Bee die-offs in Nebraska traced to pesticide-using ethanol plant

Honey bees in Nebraska have been dropping dead due to an ethanol plant that generates enormous heaps of smelly waste containing unsafe levels of pesticides. AltEn, a recycling plant based in the town of Mead, has been using pesticide-coated grains … Continue reading Bee die-offs in Nebraska traced to pesticide-using ethanol plant

Radioactive uranium site collapses into Detroit River, putting drinking water at risk

Michigan’s drinking water woes are poised to get even worse as officials recently confirmed that a property in Detroit that was contaminated with dangerous chemicals including uranium collapsed into the Detroit River on November 26. The Detroit Dock site collapsed … Continue reading Radioactive uranium site collapses into Detroit River, putting drinking water at risk

Mercury levels on the rise in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna

Reuters/Tony Gentile Mercury concentrations in tuna are increasing by nearly four percent a year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study, which suggests rising atmospheric levels of toxin are to blame. Researchers came to this conclusion using the findings from three previously published reports, which studied yellowfin tuna caught near Hawaii in 1971, 1998 and 2008. In the studies, scientists tested the tuna’s muscle tissues, finding that nearly all of the mercury they detected was the toxic methylmercury. As part of their reexamination of these studies, scientists included yellowfin tuna between 48 and 167 pounds and used a computer … Continue reading Mercury levels on the rise in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna

Breached pipeline spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

AFP Photo/Andrew Burton A breached oil pipeline in Montana has spilled as many as 50,000 gallons of crude oil in and around the Yellowstone River, according to the state. Bridger Pipeline LLC has yet to determine the cause, but has claimed the public is in no immediate danger. Cleanup crews were at work on Monday to address the mess, which emanated from a break in the Poplar Pipeline system about 9 miles upstream from Glendive in eastern Montana. Bridger Pipeline said the rupture in the 12-inch steel pipe occurred early Saturday and lasted for one hour, dispensing no more than … Continue reading Breached pipeline spills up to 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Flying pigsh*t! Drone catches Smithfield pork farms spraying animal waste into air (VIDEO)

Thousands of huge pig farms in N. Carolina are spraying untreated animal waste into the air and contaminating neighboring communities, Mark Devries, who shot a shocking aerial video with a spy drone, told RT. This environmental problem “has for some reason received very little attention in the American press,” says documentary filmmaker and activist Mark Devries, whose drone captured footage of cesspools at over 2,000 industrial pork factory farms in the US state. “These pools are near people’s homes, people’s schools, people’s neighborhoods,” Devries said in an interview Monday to RT. “And in order to get rid of these giant open-air cesspools, the manure … Continue reading Flying pigsh*t! Drone catches Smithfield pork farms spraying animal waste into air (VIDEO)

New York state bans fracking for natural gas

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) greets fracking protesters outside his office in New York December 17, 2014. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly) New York has become the first state to enact a ban against fracking despite sitting on rich natural gas deposits, a decision that goes against the energy orthodoxy of the rest of the United States. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the ban on Wednesday, which will prohibit fracking for natural gas. The governor cited unresolved health concerns and questionable economic benefits as reasons for the measure. During a state cabinet meeting, Cuomo said he would defer to his environmental … Continue reading New York state bans fracking for natural gas

Fracking ban goes into effect in its birthplace

Reuters/Lucas Jackson An unprecedented ban on fracking went into effect Tuesday in Denton, Texas, a town of 123,000 located on top of the natural-gas goldmine that is the Barnett shale formation, the birthplace of the much-maligned oil and gas extraction method. Denton voters approved the ban last month, making it the first city or county to do so in the energy-rich, fracking-heavy state of Texas. Shortly after the Nov. 4 vote, the Texas Oil & Gas Association, an energy industry group, and the Texas General Land Office filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the ban. “Whatever happens next will take … Continue reading Fracking ban goes into effect in its birthplace

​Fracking toxins may be as dangerous as tobacco, asbestos & thalidomide – UK chief scientist

Reuters/Gareth Fuller The effects of fracking could be as dangerous as asbestos, thalidomide, or tobacco toxins, the UK’s leading scientist has warned, claiming the government has adopted the process without considering the side effects. In a flagship report produced by Professor Sir Mark Walport, the government’s chief advisor on science policy, it is warned that fracking could have serious negative impacts on health and the environment that could last for decades. Sir Mark Walport also said the government is putting too much faith in fracking, and that historical examples of cheap energy extraction often ended up causing more damage to … Continue reading ​Fracking toxins may be as dangerous as tobacco, asbestos & thalidomide – UK chief scientist

Passing Keystone pipeline ‘an act of war,’ Sioux tribe president tells RT (VIDEO)

Sioux Rosebud President Cyril Scott (Screenshot from the RT video) The President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is no fan of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, telling RT’s Ben Swann that congressional authorization of the project would be “an act of war against our people.” In fact, Sioux tribe president Cyril Scott said the pipeline would cut right through the “sovereign nation” of the Native American tribe in South Dakota. The House of Representatives passed a measure last week to fast-track the project, provoking a strong response from Scott. “The House has now signed our death warrants … Continue reading Passing Keystone pipeline ‘an act of war,’ Sioux tribe president tells RT (VIDEO)

​Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles off California coast

Tokyo Electric Power CO (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture (AFP Photo) Scientists have found traces of leaked radiation from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident off the coast of California. Radiation experts, though, say the levels are harmless. Trace amounts of isotopes linked to Fukushima radiation were detected about 100 miles (160km) west of Eureka, a city in northern California, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), a Massachusetts-based research organization, announced Monday in a press release. Volunteers collected samples found to contain trace amounts of the short-lived isotope cesium-134, considered the ‘fingerprint’ of Fukushima, during … Continue reading ​Fukushima radiation detected 100 miles off California coast

Algae virus infects humans, makes ‘more stupid’ – study

Reuters / Benoit Tessier A virus, previously thought to live only in algae in rivers and lakes, has been found in the throats of healthy people. The infected showed specific brain activities to be slower than of those without the virus. The study outlining the discovery was carried out by Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska (UNL) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal in October.  The scientists were busy with another study, when they found the DNA of the chlorovirus Acanthocystis turfacea chlorella virus 1 (ATCV-1) in … Continue reading Algae virus infects humans, makes ‘more stupid’ – study

Fracking banned in its birthplace: Texas town votes to outlaw hydraulic fracturing

Reuters / Terry Wade Voters in Denton, Texas approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday, making the city the first in Texas to outlaw the controversial gas-extraction process. The ban is likely to garner legal challenges, but, for now, supporters celebrating the landmark vote in a state famous for oil and gas development. “Denton, Texas is where hydraulic fracturing was invented,” said Bruce Baizel, Earthworks energy program director, according to Reuters. “If this place in the heart of the oil and gas industry can’t live with fracking, then who can?” Denton, a city of 123,000 people, is within the … Continue reading Fracking banned in its birthplace: Texas town votes to outlaw hydraulic fracturing

Hawaii volcano about to consume its first home, with lava meters away

This October 28, 2014 image provided by the US Geological Survey(USGS) shows the lava that has pushed through a fence marking a property boundary above Pāhoa in Hawaii. (AFP Photo) The 1,000-degree red mass of molten rock threatening to destroy a Hawaiian town is now only meters away from reaching its first home, and now threatens dozens more as it reaches Pahoa’s commercial hub. At present the flow is creeping at a slow pace less than 30 meters away from the Pahoa residence of Jeff and Denise Lagrimas, who decided not to stay to watch their home engulfed. They packed … Continue reading Hawaii volcano about to consume its first home, with lava meters away

Monsanto GMO wheat contamination discovered in Montana

Reuters/Bogdan Cristel ​Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the second US field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in a second field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. The plants were discovered at a test site at Montana State University, where back in 2000-2003 Monsanto was conducting field trials of its wheat, genetically modified to tolerate Roundup herbicide. Although … Continue reading Monsanto GMO wheat contamination discovered in Montana