Scientists call for global ban on bee-killing pesticides. Thousands of tons spilled at oil field in Russia. MOSCOW (AP) — Up to 2,000 tons of oil have spilled from a major field in northern Russia after workers struggled to contain the leak for two days, officials said.
Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Bee Research Firm. Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations.
Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of the vital insects. It is therefore quite apparent why Monsanto bought one of the largest bee research firms on the planet. It can be found in public company reports hosted on mainstream media that Monsanto scooped up the Beeologics firm back in September 2011. During this time the correlation between Monsanto’s GM crops and the bee decline was not explored in the mainstream, and in fact it was hardly touched upon until Polish officials addressed the serious concern amid the monumental ban.
“It is a concern from a competition standpoint,” Censky said in a telephone interview. Chevron halts Brazil drilling after new leak - Americas. Chevron has filed to temporarily halt production operations in Brazil after it detected a "small new seep" of oil in the same offshore field where it suffered a high-profile leak in November.
The US oil company said Friday it was taking the step as a precautionary measure to study its "reservoir management plans" in Brazil, where it has spent over $2bn developing the largest foreign-run oil field. If approved by Brazilian regulators, the suspension will shut down a field with the capacity to produce 80,000 barrels a day, more than 3 per cent of Brazil's oil output. "The suspension of production is designed to let us analyze scientifically what caused this," Rafael Jaen Williamson, Chevron's director of corporate affairs in Brazil, said at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro. So, is Dimock’s Water Really Safe to Drink? Ray Kemble delivers fresh water to a home that had their water contaminated due to hydraulic fracturing on Jan. 18, 2012 in Dimock, Pa.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images. March 21: This post has been corrected . When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink in Dimock, Penn., a national hot spot for concerns about fracking, it seemed to vindicate the energy industry’s insistence that drilling had not caused pollution in the area. 'World's Biggest Fracker' Pockets 1 Billion in Shady Deal. Human-made earthquakes reported in central US. When swarms of quakes occurred in Colorado and Oklahoma last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency asked the geologic survey to investigate possible links to energy extraction in the area. – File Photo from Creative Commons WASHINGTON: The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose “spectacularly” near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, a process that may have caused geologic faults to slip, US government geologists report.
The average number of earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in the US midcontinent - an area that includes Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas - increased to six times the 20th century average last year, scientists at the US Geological Survey said in an abstract of their research. The abstract does not explicitly link rising earthquake activity to fracking - known formally as hydraulic fracturing - that involves pumping water and chemicals into underground rock formations to extract natural gas and oil. BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill. Greg Palast.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Aftershocks on Louisiana Seafood - Page 1. Dynamic duo: Ryan Comardelle, in red, and Reggie Estay empty crab traps.
BP Mix of Toxins Soaked Up by Wet Skin. Gulf of Mexico spill takes toll on health - Americas. Thousands of Dolphins Dying in Gulf Waters. The horrific ramifications of the Gulf oil spill - AlterNet. Almost two full years after the BP oil spill, a panel of experts gathered at the 17th annual Tulane Environmental Law Summit, to present the continuing impacts of the BP Oil Spill.
That spill began with the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling unit used by BP 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. Eleven men lost their lives. » 2 Years After the BP Oil Spill, Is the Gulf Ecosystem Collapsing? Alex Jones. Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists - Features. New Orleans, LA - "The fishermen have never seen anything like this," Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera.
"And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I've never seen anything like this either. " Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences started hearing about fish with sores and lesions from fishermen in November 2010. Cowan's findings replicate those of others living along vast areas of the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by BP's oil and dispersants. Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.
Eyeless shrimp Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, are finding eyeless shrimp. "We've fished here all our lives and have never seen anything like this," he added. A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off. What is missing is a criminal prosecution that holds BP individuals responsible.
Regulator says leak found at Petrobras oil field. Stopping Climate Change Is Much Cheaper Than You Think. You’ve heard it before: politicians say they’d love to take action against climate change, but they’re reeling from sticker shock. Today, a new report from the UK’s leading climate change watchdog refutes this oft-cited argument that climate action will herald economic Armageddon. The Committee on Climate Change report, with the hairy-sounding title “Statutory Advice on Inclusion of International Aviation and Shipping,” says that in 2050, the UK’s emissions reductions across the whole economy will cost 1-2 percent of the total GDP.
This updates, in greater detail, the range predicted half a decade ago by the watershed Stern Review. Just how much is that? For a rough comparison, one percent of the UK’s 2011 GDP is a little more than what the country currently spends on public housing and community amenities, and is no where near the big ticket public spending items like healthcare. Image: The Committee on Climate Change (UK) But Kennedy says talk of economic meltdown is wrong. Mutant Heat Wave Shattering Records. Credit: NOAA/Southern Regional Climate Center More than 2,200 warm temperature records have been set so far in March. Take a look at the map above to see where temps are crazy departures from normal. This isn't your average heat wave. Its duration, set against more than a century of record keeping, makes it one for the climate change chronicles. Here's what some meteorologists are saying: From the National Weather Service in Chicago: Chicago and Rockford have now both broken high temperature records 5 days in a row.
According to the CapitalClimate blog (HT Climate Central) warm weather records this month are outpacing cold records by a whopping 19-to-1. Credit: NWS. Take Chicago. The upper Midwest topped out at Winner, South Dakota, yesterday, which hit 94°F—the earliest 90° reading ever recorded in the Northern Plains, according to Jeff Masters. Saving the whales? Now there's an app for that, too.
An interesting new iOS app launched today called Whale Alert. Though it's available for anyone, the iPhone/iPad app is intended primarily for use by workers in the shipping and maritime industry. It "combines science and technology to help save critically endangered North Atlantic right whales by reducing threats of collisions with large ships along the East Coast of North America.
" From the launch announcement by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare): The app links the bridge of a ship to the latest data about right whale detections and informs users when their vessels enter right whale management areas. The app uses Global Positioning System (GPS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), the web and digital nautical chart technologies to alert mariners to NOAA’s right whale conservation measures that are active in their immediate vicinity.
Link to Whale Alert at the Apple App Store. Shocking Conflict of Interest: Private Water Companies Partner With Fracking Lobby : occupywallstreet. Discovery’s ‘Frozen Planet’ Is Silent on Causes of Climate Change.