crop strategy.

The purpose of the fragmented RNA in these newly modified crops is to disable insects, by either inducing death or infertility. ‘

Read more: GMO scientists just created ‘doomsday crops’ containing RNA fragments that intentionally cause mass infertility

‘In promotion of his latest film, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” former vice president and global warming activist Al Gore is still desperately trying to make the case that planet earth is heating up, and that only carbon taxes can fix it. But as per usual, he failed miserably during a recent CNN town hall with Anderson Cooper, during which a commercial crabber and local mayor explained that sea levels around his tiny island have remained the same for over half a century.

James Eskridge oversees the day-to-day activities on Tangier Island, in Virginia, and he’s been fishing crab there for decades. He’s quite familiar with the tides, the currents, and various other elements in and around the coastal terrain. And other than an ongoing problem related to erosion, in which the shorelines of Tangier Island are progressively disappearing due to constant waves and storms, he says that everything is exactly the same as it’s always been, at least as far as ocean levels are concerned.’

Read more: Commercial crabber calls out Al Gore on FAKE SCIENCE, explains sea level hasn’t changed at all since 1970

David Icke – Climate Change Isn’t What You Think It Is

‘The Leuser Ecosystem on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia thrums with life. It is an ancient, 6.5 million acres of lush rainforest and steamy peat swamps, and because of its rich biodiversity, is one of the most important rainforests still standing today.

Its clear rivers provide drinking water for millions of people and its lowland and mountainous rainforests are literally the last place on earth where Sumatran elephants, orangutans, tigers, rhinos and sunbears still coexist in the wild. Globally, we all depend on it for the climate regulating effects such a large carbon-sink can have.

And yet, the Leuser Ecosystem is being actively destroyed for palm oil and other industries.’

Read more: How Companies Like PepsiCo and McDonald’s Are Pushing Indonesia’s Endangered Elephants to Extinction

‘Monsanto used toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs in the production of everyday appliances such as TVs, fridges and plastics for at least eight years after discovering the harm they did, newly-compiled archives claim to prove.

From the 1930s, and until the end of their distribution in 1977, Monsanto was the dominant US producer of the chemicals.

Now a trove of 20,000 documents, dubbed the “Poison Papers,” gathered from regulators, lawsuits and archives by campaigners and scientists, claims that the Missouri-headquartered company openly discussed the environmental and health impact of PCBs.

“If authentic, these records confirm that Monsanto knew that their PCBs were harmful and pervasive in the environment, and kept selling them in spite of that fact. They knew the dangers, but hid them from the public in order to profit,” Bill Sherman, the assistant attorney general for the state of Washington, which is suing the company, told the Guardian.’

Read more: Monsanto knew of grave health risks from toxic PCB chemicals it sold for years before ban, documents say

David Icke – Monsanto And Our Toxic World