Environmental News Round-Up

Drought: California Agriculture in Collapse – AP / Cryptogon 10/16/09

Chinese media claims Beijing snow ‘artificially induced’  – Prison Planet 11/2/09

7,000 buildings collapse in China under heaviest snow on record  – Ice Age Now 11/14/09

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition. A Modern Swords to Ploughshares – Treehugger 10/20/09

Michael Pollan’s 20 Food Rules to Live By – LifeHacker 10/10/09

Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food – Global Research 10/30/09

Contaminated Food – Gaining Control of the Entire Food Chain – EclippTV 10/31/09

It is too late to shut the door on GM foods – Guardian, UK 10/18/09

Ireland Says Not in this Country: Bans Genetically Modified Crops – Treehugger 10/17/09

Artificial Sweeteners are Continually Found to be Unsafe and Toxic  – Natural News 11/14/09

The Fight Over the Future of Food: Monsanto, GMOs, and How to Feed the World  – Treehugger 11/11/09

Pesticides Destroying 60 Percent of Honeybees  – Prison Planet 10/22/09

Snack and soft drink sweetener putting millions at risk of high blood pressure  – Daily Mail, UK 10/30/09

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Produces Toxic Chemical “HMF” When Heated – Prison Planet 10/20/09

FDA Chairman Took $5 Million Donation – “No Conflict of Interest”  – The Zoo 10/21/09

A medical supply manufacturer, by the name of Charles Gelman, decides out of the goodness of his heart to give $5 million dollars to the research center. His July donation is 50 times the annual budget of the research center. Mind you this is the same manufacturer that is saying that Bisphenol A is safe. Even though scientist who have published their research in the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” report that it is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Disappearing Plastic Bags – New Plastic Magazine Mailer Dissolves in Hot Water  – Treehugger 10/23/09

If it sounds too good to be true…

Invasion of the giant blobs of “sea mucus” – Boing Boing 10/12/09

Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds reports on mucus-like blobs that are forming with increasing frequency in the Mediterranean. They’re loaded with bacteria and viruses and the larger ones are 200 kilometers (125 miles) long.

Potomac Conservancy blames chemical runoff for intersex fish  – Washington Post 11/11/09

Chemical BPA in workers linked to sex problems  – Tulsa World 11/10/09

The Environmental Consequences of War  – Treehugger 11/11/09

World Health Organization Says Cell Phones can Cause Brain Cancer  – Natural News 11/10/09

Zebra Mussels (and Lots of Other Species) Invading Great Lakes and No One Can Decide What to Do About It  – Treehugger 11/9/09

Synthetic DHA and ARA in Baby Formula is Causing Infant Illness  – Natural News 11/9/09

KBR may have poisoned 100,000 people in Iraq: lawsuit  – Prison Planet 11/9/09

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja  – Prison Planet 11/13/09

Cocaine, Spices, Hormones Found in Drinking Water  – National Geographic 11/13/09

Dominican Republic town blames U.S. firm for birth defects – Miami Herald 11/5/09

Corn Ethanol Biofuels Contaminated with Antibiotics  – Natural News 11/7/09

EPA Bans Pesticide Insecticide Carbofuran by 2010 – Treehugger 11/6/09

Consumers Reports Confirms Bisphenol A Leaches From Tin Cans  – Treehugger 11/5/09

Stop the Phytonutrient Deficiency in America  – Natural News 10/31/09

From Long Island to the Solomon Islands, communities tackle climate change  – Mother Nature Network 11/6/09

Kenya’s Maasai tribesmen recruited as lion guardians  – Mother Nature Network 11/6/09

Once, the Maasai lived in harmony with the lions of Southern Kenya, keeping down their populations to protect game while also keeping the herds safe from other humans. Now, the government is recruiting members of that same tribe to help Africa’s lions survive plummeting population levels.

Ice Loss in Antarctic Peninsula Unprecedented in 14,000 Years  – Treehugger 11/6/09

GLOWING CORAL PHOTO: Fluorescence Found to Aid Healing  – National Geographic 11/6/09 

Asian Natural Disasters — Harbinger Of Events To Come  – Global Research 11/6/09

8 Worst Man-made Environmental Disasters of All Time – Treehugger 10/21/09

A Hunt for Seeds to Save Species, Perhaps by Helping Them Move  – NYTimes 11/10/09

Is it wise or foolish to assist with the migration of plants? Some experts see unintended consequences and others say it is worth the risk.

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

The Modern Green Movement Explained in Diagrams (VIDEO)  – Treehugger 11/6/09

When Antibiotics Fail, Nurses Turn to Maggots And Manuka Honey to Beat Superbugs  – Natural News 11/12/09

Finding Solutions to Our Environmental & Environmental Health Crises

5 Natural Survival Tactics to Defend Against Terrorist Attack – Treehugger 4/19/09

Ten Super Plants Fighting the Environmental Injustice League – Miller McCune 5/5/09

Who ya gonna call when your tank’s on ‘E,’ the topsoil’s salty or there’s too much TNT? The 10 plants Miller-McCune.com believes can save the world, that’s who.

Biochar 101 – Mother Nature Network 7/9/09

It removes carbon dioxide from the air, improves soil quality and creates clean energy — and it’s surprisingly easy to come by.

How To Make Biochar & Bio-Oil, Re:Char Demonstrates (Video) – Treehugger 5/19/09

Guerrilla Gardeners Attack Empty Flyer Boxes With Minty Goodness – Treehugger 6/3/09

How to Plan an Ecological Water-Harvesting System for Your Home – Alternet 5/18/09 

Japan plans underwater sponges to soak up uranium – Telegraph, UK 6/16/09

Using Sea Shells to Remove Heavy Metals from Water – Treehugger 4/28/09

Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic – Mother Nature Network 6/12/09

Will Allen’s Innovative Aquaculture System Insprires Commercial Application – Treehugger 2/9/09

How to Start a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard – Alternet 5/28/09

Purifying Water Through Gravity – GreenTech Media 2/24/09

Electrolyzed water, aka el liquido milagroso – BoingBoing 2/23/09

The LA Times’ Marla Dickerson reports on a cheap way to turn water and salt into a degreaser and sanitizer.

Used as a sanitizer for decades in Russia and Japan, it’s slowly winning acceptance in the United States. A New York poultry processor uses it to kill salmonella on chicken carcasses. Minnesota grocery clerks spray sticky conveyors in the checkout lanes. Michigan jailers mop with electrolyzed water to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands of inmates.In Santa Monica, the once-skeptical Sheraton housekeeping staff has ditched skin-chapping bleach and pungent ammonia for spray bottles filled with electrolyzed water to clean toilets and sinks.

Australian researchers find honey capable of fighting superbugs – Mathaba 6/22/09

It is well known that honey has anti-bacterial properties but scientists from the University of Sydney believe a particular type derived from native tea tree is especially potent.

Preserving Biodiversity Helps Prevent Disease Spread from Animals to People: New Research Spells It Out – Treehugger 7/8/09

Bypass in a Pill – L-Arginine – Dr Joe’s Diebetes blog 2/2/09

How to Slash World Cancer Rates By 90 Percent: Healthy Foods, Exercise and Vitamin D – Natural News 2/26/09

Hoxsey – How Healing Becomes A Crime. alt. cancer cure – Google Video 5/1/09 

This documentary concerns Harry M. Hoxsey, the former coal miner whose family’s herbal recipe has brought about claims of a cancer cure. Starting in 1924 with his first clinic, he expanded to 17 states by the mid 1950s, along the way constantly battling organized medicine that labeled him a charlatan. Hoxsey’s supporters point out he was the victim of arrests, or “quackdowns” spearheaded by the proponents of established medical practices. Interviews of patients satisfied with the results of the controversial treatment are balanced with physicians from the FDA and the AMA. A clinic in Tijuana, Mexico claims an 80% success rate, while opponents are naturally skeptical.    

Environmental News Round-Up

Getting the Recovery Right – Alternet 2/5/09

How to achieve environmental sustainability, social justice and economic recovery.

Van Jones: “This Is Not Your Grandma’s Environmental Movement Anymore” – Alternet 2/5/09

The tanking economy is also changing the environmental movement. Van Jones talks about what we should be doing next.

For those that don’t know who James Lovelock is here’s the one sentence bio: Originator of the Gaia hypothesis, chemist, did work on atmospheric chlorofluorocarbons which eventually led them from being banned, advocate of nuclear power. Which is to say, that when James Lovelock says humanity only has one chance left not to get annihilated by the effects of climate change in the 21st century, it’s worth shutting up and listening to what the man says.

Bat-killing syndrome spreads in Northeast (AP)  – Yahoo 2/3/09

A mysterious and deadly bat disease discovered just two winters ago in a few New York caves has now spread to at least six northeastern states, and scientists are scrambling to find solutions before it spreads across the country

Common chemical causes locusts to swarm (AP)  – Yahoo 1/29/09

Seratonin can transform easygoing desert locusts into terrifying swarms that ravage the countryside, scientists report.

Is America on the Brink of a Food Crisis? – Alternet 1/29/09
How to Reduce Your Impact on the Earth – Natural News 1/30/09

Knowledge Gap of How We ‘Fit In’ is Greatest Threat to Environment – Treehugger 1/29/09

We know that trees can increase the thickness of clouds with terpenes, and lizards can drink water from wet sand with their feet, but we have very little understanding of how we fit into the environment and how the environment fits with us. The 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) found that 60% of the ecosystem services (you know those things that provide clean air, water, and food) are being degraded or used unsustainably. But an even bigger problem is that we don’t understand how these systems work, or why they are failing.

Control Of the World’s Oceans. Prelude To War?  – Global Research 1/30/09

Most Adorable Renewable Energy Video Project Ever (VIDEO) – Treehugger 1/25/09

Our Renewable Nation is possibly the most adorable project ever conceived to advocate renewable energy. It’s an eco-video project helmed by the McCullough family, who are traveling across the country in a vegetable oil powered VW Beetle. They’re visiting wind farms, solar installations, talking to companies developing sustainable technologies, and documenting all their interviews and travels on video.

Scientist: New fault could mean major Ark. temblor (AP)  – Yahoo 1/21/09

A previously unknown fault in eastern Arkansas could trigger a magnitude 7 earthquake with an epicenter near a major natural gas pipeline, a scientist said Wednesday. Haydar Al-Shukri, the director of the Arkansas Earthquake Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, said the fault is separate from the New Madrid fault responsible for a series of quakes in 1811-12 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backward.

Jar of plutonium found in US dump – Raw Story 1/21/09

Lizards Evolving Rapidly to Survive Deadly Fire Ants – Nat’l Geographic 1/20/09

Long legs and skittish behavior are recently evolved traits that allow fence lizards in the southeastern U.S. to co-exist with lethal and invasive fire ants, providing hope for species facing abrupt climatic changes.

11 Eleventh-Hour Bush Environmental Rule Changes – Nat’l Geographic 1/15/09

Last minute environmental-regulation changes by the Bush Administration could have lasting effects. How good or bad are the new rules? Can they be reversed? Conservationists weigh in.

‘Immortal’ jellyfish swarming across the world  – Telegraph, UK 1/29/09

Turritopsis Nutricula is technically known as a hydrozoan and is the only known animal that is capable of reverting completely to its younger self.  It does this through the cell development process of transdifferentiation.  Scientists believe the cycle can repeat indefinitely, rendering it potentially immortal.

Sea jellies ‘taking over’ oceans – Raw Story 2/2/09



American Institute of Physics’ history of the science of climate change – Boing Boing 2/4/09
Top independent, peer-reviewed research indicating that climate change is real, deadly, and caused by humans – BoingBoing 2/4/09
Cool Interactive Map Shows Water Stressed Areas Over Next 60 Years – Treehugger 2/4/09 

Australia Faces Collapse as Climate Change Kicks in: Are the Southwest and California Next?  – Alternet 2/2/09

Calif. facing worst drought in modern history – USA Today 1/30/09

Millions lack drinking water as drought worsens in China– USA Today 2/5/09

7 Geoengineering Solutions Which Promise To Save Humans from Climate Change – Treehugger 2/2/09

Global Warming to Create “Permanent” Ocean Dead Zones? – National Geographic 1/28/09

Is the American Southwest Running Dry? – Alternet 1/23/09

Environment Blamed in Western Tree Deaths – NYTimes 1/22/09

Rising temperatures and the resulting drought are causing trees in the Western U.S. to die off at more than twice the pace they did a few decades ago, a study found.

Environmental Effects of Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide – Oregon Institue for Medicine & Science

A review of the research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth’s weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased plant growth. Predictions of harmful climatic effects due to future increases in hydrocarbon use and minor greenhouse gases like CO2 do not conform to current experimental knowledge. The environmental effects of rapid expansion of the nuclear and hydrocarbon energy industries are discussed.

Acid oceans ‘need urgent action’  – BBC 1/30/09

Marine ecosystems risk being severely damaged by ocean acidification unless there are dramatic cuts in CO2 levels, warn scientists.