France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels


Apr 8, 2015

 

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A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.

French environmental activists originally wanted to pass a law that would make the green roofs cover the entire surface of all new roofs.

However, partially covered roofs make for a great start, and are still a huge step in the right direction.

Some say the law that was passed is actually better, as it gives the business owners a chance to install solar panels to help provide the buildings with renewable energy, thereby leaving even less of a footprint.

Green roofs are already very popular in Germany and Australia, as well as Canada’s city of Toronto! This  by-law was adopted in 2009, by the city of Toronto which mandated green roofs on all new industrial and residential buildings.

Benefits of Green Roofs

There are so many benefits to green roofs. Here are just a few:

  • Adding natural beauty and major aesthetic improvement to buildings, which in turn increases the investment opportunity.
  • Helping contribute to landfill diversion by prolonging the life of waterproofing membranes, using recycled materials, and prolonging the service of heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems through decreased use.
  • Green roofs assist with storm water management because water is stored by the substrate, then taken up by plants, and thus returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. They also retain rainwater and moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for the water that does run off. They delay the time at which runoff occurs, which results in decreased stress on sewer systems during peak periods.
  • The plants on green roofs do a great job of capturing airborne pollutants and other atmospheric deposition. They can also filter noxious gasses.
  • They open up new areas for community gardens, commercial and recreational space in busy cities where this space is generally quite limited.

France is definitely on the right track, but it should be a mandate that all new buildings being built in North America, and even worldwide, adopt this amazing idea to reap all of the potential benefits.

http://csglobe.com/france-declares-all-new-rooftops-must-be-topped-with-plants-or-solar-panels/

Russian President Putin Signs GMO Labeling Liability Law


Posted on Jan 3 2015 – 2:17pm by Sustainable Pulse

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Russian Federation Code of Administrative Offences into law, including a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory requirements for the labeling of food products that contain GMOs.

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Putin signed the new bill on the last day of 2014 TASS news agency reported.

The bill which was submitted by the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) imposes fines for vague or unclear labeling on food products containing genetically modified ingredients.

According to the bill, individual entrepreneurs could be fined up to 50,000 rubles ($890), and the products will be confiscated. Business entities face a fine of up to 150,000 rubles (over $5,300).

President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs, however there are still large quantities of GMO foods being imported in to Russia.

Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov believes that Russia must remain a GMO-free country. At a meeting of deputies representing rural areas organized by United Russia, he said that the government will not “poison their citizens.”

In February, a group of senators from Russia’s Federation Council introduced a bill seeking to prohibit the distribution and import of products containing GMOs in Russia.

According to the explanatory note attached to the bill, only 18 lines of GMOs are officially allowed in Russia at the moment. This is a far lower number than in other countries, as the Russian farming industry has long maintained extensive restrictions on the use of technology related to GMOs. The senators say that because of its WTO membership, Russian markets could import numerous genetically modified products from other countries, thereby destabilizing the situation.

Ef Note: Now here’s a “Three Stooges” moment on the geopolitical world stage…

President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms”Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fyodorov said that the government will not ‘poison their citizens’.”

Ouch…It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure out who Russia poked in the eye! lol!

Non-GMO popcorn anyone? 

This solar powered floating farm can produce 20 tons of vegetables every day



May 19, 2015

From design practice, Forward Thinking Architecture, come a set of modular floating farms that harvest sunlight and rainwater, as well as desalinate saltwater and grow thousands of tons of vegetables ever year.

Inspired by Chinese floating fish farms, these rectangular units measure 200×350 meters and can connect with other modules via walkways.  The usage of waterways is a great compliment to the farming industry because it makes farming available in so many more locations.  It reduces the need to import food by localizing growth and incorporates rivers and lakes as viable “farmland.”

Each unit is comprised of three levels.  The bottom floor focuses on aquaculture and water desalination, the first floor on hydroponic crop cultivation, and the roof is adorned with solar panels, skylights and rainwater collectors.

 

Each module is anticipated to make 8,152 tons of vegetables every year and bring in 1,703 tons of fish.  The modules, then, connect into a grid and can scale up into huge farms, producing local food for entire cities.

http://www.inhabitat.com/could-solar-powered-modular-floating-farms-be-an-answer-to-global-food-self-sufficiency/

http://www.forwardthinkingarchitecture.com/SFF-FLOATING-FARMS-INITIATIVE

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/447430685691482112/this-solar-powered-floating-farm-can-produce-20-tons-of-vegetables-every-day

Tar Sands in Alberta


Facts:
It covers an area the size of england: APRIL 2011 UPDATE: Total area= 140,200 km squared, or 54,132 square miles. Currently, this is actually larger than the size of England (it’s about the size of England and Wales combined).
Oil from the tar sands is one of the world’s most carbon-intensive fuels
Two tonnes of tar sand produces a single barrel of oil.
The tar sands generate 40 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, more than every car in Canada combined.
The oil itself is bitumen which contains cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
To reach the bitumen, the Boreal Forest is destroyed.
Because of the tar sands, Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions have grown more since 1990 than those of any other G8 nation.
Important waterways like the Athabasca River are being contaminated by 11 million litres of toxic waste every day.
Because of the Canada oil sands, the air is polluted with dangerous toxins, poisoning communities with rare cancers and autoimmune diseases.
It destroys critical animal habitats and some of Canada’s most pristine landscapes.
Unfortunately, the Alberta government has approved every proposed project.
Take action and spread the word!

Tar Sands in Alberta is Canada’s worst environmental disaster. Please share this video with your friends and family in order to help spread the word. Together we can make a difference, together we can stop the destruction.
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Guest Post: Unprecedented ‘Mass Die Offs’ As Pacific Ocean “Turning Into a Desert” Off California Coast ~ ZeroHedge


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“Ocean’s dying, plankton’s dying… it’s people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They’re making our food out of people. Next thing they’ll be breeding us like cattle for food. You’ve gotta tell them. You’ve gotta tell them!”

It was the dying cry of Charlton Heston in the creepy 1973 film Soylent Green… and it could resemble our desperate near future.

The ocean is dying, by all accounts – and if so, the food supply along with it. The causes are numerous, and overlapping. And massive numbers of wild animal populations are dying as a result of it.

Natural causes in the environment are partly to blame; so too are the corporations of man; the effects of Fukushima, unleashing untold levels of radiation into the ocean and onto Pacific shores; the cumulative effect of modern chemicals and agricultural waste tainting the water and disrupting reproduction.

A startling new report says in no uncertain terms that the Pacific Ocean off the California coast is turning into a desert. Once full of life, it is now becoming barren, and marine mammals, seabirds and fish are starving as a result. According to Ocean Health:

The waters of the Pacific off the coast of California are a clear, shimmering blue today, so transparent it’s possible to see the sandy bottom below […] clear water is a sign that the ocean is turning into a desert, and the chain reaction that causes that bitter clarity is perhaps most obvious on the beaches of the Golden State, where thousands of emaciated sea lion pups are stranded.

 

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Over the last three years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has noticed a growing number of strandings on the beaches of California and up into the Pacific north-west. In 2013, 1,171 sea lions were stranded, and 2,700 have already stranded in 2015 – a sign that something is seriously wrong, as pups don’t normally wind up on their own until later in the spring and early summer.

 

“[An unusually large number of sea lions stranding in 2013 was a red flag] there was a food availability problem even before the ocean got warm.” Johnson: This has never happened before… It’s incredible. It’s so unusual, and there’s no really good explanation for it. There’s also a good chance that the problem will continue, said a NOAA research scientist in climatology, Nate Mantua.

 

Experts blame a lack of food due to unusually warm ocean waters. NOAA declared an El Nino, the weather pattern that warms the Pacific, a few weeks ago. The water is three and a half to six degrees warmer than the average, according to Mantua, because of a lack of north wind on the West Coast. Ordinarily, the north wind drives the current, creating upwelling that brings forth the nutrients that feed the sardines, anchovies and other fish that adult sea lions feed on.

Fox News added:

The warm water is likely pushing prime sea lion foods — market squid, sardines and anchovies — further north, forcing the mothers to abandon their pups for up to eight days at a time in search of sustenance.

 

The pups, scientists believe, are weaning themselves early out of desperation and setting out on their own despite being underweight and ill-prepared to hunt.

 

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“These animals are coming in really desperate. They’re at the end of life. They’re in a crisis … and not all animals are going to make it,” said Keith A. Matassa, executive director at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, which is currently rehabilitating 115 sea lion pups.

The same is true of seabirds on the Washington State coast:

In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds. Walking half a mile along the beach at Twin Harbors State Park on Wednesday, Wood spotted more than 130 carcasses of juvenile Cassin’s auklets—the blue-footed, palm-size victims of what is becoming one of the largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded. “It was so distressing,” recalled Wood, a volunteer who patrols Pacific Northwest beaches looking for dead or stranded birds. “They were just everywhere. Every ten yards we’d find another ten bodies of these sweet little things.”

 

“This is just massive, massive, unprecedented,” said Julia Parrish, a University of Washington seabird ecologist who oversees the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program that has tracked West Coast seabird deaths for almost 20 years. “We may be talking about 50,000 to 100,000 deaths. So far.” (source)

100,000 doesn’t necessarily sound large, statistically speaking, but precedent in the history of recorded animal deaths suggests that it is, in fact massive. Even National Geographic is noting that these die off events are “unprecedented.” Warmer water is indicated for much of the starvation faced by many of the dead animals.

Last year, scientists sounded the alarm over the death of millions of star fish, blamed on warmer waters and ‘mystery virus':

Starfish are dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, leading scientists to warn of the possibility of localized extinction of some species. As the disease spreads, researchers may be zeroing in on a link between warming waters and the rising starfish body count. (source)

 

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The epidemic, which threatens to reshape the coastal food web and change the makeup of tide pools for years to come, appears to be driven by a previously unidentified virus, a team of more than a dozen researchers from Cornell University, UC Santa Cruz, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and other institutions reported Monday. (source)

Changing temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, driven by the natural cycle of gyres over decades, shifts wildlife populations, decimating the populations of species throughout the food chain, proving how fragile the balance of life in the ocean really is.

Recently, the collapse of the sardine population has created a crisis for fisheries and marine wildlife alike on the West Coast:

Commercial fishing for sardines off of Canada’s West Coast is worth an estimated $32 million – but now they are suddenly gone. Back in October, fisherman reported that they came back empty-handed without a single fish after 12 hours of trolling and some $1000 spent on fuel.

 

Sandy Mazza, for the Daily Breeze, reported a similar phenomenon in central California: “[T]he fickle sardines have been so abundant for so many years – sometimes holding court as the most plentiful fish in coastal waters – that it was a shock when he couldn’t find one of the shiny silver-blue coastal fish all summer, even though this isn’t the first time they’ve vanished.” [emphasis added]

 

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“Is it El Nino? Pacific Decadal Oscillation? [La] Nina? Long-term climate change? More marine mammals eating sardines? Did they all go to Mexico or farther offshore? We don’t know. We’re pretty sure the overall population has declined. We manage them pretty conservatively because we don’t want to end up with another Cannery Row so, as the population declines, we curb fishing.” said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) official Kerry Griffin. (source)

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the worst events have wiped out 90% of animal populations, falling short of extinction, but creating a rupture in food chains and ecosystems.

And environmental factors are known to be a factor, with pollution from chemicals dumped by factories clearly tied to at least 20% of the mass die off events of wildlife populations that have been investigated, and many die offs implicated by a number of overlapping factors. The Daily Mail reported:

Mass die-offs of certain animals has increased in frequency every year for seven decades, according to a new study.

Researchers found that such events, which can kill more than 90 per cent of a population, are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates.

The reasons for the die-offs are diverse, with effects tied to humans such as environmental contamination accounting for about a fifth of them.

Farm runoff from Big Agra introduces high levels of fertilizers and pesticides which create oxygen-starved dead zones which fish and aquatic live is killed off. Also preset in agriculture waste are gender bending chemicals like those found in Atrazine, used in staple crop production, and antibiotics and hormones, used in livestock production, which creates hazardous runoff for fish populations:

Livestock excrete natural hormones – estrogens and testosterones – as well as synthetic ones used to bolster their growth. Depending on concentrations and fish sensitivity, these hormones and hormone mimics might impair wild fish reproduction or skew their sex ratios. (source)

Pharmaceutical contaminants are also to blame for changing the sex of fish and disrupting population numbers, while a study found that the chemicals in Prozac changed the behavior of marine life, and made shrimp many times more likely to “commit suicide” and swim towards the light where they became easy prey.

Fish farms also introduce a large volume of antibiotic and chemical pollution into oceans and waterways:

The close quarters where farmed fish are raised (combined with their unnatural diets) means disease occurs often and can spread quickly. On fish farms, which are basically “CAFOs of the sea,” antibiotics are dispersed into the water, and sometimes injected directly into the fish.

 

Unfortunately, farmed fish are often raised in pens in the ocean, which means not only that pathogens can spread like wildfire and contaminate any wild fish swimming past – but the antibiotics can also spread to wild fish (via aquaculture and wastewater runoff) – and that’s exactly what recent research revealed. (source)

Mass die offs of fish on the Brazilian coastline have linked to pollution from the dumping of raw sewage and garbage.

In the last few days it was reported that a massive die off of bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico was connected by researchers to BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Evidence was found in a third of the cases of lesions in the adrenal gland, an otherwise rare condition linked with petroleum exposure. More than a fifth of the dolphins also suffered bacterial pneumonia, causing deadly lung infection that is likewise rarely seen in dolphin populations.

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In Seattle, It’s David vs. Goliath as Kayakers Hit Water to Protest Shell Oil


‘Paddle in Seattle’ activists organize flotilla in opposition to Shell’s dangerous arctic drilling plans

All eyes are on Seattle this weekend as activists fight Shell’s dirty Arctic plans. (Photo: Greenpeace)All eyes are on Seattle this weekend as activists fight Shell’s dirty Arctic plans. (Photo: Greenpeace)

Kayaks began lining up on the shores of Seattle’s Elliot Bay early Saturday morning in preparation for the sHell No! “flotilla rally,” organized by social and environmental justice groups in opposition to Shell Oil’s plans to drill for fossil fuels in fragile Arctic waters.

Over the vocal objections of Seattle’s mayor and city council, as well as a large swath of the general public, the oil giant intends to use the Port of Seattle as a staging ground for its drilling operations off the northwest coast of Alaska.

To the dismay of environmentalists, the Obama administration earlier this week granted Shell conditional approval to resume those operations.

Climate activists, Indigenous communities, and eco-justice advocates, united under the ‘sHell No!’ banner, are resisting the arrival of Shell’s enormous floating rigs, charging that “Arctic drilling means destruction for spectacular wilderness, doom for our climate, and disaster for peoples in the global south.”

As Lisa Hymas warned for Grist, “If the company’s disastrous Arctic drilling attempts of 2012 are any indication, we can expect a big, fat mess. Even if Shell somehow manages not to spill huge quantities of oil in the rough, icy waters of the Chukchi Sea, then that oil will just get burned, worsening the climate crisis.”

About 20 paddling activists rolled out the un-welcome mat for the ‘Polar Pioneer’—one of two hulking rigs chugging into the Port of Seattle this week—on Thursday. Thousands are expected to participate in Saturday’s land and sea demonstrations, which will be followed by a mass direct action, aimed at shutting down Shell, on Monday.

The implications of the sHell No! fight go further than the Port of Seattle, Kate Aronoff writes for Waging Nonviolence. In fact, Aronoff argues, this battle “may prove a bellwether for the future of the fossil fuel industry in the Pacific Northwest.”

“With the Polar Pioneer’s 400 by 300-foot dimensions, the fight over the oil rig will put the question of fossil fuel extraction, quite literally, front and center in the city of Seattle,” Aronoff points out. “Given the sheer mass of the rig, local activists now have the chance to tell — and win — what could be one of the most visceral David versus Goliath stories of the last decade.”

Boats are scheduled to hit the water between 11-12:30pm PDT, with a procession beginning at 1pm.

McKibben Blasts Obama Over Arctic Drilling as Activists Ready for Fight


 

Founder of 350.org says that now, “as with Keystone, it will be up to the environmental movement to block Shell’s plan.”

Faced with the imminent arrival of the Shell drilling fleet and newly announced White House backing for Arctic oil exploration, activists and environmentalists are readying for a fight.

In a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben blasted the Obama administration’s decision on Monday to grant the oil giant conditional approval to begin drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chuchki Seas this summer.

McKibben said that, despite his rhetoric, President Barack Obama has repeatedly exhibited “climate denial of the status quo sort,” where people “accept the science, and indeed make long speeches about the immorality of passing on a ruined world to our children,” but then ultimately “deny the meaning of the science, which is that we must keep carbon in the ground.”

“Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no,” McKibben writes. He notes that now, “as with Keystone, it will be up to the environmental movement to block the plan.”

On the ground, activists have taken up that call.

In Seattle, where the fossil fuel giant has leased a port terminal to serve as a “homeport” for its drilling fleet—over the objection of city residents and elected officials—one activist early Tuesday perched atop a 20-foot metal tripod, blocking the gates to the Shell fuel-transfer station in protest of its Arctic drilling plans.

Later in the day, grassroots activists with the Coalition for Port Accountability are holding a rally at the Seattle Port headquarters to demand that it rescind Shell’s lease on the grounds that it violates port permit laws and was granted without public notification or consent. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council also support this call.

Meanwhile, according to reports, two of Shell’s floating drilling rigs are due to dock in Washington ports any day now.

One ship, the Noble Discoverer, is expected to arrive at the Port of Everett on Tuesday and a second drill ship, the Polar Pioneer, is due to arrive at Terminal 5 in Seattle later this week, King 5 News reports, “despite the Mayor Ed Murray’s assertion that the Port of Seattle can’t host the rig until it gets a new land-use permit.”

Other protesters, dubbed “kayaktivists,” have organized a “sHell No Flotilla” and on May 16 are planning a mass water-based blockade, where they will paddle out and physically confront the massive rig entering the port.

Beginning Thursday, a coalition of environmental groups including Bayan USA, 350 Seattle, Backbone Campaign, Mosquito Fleet, and Rising Tide Seattle have organized three days of resistance. The actions this week are building towards a day of mass direct action on May 18 during which the groups pledge to use “nonviolent action to shut down Shell and all operations related to their Arctic expedition.”

Under the banner “sHell No,” the Seattle-based coalition says: “Shell’s drilling rigs are a prime example of the root causes and injustice of the climate crisis. They will generate untold wealth for the few, while wrecking the climate for everyone, trampling on indigenous rights, and causing millions of deaths in the global south. 

“Fifteen years after the WTO protests, we will remind the world that corporations like Shell that abuse human, environmental, and labor rights are not welcome in Seattle,” the groups continue. “We are fighting for a world where we can all provide for our families without risking our health, planet, or future generations.”

Updates on the growing campaign against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans are being shared online under the hashtag #ShellNo.

Crystal Geyser’s New Bottled Water Plant To Open At Foot Of Mount Shasta


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May 10, 2015 3:16 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A new Crystal Geyser Water Co. plant opening at the foot of Mount Shasta is adding to criticism of companies that are bottling water in California’s drought.

Crystal Geyser plans to eventually tap up to 365,000 gallons a day from groundwater in Northern California’s Siskiyou County, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday.

Converted from an old Coca-Cola bottling plant, the facility will become the latest of 108 bottling operations by various companies in the state, the Chronicle reported. Operations are due to start this fall.

Crystal Geyser executive vice president Judy Yee said Crystal Geyser officials are in contact with local residents to ensure its groundwater pumping “will not impact the environment in any detrimental way.”

Resident Raven Stevens, however, says she fears groundwater pumping by the bottled-water plant will use up the water that she and her neighbors depend on for their households.

“Crystal Geyser in one day plans to pump more water than any three of my neighbors will use in an entire year,” Stevens said.

California law in general places no limits on the amount of groundwater that property owners can pump, although legislation passed last year will start phasing in regulation of the most endangered aquifers after 2020.

Grass-roots objections to bottled water companies tapping and selling groundwater are increasing as California’s drought moves deeper into its fourth year. Bottled-water companies tapping into groundwater on their own property are exempted from the 25-percent mandatory water cutbacks that Gov. Jerry Brown ordered for cities and towns earlier this spring.

“Bottling water is a legal use of water under the law,” said Nancy Vogel, spokeswoman of the California Department of Water Resources.

While local officials say the water bottling operation will bring jobs, some residents object to the heavy water use.

Joyce Kyle, 77, told the Los Angeles Times that she and her family have lost grazing business because local water authorities have restricted use of her property’s water.

In the drought, “everybody’s suffering, not just the people in the lower half of the state,” Kyle said. “Letting Crystal Geyser come in and draw down groundwater, it’s not right.”

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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How Wal-Mart Makes An Instant 65,724% Profit Selling… California Water ~ ZeroHedge


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Wal-Mart is facing questions tonight after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.

According to its own labeling, the water in the gallon jugs appears to come from Sacramento’s water supply.

Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons—the same rate as other commercial and residential customers. That water is then bottled and sold at Walmart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Walmart and DS Services.

– From the CBS News in Sacramento article: Wal-Mart Bottled Water Comes From Sacramento Municipal Supply

We all know there’s a severe drought plaguing much of California. I haven’t focused on this topic much, but I did publish a very powerful post on it last fall titled: Video of the Day – Stunning Scenes from California’s Central Valley Drought. I suggest checking it out if you missed it the first time.  

Now we learn of some pretty troubling news that Wal-Mart is sourcing some of its bottled water from the Sacramento water supply, despite the fact that: “Sacramento-area water districts are preparing to enforce residential water-use cuts as high as 36 percent.”

As we all know, you should never let a historic drought get in the way of corporate profit margins; and these appear to be some really nice margins. We learn from CBS News in Sacramento that:

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Wal-Mart is facing questions tonight after CBS13 learns the company draws its bottled water from a Sacramento water district during California’s drought.

According to the label, the water comes from the Sacramento Municipal Water Supply. This comes on the heels of Starbucks opting to move sourcing and production of its Ethos bottled water from California to Pennsylvania.

While the label reads Great Value, the fine print reveals the bottled water is anything but a deal, especially for Sacramento residents.

Sacramento sells water to a bottler, DS Services of America, at 99 cents for every 748 gallons—the same rate as other commercial and residential customers. That water is then bottled and sold at Walmart for 88 cents per gallon, meaning that $1 of water from Sacramento turns into $658.24 for Walmart and DS Services.

Shouldn’t the residents of Sacramento at least share in some of the profits earned if the municipality is going to sell its precious local resources to a mega corporation?

Elmets wonders if this perfectly legal business operation will get a big thumbs-down from California consumers. This comes as Sacramento-area water districts are preparing to enforce residential water-use cuts as high as 36 percent.

“It’s certainly leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth when you can’t fill up a swimming pool, if you’re building a new home in West Sacramento; you can’t water your lawn if you’re living in this region. And to find out they’re making a huge profit off of this, it’s just not right,” Elmets said.

Meanwhile, let’s not forget…

Walmart Admits in its Annual Report that its Profits Depend Heavily on Corporate Welfare

Let’s see if the people of Sacramento have the will or ability to do anything about this.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-11/how-wal-mart-makes-instant-65724-profit-selling-california-water

March Against Monsanto, May 23, 2015



This is a Call to Action for a
Non-Hierarchical Occupation of Monsanto Everywhere

Whether you like it or not, chances are Monsanto contaminated the food you ate today with chemicals and unlabeled GMOs. Monsanto controls much of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy worldwide. This site is dedicated to empowering citizens of the world to take action against Monsanto & it’s enablers like the FDA, USDA, EPA, GMA, BIO, and the processed food companies that use Monsanto’s products.



March Against Monsanto, May 23, 2015


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EARTH – Saturday, May 23, a broad coalition of individuals and groups will gather in cities and towns all over the world, as part of a global March Against Monsanto. The intention of this march is to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to fight for labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered and/or modified materials.

It has been estimated that 38 countries spanning 6 continents and 428 cities will be participating in the Global March Against Monsanto for a peaceful, non-violent, informational protest.

Monsanto’s and other companies (e.g., Dow, Syngenta) genetically engineered food pose scientifically established health risks. These include, but are not limited to: organ damage, sterility and infant mortality, birth defects, immune reactions, allergies and increased cancer risks, http://healthyfoodnaturally.com/2012/02/07/gmo-health-risks/

“Monsanto is bankrupting famers, causing soil infertility, mono-cropping, loss of biodiversity, and bee hive collapse. Furthermore, their practices pose a very real threat to organic farming and loss of native plants. It is causing dependency on a centralized food system. In aggregate, this is a recipe for global famine,” warns long-time activist and member of the Gateway Greens, Daniel Romano.

An “Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)” (www.i-sis.org.uk/list.php), signed by 828 scientists from 84 countries, detailed concern regarding GMOs coupled with a call for immediate 5 year suspension of GMO crops in order to conduct “a comprehensive public enquiry of agriculture and food security for all.”

GMOs have been removed and banned by Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South America, Russia, France, and Switzerland.

“Monsanto does not want consumers to know what they are eating and is continuing to aggressively fight labeling of GMOs in food. This effort is now reaching even further than blocking attempts by states like California, Oregon and Hawaii from passing labeling laws. Currently a Monsanto former lobbyist is one of the corporate representatives drafting the newest and largest international trade agreement, the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). Non-Labeling of GMO foods is being written into the TPP.” – Barbara Chicherio, Gateway Green Alliance

The legislation pushed by the opposition is known much maligned (and misleading) “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” which has been dubbed by activists as the DARK (Deny Americans the Right to Know) Act.

The DARK Act was actually introduced by a powerful pro-GMO food lobby (learn more about it here).

An online event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/753961208032987/
A complete list of events can be found here: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/events
SOURCE: March Against Monsanto

More here: http://occupy-monsanto.com/march-against-monsanto-may-23-2015/

Stand with Kaua`i! Sign the Petition to Syngenta’s Swiss HQ


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Syngenta, one of the world’s largest chemical corporations, sprays tons of restricted use pesticides on the tiny island of Kaua`i – next to schools, hospitals, and homes. Many of these pesticides are banned in Switzerland, Syngenta’s HQ. Show your support for Kaua`i by signing this petition! – See more at: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.FiB74H6b.dpuf

why sign?

  • People of Kaua`i should be afforded the same rights and protections by Syngenta that its home country of Switzerland requires for its own people!
  • Please sign the petition, share with your friends and help the residents of Kaua`i send a loud message half way around the world on behalf of all Hawai`i.
  • This petition will be presented to the Swiss government and Syngenta Execs on May 8th!
  • Kauai`i is “Ground Zero” for pesticide intensive research operations by the world’s largest chemical corporations!

– See more at: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.FiB74H6b.dpuf

I join the residents of Kaua`i and support them in asking the government and people of Switzerland to instruct Syngenta, which is headquarted in Switzerland, to:

  1. Offer Kaua`i and all Hawai`i the same respect and protections that are afforded to the residents of Switzerland.
  2. Stop spraying Atrazine, Paraquat and 4 other pesticide “active ingredients” which are banned in Switzerland but are sprayed by Syngenta on a regular basis next to and upwind from Kaua`i schools, hospitals and homes.
  3. Honor Kaua`i’s laws as they honor the people and the laws of Switzerland. Ask Syngenta to drop their lawsuit against the people of Kaua`i over a democratically passed law (Bill 2491/Ordinance 960) that would establish pesticide buffer zones around the places we live and go to school. Ask them to stop using the courts to hide information about what they spray and to what they expose Kaua`i’s people on a daily basis.

I stand with Kaua`i and all the people of Hawai`i in asking the Swiss people and the Swiss government for their support.

Sign here: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.FiB74H6b.dpuf

Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health & Environment at Risk ~ Center for Food Safety


May 6th, 2015

The chemical industry’s experimentation with pesticide-promoting genetically engineered (GE) crops increasingly threaten Hawai‘i’s public health, biodiversity and food independence. To curb these threats and raise public awareness about this issue, HCFS has published the groundbreaking, in-depth report Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health and Environment at Risk.

Download the key findings
Download the abridged report

On O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i, chemical and biotechnology companies Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Dow Chemical, and BASF have purchased prime agricultural land, taking advantage of Hawai‘i’s isolation and year-round growing season, in order to field test crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand greater applications of pesticides.

Hawai’i is a relatively small state, but has one of the highest rates of open-air GE field tests in the U.S – in 2014, chemical companies conducted GE field tests on over 1,381 sites. Herbicide resistance has been the most frequently tested trait over the past five years. This means GE crops tested in Hawai‘i, by and large, are designed to withstand ever greater applications of herbicides, posing a direct threat to human and environmental health..

Pesticide drift is a primary concern for communities living alongside GE operations. In the report, HCFS reviews over 150 published scientific and medical research examining the threats pesticides used in Hawai‘i pose to public health, especially the risk to pregnant women and young children. The findings reveal that pesticide exposure in utero and early life has been linked to childhood cancers, neurobehavioral and cognitive deficits, adverse birth outcomes, and asthma.

Neither pesticides nor GE crops are adequately regulated in the state of Hawai‘i, and this report is a major advancement in efforts to establish stronger regulations that protect Hawai‘i’s people and natural resources from harmful exposure to pesticides.

Read the abridged version of “Pesticides in Paradise: Hawai‘i’s Health & Environment at Risk”

 

As a resource for communities across the islands, HCFS is offering free presentation of the report’s key findings, and we encourage you to sign-up for a presentation in your neighborhood or for your organization – Sign up here.


She Reunites A Horse With His Old Friend. Now Watch The Horse In Red…


Ed. Note: Beautiful, heartwarming reunion of three magnificent horses. Horse and animal lovers enjoy the love and grab some tissue, this is an amazing sight to see! Blessings and aloha, {~A~}

WATCH VIDEO

By Barbara Diamond

Do horses remember each other and have emotions? You’re about to find out, and I have a feeling it’ll bring tears to your eyes.

In December of 2012, Sue repurchased Arthur, a horse that she bred but had to eventually sell. During this period, two of Arthur’s playmates from “foalhood” came to stay with her. William had been with Arthur since they were foals and Harry arrived as a foal a year later. Harry and William have shared their lives with many other horses and ponies since Spring 2009.

Would Arthur — a thoroughbred sports horse now aged eight-and-a-half – have any memory at all of the two New Forest pony playmates with whom he shared his youth? And likewise, would William and Harry recognize that little thoroughbred guy who was once their best mate?

Sue arranged for their incredible reunion in an English field where William and Harry had once briefly lived. She enlisted filmmaker Bruce Selkirk to capture the reunion on camera. The five-minute film you’re about to see is the editing down of nearly an hour of extraordinary footage.

Keep in mind that Mustons Field, the place where all three horses grew up together, was already sold at the time of this reunion; there was nothing familiar to them, other than the hearts and souls of these three bonded friends.

Sue recently posted an update. “It is now April 2015 and I thought I would give you an update. Arthur, William and Harry are still all together and very happy, so am I! We now have a wonderful home in South Dartmoor where we run Adventures with Horses, Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning.”

Arthur, Harry, and William still live together to this day!

This tree produces 40 different types of fruit


Image: Sam Van Aken

An art professor from Syracuse University in the US, Van Aken grew up on a family farm before pursuing a career as an artist, and has combined his knowledge of the two to develop his incredible Tree of 40 Fruit.

In 2008, Van Aken learned that an orchard at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station was about to be shut down due to a lack of funding. This single orchard grew a great number of heirloom, antique, and native varieties of stone fruit, and some of these were 150 to 200 years old. To lose this orchard would render many of these rare and old varieties of fruit extinct, so to preserve them, Van Aken bought the orchard, and spent the following years figuring out how to graft parts of the trees onto a single fruit tree.

Working with a pool of over 250 varieties of stone fruit, Van Aken developed a timeline of when each of them blossom in relationship to each other and started grafting a few onto a working tree’s root structure. Once the working tree was about two years old, Van Aken used a technique called chip grafting to add more varieties on as separate branches. This technique involves taking a sliver off a fruit tree that includes the bud, and inserting that into an incision in the working tree. It’s then taped into place, and left to sit and heal over winter. If all goes well, the branch will be pruned back to encourage it to grow as a normal branch on the working tree.

After about five years and several grafted branches, Van Aken’s first Tree of 40 Fruit was complete.

Aken’s Tree of 40 Fruit looks like a normal tree for most of the year, but in spring it reveals a stunning patchwork of pink, white, red and purple blossoms, which turn into an array of plums, peaches, apricots, nectarines, cherries and almonds during the summer months, all of which are rare and unique varieties.

Not only is it a beautiful specimen, but it’s also helping to preserve the diversity of the world’s stone fruit. Stone fruits are selected for commercial growing based first and foremost on how long they keep, then how large they grow, then how they look, and lastly how they taste. This means that there are thousands of stone fruit varieties in the world, but only a very select few are considered commercially viable, even if they aren’t the best tasting, or most nutritious ones.

Van Aken has grown 16 Trees of 40 Fruit so far, and they’ve been planted in museums, community centres, and private art collections around the US. He now plans to grow a small orchard of these trees in a city setting.

Of course, the obvious question that remains is what happens to all the fruit that gets harvested from these trees? Van Aken told Lauren Salkeld at Epicurious:

“I’ve been told by people that have [a tree] at their home that it provides the perfect amount and perfect variety of fruit. So rather than having one variety that produces more than you know what to do with, it provides good amounts of each of the 40 varieties. Since all of these fruit ripen at different times, from July through October, you also aren’t inundated.”

Read rest of the interview and see video

http://www.sciencealert.com/news/20142107-25892.html

Viral photo of Tumalo Falls vandals taken by Prineville man prompts investigation


Note: Many tourists coming to Kauai are guilty of vandalizing and littering state parks, beaches and sacred sites all over the island. Wish I had a nickel for every piece of trash and all the cigarette butts I’ve collected from the ground after careless people thoughtlessly left trash on our beautiful aina without a second thought. It’s sickening, hoards of people visit daily who are so self-centered and callous, completely disconnected from the very planet that gives them life, with not one iota of concern for island residents who hold these lands sacred in their hearts.
The man who took the photo below and placed it on social media should be commended for his actions. It’s up to the people who care to begin policing the behavior of others with effective, non-violent measures that garner results. Hopefully the father of these kids will be found and held accountable for his crime and lack of social responsibility and parenting skills. He’s just another 40yr old man going on 16yrs old, someone who needs to grow up.
If you think I’m being harsh, well I’m sorry. After all the desecration that takes place here on a daily basis by tourists – with over 1 million a year visiting Kauai – my patience runs thin for the misguided souls who desecrate our beautiful aina.
 Quoting a line from Game of Thrones “Off with their heads!”
Just kidding…
Although, maybe if more people faced “recognizable” consequences for their actions things would be much different. Right now, most people have so much negative karma in cue, they believe “bad sh*t happening” is just a way of life and completely overlook the Law of Attraction, “cause and effect” connection.
But, I’m preaching to the choir here…thanks for letting me vent :)
Much love, gratitude and aloha, blessings {~A~}
 

UPDATE: Tumalo Falls viral vigilante thinks he has identified vandals

Prineville resident Brett Nelson thought a spontaneous hike up Tumalo Falls would be the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Saturday.

But instead of lifting his spirits, the scene at the Bend-area waterfall ruined Nelson’s day. An adult man and his teenage companions – a boy and a girl – were carving their names into the railing beneath the falls.

When he asked them to stop, the trio refused. Their blatancy irked Nelson, 41, a fourth-generation Oregonian whose favorite pastime is “exploring and finding things that have never been touched.”

Nelson’s hiking companion, Lyle Sweeney, took a photo of the trio, and Nelson shared it on Facebook.

“PROUD parent letting children carve names in tumalo falls hand railing,” he wrote, along with the photograph of the trio.

In the image, the man dips his hand into a plastic food bag while the boy smiles and the girl holds up a peace sign.

The photo has since been shared more than 35,000 times on Facebook, with many users calling upon their social media contacts to help identify the vandals. The Forest Service is investigating, too.

“Brett doing what he did really helps us out,” said Deschutes National Forest spokeswoman Kassidy Kern. “For as spoiled as his experience felt in the moment, it certainly has catalyzed a movement of people who really value public lands.”

Without visual evidence of the vandals, Kern said, the agency likely would have opted not to investigate. Vandalism is so common in the 1.6 million acre forest, she said, the agency must pick and choose which incidents merit the expense of an investigation.

Nelson said both the man and the kids challenged him when he objected to their carving on the railing. Nelson asked the man for his license plate number, “so I can carve my name in the hood of your car.” He said the man responded “go for it, it’s a rental car.”

When he asked where they were from, the man responded “California.”

“I was like, ‘Go back,'” Nelson said. “Go carve your name in your own picnic table. Nobody wants you here.”

Vandalism isn’t unusual at Tumalo Falls, nor at other recreation sites across Oregon and beyond.

It’s a big problem, said Glen Sachet, a regional spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service. In the Northwest alone, Forest Service staff and volunteers spend countless hours investigating, prosecuting and cleaning up after vandals.

“It costs the public money, it damages the long-term sustainability of our resources and our facilities, and it’s ugly,” Sachet said.

It’s also virtually impossible to stop.

The agency recently won a long-awaited conviction against a man who went “mudding” in Washington’s Colville National Forest, tearing up a delicate meadow. Soon afterward, Sachet said, “it happened again.”

Nearer to Tumalo Falls, Forest Service workers recently discovered boulders that had been removed from the banks of Whychus Creek, then rolled down an embankment. They haven’t located a suspect.

Although officials have yet to identify the people in Nelson’s photo, they’ve got thousands of extra detectives on the case. This isn’t the first time social media users have lent a hand to investigate vandalism on public land.

Earlier this year, Casey Nocket took social media heat and became the subject of a National Parks Service investigation after she posted pictures to Instagram of drawings she made on rock faces in national parks from Crater Lake to Yosemite.

When another Instagram user expressed dismay about Nocket’s graffiti, she responded, “I know, I’m a bad person.”

Defacing public property is a misdemeanor in Oregon. Depending on the cost of replacing the damaged property, the Tumalo Falls vandals could face jail time and thousands of dollars of fines, if caught.

So far, Nelson said, no leads have turned up, “but I have like 7,000 unread instant messages in my queue.”

“I don’t want any kind of ramifications toward the kids,” he said. “That’s not the message I’m trying to get across. I just want wrongdoing to be admitted and for us all to move on.”

— Kelly House

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/05/prineville_mans_viral_photo_of.html

The Nut Behind Fracking US Volcano’s Ernest J. Moniz


So who’s the Mastermind that decided fracking volcano’s is a good idea? Seriously?? {face palm, shake head}

Mary’s commentary on this story is priceless…

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BOYCOTT Nestle Products: Especially bottled water


People should be marching on Nestle headquarters and in front the CEO’s home, until the plundering our waters stops. This is a war crime against humanity and nature. The management of Nestle should be arrested, charged with war crimes and held accountable. Enough!

Daily Kos's photo.

If Nestlé is unwilling to stop their practice of bottling water in drought-stricken areas,

then it’s time for us as consumers to take action and boycott their water.

Sign the pledge and share with friends: No more Nestlé bottled water! http://trib.al/FjkSfPH

A gift worth preserving Wilcox family donates 40 acres of Kauai’s “Taro land” to trust


 

Posted: Friday, April 24, 2015

HANALEI — A Hawaii family donated two perpetual conservation easements on Thursday to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.

The donation comprises about 40 acres of wetland taro located in Waioli Valley and was given to ensure it remained in its natural state forever.

Waioli Valley, situated mauka of Kuhio Highway in Hanalei, has been in active taro production since pre-contact times and remains a major producer of poi for the state. Waioli translates to “joyful water,” or “singing waters,” in Hawaiian.

Donated by Gaylord and Carol Wilcox, and their daughters Nicole Pedersen, Darcie Gray and Eliza Wilcox, the conservation easements place permanent restrictions on the important farm land protecting it from future development and degradation.

“If lands like these are not protected for the long term, we believe pressures that are evident now for housing development will win out, and the majority of Waioli Valley will be housing before the century is out,” Gaylord Wilcox said when asked why the family made the donation.

The conservation easements will not only ensure the land cannot be developed but identify certain conservation values, agricultural resources, cultural and historical values, wildlife habitat, and inherent scenic beauty, which cannot be compromised or threatened by future land uses, a press release announcing the donation stated.

“Waioli Valley is a truly iconic place, and the preservation of this place is essential to the continuation of Kauai’s rich history of taro production, the ecological well-being of the greater Hanalei area and the protection of an unforgettable scenic vista,” HILT Executive Director Ted Clement said in the release. “We are incredibly grateful to the Wilcox family for their generosity, long-term vision and commitment to land conservation.”

A perpetual conservation easement is HILT’s primary conservation tool. It is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a qualified conservation entity, such as HILT, that permanently restricts certain activities on land to protect its conservation values.

The landowner who donates a conservation easement to HILT remains the landowner, and HILT must uphold the conservation easement even with future landowners of the subject property.

The nonprofit HILT is the first and only nationally accredited local land trust in Hawaii that has conserved over 17,500 acres to date.

http://thegardenisland.com/news/local/a-gift-worth-preserving/article_ef24b6ae-ea51-11e4-a68e-83235085b600.html

Massive pollution scandal in Norwegian fjord


 

From: foeeurope.org courtesy of RedIceCreations.com

The Norwegian government today gave the green light to one of the biggest single instances of pollution in the country’s history. A new mine will dump its toxic tailings directly into the Førde fjord in the west of Norway.

“It is shocking that Norway is the only country in the world allow new projects of this kind”, said Lars Haltbrekken of Friends of the Earth Norway.

The controversial mining project in the Førde fjord will allow the mining industry to use the highly biodiverse fjord as a dumping ground. Friends of the Earth Norway reacted strongly to the government’s permission to pollute the fjord, which has previously been designated as a national salmon fjord by the government on account of the richness of its marine life.

The government has given permission to one of the biggest pollution scandals in Norwegian history. The Førde fjord is pristine and a rich source of fish, which will be greatly damaged by the vast amounts of tailings which will be dumped from the mine. Every minute, 24 hours of the day, for 40 years, 11 tons of tailings will be dumped in the fjord. Norway’s foremost marine scientists have given sharp warnings against the plans. The government completely ignores this.

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries protested the plans, because of the negative impacts on marine life. The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research has also issued several reports showing the dumping of tailings would do massive damage to life in the fjord.

“All the advice from environmental experts suggest that this is an issue where the precautionary principle should have been invoked”, continued Lars Haltbrekken.

Local businesses including fisheries and tourism-related enterprises have also protested the projects, as they endanger existing jobs in sustainable sectors, and harm Norway’s reputation. The Norwegian Environment Agency warned against using the fjord as a dumping ground last year over fears that species of fish could be permanently erased from Norwegian waters. Today, they have reached a different conclusion based on a “comprehensive review” of all the factors involved.

“The Environmental Agency’s position is hard to understand. We thought their responsibility was to the protection of our environment. The mining industry have several good alternatives available, but will now be allowed increased profits, by sending the bill for their pollution to our nature, our fisheries and future generations”, concluded Lars Haltbrekken.

Source: foeeurope.org

Note: Even in the face of enormous concern from environmental organization and other government agency’s, the EPA – Environmental Polluters Agenda – are continuing to plunder the global environment for profits without one iota of concern for consequences or environmental impact…(face palm)

The collapse of this corrupt system can’t happen soon enough….