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“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic

“Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic
This article was first published in December 2007. One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. John H. Related:  Biology/ZoologyFood Safetypreparations

Rothamsted Research | where knowledge grows "Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic Barb’s Note: This is a must-read article to understand how genetic engineering started and where it is going. Pay special attention to the section titled “GMO as a weapon of biowarfare?” Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t… One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at. The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen.

Bill Gates funds birth control microchip that lasts 16 years inside the body and can be turned on or off with remote control Helped along by one of the world’s most notable billionaires, a U.S. firm is developing a tiny implant that acts as a contraceptive for 16 years — and can be turned on or off using a remote control. The birth control microchip, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, would hold nearly two decades worth of a hormone commonly used in contraceptives and dispense 30 micrograms a day, according to a report from the MIT Technology Review. The new birth control, which is set to begin preclinical testing next year with hopes of putting it on shelves in 2018, can be implanted in the buttocks, upper arm or abdomen. During Mr. (Read the rest of the story here…) Be Sociable, Share!

GMO and the Corporate Patenting of Living Organisms: Monsanto’s Patents on Life By Katherine Paul, Ronnie Cummins In May 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a seed patent infringement case that pits a small farmer from Indiana, 75-year old Vernon Hugh Bowman, against biotech goliath Monsanto. Reporters from the New York Times to the Sacramento Bee dissected the legal arguments. What most of them didn’t report on is the absurdity – and the danger – of allowing companies to patent living organisms in the first place, and then use those patents to attempt to monopolize world seed and food production. The case boils down to this. The press and public have fixated on the sticky legal details of the case, and the classic David vs. The real issue is this: Why have we surrendered control over something so basic to human survival as seeds? Monsanto profits handsomely from selling its patented seeds. But little of what Monsanto has promised, to farmers and the world, has proven true. And the rest of us?

Farm Wars 'Shadow Government' News To Congress Key congressional leaders say they didn't know President Bush had established a "shadow government," moving dozens of senior civilian managers to secret underground locations outside Washington to ensure that the federal government could survive a devastating terrorist attack on the nation's capital, The Washington Post says in its Saturday editions. Senate Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.) told the Post he had not been informed by the White House about the role, location or even the existence of the shadow government that the administration began to deploy the morning of the Sept. 11 hijackings. An aide to House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) said he was also unaware of the administration's move. Among Congress's GOP leadership, aides to House Speaker J. Aides to Sen. Mr. Such an operation was conceived as a Cold War precaution against nuclear attack during the Eisenhower administration but never used until now. As next in line to power behind Mr.

Orchid Observers Photograph wild orchids and extract data from three centuries of Museum specimens to help us examine what impact climate change is having on the UK’s orchids. Why we are doing the project Fifty-six native species of orchid grow wild in the UK, flowering from April to September. Recent research indicates that climate change is affecting the flowering time of the early spider orchid, Ophrys sphegodes. To gather data from across the UK, we need as many people as possible to photograph orchids this spring and summer, and to send us the images with the date and location. Alongside this, we have around 15,000 orchid specimens in the Museum's British and Irish herbarium. How to take part Outdoor photography activity 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Online activity 1. 2. 3.

Fractured Paradigm Prev Next House Votes to Bar EPA From Getting Advice From Scientists A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will be replaced with industry affiliated […] Featured Stories 0August 20, 2014Scotts Tests Genetically Modified Grass Seed at Homes [FP Note: This article was original published January 31st, 2014, but as we're in the growing season currently, we felt it merited a reminder] After nearly two decades of research […] 0August 15, 20147 Super-Affordable Superfoods 7 super-affordable superfoods for healthy eating and lots of antioxidants on a budget. Latest Stories House Votes to Bar EPA From Getting Advice From Scientists Posted on November 23, 2014 | No Comments A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Where Is the Proof that UN Soldiers are Actively Operating on American Soil? Oh, Right Here... Frank Drover The Daily Sheeple August 17th, 2012 Reader Views: 119,611 As talk of the US government’s police state expansion heats up and the threat of martial law becomes the topic of conversation for many who are concerned about recent legislative actions and Executive branch orders, many Americans remain skeptical that foreign troops have even stepped foot on American sovereign soil. They argue that there’s no way that we’d allow foreigners access to our military, technology, strategies or tactics. Where’s the proof that there are thousands of United Nations soldiers and units in America? It turns out the proof is right here. Not only are foreign troops under the banner of the United Nations stationed within the continental United States, they are and have been actively training, and not just for traditional military engagements. All of us have heard over the years rumors of foreign troops in the USA. Video excerpt of Police State 2000 (full movie here) showing foreign troops in the US:

Aquatic Science: Ocean Acidification Scientists refer to ocean acidification as the "other carbon dioxide problem", the first being global warming. From tropic reefs to the polar ice-caps, carbon dioxide is acidifying the world's oceans. The large quantity of atmospheric CO2 being absorbed by the world's oceans is making them more acidic than they have been for tens of millions of years. Carbon dioxide is changing the chemistry of the ocean. Thousands of ocean species build protective shells to survive. Shell in polar water predicted for 2100 Corals and plankton play a key factor in ocean food webs. Similarly, ocean acidification has a major impact on human life. 500 million people depend on coral reefs for their daily food and income. We can slow the rate of ocean acidification through numerous means. - Victoria Mehlhaff -

Implications of climate change for agricultural productivity in the early twenty-first century (a) Changes in mean climate The nature of agriculture and farming practices in any particular location are strongly influenced by the long-term mean climate state—the experience and infrastructure of local farming communities are generally appropriate to particular types of farming and to a particular group of crops which are known to be productive under the current climate. Changes in the mean climate away from current states may require adjustments to current practices in order to maintain productivity, and in some cases the optimum type of farming may change. Higher growing season temperatures can significantly impact agricultural productivity, farm incomes and food security (Battisti & Naylor 2009). In areas where temperatures are already close to the physiological maxima for crops, such as seasonally arid and tropical regions, higher temperatures may be more immediately detrimental, increasing the heat stress on crops and water loss by evaporation. Figure 1. Table 1. Figure 2.

Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks| Nafeez Ahmed | Environment Top secret US National Security Agency (NSA) documents disclosed by the Guardian have shocked the world with revelations of a comprehensive US-based surveillance system with direct access to Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants. New Zealand court records suggest that data harvested by the NSA's Prism system has been fed into the Five Eyes intelligence alliance whose members also include the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. But why have Western security agencies developed such an unprecedented capacity to spy on their own domestic populations? Since the 2008 economic crash, security agencies have increasingly spied on political activists, especially environmental groups, on behalf of corporate interests. This activity is linked to the last decade of US defence planning, which has been increasingly concerned by the risk of civil unrest at home triggered by catastrophic events linked to climate change, energy shocks or economic crisis - or all three.

Plastic-Eating Fungus May Solve World's Waste Problems Sep 08, 2014 10:23 AM EDT An expedition to the Amazon by a group of Yale researchers has led to the discovery of a fungus that can break down plastic, possibly solving the world's rampant waste problem. The fungus, pestalotiopsis microspora, can survive on a diet of only polyurethane, one of the most common, and pollutant, industrial plastics used by humans. What's even more amazing is that the plastic-eating fungus can feast on polyurethane in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment - the perfect match for chowing down on trash at the bottom of a landfill. A group of Yale students made the breakthrough discovery in 2012, as part of the university's annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel. Venturing into the jungles of Ecuador, the mission was to allow "students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way," according to the course's website. © 2017 NatureWorldNews.com All rights reserved.

Five Global Seed Banks That Are Protecting Biodiversity 2inShare Share By Victoria Russo Almost all food begins with a seed. The world is home to hundreds of thousands of species of plants, and it requires a diverse variety of seeds to satisfy nutritional and environmental needs. The world requires a diverse variety of seeds to satisfy nutritional and environmental needs. 1. How many plant species can you think of? Millennium in Action The Royal Botanical Gardens has been collecting research on seed saving since 1898 and has had a formal seed bank for 40 years. 2. Since 1987, Vandana Shiva, who created Navdanya, has dedicated her life to protecting seed diversity. Navdanya in Action Since its creation, the Navdanya seed bank has conserved around 5,000 crop varieties, focusing largely on the preservation of grain species. 3. Preserving seeds for long periods of time requires extremely cold temperatures and low humidity. Svalbard in Action 4. NCGR in Action One of the goals of the NCGR, a part of the U.S. 5. Vavilov in Action Similar posts:

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