COURT RULES ORGANIC FARMERS CAN SUE CONVENTIONAL GMO FARMERS WHOSE PESTICIDES ‘TRESPASS’ AND CONTAMINATE THEIR FIELDS...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides ‘trespass’ and contaminate their fields Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops — and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them — are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota’s Star Tribune has reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded by chemical-laden conventional farms can seek damages for lost crops, as well as lost profits, caused by the illegal trespassing of pesticides and herbicides on its property. Oluf and Debra Johnson’s 1,500-acre organic farm in Stearns County, Minn., has repeatedly been contaminated by nearby conventional and GMO farms since the couple started it in the 1990s. A local pesticide cooperative known as Paynesville Farmers Union (PFU), which is near the farm, has been...

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DEFENDING THE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION TO VACCINATION...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]    NVIC.ORG By Barbara Loe Fisher To activate and view hyperlinked references, please click here once and then click any superscripted number below to access a hyperlinked reference, or scroll down to the bottom of the article to view all hyperlinked references. Every summer, Americans celebrate the 4th of July to mark the day in 1776 when the American colonies agreed they would no longer be ruled by an aristocracy. The Declaration of Independence begins with, “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” That Declaration was a rejection of oppression by a ruling aristocracy and the pledge that this country would uphold the unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person....

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SOLAR ROADWAYS: 3 COUNTRIES, 3 SOLUTIONS...

Jun 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   UNDERSTANDSOLAR.COM We will all be driving on solar roadways soon if this global effort to build the most enduring and efficient solar roads starts to fall into place (or pace?).  After all, urban areas have miles of pavement covering them and cities are becoming urban heat islands without moisture and vegetation to absorb all of the heat. Adding more concrete, asphalt and pavement would boost night-time temperatures and make places like New York around 15 degrees hotter than locations only 60 miles outside of the city. #1 USA Solar Roadways Image credits: Solar Roadways Cries of “no more pavement” have been ongoing since the discovery of urban heat islands, and Scott and Julie Brusaw’s solution – impact resistant solar panels – could be a win-win for everyone. Currently, the Brusaw’s company, Solar Roadways has managed to shift a...

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VAXXED screenings

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Vaxxed: From Cover Up To Catastrophe “The information in Vaxxed is STUNNING. The passion generated motivates the viewer to urge others to see this film—as I so do…” –Marin Post “There has never been another vaccine film that even comes close to the POWER AND AUTHORITY of Vaxxed.” –The Doctor Within- Tim O’Shea Attend a special screening of VAXXED… or host your own screening to bring the movie to a theater near you! Find A Screening Near You Or Host Your Own Screening VAXXED is an investigation into how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This alarming deception has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of...

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JUST FIVE COMMON FOODS PRODUCE MORE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS THAN NEARLY ALL COUNTRIES...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Natasha Geiling GRIST CREDIT: AP Photo/J.D. Pooley, File Think about the last time you ate something that included wheat, soy, corn, rice, or palm oil. As some of the most common commodity crops in the world, it’s likely that your last meal contained at least one of these ingredients, even if you weren’t aware of it. Palm oil can hide in things like sandwich bread or pizza dough, while soy can find its way into everything from cereal to canned soups. That means that, knowingly or not, your last meal probably helped contribute to the greenhouse gas pollution that is driving global climate change. According to a new report from Oxfam America, the production of these five commodity crops emits more greenhouse gases annually than each of the world’s countries, save...

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SANDERS AND CLINTON TEAMS FIGHT OVER CLIMATE LANGUAGE IN DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Jim Young Walking the plank By Ben Adler GRIST The Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee has written a stronger climate change section than the platform had in 2012, but it also rejected a series of more ambitious climate and energy amendments on Friday. That’s raised the ire of Bernie Sanders and his appointees to the drafting committee, like climate activist and author Bill McKibben. The first draft of the platform, voted on by the 15-member drafting committee, is now complete, though it hasn’t been made publicly available. On July 8 and 9, in Orlando, the full 187-member platform committee will meet and debate further changes before approving and sending its draft on to the party convention, to be held in Philadelphia the last week of July. Sanders slammed Hillary Clinton’s committee appointees for...

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DEATH TOLL RISES TO 41 IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT ATTACK...

Jun 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Middle East Video appears to show explosion in Istanbul airport Embed Share Play Video0:40 Turkish officials say three attackers with suicide vests detonated their explosives at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, killing at least 41 people and wounding more than 200 others. Editor’s note: This video contains graphic content. (TWP) By Erin Cunningham June 29 at 12:22 PM ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities combed through video clips and witness accounts Wednesday, seeking to reconstruct how three suicide bombers laid siege to the country’s largest airport, killing at least 41 people and raising questions over whether Turkey could step up its fight against the Islamic State. At least 13 foreigners were killed in the late Tuesday attack, including five from Saudi Arabia and others from China, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. At least 239 people were...

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DARK MONEY: HOW YOU CAN SEE MORE OF IT, THANKS TO THE FCC...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Money & Politics This week, radio and cable stations must upload political ad data to public online database. By Kathy Kiely | June 27, 2016 The Federal Communications Commission has made it easier for researchers, journalists and citizens to track dark campaign contributions by expanding its online political ad database. (Photo: US Government works via Flickr) While the Federal Election Commission may be hopelessly gridlocked along partisan lines when it comes to campaign-finance regulation, another arm of the government is providing journalists and citizen watchdogs with an important new tool for understanding who is trying to influence the election and how much is being spent to do so. On June 24, the Federal Communications Commission began requiring the nation’s radio broadcasters and cable television stations to upload all of their political ad contracts to a...

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ANOTHER CORPORATION SUING OUR GOVERNMENT THANKS TO TRADE AGREEMENTS...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  CAMPAIGN FOR AMERICA‘S FUTURE A Canadian corporation is suing the us because we wouldn’t let them build a pipeline across our country (seizing people’s property along the way) so they could sell oil to China. They can do this because we signed a trade agreement that places corporate rights above our democracy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would increase by an order of magnitude the companies that can sue us for hurting their profits by protecting the environment, consumers, public health and small businesses. Because They Can TransCanada Corporation is suing the U.S. government (us) for $15 billion in damages under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules. The company wanted to build the Keystone pipeline all the way from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico so they could ship oil to...

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THE GREAT VAXXED DEBATE

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Not All Vaxxers or Anti-Vaxxers Think Alike. Here’s An Essay on the “Great VAXXED Divide,” and Why Some People Just Can’t Grasp the Damage Done by “Vaccination Genocide”     Leonard G. Horowitz, DMD, MA, MPH       Overview What people call “stupidity,” damaging society and plaguing every industry, medical doctors might call “PSYCHOSCOTOMA.” “Stupid is as stupid does,” preached Hollywood’s Forrest Gump. In medicine we have abundant examples of this madness–a degenerative disorder I have named PSYCHOSCOTOMA for lack of a better term. A PSYCHOSCOTOMA may be defined as “blind spot in normal vision caused mainly by media programming generating fear and psychological denial. This illness, or psychological “complex,” induces a ‘belief-behavioral inconsistency’ within the sufferer (also called ‘stupidity’ or ‘cognitive behavioral dissonance’). This mental disorder, or ‘coping mechanism,’ justifiably...

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CAN THESE INVENTIONS SAVE OCEANS FROM OUR PLASTIC HABIT?...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) As an environmental catastrophe looms, innovators around the world are hoping to turn the tide. Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife. NEWPORT BEACH, California—As a lifelong surfer, Louis Pazos has had an up-close look at the world’s plastics problem. Just about every time he has paddled out at any of his favorite breaks in Southern California, he has ended up swimming among trash bags and other rubbish. But the floating garbage isn’t just offshore. Twenty years ago, on a lunch date at a waterfront restaurant with his wife, he noticed that the same debris he was swimming with in the open ocean was floating in the local harbors as well. “I remember people cleaning up the trash in one spot in the marina,...

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THE NEXT SPACE RACE: FARMING SOLAR POWER IN THE COSMOS...

Jun 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] https://youtu.be/AB1VlSlLrgkhttps://youtu.be/AB1VlSlLrgkSPS-Alpha concept by John C. Mankins. (Illustration: Courtesy Artemis Innovations) Scientists are making the big push to send electricity to Earthlings from the final frontier. Anna Bitong FUTURISM   Aboard an imaginary space station surrounded by distant planets, an astronaut on the fringes of human life toiled to turn the sun’s rays into electricity and then zapped it through space and back to the planets to be used as a power source. “Our beams feed these worlds energy drawn from one of those huge incandescent globes that happens to be near us. We call that globe the Sun,” the spaceman says in one of Isaac Asimov’s earliest works, the 1941 science fiction short story “Reason.” Biochemist and science fiction novelist Isaac Asimov. (Photo: Bettmann Archive) What was then an implausible idea—collecting solar energy...

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NATION’S FIRST SOLAR ROADWAY COMING TO HISTORIC ROUTE 66...

Jun 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] LORRAINE CHOW OF ECOWATCH ON BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: US Bureau of Land Management)Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch Missouri’s Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to install solar panels at a rest stop alongside the iconic Route 66 as part of the department’s “Road to Tomorrow Initiative.” The Historic Route 66 welcome center in Conway, Missouri will receive the nation’s first solar roadway panels on a public right of way. “… part of why we picked this location is because of the the historic Route 66 concept,” Laurel McKean, MoDot assistant district engineer, told KY3. “You know, here’s one of the main roadways that’s iconic for the United States, and being able to use the history to create potentially the future.” The panels were developed by Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup founded by Scott and Julie Brusaw. Their...

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HOLY CRAP … THE TREES ON YOUR BLOCK ARE WORTH HOW MUCH MONEY?!...

Jun 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Scientists just showed that money really does grow on trees. Clayton Aldern   MOTHER JONES Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It’s not easy to price a tree, but a group of researchers from the US Forest Service and UC Davis have tried to do exactly that. Working with a dataset of about 900,000 trees that line California’s public streets, the group sought to place a dollar value on the services those trees perform, which include “energy savings, carbon storage, air pollutant uptake, and rainfall interception.” Trees lining California’s public streets contribute about $1 billion annually to the state’s economy—nearly $111 per tree. All told, the researchers estimate the trees contribute about $1 billion annually—nearly $111 per tree for each of the state’s 9.1 million street trees....

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IT’S REALLY HARD TO DEAL WITH CLIMATE CHANGE. A NEW PODCAST TALKS IT OUT....

Jun 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Hot Mic By Grist staff A podcast about our warming planet from some of the nation’s best-known climate commentators? To quote the God of Mischief (patron deity of both Grist and teen girls): “Well, I guess that’s worth a look.” Or in this case, a listen. In the first episode of “Warm Regards,” meteorologist and Slate writer Eric Holthaus, paleoecologist Jacquelyn Gill, and New York Times columnist Andy Revkin talk about one of our favorite subjects here at Grist: how to talk about climate change. Holthaus starts out with the confession that he’s terrified by global warming, and his co-hosts chime in on how they, too, came to fear the carbon-pocalypse. But how do you discuss the problem in a way that inspires action instead of terror? Take a listen to find...

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TADAO ANDO’S 152 ELIZABETH STREET IN NEW YORK INCLUDES A MONUMENTAL GREEN WALL...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]       ‘152 elizabeth street’ is an ultra luxury condominium building located in new york’s nolita neighborhood. designed by acclaimed japanese architect tadao ando, the scheme measures 32,000-square feet and comprises a total of seven stories and seven residences. each dwelling has been designed as a bespoke custom home, individually configured to highlight craft, detail, and quality. the living green wall measures 55 feet by 99 feet (17 x 30 meters) image by noë & associates and the boundary       developed by sumaida + khurana, ando is collaborating on the project with michael gabellini, the architect of record who is also designing the building’s interiors. in addition to ando’s signature poured-in-place concrete, the scheme also features a living green wall measuring 55-feet-high and 99-feet-wide — one of the largest in...

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HOW BREXIT COULD AFFECT YOUR WALLET...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jonnelle Marte  THE WASHINGTON POST What Brexit means for Americans’ mortgages and travel plans, in 60 seconds Here are three big ways that Britain leaving the E.U. might affect Americans. (Daron Taylor,Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post) Global stock markets plunged to their lowest levels in months Friday after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, making an immediate dent in Americans’ 401(k) accounts and sparking concerns about other financial impacts for the average U.S. consumer. In the near-term, the ripple effects of the Brexit may be felt beyond retirement accounts in the form of lower mortgage rates and a stronger dollar that boosts Americans’ purchasing power. But in other ways, the events taking place across the pond may not lead to much change for consumers who are already used to struggling with paltry...

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FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES IMPOSE MORE IN CLIMATE COSTS THAN THEY MAKE IN PROFITS...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  by David Roberts   VOX (Shutterstock) It is fairly well understood by now that releasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere imposes an economic cost, in the form of climate change impacts. In most cases, however, those responsible for carbon emissions are not required to pay that cost. Instead, it’s borne mainly by the world’s poor and low-lying countries, and of course by future generations, as many of the worst impacts of climate change will emerge years after the emissions that drive them. People sometimes refer to the unpaid cost of carbon pollution as a subsidy, or an “implicit subsidy,” to polluting businesses. The IMF recently issued a report saying that total worldwide subsidies to energy, mainly fossil fuel energy, amounted to $5.2 trillion a year. The reason that number is...

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We Will Not Waver in Our Political Revolution...

Jun 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Election 2016 People’s Summit shows there is overwhelming unity of vision and a common commitment to solidarity for progressive change. By RoseAnn DeMoro / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com In three momentous days June 17-19, 3,000 activists gathered in a People’s Summit in Chicago to embrace a continuing resolution to building a broad, bigger progressive movement to transform the nation and the planet. From the speakers podiums to discussion tables and workshops to trainings on everything from building independent politics to the digital political revolution to how to carry out civil disobedience, it was evident there was overwhelming unity of vision and a common commitment to solidarity in creating change. or/author Frances Fox Piven. “Those movement moments don’t occur too frequently in American history, but when they have occurred, they...

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OBAMA AND WALL STREET PUSH FOR PASSAGE OF TPP DURING “LAME DUCK” SESSION...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future | Op-Ed   Have a say in how we are governed, right? So shouldn’t we have a say in how we are governed? President Obama, Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations are pushing — and pushing hard — for a vote in Congress in the “lame duck” congressional session after the election to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The most recent pitch by Obama was on Monday at a summit of business leaders in Washington, where he said the TPP “will do even more to lower the cost of exporting, eliminating taxes and custom duties, and raising intellectual property standards that protect data and ideas and jobs.” Here is why the push is on. The so-called “lame duck” session of Congress is particularly unaccountable. Those who...

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Cracking the Mystery of the ‘Worldwide Hum’...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   I was the only person in the house who could hear it; my family said they didn’t know what I was talking about. By Glen MacPherson / The Conversation   VIA ALTERNET   In the spring of 2012, when I was living near the coastal village of Sechelt, on British Columbia’s picturesque Sunshine Coast, I began hearing a humming sound, which I thought were float planes. The noise usually started later at night, between 10 and 11 p.m. My first clue that something unusual was happening came with the realization that the sound didn’t fade away, like plane noises typically do. And the slightest ambient noise—exhaling audibly, even turning my head quickly—caused it to momentarily stop. One night after the sound started I stepped outside the house. Nothing. I was the only person...

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7 Drugs That Big Pharma Withdrew and Hopes You’ve Forgotten About...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The cozy relationship between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies is resulting in fast-track approval of some dangerous meds. By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet Photo Credit: Crystal Home / Shutterstock Do you remember the drugs Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal, Darvon, Raxar and Redux? Pharma hopes not. How about Mylotarg, Lotronex, Propulsid, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Prexige, phenacetin, Oraflex, Omniflox, Posicor, Serzone and Duract? After deaths and serious side effects surfaced, these meds went from wonder drugs to wonder-why-they-were-approved drugs and were withdrawn. In some cases, there is little evidence the drugs were ever used or widely marketed or that anyone was injured. In certain cases, the withdrawn drugs were on the market for less than a year before things went “terribly wrong.” In other cases, the drugs were in wide use for decades...

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OBAMA’S DEATH SENTENCE FOR YOUNG REFUGEES...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nicholas Kristof  NYTIMES Undocumented migrant children play near a map of Mexico and Central America at a migrant shelter in Tenosique, Mexico in 2014. Credit Meridith Kohut for The New York Times ON THE GUATEMALAN-MEXICAN BORDER — CRISTÓBAL, a 16-year-old Honduran refugee fleeing a drug gang that wants to kill him, has never heard of anyone named Barack Obama. Neither can he name the Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto. But Cristóbal, along with many others, could end up being murdered because of these two presidents he is unaware of. Obama and Peña Nieto have cooperated for two years to intercept desperate Central American refugees in southern Mexico, long before they can reach the U.S. border. These refugees are then typically deported to their home countries — which can be a death sentence. Continue...

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THE NEW LANDSCAPE DECLARATION: PERSPECTIVE AND CRITIQUE (PART 1)...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT BY Jared Green New Landscape Declaration / LAF After hearing 23 declarations on the first day of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF)‘s New Landscape Declaration: Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future, panels of landscape architects on day two critiqued the declarations, delved into some of the important facets of landscape architecture — aesthetics, ecology, society, and innovation — and offered visions for what needs to be achieved over the next 50 years. Aesthetics: Connect Through Creativity The panel, which was led by Adam Greenspan, ASLA, a member of the LAF board of directors, essentially worried that the importance of “physical design, which engages culture and nature,” may be lost in the total quest for sustainability and restoring ecosystems. Their response was designed landscapes must be beautiful if we expect communities...

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THE RESURGENCE OF DOWNTOWN DETROIT...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE DIRT  BY Jared Green John Varvatos boutique, downtown Detroit / John Varvatos “The opportunities Detroit has today are a logical evolution from its past mistakes and disinvestment. To an extent, change wouldn’t be possible without that,” explained Kent Anderson, ASLA, founder of KH Anderson, in a tour of downtown Detroit during the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU). He added that Detroit native Dan Gilbert, the founder and owner of Quicken Loans, who has bought up nearly 80 buildings downtown over the past decade, is largely responsible for the resurgence today. “Gilbert recognized the time was right for setting a new direction.” Anderson raced us through a tour of downtown, explaining the history of the area and how the city got to where it is today. We raced in part because almost...

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THOUSANDS OF CITIES FROM SIX CONTINENTS JUST AGREED TO WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Stephane de Sakutin/Pool Photo via AP   Thousands of cities from six continents united Wednesday to create the largest global coalition committed to battling human-caused climate change and pushing the world into a low-carbon economy. The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy unifies 7,100 cities encompassing more than half a billion people, the group said in a statement. Created some six months after the Paris accord, this global alliance aims for greater collaboration between cities and increased funding to support sustainable energy development. As more than half the world’s population lives in urban areas, cities are now major generators of greenhouse gas emissions. About 75 percent of global CO2 emissions come from cities, and most of those emissions are attributed to transportation and...

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THE BIGGEST STORY YOU MISSED

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] From crisis to disaster in Venezuela By Tiffany Harness THE WASHINGTON POST Disaster seems so imminent in Venezuela that “you can hear the ice cracking.” That’s what a U.S. intelligence official said last month amid warnings that the country could be headed for a collapse, Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post reported. Venezuelans wait to validate their signatures for the recall referendum against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. (Miguel Gutierrez/EPA) Countries in the region appear to be worried.  On Thursday, the head of the Organization of American States blamed Venezuela’s government for the economic and political mess and urged support for a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro, The Post’s Carol Morello wrote. The OAS secretary general, Luis Almagro, also outlined “the nightmarish reality of daily life there.” Photos from the country this...

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RACE IS ON TO FEED A WARMING WORLD...

Jun 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Millions throughout Africa depend on maize, but new crop varieties can barely keep pace with the warming climate. (Kate Holt / AusAID via Wikimedia Commons) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—It can take up to 30 years to improve a crop variety, test it and persuade farmers to adopt it. That means the speed of climate change in Africa could make a new variety of maize useless even before the first harvest, according to new research. But two separate studies that address the challenge of food security in a rapidly warming world suggest that the answers may lie not just in future weather but in today’s soils. One says that better soil data can be used to predict...

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