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Update on the Ongoing Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon Oil in Gulf Traveling Up the Food Chain

BP sued in Ecuador for violating the “rights of Nature”

Scientists Confirm that Dispersants Are Increasing Contamination in the Gulf

Submarine Dive Finds Oil, Dead Sea Life at Bottom of Gulf of Mexico

BP Oil Slams Florida

All 40 scientists agree at meeting: “Fish in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to get sick, die or fail to reproduce as a result” of oil — What about the people?

Deep-water dive reveals spilled oil on Gulf floor

A Special Report on the BP Gulf Oil Spill

After conducting the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference for over seven months, we can now disseminate the following information with the authority and confidence of those who have thoroughly investigated a crime scene.  There are many research articles, investigative reports and penetrating exposes archived at the following website.  Particularly those posted from August through November provide a unique body of evidence, many with compelling photo-documentaries, which portray the true state of affairs at the Macondo Prospect in the GOM.

BP among companies Obama excluded from US environmental oversight

Director of Operations for BP’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Recovery Efforts and Former Texas Solicitor General Die in Plane Crash

Environmental catastrophe in the Gulf: The spilled oil has settled on the ocean floor

Oil And Gas Leaks Continue Unabated At Macondo: Photos document oily fluid all over the seafloor

Leading Gulf Oil Spill Activist Group Project Gulf Impact Brings Truth of Upcoming Worldwide Consequences From Spill to Seattle University

New WikiLeaks cables detail BP blowout in Azerbaijan 1.5 years before Gulf disaster

BP faces new fines over Alaska spill

In 2006, a corroded pipeline leaked 200,000 gallons of oil on to the tundra in the worst leak in the history of the North Slope. The company was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay $20m (£12.5m) in criminal penalties and restitution.

The leak in 2009 occurred when a pipeline at the BP-operated Lisburne oil field burst, leaking nearly 46,000 gallons of crude and oily water near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  After roughly 165 days of low-temperature warnings, BP found ice in the pipe. Fifteen days later, operators discovered the rupture.

Investigators said BP operators had “failed to respond to the alarms and failed to investigate or troubleshoot the cause of the alarms” and argued that BP should have known better, as it had suffered a similar ruptures in other frozen pipelines as far back as 2001.

Official: “We will NEVER get all of the oil off the beach, that’s just something we have to come to grips with” (VIDEO)

*CONFIRMED* Chemist: That’s BP oil on Southwest Florida beach — “Should put to rest any doubt” over origin of 173 ppm oil found in sand near Sarasota

‘Shadow’ of oil spill seen in Gulf of Mexico plankton

Recent tests “using HUMAN cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage” says university director

“We’re more concerned about the dispersant and the dispersant mixed with oil–the dispersed oil, if you will–than we are about the crude oil itself.”  Tests conducted in recent months by[University of Southern Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health director John] Wise’s lab, using human cell lines, show that dispersants cause cell death and DNA damage, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems.

BP OIL SPILL: Kindra Arnesen Talks About B.P.’s “Blue Plague”

Women Around Gulf with Internal Bleeding & Mysterious Bruises on Torso

Gulf Fishermen Haul in Oil-Covered Shrimp from Newly Opened Waters (Video)

Unexplained Avian Deaths in Gulf of Mexico May be Due to Heavy Metal Toxicity Caused by Oil “Spill”

Multiple boats of fishermen sickened on November 1 — One still hospitalized after “bleeding in his esophagus”

Dallas surgeon “has treated many people from the Gulf that have been made sick by BP’s toxic chemicals”

“I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage” says toxicologist — “They’re sniffing for something they can’t detect”

Scientists worry about “a cascade of events that will lead to the collapse of entire Gulf species” — May have pushed a variety of sharks “to their tipping point”

Doctor: “Dead people don’t talk, dead people don’t sue, dead people don’t tell the truth, and dead people don’t bother BP”

Gulf Fisherman’s Son Poisoned By Corexit, Kidney Stones at Age 10

BP Oil Spill Worker Sues BP, Nalco and Tidewater Marine Over Corexit Exposure

Multiple independent lab tests confirm oil in Gulf shrimp: “I don’t recommend eating Gulf seafood, not with the risk of liver and kidney damage,”

Illness Plagues Gulf Residents in BP’s Aftermath

New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf

BP Oil Spill Victims Sickened and Dying, Local Physicians Clueless

The Video NOAA and The FDA Are Afraid You’ll Watch. Lab Finds 193 ppm Oil in Gulf Shrimp



Update on the Disaster in the Gulf – Ongoing Dangers and Emerging Evidence

MUST WATCH: Oil and Dispersants are Changing the Gulf Ecosystem

Video: Shrimper witnesses visible oil in shrimp and crabs

Gulf still loaded with chemicals, but FDA says seafood safe to eat

Fresh Oil Dead Fish Cover Grand Isle As Crews Bury Fish On Public Beach

Revealed: BP rates 148 of its own Alaska pipelines ‘F’ for safety

Senior EPA Analyst: Government “Doing a Cover Up” Regarding Dispersants, Trying to Reassure the Public Instead of Doing Honest Scientific Testing

Report: BP dispersants are making people sick

Massive stretches of weathered oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Oil Spill: Mission Accomplished or Ongoing Crisis?

BP dispersants ‘causing sickness’

Riki Ott: ‘People Now Dropping Dead’ In the Gulf

Healthy 16 y/o goes gulf swimming, then hospitalized with “compromised lung” & “enlarged heart”

NOAA Official Asks EINNEWS to Withdraw Story Questioning Safety of Gulf Seafood

AP Video: The Surface Of The Gulf Of Mexico Is A Dead Zone

“We saw nothing alive above 35 feet.”

NEW TEST RESULTS: 8 out of 8 Blood Samples from BP Cleanup Workers Test Positive For Toxic Chemicals Found in BP Oil

Pensacola Bay Lab Results ‘Extremely Toxic to Human Health’

Panel Says Firms Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill

Environmental expert for the City of Gulf Breeze, Florida: “I would not recommend going into the water.”

BP’s Environmental Disaster: Fishermen Report Louisiana Bays Filled With Oil

Another BP Oil Rig is a “Ticking Time Bomb”: Whistleblower

US sets up security zone around BP oil spill site

Local doctor links spill to symptoms

Rodney D. Soto, medical doctor for the Younger You Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, recently started testing and treating patients in relation to high levels of volatile solvents in the blood stream that he says may be linked to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf. “What I am concerned most about is a long-term effect, that won’t even show up for years, but are going to have tremendous implications in human immune system and hormonal function and brain function,” Soto said. These compounds (petroleum and dispersants) are liposoluble; meaning they have a “high affinity for fat,” Soto said. While the clinic specializes in “anti-aging and aesthetic medicine,” Soto points out that he is a medical doctor licensed in two states. He said the medical community has been monitoring the spill’s impact but has failed to develop adequate treatment methods.

Project Deep Spill: Feds had deep water “blowout” 10 years ago

The goal was to simulate a blowout or pipeline rupture in deep water.  The results from these measurements show that the rising of the oil through the water column represents a kind of a “stripping” process of some of the most toxic compounds in the oil, resulting in a portion of the most toxic compounds is left in the water column.



Gulf of Mexico Disaster News Round-up: “Mission Accomplished” or a Continuing Catastrophe?

Incoming BP CEO: Time for ‘scaleback’ in cleanup

US scientist says much surface Gulf oil ‘dispersed’

Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said much oil had been “biodegraded by naturally occurring bacteria”.

BP Oil Spill: Clean-Up Crews Can’t Find Crude in the Gulf

Of Course Clean Up Workers Can’t Find the Oil … BP Used Dispersants to Temporarily Hide It, So Now It Will Plague the Gulf For Years

Oil causes 2,200 Gulf beach closings, warnings

Majority of spilled oil in Gulf of Mexico unaccounted for in government data

NOAA Hoarding Key Data On Oil Spill Damage

Louisiana Environmental Attorney Stuart Smith Says Government Report Misleading Gulf Coast Citizens

Attorney Mike Papantonio Says BP is a Criminal, Sociopathic and Predatory Corporation

The Potemkin Gulf of Mexico: The Government and BP are Burning Carcasses, Hiding/Ignoring the Oil, Reducing Liability

Video: BP caught dumping imported sand to “clean” gulf shores

BP Insider Admits Disaster Call Center Is A Diversion, Don’t Even Take Notes…

OBAMA SAYS OIL DISASTER IS OVER WHILE DEAD FISH WASH UP IN BILOXI!

Everything’s Okay in the Gulf — Or Is It?

Suddenly BP’s oil disaster is getting an unusually high amount of positive publicity. Media reports are concluding that most of the oil has disappeared. The static kill has been successful at holding back the oil pressure, and the U.S. government issued a scientific report suggesting that 75 percent of the 4.9 million barrels of oil that gushed into the Gulf as been burned, dispersed or evaporated. But even if you assume that all of the dispersed oil has been degraded, there are still an estimated 1.3 million barrels out in the environment — five times the amount of oil released during the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989. People observing beaches in southern coastal states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida say they are still covered with oil and Corexit 9500, the chemical dispersant BP sprayed to break up the oil and remove it from view. Vast areas of ocean that used to be abundant with sea life show little signs of life anywhere. Plastic bags full of dead sea birds and oil are filling landfills in the south. If millions of gallons of oil have evaporated, what are the consequences for the air quality in the Gulf? Residents have reported that in areas normally besieged by mosquitos, there is now little need for repellant. Despite the rosy reports suddenly filling the airways, damage still appears to be ongoing. There is still plenty of oil in the Gulf that cannot, and will not, be cleaned up, and that will continue to wreak damage on the environment and the economies of Gulf states.

How Much Oil is in the Water at Gulf Coast Beaches? (Video)

Video: Gulf Resident Confronts The EPA With Evidence Of BP Dumping Fake Sand On Beach To Cover Oil

Senior EPA Analyst: “Government [Agencies] Have Been Sock Puppets for BP In This Cover Up”

Video: Former BP Contractor Becomes Tell-All Whistleblower

Gulf Oil Disaster: Is The Loop Current Breaking Down?

BP Oil Poisons the Gulf of Mexico’s Food Chain

Scientists Say Gulf Spill May Permanently Alter Food Chain

Geochemist in Gulf says “When it rains, a lot of junk comes down from the particulate”

BP Gulf Oil Spill Fishing Waters Reopened Despite Lack Of Testing Required By Federal Protocols

Disaster on a Small Scale: How the Gulf Spill’s Devastation Works Its Way From Plankton to Pelicans

BP Committing Ecocide on Islands in Gulf

BP Hires Prison Labor to Clean Up Spill While Coastal Residents Struggle

Hiring prison labor is more than a way for BP to save money while cleaning up the biggest oil spill in history. By tapping into the inmate workforce, the company and its subcontractors get workers who are not only cheap but easily silenced—and they get lucrative tax write-offs in the process.

Oil spill permeates the Gulf’s most productive environments

Invisible Contamination: How the BP Spill Might Be Poisoning People Without Their Knowing It

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

Video: BP Fisherman: Oysters are All Dead

USCG complicit in Alabama Gulf beach oil cover-up

BP’s paid less than half of claims

Video: BP Whistleblower: ‘What This Company Is Doing To This Country Right Now Is Just Wrong’

BP ‘cuts payments to 40,000′ over incomplete claims forms

Former Contractor: BP Not Interested In Cleaning Up Oil Spill

The Gulf oil disaster truth

From environmentalists and wildlife specialists to fisherman and businessmen along the Gulf Coast the message is the same: BP is not only strangling the news of what is actually occurring in the Gulf of Mexico with the oil disaster but has co-opted key federal regulatory and oversight agencies to advance its agenda and that of its oil partners, including Halliburton, Anadarko, and Transocean…The EPA is also remaining mute on air quality reports from Venice that show that on May 7 hydrogen sulfide in the air was measured at 1192 parts per billion. Five parts per billion is considered hazardous to human health. In addition, the May 7 reports show that benzene levels in the air were measured at 5000 parts per billion, again in the health danger zone. Propylene glycol, a major component in Corexit 9500, is being measured in Gulf waters at 150 times its lethal concentration.

Gulf Oil Spill-Bioremediation Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks

Cleaning Up Oil Spills with Mushrooms and Hair!

“Rock Breathing” Bacteria Could Help Soak Up Oil Spill in Gulf

A fast, inexpensive way to clean up the oil slick and it won’t enrich Goldman Sachs

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution

Steady stream of spills taints gulf

A total of 517,847 barrels of oil were dumped in region from 1964 to 2009, federal records show.

Evidence Indicates Gulf of Mexico Oil Disaster Was Engineered And Prolonged By Design

SEC Probes BP Potential Insider Trading: Sources

Evidence Points To BP Oil Spill False Flag

- Sales of shares and stocks in days and weeks beforehand

- Halliburton link, acquisition of cleanup company days before explosion

- BP report cites undocumented tampering with well sealing equipment

- Government uses disaster to push for Carbon Tax, Nationalization talk

Censored Gulf news: State-sponsored terrorism targets Deep South for Agenda 21 (Pt1)

PREVIOUS Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



Corexit News Round-up: Toxic Health Effects, Sinking Oil and Creation of New Problems

Whistleblower: BP used dispersants to hide oil

For quite some time, many bloggers and journalists following the BP-Corexit story, including me, have made the allegation that BP may have been experimenting by dumping over a million gallons of toxic dispersants into the ocean because they were desperately trying to prevent the oil from hitting the beaches.

The Gulf Coast, Corexit and BPs Clean Up

Corexit Kills; Update on the Oil Disaster and the Chemical Rape of the Gulf

Corexit Poisoning: Coast Guard and Obama Administration Betray the People and Country They Are Sworn to Protect

BP says over 15% of oil cleanup workers show high levels of Corexit dispersant toxin; Figure likely much higher via NYTimes

EPA WhistleBlower – Public Can’t Handle the Truth Regarding Corexit9500

Video: EPA Covering Up Effects of Dispersant in BP Oil Spill? Part 1 – Democracy NOW!

Gulf Oil Spill Dispersants Raise Concerns – Water looks like, “gelatinous toxic soup”

Feds/BP Covering Up Lethality/Dispersal depth Of Corexit

Well, Corexit is one of a number of dispersants, that are toxic, that are used to atomize the oil and force it down the water column so that it’s invisible to the eye. In this case, these dispersants were used in massive quantities, almost two million gallons so far, to hide the magnitude of the spill and save BP money.  And the government—both EPA, NOAA, etc.—have been sock puppets for BP in this cover-up.  Now, by hiding the amount of spill, BP is saving hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in fines, and so, from day one, there was tremendous economic incentive to use these dispersants to hide the magnitude of the gusher that’s been going on for almost three months…..

People who work near [Corexit] are hemorrhaging internally [but the] EPA now is taking the position that they really don’t know how dangerous it is, even though if you read the label, it tells you how dangerous it is.…  for example, in the Exxon Valdez case, people who worked with dispersants, most of them are dead now.  The average death age is around fifty.  It’s very dangerous, and it’s an economic—it’s an economic protector of BP, not an environmental protector of the public.

Gulf Dispersants: BP and Nalco Play Toxic Roulette

BP has dumped almost two million gallons of dispersants from Nalco in the Gulf of Mexico that is disguising the extent of the Deepwater spill and the inability of existing technology to mitigate the disaster. Even if BP eventually staunches the hemorrhage of oil, devastating toxins will linger for decades.

Chemical Dispersants and Crude Oil – Efficacy and Toxicity

Water sample “exploded” when chemist tested for oil; “Most likely” methane or Corexit

Leaked Corexit Information

Video: Dispersants Do Nothing But Hide Oil & Kill Cleanup Workers

MSNBC REPORTING THAT COREXIT IS KILLING CLEAN UP WORKERS!!

BP, Coast Guard ignored order to stop using dispersants: report

“HUGE discrepancies”: 1.8 million gallons of dispersant “now in question”, “Either BP was lying to Congress or to the Coast Guard”

For example, in one approval request, one of BP’s top executives, Doug Suttles, claimed that the maximum daily application of dispersants on the surface in the days preceding June 16, 2010 was 3,360 gallons on June 12. However, an examination of the dispersant totals BP provided to congressional staff in its daily “Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Updates” indicates that on June 11, BP said it applied 14,305 gallons of the chemical on the surface; on June 13, 36,000 gallons; and on June 14, 10,706 gallons.

According to publicly disclosed amounts on DeepwaterHorizonResponse.com, more than 1.8 million gallons of toxic dispersants were used to break up the oil as it came out of the well, as well as after it reached the ocean surface. The validity of those numbers are now in question.

Oil Spill Dispersants Shifting Ecosystem Impacts in Gulf, Scientists Warn

Congressman “BP often carpet bombed the ocean with chemicals”

Dispersants flowed freely in gulf

*BREAKING* Tulane researchers indicate COREXIT now in blue crab larvae from Florida to Texas; Bio-accumulation fears (VIDEO)

Dispersants “more than the amount of oil spilled in any single accident prior to the BP disaster”

BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

Toxic Dispersants Near Gulf Harm Humans and Wildlife

Marine biologist claims US Coast Guard involved in Corexit spraying

Environmental & Health Effects of Oil Dispersants a Mystery to BP and the Government

Video: Grand Isle LA townhall meeting reveals BP continues to use dispersants

Tests suggest oil dispersant washing up on Alabama beaches

Censored Gulf eyewitness testimonies of coughing up blood and other horror stories

Censored Gulf news: People bleeding internally, millions poisoned says ‘EPA whistleblower’

40% Of Residents Exposed To BP Gulf Oil Spill Suffer From Respiratory Problems And Skin Lesions

Along Gulf Coast, BP Spill Vapors Could Be Up Your Nose & On Your Head

Video: Gulf toxicologist: Shrimpers exposed to Corexit “bleeding from the rectum”

New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers

Video: 128 BP Oil Cleanup Workers Sickened in Louisiana – Told NOT to go to Public Hospitals!

Video: Gulf Residents Are Being Used As Lab Rats, Grand Isle Resident Tells All

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

1,500 oil cleanup workers sickened says BP’s lead doctor in Gulf

Environmental & Health Effects of Oil Dispersants a Mystery to BP and the Government

‘People Are Getting Sick,’ Cleanup Worker Says

“It’s a lot thicker then you see on TV. It’s a lot worse. It’s everywhere. The smell is outrageous. People (were) getting sick all the time. They don’t really tell you what it is, why people are getting sick, but they were MedEvac-ing people left and right,” Bourgeois said. “I have personally dealt with headaches and feeling bad. It’s a lot different then what you see sitting at the house.”

Grand Isle Town Hall, Residents Speak Out, Disaster Destroying the Gulf and it’s People

Oil disaster causes persistent public health crisis: Large number of children with medical and psychological problems

Thousands in Gulf Suffer from Misdiagnosed Skin Lesions

Growing Health Crisis in the Gulf

The combination of millions of gallons of oil and dispersants has made large areas of the Gulf toxic and dangerous, marine toxicologist Ricki Ott saying if she lived there with children she’d leave – based on her firsthand experience after the 1989 Prince William Sound, Alaska Exxon Valdez disaster and subsequent research, documented in her books titled, “Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “Not One Drop – Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.”

Ongoing today, the legacy includes criminal negligence, bankruptcies, destroyed lives and livelihoods, domestic violence, severe anxiety, trauma, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, serious illnesses, suicides, massive loss of plant and wildlife, and vast ecological destruction from the 30 million or more gallons spilled, the State of Alaska’s conservative estimate, not Exxon’s 11 million figure, its lowball claim to hide the disaster’s magnitude and minimize its liability.

The Gulf catastrophe is infinitely greater, estimates up to three or more Exxon Valdez incidents (using Exxon’s figure) a week until capped. Yet some experts think another seabed hole (a few miles from the Macondo well) is emitting 100,000 or more barrels daily, greatly compounding the growing disaster, added to more by numerous small leaks, five or more alone in BP’s Macondo well – the “well from hell,” according to some.

PREVIOUS Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



A Heinous Sleight of Hand: Have We Been Watching the Wrong Leak?

Video: BP Coverup: A Tell of two Wells

BP’s biggest cover up? We don’t even know which well we are looking at.

BP Disaster: Russian Expert, Oil from 18 different sources

“Five Leaks in and Around BP’s Well”?

Admiral Allen: “Gas Seep is from the Rigel Gas Field” … Did BP Accidentally Tap Into the Rigel Gas Field?

VIDEO: Oil Oozing Out of the Ground in Louisiana

They Knew: BP Was Trying to Seal Seafloor Cracks in February; White House Was Warned

WE ALREADY KNEW LAST MAY THERE IS A BREECH IN THE WELL CASING BELOW THE SURFACE

BP oil admits to Gas & Oil leaking from ocean floor 7km away from Drill well site

BP Says Seepage From Ocean Floor Is NOT Related To Deepwater Horizon

BREAKING: Feds claim ‘seep’ 3 km away came from ANOTHER offshore oil facility

Top Expert: There Were No Natural Seeps Within 3 Kilometers of Blown Out Well

Gulf oil Spill Sea Floor Leak Now confirmed

Top Expert: There Were No Natural Seeps Within 3 Kilometers of Blown Out Well

BP And Feds Stonewalling Congress About Well Bore Integrity, Sea Floor Leaks

Feds find Multiple Methane , Oil Leaks From BOP and Sea Floor

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

More bad news for BP as arsenic levels rise in seawater around the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Oil Spill “Could Go on Years and Years” …

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe. Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy.

RELATED Gulf Coast Oil Spill Posts



H1N1 / Swine Flu Update: Vaccine Recalls and Investigations into ‘Organization of Panic’

International Hearings Begin On “Falsified” Swine Flu Pandemic

SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: The men who made a killing out of swine flu while we wasted £1bn and were exposed to harmful drugs

Swine flu: “They Organized the Panic”. Inquiry into the Role of Big Pharma and WHO by Council of Europe

WHO Scientist: Swine Flu Pandemic Was “Completely Exaggerated”

 VIRUSGATE – World Health Organisation ‘Mr Swine Flu’ Under Investigation for Gross Conflict of Interest

Tamiflu anti-viral drug revealed as complete hoax; Roche studies based on scientific fraud

Overlooked 150 Year Old Household Cleaner a Remedy for Swine Flu?

WHO to send swine flu vaccine to poor countries

Not food, not clean water, not makeshift shelters, but the swine flu vaccine?

Hundreds fall ill after having swine flu jab

People Fed Pizza as Reward for Receiving Swine Flu Vaccination

800,000 doses of kids’ swine flu vaccine recalled

The Truth About Tamiflu

Now it looks as if our concerns were correct, and the nation may have put more than a billion dollars into the medical equivalent of a mirage. This week, the British medical journal BMJ published a multi-part investigation that confirms that the scientific evidence just isn’t there to show that Tamiflu prevents serious complications, hospitalization, or death in people that have the flu. The BMJ goes further to suggest that Roche, the Swiss company that manufactures and markets Tamiflu, may have misled governments and physicians. In its defense, Roche stated that the company “has never concealed (or had the intention to conceal) any pertinent data.

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Models for a Different Society: Food, Water, Land & Housing

Ecuador Extends Rights To Ecosystems – Treehugger 1/18/09

Bolivia leader redistributes land – BBC 3/15/09

Looking ahead, Brazil’s farmers take up reforestation

Top Ten Natural Ways to Remove Heavy Metals – Natural News 8/20/09

Reintroducing Wolves to Scotland Could Bring Back the Forests of Old – Treehugger 7/23/09

Sand Dams An Answer To World’s Water Woes? (Video)

How the Bushmen of Africa Can Save Us from the Global Water Crisis (Video)  – Treehugger 11/9/09

Citizen-Led Groups Leading the Way for New Water Policy – Alternet 6/30/09

Fog Catchers Bring Water to Parched Villages – National Geographic 7/8/09

A rain-starved community in Peru collects hundreds of gallons of water a day using special fog-catching nets.

The Cheonggyecheon, Once a Highway, Now a Haven – NYTimes 7/16/09

In what is sometimes called “daylighting,” cities from San Antonio to Singapore are resuscitating waterways that once lay buried under rivers of concrete

Making Sweet Water From (Almost) Perpetual Motion – Forbes 9/7/09

Destroying Levees in a State Usually Clamoring for Them – NYTimes 6/19/09

Two brothers plan to return a muddy river in northern Louisiana to its ancient floodplain by removing miles of levees.

How to Craft Water Democracy, Earth Democracy & Survive Climate Change: TreeHugger Interviews Dr. Vandana Shiva  

Cochabamba: From War to Water Management – Alternet 6/2/09

The poor of Bolivia drove out the neoliberal model of water management. Now, they are fighting for equitable community control.

How to Get Your Home Off the Water “Grid” – Alternet 2/9/09 

Peter Gleick: How We Can Avoid a World Without Water – Alternet 2/19/09

Incredible Edible: How To Make Your Town Self-sufficient

8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement – Alternet 4/1/09

How to turn a lawn into lunch, swap preserves, glean, boost your food security and live the good life.

Buy, Sell, or Trade Homegrown Produce With Veggie Trader – Treehugger 3/25/09

Food-backed Local Money – The Oil Drum 3/4/09

Creative Food Economy Emerges in Ontario – Treehugger 3/9/09

Ten Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden – The Nation 9/9/09

Brazilian City Makes Food A Basic Right And Ends Hunger – Treehugger 3/14/09

The City that Ended Hunger – YES! Magazine via Global Research 8/18/09

In just a decade Belo Horizonte cut its infant death rate, widely used as evidence of hunger, by more than half, and today these initiatives benefit almost 40 percent of the city’s 2.5 million population. One six-month period in 1999 saw infant malnutrition in a sample group reduced by 50 percent. And between 1993 and 2002 Belo Horizonte was the only locality in which consumption of fruits and vegetables went up.

The cost of these efforts?  Around $10 million annually, or less than 2 percent of the city budget. That’s about a penny a day per Belo resident.

Behind this dramatic, life-saving change is what Adriana calls a “new social mentality”-the realization that “everyone in our city benefits if all of us have access to good food, so-like health care or education-quality food for all is a public good.”…  “I knew we had so much hunger in the world,” Adriana said. “But what is so upsetting, what I didn’t know when I started this, is it’s so easy. It’s so easy to end it.”  Adriana’s words have stayed with me. They will forever. They hold perhaps Belo’s greatest lesson: that it is easy to end hunger if we are willing to break free of limiting frames and to see with new eyes-if we trust our hard-wired fellow feeling and act, no longer as mere voters or protesters, for or against government, but as problem-solving partners with government accountable to us.

Planning: Lawn Be Gone: The time has come for edible front yards. – The Localizers 8/16/09

Crop Swap: Free Food in Hard Times – Treehugger 7/21/09

High Rise Farms? The New Model for Sustainable Cities – Alternet 4/20/09

Americans growing ‘recession gardens’ – CNN 4/1/09

People to the Power: Energy Utility Provides Community Garden Plots – Treehugger 5/14/09

LA Times on guerrilla gardeners – BoingBoing 6/1/08

Crop Mob One Year On: NC Land ‘Raids’ Continue

News of a large group of landless young people invading a farm tends to bring images of revolution. And NC-based Crop Mob does indeed have revolution in mind, but the group’s methods are more about giving than taking. As I noted in my original post on Crop Mob, the organization is part of a wider resurgence of young people taking up farming. It was borne out of a discussion group on the problems facing young farmers, but rather than sit around talking about challenges, the group decided it was better off getting things done. So, armed with hoes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and bucket-loads of good will, the Mob has been descending on local farms to offer a helping hand. And after a full year of Mobbing, the idea is spreading.

Can A Farm-in-a-Backpack Feed Sub-Saharan Africa?

Rice Biodiversity Techniques Remain Intact in Rural Thailand – Treehugger 8/1/09

DIY fridge uses almost no energy – Mother Nature Network 8/21/09

From Arid, Salty Desert to Permaculture Garden: Greening the Desert Revisited (Video)

Growing Food, and Community, in the Desert

 A cynic might look at a program like the Edible Schoolyard — the much-lauded school garden initiative launched by Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters — and wonder if such a thing would be possible outside the favorable growing climes (and foodie sensibilities) of California, and without the support of a famous chef. But as a moving article by a young teacher in rural Arizona shows, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 1

[analysis] The Food Sovereignty Movement in Venezuela, Part 2

Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities - Inhabitat 11/13/09

How To Live Without Air Conditioning: Syrian Beehive Houses – Treehugger 8/6/09

Utopian Communes in the British Isles – via Metafilter 9/25/09

Transition Towns in America: UK Pioneer Interviewed (Video) – Treehugger 2/2/09

Transition Towns USA in the New York Times – Treehugger 4/22/09

The Transition Handbook – via Metafilter 2/21/09

The Transition Handbook should be helpful to you if you are a proponent of planned energy descent and independence from fossil fuels and would like to start a Transition Town of your own.  The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question: for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive

Los Angeles Ecovillage: Building a Sustainable Urban Community (Video) – Treehugger 1/30/09

Tribe Weaves Floating Islands, Homes and Boats on Lake Titicaca – Treehugger 1/14/09

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