Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating


Date: 03-Mar-15
Country: UK
Author: Kyle Plant

Satellite data suggests forest loss is accelerating Photo: Bruno Kelly
A view is seen from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 10, 2015.
Photo: Bruno Kelly

Satellite images suggest tropical forests from the Amazon to the Philippines are disappearing at a far more rapid pace than previously thought, a University of Maryland team of forest researchers say.

The annual rate of deforestation from 1990 to 2010 was 62 percent higher than in the previous decade, and higher than previous estimates, according to a study carried out of satellite maps covering 80 percent of the world’s tropical forests.

The new study questions the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) assessment, which suggested that the rate of deforestation actually decreased 25 percent from 1990 to 2010.

Until now, “the Forest Resource Assessment (FRA) report of the United Nation’s FAO was the only one available source to estimate long term forest change and its trends,” said Do-Hyung Kim, lead author of the study that is expected to be published in Geophysical Research Letters.

“However, the FAO report has been criticized for inconsistency in its survey methods and the definition of what is a forest. Our result is important in that we are providing a satellite-based alternative for the FRA,” he said.

The FAO assessment has been based in large part on self reporting from tropical forest countries, Kim said. In contrast, Kim and his University of Maryland colleagues analyzed 5,444 Landsat images from 1990, 2000, 2005 and 2010 to assess how much forest was lost or gained 34 countries, which account for about 80 percent of tropical forest land in the world.

During the 1990 to 2000 time period, the annual net forest loss across all the countries was 4 million hectares (about 15,000 square miles or 40,000 square kilometers) per year, according to the study.

From 2000 to 2010, the net forest loss increased 62 percent to 6.5 million hectares (about 25,000 square miles or 65,000 square kilometers) per year – an area of forest clearing the size of Sri Lanka each year.

BIGGEST LOSSES IN LATIN AMERICA

The study found that tropical Latin America showed the largest increase annual net forest losses – 1.4 million hectares (about 5,400 square miles or 14,000 square kilometers) per year from the 1990s to the 2000s. Brazil topped the list with an annual 0.6 million-hectare loss (about 2,300 square miles or 6,000 square kilometers) per year.

Tropical Asia showed the second largest increase in deforestation with 0.8 million hectares (about 3,100 square miles or 8,000 square kilometers) lost per year, led by countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines.

Tropical Africa showed the least amount of annual net forest area loss, but still saw a steady increase due to cutting primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar.

The U.N.’s Forest Resource Assessment reported during the same time period that there was a 25 percent decrease in deforestation in tropical forest countries.

SATELLITES OF ‘LIMITED VALUE’

However, Rodney Keenan, a University of Melbourne forest science researcher who participated in the FAO’s last forest assessment, said the agency’s report might not be as flawed as it seems.

“The Kim study uses automated remotely sensed imagery only,” he said. “This gives a picture of one aspect of forest change, while ground estimates and management information give other perspectives,” such as whether land without trees is set to be reforested.

“Most experts consider that relying on remote sensing alone, as these authors have done, is of limited value in understanding forest dynamics and management,” he said.

Keenan agreed that both approaches could be considered “complementary” and the new study presents “interesting new data”.

However, Kim said the Forest Resource Assessment missed deforestation that is obvious in satellite images. For example, the FRA reported no change of deforestation rates in 16 of 34 countries looked at in both studies, including Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The new study, however, found increasing deforestation in those countries, he said.

Drivers of increased deforestation include an increase in urban population, logging and growth of agriculture, according to research from NASA.

Deforestation contributes about 10 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions that drive global warming, studies suggest, which has led to a range of efforts to reduce the problem.

The UN-led Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) effort, for instance, helps channel money from richer nations to poorer tropical forest ones in exchange for efforts to protect tropical forests.

Satellite imaging is one way to hold countries more accountable for their deforestation, Kim said. He noted that “as deforestation accelerates, we can project climate change will also accelerate.”

Keenan said better understanding where and why deforestation happens can help “explore the opportunities to reduce (forest) conversion.”

“Reducing deforestation, increasing forest area and sustainably managing our forests can be an important contribution to action on climate change,” he said.

The FAO is set to issue an updated forest assessment in September at the World Forestry Congress.

(Editing by Laurie Goering)

http://planetark.org/enviro-news/item/72878

Kilauea Summit Lava Lake Rises To Highest Point


APRIL 23, 2015: Summit lava lake, as seen on USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam on Thursday.

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK – The Kilauea volcano summit lava lake at Halema’uma’u has risen to its highest point since October 2012, and spatter from the lava was barely visible from Jaggar Museum this morning, according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

The rising lava lake coincides with an increased rate of summit inflation, which began with a steady climb on Tuesday evening and a steeper increase on Wednesday. As of this posting on Thurday, the inflation continues.

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Inflation at the new rate continues this morning. In concert with the inflation, the level of the summit lava lake rose to what may be its highest level since October 2012. It was measured at 28 m (90 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater yesterday evening, and had climbed a few more meters (yards) by this morning. Spattering at the south edge of the lake was barely visible from Jaggar Museum this morning. The high level also triggered a few small collapses from the Overlook crater walls over the past day. Along with the activity described above, seismicity has increased beneath Kilauea’s summit and upper East Rift Zone. Sulfur dioxide emission rates averaged 4000-7000 tonnes/day for the week ending April 14.USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on April 23, 2015 at 7:22 a.m.

Excitement over the current volcanic activity will likely increase as word gets out about the rising lava lake, as it did in October 2012. The summit is located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This video is from that time, two and a half years ago.

The current summit eruption began in March 2008. This summary is posted on the USGS HVO website:

Summit The summit lava lake is within an elliptical crater (unofficially called the Overlook crater), which has dimensions of approximately 160 m (520 ft) by 210 m (690 ft), inset within the eastern portion of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The lake level has varied from about 25 m to more than 200 m (out of sight) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The Overlook crater has been more-or-less continuously active since it opened during a small explosive event on March 19, 2008. The lake level responds to summit tilt changes with the lake generally receding during deflation and rising during inflation. Since 2013, the lava level has been typically between 30 m (100 ft) and 60 m (200 ft) below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. Small collapses in the Overlook crater are common, and over time have resulted in a gradual enlargement of the Overlook crater. The ambient SO2 concentrations near the vent vary greatly, but are persistently higher than 10 ppm and frequently exceed 50 ppm (upper limit of detector) during moderate trade winds. The gas plume typically includes a small amount of ash-sized tephra (mostly fresh spatter bits and Pele’s hair from the circulating lava lake). The heaviest pieces are deposited onto nearby surfaces while the finer bits can be carried several kilometers before dropping out of the plume.

 http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2015/04/23/kilauea-summit-lava-lake-rises-to-highest-point/#sthash.nejX7j8k.dpuf

Petition to Swiss Govt: Protect Hawai`i from Syngenta!


 

Stand with the People of Kaua`i, sign the Petition to Syngenta’s Swiss HQ!

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.MNaQwgYl.dpuf

why sign?

  • Kauai`i is “Ground Zero” for pesticide intensive research operations by the world’s largest chemical corporations!
  • West Kaua`i residents have no choice but to live, work and sleep downwind from restricted use pesticide spraying 2 out of every 3 days a year!
  • 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.

SIGN HERE: https://ujoin.org/campaigns/44/actions/public?action_id=48#sthash.MNaQwgYl.hBpw9ntN.dpuf

China’s Bees on Antibiotics! China Prepares for Food Shortage and Agriculture Boom!


Note: Whenever possible always buy RAW, unfiltered honey from local producers. In addition to avoiding problems with a contaminated food supply, honey from your area provides immune boosters necessary for pathogens in your local environment.

Blessings to all, {~A~}

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http://foodsupply.myefoods.com/freemeals No Bees creates Food Shortage! Why Are The Honey Bees Dying? Vanishing bees will create a food shortage, no bees or lack of bees to pollinate the fruits and vegetables.

Hemp and the Decontamination of Radioactive Soil


Posted December 25th 2013

Hemp science is now advancing in leaps and bounds compared to the stagnation of the previous few decades. One significant area of research that is currently receiving particular attention is phytoremediation, or decontamination of soil—although the discovery that hemp leaches contaminants from soil has been known for some time.

The Chernobyl phytoremediation project

For over a decade, industrial hemp growing in the environs of the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine has been helping to reduce soil toxicity. Now, the Japanese are considering following the same course in order to rectify the environmental damage caused by the Fukushima meltdown—however, due to the Cannabis Control Law forced into Japanese law by the occupying U.S. powers in 1948, hemp may only be grown under license—which are highly restricted and difficult to obtain.

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In 1989, just three years after the initial explosion, the Soviet administration of the time requested that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assess the environmental situation. In the 30km exclusion zone surrounding Chernobyl, high concentrations of various toxic metals including iodine, cesium-137, strontium-90 and plutonium were found in the soil, as well as in plants and animals themselves.

Which Plants are Useful in Phytoremediation?

In response, it was decided that a concerted effort to reduce soil contamination through the use of beneficial plants would be undertaken. This process, known as phytoremediation, began immediately, and used various plants to take up specific contaminants—two brassica varieties to remove chromium, lead, copper and nickel, maize to take up lead (various researchers have demonstrated the remarkable lead-uptake capability of this important crop), and more recently, sunflower and hemp.

Sunflower plantings began in 1996 subsequent to the development of a variety that promised hitherto unheard-of efficiency of decontamination; hemp plantings soon followed, in 1998. Slavik Dushenkov, a research scientist with Phytotech, one of the organisations behind the hemp plantings, stated that “hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants we have been able to find”.

As well as in the Ukraine, much rural land in neighbouring Belarus was affected by the explosion, and authorities there are also pursuing the use of hemp as a decontaminant. The harvest produced will be turned into ethanol, as increased production of biofuel is a key target for increasing the overall economic and environmental health of the region.   

Differences in Metal Uptake From Soil

In 2012, a Romanian study investigated the nutritional safety of hemp seed produced from plants grown in soils rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. The study determined that five distinct Romanian hemp strains developed different nutritional profiles according to uptake of the various metals in the soil. For example, the Zenit strain exhibited highest rates of calcium uptake, while the Armanca absorbed least calcium; the Diana, Denise and Silvana strains absorbed magnesium at the highest rates, and the Zenit variety showed the highest concentrations of iron.

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Despite the differences, the seeds and oil of all five strains exhibited high levels of magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc and potassium, all highly beneficial dietary metals. However, all varieties also tested above the safe legal limit for cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that may cause various health complications—despite the soil being within the safe limit for cadmium concentration. The Armanca and Silvana strains showed particularly high cadmium levels.

Hemp and Cadmium Absorption

Excessive consumption of foodstuffs high in cadmium can lead to joint and bone deformities, respiratory illness, anaemia, and kidney failure. In areas where cadmium is present in the soil, in order to be safe for human or animal consumption, hemp varieties should be selected on the basis of poor cadmium uptake.

According to a study into Chinese hemp strains conducted in 2011, many hemp strains have the ability to absorb and accumulate even large quantities of cadmium in soil without detriment to the plant itself. While this does throw up various implications for selection of sites for cultivation of food-safe hemp, it also indicates that cadmium-contaminated sites will particularly benefit from phytoremediation schemes that make primary or exclusive use of hemp. Furthermore, even if hemp used to decontaminate soil is unsafe for consumption, it can still be used in a number of industrial applications, such as for biofuel.

Hemp is Mostly Unaffected by Heavy Metals in Soil

Hemp’s resilience to contaminants in soil is well-documented. Even as early as 1975, a study published in the Agronomy Journal described how soil characteristics influenced elemental uptake and could even affect final cannabinoid profile in psychoactive strains. To illustrate this, fifteen sites with varying soil profiles were planted with the same strain of Afghan cannabis, and their harvests tested for metal content. Researchers concluded that differences could be used to determine geographic origin of cannabis through foliar analysis.

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In 1995, the Polish Institute of Natural Fibres released a study demonstrating that tested varieties were able to withstand high levels of heavy metals in soil without impacting plant growth, yield or fibre quality. However, little research has been done into the safety of using fibres in clothing or other forms of industry, and this issue must be investigated fully in order to establish the possible uses for hemp grown in such conditions.

As a proven, valuable tool in the fight to repair human-inflicted damage to our soils and ecosystems, hemp could potentially benefit hundreds of thousands of sites across the globe—it is estimated that in the USA alone there are 30,000 sites requiring remediation. As is so often the case, US restrictions on hemp cultivation preclude any large-scale operations from being implemented, and the contaminated sites are largely left unremediated, through lack of both funding and interest on the part of the government.

http://sensiseeds.com/en/blog/hemp-decontamination-radioactive-soil/

US Patents Signal End of Pesticides and GMO


by Jefferey Jaxen Feb 27, 2015

Contributor, ZrnGardner.com

Humanity is facing a problem. Our immediate environment is riddled with pesticides. They are making us unhealthy faster than we can study the effects. In addition, these pesticides play large roles in the massive bee deaths and decline of soil health. The companies that profit from making these pesticides have made it clear they won’t stop. Our petitions to the EPA and FDA are mostly ignored due to revolving door leadership between pesticide makers and government regulators. Is there an answer? Yes there is!

SMART Pesticides

Paul Stamets, the world’s leading mycologist, filed a patent in 2001 that was purposely given little attention. In the words of pesticide industry executives, this patent represents “The most disruptive technology that we have ever witnessed.” The biopesticides described in the patent reveals a near permanent, safe solution for over 200,000 species of insects and it all comes from a mushroom. After what is called ‘sporulation’ of a select entomopathogenic fungi (fungi that kill insects) the area becomes no longer suitable for any insect(s) the fungi are coded for. In addition, extracts of the entomopathogenic fungi can also steer insects in different directions.

This literally is a paradigm shift away from the entire idea of pesticides. Instead of having an aim to kill all problematic insect, a farmer could simply disperse a solution of pre-sporulation fungi amongst the crops. The insects would then simply live their lives around the crops paying no attention to them. This simple idea flies in the face of the current, poorly thought-out, practice of spraying ever increasing amounts of pesticides on resistant bugs. Going further, this biopesticide would also eliminate the need for round-up ready GMO seeds and BT seeds that grow the pesticides in the crop needlessly endangering us, the consumer. Perhaps the most enticing element of this biopesticide fungi is that it’s essentially free. According to the patent, it can be “cultivated on agricultural waste.” We are looking at a  100% safe, natural technology that literally can end all GMO and pesticide manufacturers overnight with a new class of  SMART Pesticides.

“The matrix of pre-sporulating fungi can optionally be dried, freeze-dried, cooled and/or pelletized and packaged and reactivated for use as an effective insect attractant and/or biopesticide.” –Paul Stamets Patent for Mycoattractants and mycopesticides

Optimism Empowers

Even if we stop pesticide spraying now, scores of new research is confirming that our environment, food, soil, and bodies already carry traces of the chemicals. If the chemicals are so bad for us, there would be signs by now right? These are two common rebuttals from pesticide companies and individuals that don’t care to do their research. It’s okay, there just happens to be a patent to help with those issues as well. The US patent filed in 2003, once again from Paul Stamets, describes the utilization of a fungal delivery system for the purpose of

“ecological rehabilitation and restoration, preservation and improvement of habitats, bioremediation of toxic wastes and polluted sites, filtration of agricultural, mine and urban runoff, improvement of agricultural yields and control of biological organisms.”

In addition, there are many out there currently providing solutions to remove/detox any potential pesticide chemicals from the human body. Strategies like community gardens, urban forests, and the resurgence of permaculture are springing up rapidly to pave the way towards a steadily growing number of pesticide free dinner tables and families.

Time to Make History

On a bigger scale, GMO food and pesticides are merely symptoms of an opposite consciousness that is rapidly changing. Put another way, these symptoms are the unwanted gifts from out of control corporations that, by definition, have no empathy towards the needs, health, or life of The People. As Neil Young mentioned in his Starbucks Boycott, pesticide companies like Monsanto are, for the most part, not public-facing companies. As we are witnessing now with GMO brands, a boycott can severely damage their bottom line (lifeblood) but will not eliminate their business model. Due to the fact that they spend untold millions lobbying (purchasing) our politicians and regularly operate revolving doors between public and private positions means that only a paradigm shift will eliminate the entire industry. At that moment, which is approaching, pesticide manufacturers can decide if they would like to cease being the problem and assist in the solution.

The good news is that whatever decision they choose won’t matter. A shift in consciousness around pesticide and GMO use eliminates their influence and knocks them off their fictitious monetary pedestals they believe to be sitting on.

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http://www.zengardner.com/us-patents-signal-end-pesticides-gmo/

Plundering and Pillaging the Oceans by Industry and Private Individuals – BOYCOTT Tuna


Note: If dangerously high mercury levels and radiation aren’t good enough reason to BOYCOTT Tuna, maybe plundering and pillaging will make people think twice before purchasing tuna. Our oceans are in collapse, it’s important that we pay attention and take action in any way we can to help.

The plundering between industry and private individuals has devastating affects on our oceans, and must be stopped before it’s too late for future generations. While we can’t do much about people like the lady below who caught the prize tuna, there’s always karmic blowback. Would love to take a dosimeter to that tuna carcass, with it’s sheer size there’s a good chance she has a highly radioactive fish hanging on her wall.

On the bright side, with the potential for 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi – thankfully it was eaten!

Blessings to all, have a great week! Aloha, {~A~}

Greenpeaces SHOCKING undercover video: dirty tuna fishing

Help stop this: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna
This shocking video shows how sharks, rays and turtles are wiped out by destructive fishing methods used by tuna giants Princes and John West. They get caught in giant nets before being tossed overboard, dead or dying.

Tell Princes and John West this has got to stop: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/dirtytuna

Fisherwoman catches world record 411.6kg TUNA worth $2m or 1769 tins after 4hr battle – New Zealand

It could be worth up to $ 2million, make 2,875 sandwiches, and has been hailed a ‘Picasso of the sea’… but Donna Pascoe wants to stuff her record-breaking tuna catch and hang it on her wall.
The game fisherwoman battled for more than four hours the 411.6kg (64 stone) Pacific bluefin before finally reeling in the high-speed leviathan – thought to be the largest ever caught with a rod and line.

She hooked the fish – which is twice the size of a tuna sold at a Japanese auction last year for $1.09million – using a 60lb line near the Three Kings Islands off Cape Reinga of New Zealand.

The experienced angler first suspected something fishy was going on when her line began to tug.

‘The line was peeling out like it was attached to a freight train,’ said Donna, of Auckland, New Zealand. ‘As usual, I was pretty nervous that I might get spooled. Thankfully, the fish stopped running and I was able to get a bit of line back in.’

Unaware of the scale of her catch, Donna and her four-strong team battled for over four hours to drag the gargantuan 8ft 9′ tuna onto her boat.

‘It was a very stubborn fish, but I’m stubborn as well,’ said Donna.

The wind had got up to gusts of 36 knots and I was getting drenched from the waves coming over the back of the boat.

‘But I was determined to win this one. I knew we had to get the tuna on board before a shark came and bit a chunk out of it.

‘We were all speculating what it was. No way did I think it was a tuna.’

After the 4 hour and 11 minute long battle, the fish was lifted on to the boat, with the help of the anchor winch.

She said: ‘Once we got it on board, everybody’s mouth dropped open. It was absolutely amazing.

‘I was so excited that my arms and legs could have fallen off and I wouldn’t have noticed. I think adrenalin is a great thing and it certainly kept me going.’

At 411.6kg, the fish weighs twice as much as a baby elephant and could fill 3162 cans of tuna.

It blows the current world record for a fish caught on a rod of 335kg out of the water.

Alistair Blair, chairman of The Fish Society, the largest online fish retailer in Britain, told MailOnline: ‘The wholesale value of a bluefin tuna that size would be in the realm of $8,300 (£5,000) to $16,500 (£10,000) – that’s about four times the value of an ordinary tuna. The retail value, of course, would be much higher – somewhere around $83,000 (£50,000) or more.’

Last year, however, a 222kg bluefin tuna sold for $1.09 million at a Tokyo auction. By that standard, Donna’s fish could be worth up to $2 million at auction.

‘People would be willing to pay a lot for a record-breaking fish,’ added Mr Blair. ‘If you have got a bit of that fish to serve at your banquet then you’ve got something pretty boast-worthy.

‘So this would appeal only to people who are billionaires. It’s the fish equivalent of buying a Picasso painting.’

He added that a whole bluefin tuna contains around 55 per cent of edible meat. That means it could make 1,769 tins of tuna (160g, brine drained), 2,875 tuna sandwiches or 511 dishes of tuna sashimi.

Donna, however, is unable to sell it because the fish wasn’t caught on a commercial vessel.

Instead, she plans to have it mounted by a taxidermist at the Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club in New Zealand.

Donna explained: ‘We were originally going to have it smoked and shared around our friends, but then we were talked out of this as it was so monumental.’

Usually a fish is either stuffed with filler material like firmly packed sawdust or it is stretched over a mold and shaped into the desired pose. Donna has chosen to make a mold, but the pose, she says, is yet to be decided.

The enormous catch put Donna in first place in the tuna section for the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals Competition.

She is now awaiting certification from the International Game Fish Association so she can claim the world record.

Bluefin are the world’s largest tuna and can live for up to 40 years. Built for speed, they can dive up to 4,000 feet and have retractable fins so they can seek out schools of herring, mackerel and eels.

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PROOF Taking action with Petitions and Phone Calls WORKS! Santander agrees to end De-Forestation in Borneo


BREAKING: Santander have agreed to cease all loans to forest destroyers APRIL. Last week I saw the below video and petition on FB and was outraged at the sheer devastation to Borneo’s forests, home to endangered tigers, orangutangs and sun bears. So, I signed the petition, shared and to my amazement by the next day thousands of people had already signed the petition and made calls to Santander….and the rest is history! So please, when an issue you care about is supported by a petition, please take a moment to voice your concerns. Petitions give our “collective voice” a platform to speak out against tyranny in all forms, and when enough people take action they work!  Please take a moment when the opportunity arises to make a difference. Mahalo for caring and sharing! Love and gratitude {~A~}

This is fantastic news for the rainforest and a huge success for the hard work everyone put into this campaign – signing petitions, emailing the CEO, calling customer services and visiting branches to make complaints.

Santander have agreed that it will not give anymore loans or extend any current loans to APRIL.

With paper-buyers and banks ditching APRIL left, right and centre, it sends a clear message that it needs to stop cutting down the rainforest.

SHARE this news with everyone to celebrate.

Here’s the story and video behind this successful campaign:

New footage catches APRIL destroying the rainforest in Borneo

Posted 23 February 2015

New footage exposes destruction of the rainforest in Borneo by the paper company APRIL. The high-street bank Santander has loaned APRIL tens of millions of pounds, helping them to cut down more and more rainforest.

Our research team has sent us the first batch of footage from the Indonesian rainforest. They were documenting rainforest destruction by APRIL – the paper company that Santander loaned millions of pounds to.

The video was shot in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. It shows APRIL’s bulldozers systematically destroying ancient rainforest.

Over the past year, APRIL destroyed an area of forest here that’s three times the size of Paris. Trees that had stood since before the invention of the printing press are now being cut down to make cheap paper and disposable packaging.

We’d normally save footage like this until our investigation was complete. But what APRIL is doing is so shocking that we didn’t want to wait.

Most companies want nothing to do with rainforest destruction. Yet the high street bank Santander has loaned APRIL millions of pounds.

Santander’s loans are a crucial lifeline for APRIL. They help it stay afloat even though its customers are deserting in droves.

 

 

“Engineered Winter, Engineered Drought” by Dane Wigington


http://GeoengineeringWatch.org
https://www.facebook.com/dane.wigingt…
Earth’s climate system is being manipulated and forced in too many directions to comprehend. Governments around the globe are participating in the climate engineering not only over their own countries, there is also the weather warfare aspect between opposing countries. Those in pursuit of power have turned our once pristine blue skies into a battlefield. Geoengineering is nothing short of an all out assault against Nature. Truly untainted weather is non existent, deep blue skies are no more. From record snows to record heat and drought, all is now being manipulated by the ecologically devastating climate engineering programs. Each of us must continue to help sound the alarm on the geoengineering insanity so that when the population is forced to wake up (due to the rapidly accelerating devastation that is occurring), they will know just how horrifically they have been violated by those in power. Make your voice heard, share credible data with others, start “spot fires” of awareness wherever you go.

“Tell the Hawai‘i State Legislature to Protect Keiki & Kupuna Health!” The Center for Food Safety


Please join me in taking action against biotech firms in protecting keiki and kapuna (children & seniors), from the continuous onslaught of toxins in the environment…mahalo for caring and sharing…Aloha! {~A~}

Buffer Zones Bill HB 1514 needs your help! This Thursday, February 19 at 8:30 AM in Conference Room 312 the House Committee on Agriculture will hear HB 1514. Agriculture Committee Chair Clift Tsuji, Vice Chair Richard Onishi and members of the committee need to know that you support no spray buffer zones around schools to protect keiki health. SIGN HERE

Buffer zones are a necessary step for mitigating the negative human health impacts of pesticide drift in our state. As you may know, at least 25 schools in Hawai‘i are located within a mile of large agricultural companies that spray restricted-use pesticides. Children, the elderly and other sensitive residents have no choice but to live, work, and commute daily in close proximity to areas where restricted use pesticides are being sprayed.

Notification and disclosure requirements will bring much needed transparency to pesticide regulation in Hawaii and prioritize the protection of Hawaii’s public health and natural resources. These regulations are in line with those of 31 other states who understand that it is vital to provide communities with information about the dangerous chemicals that are regularly applied in close proximity to schools, nursing homes and other sensitive areas. SIGN HERE

We know our members have the power to tip the scales. It’s time for the state to step up and put the health and safety of Hawai‘i’s people first. SIGN HERE

Unprecedented sea lion strandings in California linked to warmer Pacific


SAN FRANCISCO Wed Feb 18, 2015

 (Reuters) – The strandings of a record number of sea lion pups along the California coast this year are linked to a puzzling weather pattern that has warmed their Pacific Ocean habitat and likely impacted fish populations they rely on for food, federal scientists said on Wednesday.

Some 940 stranded sea lions, mostly pups, have been treated by marine mammal centers in California so far this year, according to Justin Viezbicke, West Coast Stranding Coordinator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

That is well above the 240 strandings typically seen through April, and scientists suspect the emaciated pups are prematurely leaving Southern California sea lion rookeries to seek food on their own after their mothers failed to return swiftly from hunting trips to nurse.

“These little pups, so desperate and so thin, are leaving the rookeries long before they’re capable of hunting effectively,” said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, which has treated 220 stranded animals. “It’s alarming because we haven’t seen this number of stranded pups this early in 40 years.”

The strandings are unusual because the pups, born last June, aren’t supposed to be completely weaned until May.

Satellite data show sea lion mothers are foraging in traditional hunting grounds, but likely spending longer periods away, said Sharon Melin, a biologist with NOAA’s National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle.

Fish populations are likely being disrupted by a layer of ocean water, some 100 meters (330 feet) deep, that is 2 to 5 degrees warmer than usual this time of year along the Pacific Coast from Baja to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, said NOAA climatologist Nate Mantua.

The change was caused by a weather pattern involving weak northern and strong southern winds that are creating warmer-than-normal conditions.

It’s unclear how many stranded animals will die among the 300,000-strong sea lion population. In 2013, some 70 percent of nursing pups perished in what NOAA declared

Rescued sea lion pups at the Marine Mammal Care Center ( MMCC/Photo

an “unusual mortality event” linked to strandings.

Melin said pups checked on San Miquel Island this month were 44 percent below average weight at seven months old, marking the lowest growth rate since scientists began recording such measurements in the 1990s.

Most of the stranded pups have been recovered in Southern California, but the pups also swim or are carried further north, and may eventually turn up in Washington state and Oregon, according to Johnson.

“We’re braced for more,” Johnson said.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Sandra Maler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/19/us-usa-wildlife-california-idUSKBN0LN01620150219

Ed. note: Typical propaganda from Rueters aimed at keeping the masses asleep, unaware that the oceans are in a state of collapse from Fukushima radiation, over fishing, garbage, toxins, mercury etc. The fact is sea lion stranding’s are getting worse every year and the public is being lied to, once again.

Lest we forget, Reuters is owned by the Rothschilds.

Mystery of the sick and starving sea lion pups: Hundreds rescued from California coast


Note: What’s never mentioned to the public in the official reports, is that planet Earth is going thru a mass extinction event which began in the early 1900’s  when scientists first began recording mass die-offs – before the toxins of the industrial revolution contaminated the environment. We are at the end of an age and about to pass through the Omega point, to begin anew at the Alpha point and the beginning of a new aeon. There is something much bigger unfolding in the unseen realms, something we must hold faith in.

Which isn’t easy when witnessing are beloved friends in the nature kingdom suffering to such a degree. As a lifelong lover and defender of nature, each time I see a mass die-off or entire populations struggling with starvation, it’s ALWAYS very difficult and disturbing to see.

But, deep down I KNOW in my heart of hearts, that behind the veils of illusion a Higher Order is unfolding. In her long history, our Mother Earth has been through several mass extinction events, and each time She transformed the planet into higher realms of diversity and even more complex life forms. I sense that many animal spirits are crossing over to inhabit the New Earth and that all is unfolding with Divine Purpose. It’s important to have faith and trust in the process unfolding before us.

For myself, as a caretaker for our avian sisters and brothers on our aina, on a daily basis I see birds starving in what remains of their old habitats. Which are now covered with roads, malls, airports, shopping centers, gas stations, and houses with well manicured lawns which have eliminated all the seed stock that once fed our fine feathered friends. And, the pesticides and herbicides not only killed, but poisoned their remaining food supply.  So in addition to being more diseased than ever before by a toxic environment, the birds are STARVING to death too.

When I throw seeds for the birds and table scraps for the feral chickens, it always breaks my heart to see their desperation in making their way to the food. We are supposed to be stewards of our home planet, but unfortunately, humanity has done a miserable job at caretaking for the nature kingdom. We’ve been too busy or distracted over the last few decades to pay attention and we trusted the corporate government to be responsible in regulating industrial waste. And this “Let nature take care of itself” mentality coming from city dwellers has been entirely destructive in nature.

Now, that mentality has run it’s course and humans have destroyed the web of life which supported every living species in a delicate balance, as a result of our collective complacency, we are finally witnessing mass extinction and starvation events.  How all of this will resolve itself and what that will look like, is beyond my perception. So I hold faith that we are all Co-Creating a new paradigm that will also bring in the frequency and skills necessary to heal our beautiful planet, so it’s inhabitants may thrive.

Thank God for the star kids, they are truly the Ones who will manifest miraculous healing for our Mother Earth….Blessings, {~A~}

 

Researchers have been left baffled as hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups continue to wash up on California beaches in what is proving to be a particularly deadly winter for the pinnipeds.

In January, rescuers netted more than 250 frail pups from San Diego to San Francisco Bay, mostly seven-month-olds that should have been nursing with their mothers in the Channel Islands or Mexico.

Although this is the third year of mass die-offs of pups, the 2015 figures are the worst so far. They have even prompted the National Marine Fisheries Service to declare a rare ‘unusual mortality event’.

The reason behind the increasing die-offs is unknown. Many scientists believe warmer-than-average waters are forcing mother sea lions to venture farther out for food, leaving their offspring behind.

Others say the fish the seals eat may be feeding farther from the islands than in the past, leading to the same problem. And some theorize the pups may be suffering from an unidentified disease.

Speaking of the sick pups, Erica Donnelly-Greenan, who manages the Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center’s rescue station, said: ‘They just look very emaciated, very underweight.’

She added: ‘You can see the bones under their skin. You can get a visual of their ribs.’

Dozens of wayward pups have been found at the center, situated along Monterey Bay. The nonprofit responded to 120 pups in the first five or six weeks of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

It is currently treating the pups – many of which washed ashore weighing just 15 or 16 pounds compared to a healthy 40 pounds – with antibiotics. The sickest are being force-fed with tubes.

‘Our numbers are twice what they were in 2013,’ said David Bard, operations director of the San Pedro center. ‘In 2013, we saw an unprecedented number of rescues, it was a record then.’

Meanwhile, more than 50 malnourished sea lion pups have been placed in a holding pen at Sea World San Diego since the beginning of the year after being rescued on beaches along the city’s coast.

‘When they came in, they couldn’t raise their heads, so to see them start grooming and barking, that means they’re feeling much better, much more themselves,’ Sea World vet Dr. Hendrik Rollens said. ‘They are ready to go back to the wild.’

Because young sea lions typically do not wean off their mothers until they are 10 or 11 months old, they could struggle for survival if left by their mothers while they search farther afield for food.

‘The pups are desperate and starving, so they just jump in the water and swim and get pulled to the coastline,’ said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary medicine for the Marine Mammal Center.

Speaking to SFGate, she added: ‘This is the third year that we’ve seen these mass die-offs, but this is the worst so far. If this continues, there will be some long-term effects on the sea lion population.’

Justin Viezbicke, stranding network coordinator for NOAA Fisheries, said the population of sea lions might have reached its capacity in the animals’ environment, sparking the mass die-offs.

‘These animals are a puzzle piece for us,’ Mr Viezbicke said. ‘They provide insight into what’s going on in the environment… These things could come back and affect humans.’

Despite the current situation, sea lions in California have been relatively healthy in recent decades, with the population at 300,000 today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says.

In 1972, Marine Mammal Protection Act helped boost the pinnipeds’ numbers by banning hunters from killing the animals for their hide and blubber. NOAA is investigating the mass die-offs.

 

I got a kick out of Mary Greely’s narrative on this story, here’s a reading with an “attiTude” I can agree with.

Did the Government Give Industrial Hemp a Pass to Clean Up Radiation in the States?


Christina Sarich
NationofChange / News Analysis
Published: Friday 14 February 2014
Hemp has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, but the most interesting fact about hemp is that it “eats” radiation.

Activists have been shouting they want an end to GMO foods for more than a decade now, and Cannabis Sattiva L. supporters have been at it for even longer, so why has the US government finally given farmers the right to legally grow industrial hemp, the non-hallucinatory, sister plant of medical marijuana?

It is safe to say that industrialized hemp should have been legalized years ago. With THC levels so low, you would have to smoke more of it than Snoop Dogg to get ‘high’ – and that’s a lot of Cannabis, it is ridiculous that it was classified as a drug at all. It has numerous uses and could replace many crops that require heavy irrigation and pesticides, like cotton, for example. Here’s the most interesting fact though – hemp plants ‘eat’ radiation.

When the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Reactor 4 accident caused severe radioactive contamination in 1986, families within a 30-kilometer area of the site had to be evacuated. Radioactive contamination was later found at 100 kilometers from the accident site, and Fukushima radiation levels are still to be determined, with the Japanese government planning on dumping their overflowing radiated water tanks into the Pacific as we speak.As with the Chernobyl incident, scientists are finding radioactive emissions and toxic metals–including iodine, cesium-137, strontium-90, and plutonium–concentrated in the soil, plants, and animals of Japan, but also now throughout the United States and all along the West Coast – from Canada to Mexico. Even the EPA has admittedthat any living tissue can be affected by radiation exposure. High levels of thyroid disease and cancer have been reported in Japan, and our ocean is dying by the day. Scientists are also expecting that children born on the US West Coast will suffer a 28% higher incident of hyperthyroidism – a disease that accompanies radiation exposure. Even the livestock that grazed on irradiated grasses grown in contaminated soils developed meat with high concentrations of these unwanted toxins after Chernobyl, and Fukushima is exponentially worse.

Living with GMOs ~ A Letter from America


An open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops

We are writing as concerned American citizens to share with you our experience of genetically modified (GM) crops and the resulting damage to our agricultural system and adulteration of our food supply.

In our country, GM crops account for about half of harvested cropland. Around 94% of the soy, 93% of corn (maize) and 96% of cotton grown is GM.1

The UK and the rest of the EU have yet to adopt GM crops in the way that we have, but you are currently under tremendous pressure from governments, biotech lobbyists, and large corporations to adopt what we now regard as a failing agricultural technology.

Polls consistently show that 72% of Americans do not want to eat GM foods and over 90% of Americans believe GM foods should be labeled.2 In spite of this massive public mandate, efforts to get our federal3 and state4  governments to better regulate, or simply label, GMOs are being undermined by large biotech. LEARN MORE

‘Breathtaking’ adjustments to Arctic temperature record. Is there any ‘global warming’ we can trust?


Here’s a video that you absolutely must see.

Not, I hasten to warn you, because it’s exciting, well-produced or informative; rather, because of the fascinating light it sheds on the debate about global warming in general and also, in particular, on the ongoing controversy about whether organisations like NASA and NOAA are playing fast and loose with the world’s temperature data sets.

According to the video’s creator and star, Dr Kevin Cowtan, the latter suggestion is a nonsense. Using charts of South American and global temperatures, he painstakingly refutes suggestions by Christopher Booker and also (though tragically I don’t get a mention) by me that there is anything suspect, let alone corrupt or fraudulent, in the adjustments that NASA and NOAA have been making to the raw temperature data from weather stations around the world.

If you stumbled on it by accident on YouTube I think you’d be quite persuaded. Cowtan’s tone is soft and reasonable; the science, as he presents it, seems to stack up: a) there are perfectly valid reasons for these adjustments, to do with homogenising the raw data when it looks out of kilter with neighbouring but possibly more accurate weather stations, and with the changing nature of measuring equipment and b) the adjustments are, in any case, minor – altering the raw data by no more than 3 per cent.

When you Google “Dr Kevin Cowtan” he appears reassuringly neutral in this affair. He works in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York, his current speciality being X-ray crystallography. A proper scientist, then, with no dog in this fight. Or so it looks until you scroll down a bit and see that his other area of research is “climate science.”

My climate science research focuses primarily on problems which are relevant to the public understanding of climate science. With my colleague Robert Way I have been investigating biases in historical temperature record from weather stations. Our primary work concerns temperature change over the past two decades. The main temperature record providers show a slowdown in the rate of warming over this period, however when biases in the temperature record are taken into account, we find that part of the slowdown disappears.

I am also involved in climate science communication, and am contributing to a massive online course run by the University of Queensland. I can offer undergraduate projects in this area for students who are interested to develop science communication skills.

So, not a neutral party after all then, but someone who depends for part of his livelihood on the lavish funding available in academe for those who promote the climate “consensus.” Perhaps, in the interests of full disclosure, he might have mentioned this detail on his YouTube biography. But I mean that only as a very mild and largely inconsequential criticism. What matters is not what Cowtan does for a living (“the motive fallacy”) but whether or not he has got his facts right.

And according to this counterblast from Dave Burton – a US computer programmer, sea level specialist and IPCC expert reviewer on AR5 –  he hasn’t.

Burton’s key point is this: where Cowtan claims that all NOAA’s adjustments have done is increased warming by a modest 3 per cent, in actuality they have increased it by 35 per cent. So, far from Cowtan’s assessment that these adjustments are “inconsequentially tiny”, they are in fact quite massively distorting.

Might it be that they reached such wildly different conclusions by using different data? Er, no. Burton reached his conclusions by creating a spreadsheet with decadal data digitized from the exact graph used in Cowtan’s video.

Now I appreciate that in the context of the broader climate debate this might seem a trivial dispute. But I’ve been at this game long enough to be able to assure you that these faux rebuttals like the one offered by Cowtan are absolutely integral to the ongoing survival of the alarmist ‘consensus.’

As far as the warmist propaganda machine is concerned it really doesn’t matter two hoots whether or not Cowtan has got his facts right. What matters is that whenever the inconvenient subject of doctored temperature data crops up again, the alarmists have their ready-made get out. From a proper actual scientist. So he must know – right?

You can be sure that, if it hasn’t already, Cowtan’s dodgy rebuttal video will soon be linked to by the usual warmist sockpuppeteers in the comment threads below every relevant article. What none of them will mention, of course, is the Burton counter-rebuttal to the Cowtan rebuttal. Integrity has never been these people’s strong point. It’s winning the propaganda war that counts.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the case for a fraud trial against the climate data record gatekeepers seems to be getting stronger and stronger.

Paul Homewood, the blogger who noticed the discrepancies with the Paraguay temperature records, has now turned his attention to the Arctic region. His conclusion after studying the charts before and after is that the scale and geographic range of these adjustments is “breathtaking.”

In nearly every Arctic station from Greenland in the West to Siberia in the East, the data has been adjusted to make the warm period in the 1930s look cooler than it actually was. This, of course, has the effect of making the Twentieth Century warming look much more dramatic than the raw data would suggest.

Will this scandalous apparent evidence-tampering ever get much coverage in the mainstream media? It certainly ought to. Think about it: if Homewood (and Anthony Watts and Steven Goddard, et al) are correct, then what it essentially means is that the entire global warming scare has been sold to us on a false prospectus.

But it won’t, of course, because the mainstream media – in large part, at least – remains wedded to the Man Made Global Warming orthodoxy and therefore only really likes to run stories that prove how totally wrong, evil, and swivel-eyed climate change deniers are.

For example, this story in Nature, which sought to explain away one of the most embarrassing problems the warmist camp has been suffering of late: the abject failure of their fancy computer models to have predicted the planet’s failure to warm since 1998.

According to the lead author of this widely reported study, one Jochem Marotzke of the Max Planck Institute, it dealt a fatal blow to the sceptics’ case that the warmists’ computer models were a waste of space.

Unfortunately for Marotzke, his case has now, in turn, been demolished in this article by Nic Lewis.

Professor Gordon Hughes, one of the statisticians who reviewed and confirmed Lewis’s findings has commented thus:

“The statistical methods used in the [Marotzke] paper are so bad as to merit use in a class on how not to do applied statistics. All this paper demonstrates is that climate scientists should take some basic courses in statistics and Nature should get some competent referees.”

Damning indeed.

But here’s a prediction. The rebuttal won’t receive nearly the coverage that Marotzke’s original inept paper did.

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/02/07/breathtaking-adjustments-to-arctic-temperature-record-is-there-any-global-warming-we-can-trust/

Killing wolves will come back to haunt farmers and ranchers


Killing wolves to save livestock will lead to greater killing of livestock, guest columnist Amaroq Weiss writes, pointing to a new scientific study.

FOR decades, whenever wolves preyed on livestock, the routine response among many ranchers and wildlife managers across the West has been brutally simple: kill the wolves.

More dead wolves equal fewer dead cows and sheep, the reasoning went.

And in many cases the reasoning is likely dead wrong, according to research published recently by a leading Washington state wolf scientist.

Confounding widely held beliefs, the new study indicates lethal responses to livestock predation by wolves often lead to an increase in attacks, or depredations.

It’s a message that may not be heard in Washington, where state wildlife managers responded to livestock depredations by eradicating the Wedge pack in 2012 and killing the alpha female of the Huckleberry pack last summer. Recently, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it will swiftly move to lethal tactics if the Huckleberry pack kills any livestock next spring and, in statements to conservation groups, has said it is considering “pre-emptive” killing of wolves. Both of these policies flout the state wolf plan, which emphasizes conflict-deterrence as opposed to simply killing wolves.

Killing of wolves by the state compounds illegal wolf-killing by those few who take things into their own hands.

Reports last month that the alpha female of the trouble-free Teanaway pack was fatally shot come on the heels of a Whitman County farmer chasing a wolf for miles before killing it, and Stevens County commissioners exhorting county residents to kill wolves. Earlier this year, a wolf from the Smackout pack was found illegally killed in Stevens County and another wolf was discovered gunned down in Ferry County.

The groundbreaking research by Washington State University wolf scientist Rob Wielgus, published in the Dec. 3 issue of the scientific journal PLOS One, suggests killing wolves can have unexpected results, dissolving previously well-behaved packs and leaving small groups or lone wolves more inclined to kill livestock.

Wielgus said many states are aggressively managing wolves based on the largely untested perception that lethal control reduces depredations. His findings reflect research by other scientists showing increased black bear and cougar mortality results in more depredations.

Examining annual reports from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over 25 years, Wielgus’ analysis found that each wolf killed increased the chance of livestock depredation the following year by 5 percent. Not until the mortality rate of wolves exceeds 25 percent would livestock depredations decrease.

His study opens the door to further study and debate about whether we’re doing enough to recover wolves. A recent study I co-authored analyzing the additional good wolf habitat across the United States found that more than 25,000 square miles of suitable habitat remains unoccupied in Washington — more than five times the area currently occupied.

In all, the study identified more than 350,000 square miles of additional habitat for gray wolves in 19 states, offering the potential to nearly double the wolf population in the Lower 48 states to around 10,000 by expanding recovery into suitable areas of the West Coast, Northeast, southern Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon area where the first gray wolf in the region in more than 70 years was just confirmed.

But, as we consider expanding wolf recovery to levels that leading scientists deem more sustainable, we must first expand our approach to wolf management.

And, as our knowledge of how human activities impact wildlife continues to evolve, Washington’s wolf-management policies must evolve toward serving not just hunters and ranchers opposed to wolves but the interests of a broader range of taxpaying constituents, who demand that wildlife be managed not as a problem but as a treasured public trust.

Amaroq Weiss is a biologist for the Center for Biological Diversity where her work focuses on recovering wolves across the Northwest, Rockies and California.

http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2025226188_weissopedwolves13xml.html

Fracking Wyoming?! 3.4M earthquake strikes operation South of Yellowstone


From Dutchsinse:

This is ludicrous. Fracking going on near a supervolcano with a shallow magma chamber?

On top of the dormant volcanoes moving out West, on top of over a DOZEN different 4.0M+ events at the fracking operations in the midwest, and on top of the Yellowstone Western-most magma chamber showing movement in Idaho…… now a 3.4 magnitude earthquake has struck fracking operation in Wyoming!

Injecting millions of gallons of water near the worlds largest Supervolcano…. South of Yellowstone ?

Apparently I (we) live in bizzaro world on the edge of the twilight zone, and apparently trained monkeys are in charge of the approval of fracking operations.

Injecting millions of gallons of water (per well in some cases) in a zone where the magma chamber rises VERY close to the surface really seems like a bad idea just waiting to have its moment to go wrong.

Again, for the record, and for the deniers who said there are NO fracking operations in Wyoming. Per satellite view, Wyoming is now CONFIRMED to be fracking for oil, and natural gas….. which has now subsequently produced a 3.4 magnitude earthquake directly below a fairly large pumping operation.


http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquake…

earthquake coordinates from the USGS:

41.664°N 109.901°W

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4.9 magnitude strikes Southern California / Salton Sea butte volcanoes:

http://dutchsinse.com/2082015-forecas…

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4.0 magnitude strikes Southern New Mexico near dormant volcanic buttes:

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-very-ra…

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Major fracking unrest in Oklahoma:

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-another…
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Colorado fracking unrest:

http://dutchsinse.com/2022015-colorad…

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Texas Fracking unrest:

https://www.facebook.com/DutchsinseOf…

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Kansas fracking unrest:

https://www.facebook.com/DutchsinseOf…

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Large plume event took place the day before this new movement began:

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-major-p…

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Dormant volcano movement:

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-very-ra…

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-dormant…

http://dutchsinse.com/2072015-very-ra…

http://dutchsinse.com/2052015-dormant…

http://dutchsinse.com/2032015-dormant…

Texas “officials” DENY fracking causes earthquakes = EPIC SCIENCE FAIL



Published on Jan 28, 2015

UPDATE 230pm CST January 28, 2015: About 2 hours after releasing this video response to the Texas Railroad Commission, who is actively denying fracking causes earthquakes………. a rather rare KANSAS earthquake just occurred 300 feet away from the nearest frack well in South Central Kansas.

Screenshot proof here: Texas Railroad Commission, time to commission a new propaganda director!

Full post below:

http://dutchsinse.com/1282015-kansas-…

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Prepare yourselves for a point by point rebuttal to the Texas Railroad Commission “Staff Seismologists” who are denying fracking causes earthquakes.

Literally, Texas “officials” are denying that fracking causes earthquakes, incorrectly saying that the “press” is generating fears of earthquakes, also further incorrectly saying that there is no evidence (other than anecdotal) which supports the fracking earthquake claims.

Here is their full denial article:

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editori…

Meanwhile, here in reality, the USGS has fully confirmed fracking induced earthquakes:

Several posts linked below with USGS official links on induced seismicity — Texas Railroad Commission, the days of denial are over.

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Here is my most recent earthquake update / forecast post from the main dutchsinse website:

http://dutchsinse.com/1282015-earthqu…

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Cornell professor of seismology confirms fracking induced earthquakes are a reality, and are growing in size, and expanding across larger areas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oohqN…
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Several posts done by myself with worthwhile official USGS links worth checking:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/502…

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/111…

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USGS links confirming fracking induced earthquakes:

http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/us…

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article….

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Texas towns banning fracking citing earthquake issue:

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/en…

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Kansas Geologic Survey links fracking to earthquakes:

http://www.kansas.com/news/state/arti…

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Oklahoma Geologic Survey links fracking to earthquakes:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/…
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Arkansas government BANS new injection wells, and links fracking to earthquakes:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/03/18/st…

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvan…

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Colorado government BANS new injection wells, and links fracking to earthquakes:

http://www.9news.com/story/news/local…

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ne…

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Main stream media confirms the USGS findings:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article…

http://www.reuters.com/news/science/a…

http://www.livescience.com/43953-wast…

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102309644

http://news.yahoo.com/fracking-earthq…

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_release…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07…

Renowned NYU Professor: GMOs Could Literally Destroy the Planet


| March 6, 2014Nassim Taleb, a renowned New York University (NYU) professor recently raised eyebrows when he said genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have the potential to cause “an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.”

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What effects will the genetic manipulation of nature have on our worldwide ecosystem? Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Taleb, who specializes in risk engineering, has outlined the dangers of GMOs in The Precautionary Principle, a paper recently made available to the public.

The threat
Often, GMO seeds are favored because of their ability to yield larger harvests and avoid certain pests or weeds that usually eat up some of their productivity, reports Daily Finance.

Taleb’s primary concern isn’t that ingesting GMOs is necessarily bad for people; rather, he’s focused on what effects the genetic manipulation of nature will have on the worldwide ecosystem. While Taleb concurs the risk of any one GMO seed ruining the planet is incredibly small, he argues that people are underestimating the domino effect of risk that’s involved.

For example, if one genetically modified seed produced holds a 0.1 percent chance of causing a catastrophic breakdown of the ecosystem, then the probability of such an event will only increase with each new seed that’s developed.

Taleb writes that given enough time the “total ecocide barrier” is bound to be hit despite incredibly small odds.

The argument hinges on the fact that GMOs represent a systemic, and not localized, risk. As GMO goods continue to be exported to countries throughout the world, the idea of being able to control GMOs in nature is impossible to guarantee.

As Taleb says, “There are mathematical limitations to predictability in a complex system, ‘in the wild,’ which is why focusing on the difference between local (or isolated) and systemic threats is a central aspect of our warnings.”

Responding to critics

GMO supporters have criticized his work as GMOs have yet to significantly harm the ecosystem, but Taleb argues that point strengthens his theory.

Daily Finance reports:

The Precautionary Principle—which is what Taleb calls his warning—is all about managing risk, not about waiting for it to surface. The fact that GMOs are a systemic entity is undeniable. Taleb is equally skeptical of all entities that carry systemic risk—like too-big-to-fail banks.

We don’t, as Taleb says, argue that a game of Russian roulette is safer with each empty barrel we find. It is, in fact, more dangerous.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/03/06/nyu-gmos-destroy-planet/

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