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News Round-Up: Environment, Climate and Geoengineering / Weather Modification

Spy Drones To Enforce CO2 Regulations

Climategate Part 1 – A 2,000-page epic of science and skepticism

Oceans at a Tipping Point for Ecological Collapse

The U.S. Military is One of the World’s Largest Sources of C02

Alex Jones: Copenhagen births World Gov’t framework despite fallout over science fraud

AP: Monsanto dominating seed markets with patented genetics

The New GMO Debate: Genetically Engineered Organic Crops

Bayer Admits GMO Contamination is Out of Control

Researcher Wants Sulfur Pumped Into Stratosphere To Combat Warming

Filmmaker Robert Greene on Weather Modification, Geoengineering, and Owning the Weather; Film Screens Sunday at COP15 (Interview)

Chavez asking Cubans to ‘bomb clouds’ amid drought

Worlwide Corporate Control of Agriculture: The New Farm Owners

Is There Such a Thing as Agro-Imperialism?

Phthalate warning: Medications contain chemicals that “feminize” unborn baby boys

Chemicals used in plastics feminise the brains of little boys ’so that they avoid rough and tumble games’

Genetically Engineered Agriculture Results in Increased Herbicide Usage; Weed Resistance, Farming Costs and Health Concerns on the Rise

Genetically engineered hormones used by dairy industry promote cancer

CDC study finds mercury and more in Americans

Many of the tallest mountains in North and South America contain PCBs

Fluoride Causes Premature Births, Brain Degradation, Bone Loss, Cancer and Hormone Disruption

Deepest volcano caught on Pacific Ocean video

Massive Underground Coal Fire Started in 1962 Still Burns Today

Such unwanted coal fires rage or smolder in the United States, South Africa, Australia, China, India and beyond. They are burning in huge volumes in rural China and blazing in a district of India to such a great extent the flames from some surface coal fires are more than 20 feet high. Here in the U.S., they are burning in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Colorado and Wyoming as you read these words.

Chevron Sued for Billions After Poisoning Waterways in Ecuador; One of the Largest Environmental Damage Cases in History

 6 Ways Agriculture Impacts Global Warming

Beauty-conscious women put 515 chemicals on their face and body every day

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.”

Newly evolved finch appears on the Galapagos Islands

 Scientists studying Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos are witnessing evolution in action. (Photo: Grant, P./PNAS)

Just a few years ago, the husband and wife team of Peter and B. Rosemary Grant made the breakthrough discovery that the beak sizes of some of the finches on the Galapagos Islands had already changed since Darwin’s visit in 1835. Now they believe they may have witnessed the evolution of a brand new species.

Bird feeders speed up evolution

Dams potentially cause more rain

Fish kill called necessary to save the Great Lakes

Burst Oil Pipeline Leaks 46,000 Gallons in One of Alaska’s ‘Worst Ever’ Spills

The Weapons Used In Iraq – Afghanistan Have Far Reaching Effects

We have seen the terrible consequences to human life and the environment that has been caused by weapons that contain uranium components. Genetically speaking the US and UK have destroyed the DNA of the Iraqi people as well as causing catastrophic effects on the environment.

Presidents and Prime Ministers really have a lot to answer for when they started the wars in the Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Gaza and now Pakistan. We are now seeing their continued aggression and intimidation against Iran and North Korea and one wonders that they have up their sleeve.

What we the public do not understand is that these very acts alone and the weapons being used are creating a mass genocide of millions of people around the world.



Climate Change & Weather Engineering News Round-Up

Expert predicts dire scenarios of climate change: mass migrations and war – MSN 2/22/09

Crop Biodiversity A Cure for Ocean Dead Zones?  – Treehugger 2/12/09

Salamanders “Completely Gone” Due to Global Warming?  – National Geographic 2/8/09

Common salamanders are disappearing in tropical forests in Guatemala and Mexico , a decline that may be due to a deadly fungus, climate change, or both.

 As planet warms, birds move north  – Raw Story 2/10/09

177 U.S. species winter further north than 40 years ago.

We’re Beginning to See Hints That Ocean Circulation is Changing: International Polar Year Director – Treehugger 2/25/09

Goodbye Maple Syrup: Climate Change Pushing Sugar Maple Out of Northeast U.S. – Treehugger 4/8/09

Rainforests: Lungs AND Heart of the Planet? – Treehugger 4/2/09

New Scientists reports this month a possibly controversial finding that not only are rainforests giant carbon sinks of the planet (lungs), but they may also be responsible for moving (heart) many of the weather patterns we see all around the globe.

Islands Disappear in India – National Geographic 3/16/09 

Alaska Coasts Melting — And Not Just the Ice – National Geographic 2/15/09 

Part of Alaska’s coast is drifting into the sea at twice the rate it has in the past, reshaping the Arctic shoreline, a new study says.

What does the sun cooling mean? – Guardian, UK 4/22/09

The sun’s activity is winding down, triggering fevered debate among scientists about how low it will go, and what it means for Earth’s climate. Nasa recorded no sunspots on 266 days in 2008 – a level of inactivity not seen since 1913 – and 2009 looks set to be even quieter. Solar wind pressure is at a 50-year low and our local star is ever so slightly dimmer than it was 10 years ago.

Sunspots are the most visible sign of an active sun – islands of magnetism on the sun’s surface where convection is inhibited, making the gas cooler and darker when seen from Earth – and the fact that they’re vanishing means we’re heading into a period of solar lethargy.

US Navy Physicist warns of possibly ‘several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine’ – Ice Age Now 4/10/09

“The sun has gone very quiet as it transitions to Solar Cycle 24.  Since the current transition now exceeds 568 spotless days, it is becoming clear that sun has undergone a state change. It is now evident that the Grand Maxima state that has persisted during most of the 20th century has come to an abrupt end.

“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a “Dalton Minimum” or a Grand Minima such as the “Maunder Minimum”. It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation.”

 

WEATHER ENGINEERING or “GEOENGINEERING”

Can Crazy Techno Schemes Actually Save Us from Climate Change? – Alternet 2/9/09 

VIDEO: Germany becomes one of the first countries to admit Chemtrails Ops  – Global Research 3/16/09

Surprising Clouds Forming Due to Lead in Air – National Geographic 4/18/09

China lets it snow after seeding clouds to end drought – BBC 2/19/09

The Chinese capital, Beijing, is covered in artificially-induced snow after cloud-seeding ends its longest drought in decades.  

China unleashes cloud-seeding in battle against drought – Houston Chronicle 2/8/09

Parts of China’s parched north got light rain after authorities fired shells loaded with cloud-seeding chemicals into the sky, but there was no end in sight for its worst drought in five decades

Chemtrails in the Sky Are Evidence of Nefarious Activities for Broad-Based Conspiracy Theorists – Alternet 1/27/09

Council on Foreign Relations on Planetary Geoengineering: “Add more small reflecting particles in the upper part of the atmosphere” – via Cryptogon 3/27/09



HAARP, Weather Engineering and playing God with the atmosphere

Project Censored 1995: The Pentagon’s Mysterious HAARP Project

EXCERPT: “For a project whose backers hail it as a major scientific feat, HAARP has remained extremely low-profile-almost unknown to most Alaskans, and the rest of the country. HAARP surfaced publicly in Alaska in the spring of 1993, when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began advising commercial pilots on how to avoid the large amount of intentional (and some unintentional) electromagnetic radiation that HAARP would generate. Despite protests of FAA engineers and Alaska bush pilots, the final Environmental Impact Statement gave HAARP the green light.

 

While a November 1993 “HAARP Fact Sheet” released to the public by the Office of Naval Research stressed only the civilian and scientific aspects of the project, an earlier, 1990, Air Force-Navy document, acquired by Earth Island Journal, listed only military experiments for the HAARP project. Scientists, environmentalists, and native people are concerned that HAARP’s electronic transmitters could harm people, endanger wildlife, and trigger unforeseen environmental impacts. Inupiat tribal advisor Charles Etok Edwardsen, Jr., wrote President Clinton on behalf of the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope and the Kasigluk Elders Conference expressing their concern with the prospect of altering the earth’s neutral atmospheric properties.
 
HAARP also may violate the 1977 Environmental Modification Convention (ratified by the U.S. in 1979), which bans “military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques having widespread, long-lasting, or severe effects.” HAARP project manager John Heckscher, a scientist at the Air Force’s Phillips Laboratory, has called concerns about the transmitter’s impact unfounded. “It’s not unreasonable to expect that something three times more powerful than anything that’s previously been built might have unforeseen effects,” Heckscher told Microwave News. “But that’s why we do environmental impact statements.” [emphasis added]

 

Los Angeles approves plan to seed clouds with silver iodide – Treehugger 6/12/08

EXCERPT: “How bad has the drought gotten in Los Angeles? Bad enough that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $800,000 cloud seeding proposal last week to elicit more rainfall for the drought-stricken Southland, reports the Pasadena Star-News‘ Jennifer McLain. This unorthodox practice has already been used several times over the last 5 decades to varying degrees of success (emphasis on “varying” here).”

 

Agenda-Driven Response: HAARP and the Army’s Land Grab in Colorado – Singola blog 6/21/08

 

HAARP: Altering weather patterns and creating devastation. – Proud Political Junkie’s Gazette 6/19/08

 

NASA provides “Explanation” of China Earthquake: “Electrical disturbances on edge of atmosphere & impending quakes” – Global Research 6/5/08

 

China’s rain free Olympic plan met with skepticism – National Geographic 4/23/08

 

Weather Engineering in China – Technology Review, MIT 3/25/08

EXCERPTS: “To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, the city’s branch of the national Weather Modification Office–itself a department of the larger China Meteorological Administration–has prepared a three-stage program for the 2008 Olympics this August.”
“First, Beijing’s Weather Modification Office will track the region’s weather via satellites, planes, radar, and an IBM p575 supercomputer, purchased from Big Blue last year, that executes 9.8 trillion floating point operations per second. It models an area of 44,000 square kilometers (17,000 square miles) accurately enough to generate hourly forecasts for each kilometer.  Then, using their two aircraft and an array of twenty artillery and rocket-launch sites around Beijing, the city’s weather engineers will shoot and spray silver iodide and dry ice into incoming clouds that are still far enough away that their rain can be flushed out before they reach the stadium.  Finally, any rain-heavy clouds that near the Bird’s Nest will be seeded with chemicals to shrink droplets so that rain won’t fall until those clouds have passed over. Zhang Qian, head of Beijing’s Weather Modification Office, explains, “We use a coolant made from liquid nitrogen to increase the number of droplets while decreasing their average size. As a result, the smaller droplets are less likely to fall, and precipitation can be reduced.” August is part of Northeast Asia’s rainy season; chances of precipitation over Beijing on any day that month will approach 50 percent. Still, while tests with clouds bearing heavy rain loads haven’t always been successful, Qian claims that “the results with light rain have been satisfactory.”….
The Chinese began experimental weather engineering in 1958 to irrigate the country’s north, where average yearly rainfall compares with that during the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and sudden windstorms blasting down from the Gobi desert have made drought and famine constant possibilities. Today, the People’s Republic budgets $60 to $90 million annually for its national Weather Modification Office. As for the return on this investment, the state-run news agency Xinhua claims that between 1999 and 2007, the office rendered 470,000 square kilometers of land hail-free and created more than 250 billion tons of rain–an amount sufficient to fill the Yellow River, China’s second largest, four times over. Furthermore, while Qian’s weather engineers in Beijing have been testing their capabilities for the past two years, the Chinese say that during the past five years, similar efforts have already helped produce good weather at national events like the World Expo in Yunnan, the Asian Games in Shanghai, and the Giant Panda Festival in Sichuan.”
“Although they possess the world’s largest weather modification program, the Chinese point to the Russians as being the most advanced. In 1986, Russian scientists deployed cloud-seeding measures to prevent radioactive rain from Chernobyl from reaching Moscow, and in 2000 they cleared clouds before an anniversary ceremony commemorating the end of World War II; China’s then president, Jiang Zemin, witnessed the results firsthand and pushed to adopt the same approach back home. As for the historical credit for starting the whole weather-engineering ball rolling back in 1946, that belongs to employees of General Electric in Schenectady, NY–most notably, scientist Bernard Vonnegut (brother of the late novelist Kurt), who worked out silver iodide’s potential to provide crystals around which cloud moisture would condense. During the 1960s and ’70s, the United States invested millions of federal dollars in experiments like Stormfury (aimed at hurricane control), Skywater (aimed at snow- and rainfall increase), and Skyfire (aimed at lightning suppression). Simultaneously, the U.S. military tried to use weather modification as a weapon in Project Popeye, during the Vietnam War, by rain-making over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in an effort to close it.”

MUST READ: Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025 – Federation of American Scientists, 1996



Global Weather Modification
Owning the Weather: Atmospheric Manipulation (Prison Planet 6/4/07)
 Weather Warfare: Beware the US military’s experiments with climatic warfare (Chossudofsky in The Ecologist via Global Research 12/7/07) 
The US government routinely conducts experiments on weather modification (Daily Texan via Global Research 10/21/07) 
Weather Modification in China (Daily Telegraph, Australia 5/22/07)
EXCERPT: “Chinese officials are preparing to go to extraordinary lengths to prevent rain marring the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympic Games next year. Meteorologists will team with the military to fire rockets into the sky in an extreme form of climate control if rain looms. “Our experiments and research have shown that we can only artificially reduce the level of rainfall on a comparatively small scale,” Wang Yubin, deputy chief engineer of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau (BMB), said. Wang said aircraft and rockets would be used to spread silver iodine and dry ice high into the air to control moisture. He said the agents were expected to act like catalysts, targeting rain-heavy clouds and inducing rainfall before the clouds reached the Olympic venues.
Germany becomes first country to admit clandestine CHEMTRAILS operation (MParent 11/4/07)
EXCERPT: “The TV news report states that “the military planes of the German Federal Army are manipulating our climate; this is what the weather researchers are presuming and their suspicions are confirmed… “It’s obvious that enormous regions are being polluted with clandestine actions, but all of this has to be made public. The government must provide explanations to the unsuspecting population.”
Louisiana TV station does chemtrail report; finds toxic levels of barium in outdoor water (KSLA TV 11/9/07)
China induces artificial rainfall to clean polluted lake (DNAIndia 6/1/07)
EXCERPT “Thirty-nine rockets, containing silver iodide, were fired at eight different sites surrounding Taihu Lake on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, a spokesman with the Jiangsu Provincial Meteorological Station said.”
Chemtrails over America’s Playground (Rense 1/17/08)


Fascist World News: Variations on a Theme

Israel not a democracy; run by four informal networks, not by government (YNet)

Israel had “no business” bombing Syria and lacks “any evidence at all” that its target was a nuclear facility, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency said. (via WUFYS)

Orthodox rabbi breaks taboo (LATimes)

EXCERPT: “Breaking a long-standing taboo, a leading Orthodox rabbi in Los Angeles said this week that Israel, and American Jews, must be open to the possibility of dividing Jerusalem to achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians.

In a thoughtful, often anguished opinion piece in Friday’s Jewish Journal, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai David-Judea in West Los Angeles, wrote that neither Israel nor the Palestinians had been honest in telling the story of their conflict since the 1967 Mideast War. And without such honesty, he said, no meaningful peace talks could occur.”

Cirque du Soleil founder starts water fund for poor countries (AFP/Raw Story)

EXCERPT: “No one can remain indifferent when we know that at least every eight seconds, a child dies from a disease caused by drinking contaminated water,” Laliberte said as he announced the One Drop foundation.”

The U.S. is leading efforts to resist a complete ban on cluster bombs (IPSNews)

NATO has become the aggressor : The Case of Kosovo and Metohija (GlobalResearch)

A moving and thought provoking statement by Bishop Artemije at an international conference on Ukraine’s possible NATO entry.

Do-gooders send thousands of bikes to Rwanda to make sure their coffee is as fresh as can be (Treehugger)

American AFRICOM initiative is not welcome in Africa (Novosti)

Somalia: Killings, Arrests, Shatter Independent Media (Human Rights Watch)

New Zealanders’ anger growing at increasing armed police raids (ISAIntel)

Musharraf leaves White House in a lurch (NYTimes)

EXCERPT: “General Musharraf’s move to seize emergency powers and abandon the Constitution left Bush administration officials close to their nightmare: an American-backed military dictator who is risking civil instability in a country with nuclear weapons and an increasingly alienated public.”

U.N. Director General : Food riots would not be a surprise (EconomistsBriefing)

EXCERPT: “The FAO’s food price index has risen to its highest level since it began in 1990. Wheat and milk prices reached a record high this summer while other agricultural commodities, such as corn and meat, are trading well above 1990s averages.”

Rethinking the development of Latin America and Caribbean in the 21st century (DissidentVoice)

Russian oil tanker splits in half; 560,000 tons of fuel spilled into Black Sea (BBC)

Germany becomes first country to admit clandestine CHEMTRAILS operation (MParent)

EXCERPT: “The TV news report states that “the military planes of the German Federal Army are manipulating our climate; this is what the weather researchers are presuming and their suspicions are confirmed… “It’s obvious that enormous regions are being polluted with clandestine actions, but all of this has to be made public. The government must provide explanations to the unsuspecting population.”

Mass protest against rigged elections, judicial corruption and widespread corruption in dominant political parties … in Malaysia (NYTimes)

EXCERPT: “Kuala Lumpur: The police in this capital used water cannons and fired tear gas on Saturday [11/10] to disperse protesters in one of the biggest anti-government rallies in nearly a decade.”

“An EU expert on biological warfare has told how she fears ending up ‘dead in the woods’ like scientist Dr David Kelly after an alleged campaign of intimidation by members of MI6 and the CIA. (Global Research)
EXCERPT: “Jill Dekker, a bio-defence expert based in Brussels, has reported a string of sinister incidents – including the parking of a hearse outside her house – after making a speech critical of British and American policy in the Middle East.”



ENVIRONMENT

<click your heels> “There’s no such thing as global warming!”

From the moment of conception to the end of life, our bodies play host to a myriad of industrial chemicals that cross into our bloodstream through our skin, gut, or lungs. They are consumer product ingredients, or pollutants in air, water and food. They are fire retardants, grease-proof coatings, plasticizers, and solvents. They are our personal body burden of pollution.

Since 2000 the Environmental Working Group has spearheaded a series of groundbreaking investigations on the pollution in people, from newborns and grandparents to mothers and teens. We’ve found pollutants in everyone. And we’ve found hundreds altogether, in combinations that have never been tested for safety. The personal pollution revealed by these studies exposes disturbing gaps in scientific understanding of our exposures and in our system of public health protections. Transcending all boundaries of race, faith, income, and geography, this is the pollution that is in all of us and in our families; it speaks powerfully to our need to understand the risks and protect those most vulnerable among us, including children who are exposed even before the moment of birth.

What they found: 457 of 538 chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the general populace – including 171 pollutants in volunteer’s blood and urine and an average 56 carcinogens. Whether its’ nicotine in your toenails, or chemical fire retardants in breast milk – INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION IS POISONING US IN WAYS WE CANNOT COMPREHEND! (Environmental Working Group)

Taking the ‘fund’ out of SuperFund (Grist Magazine)

Basic primer on Genetically Modified Foods – Frankenfood! (Institute for Responsible Technology)

Are Genetically Modified crops killing all the bees? (Der Spiegel)

Monsanto’s genetically modified corn causes kidney and liver toxicity in animals (NewsTarget)

US backs production of rice spliced with human genes (Washington Post)

Chemtrails: Killing Us Softly (News With Views)

Exposure to everyday plastics and pesticides as a fetus can permanently alter one’s metabolism, making us more prone to obesity and disease. (Science Daily)

8000 gallons of toxic chemicals spill into Ohio River (CNN)

President Bush has allowed underground storage tanks to fall into gross disrepair and is now trying to withhold billions in federal funds needed to fix them, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. There are over 100,000 known leaks that could contaminate U.S. drinking water (Buzzflash)

Cell phone usage boosts brain tumor risk (NewsTarget)

Chlorine in tap water can double chances of bladder cancer (Daily Mail, UK)

FDA poised to approve cattle antibiotic despite warnings of and protests about the dangers to humans (Houston Chronicle)

US Corps of Engineers installs new flood control pumps in New Orleans that are defective (ABC)

NOAA: Greenhouse gases make 2006 warmest year on record. (Rocky Mountain News)

Hundreds of birds falling from sky, dead. (News, Australia)

Big glacier chunk breaks off (CNN)