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Aug 10 16:05

Monsanto “Taken To The Cleaners” In Jury Verdict Dwayne Johnson v. Monsanto

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Media Relations personnel of the law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC emailed me at 6:20 PM Friday, August 10th, the verdict rendered by the jury in the 8-week trial whereby “the jury found unanimously that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused Mr. Johnson to develop NHL, and that Monsanto failed to warn of this severe health hazard. Importantly, the jury also found that Monsanto acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.”...

Aug 10 15:01

Internet Causes Sleep Deprivation, and Not Just in Teens, Study Shows

One of the main finding of this study showed that Internet access reduces both sleep duration and sleep satisfaction.

Aug 10 14:59

What Would a Monsanto-Bayer Merger Really Grow?

A megamerger between two of the world’s biggest agricultural corporations looms on the horizon. The seed and pesticide giant Monsanto is inching closer to uniting with the German pharmaceutical and chemical company Bayer—a consolidation that could spell disaster for farmers, pollinators, and affordable, healthy food. Here’s why the Monsanto-Bayer merger is a toxic relationship.

Aug 10 13:26

Blue Light Is Making Us Blind, Say Researchers

University of Toledo researchers made a shocking discovery that the “blue light” emanating from our smartphones and other screens is literally doing permanent damage to our vision. Here's what you can do to stop it.

Aug 10 09:31

Monsanto may soon face “FLOOD” of lawsuits from cancer victims of Roundup herbicide

Monsanto, the maker of the world’s most popular weed killer Roundup, could soon be facing an unrelenting flood of lawsuits from people who got cancer from their product.

On Tuesday, a federal judge decided to allow three expert witnesses to give their testimony pertaining to Roundup’s carcinogenicity. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the three experts could testify, and he even went so far as to say that their opinions were not “junk science.” The judge will be presiding over more than 400 of the lawsuits against Monsanto.

In his opinion, Chhabria wrote: “So long as an opinion is premised on reliable scientific principles, it should not be excluded by the trial judge; instead the weaknesses in an unpersuasive expert opinion can be exposed at trial, through cross-examination or testimony by opposing experts.”

Aug 10 09:11

Huge surge in the rate of opioid-addicted pregnant women: CDC data reveal the number QUADRUPLED in 15 years

In the first-of-its-kind study, the CDC used data from the US Department of Health and Human Service's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to look at hospital discharge data.

In 1999, they found that only 1.5 of every 1,000 women going to a hospital to deliver depended on or abused opioids.

By 2014, the latest year that data is available, the rate had spiked by 333 percent to 6.5 per 1,000 women - translating to almost 25,000 deliveries nationwide that year.

Aug 10 09:10

Blue light DOES affect your vision: Study reveals how cellphones and other gadgets wear down your retina over time

We all know that the blue light that emits from our smartphones isn't good for our eyes, but a new study has discovered just how much damage it can cause.

Researchers say that this light is absorbed by vital molecules in our retina and triggers the production of a toxic chemical that kill cells.

This damage can lead to large blind spots in our vision that are the hallmark of macular degeneration, a disease that leads to blindness.

Aug 10 09:08

An antidepressant is poisoning Americans: CDC warns against unapproved product used widely around the world

Tianeptine was made to treat the depression and is prescribed in Europe, Asia and Latin America, but it may have effects like those of opioids and remains unapproved in the US and the UK.

Aug 09 11:48

Court: EPA violated law on harmful pesticide, orders ban

A federal appeals court says the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos (clor-PEER-i-fos) on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days.

Aug 09 10:31

Hawaii volcano activity slows, may be entering a pause, USGS says

After months of spewing hot lava into residential neighborhoods and into the sea, it appears that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may be taking a pause after a slowdown in activity since the weekend.

The U.S. Geological Survey said in a series of updates since Sunday that there was been a "significant reduction" in lava from fissure 8, which fed a channelized lava flow that reached the Pacific Ocean.

"It is common for eruptions to wax and wane or pause completely," the USGS said Tuesday. "A return to high levels of lava discharge or new outbreaks in the area of active fissures could occur at any time."

Aug 09 10:26

First Monsanto-Roundup Cancer Trial Goes To Jury In San Francisco

In a historic first, a California Jury is now deliberating whether Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave a school groundskeeper terminal cancer, after lawyers for both sides delivered their closing arguments on Tuesday.

Groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson is one of more than 5,000 plaintiffs across the United States who claim Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing herbicides, including the widely-used Roundup, cause cancer. His case, the first to go to trial, began in San Francisco’s Superior Court of California four weeks ago. -Reuters

On Tuesday, Johnson's attorney Brent Wisner urged jurors to hold Monsanto liable and slap them with a verdict that would "actually change the world" - after arguing that Monsanto knew about glyphosate's risks of cancer, but decided to ignore and bury the information.

Aug 09 10:17

Trump administration moves to open 1.6 million acres to fracking, drilling in California

Ending a five-year moratorium, the Trump administration Wednesday took a first step toward opening 1.6 million acres of California public land to fracking and conventional oil drilling, triggering alarm bells among environmentalists.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said it’s considering new oil and natural gas leases on BLM-managed lands in Fresno, San Luis Obispo and six other San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast counties. Meanwhile, activists in San Luis Obispo are pushing a ballot measure this fall to ban fracking and new oil exploration in the county.

Aug 09 09:24

‘Pressure to work in pain.’ A quarter of Mass. opioid deaths are in construction

Relying on skill and strength to raise up skyscrapers and spruce up homes, construction workers routinely face difficult and dangerous working conditions. Now a Massachusetts study has identified an overlooked hazard linked to their jobs: fatal opioid overdoses.

The report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that nearly a quarter of overdose deaths in a five-year period occurred among people, mostly men, who work in construction. Farmers and fishermen also had higher-than-average rates of overdose deaths.

The common factor: Workplace injuries occur frequently in these occupations.

Aug 08 15:55

Vaccine Rights

BREAKING NEWS: NC BAR SUES VACCINE RIGHTS ATTORNEY IN CLASSIC WITCH HUNT!

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Aug 08 15:49

SMART METERS RAISE HEALTH, PRIVACY AND CONSTITUTIONAL CONCERNS

Smart meters monitor home energy usage in minute detail in real time. The devices transmit data to the utility company where it gets stored in databases. Anybody with access to the data can download it for analysts. Without specific criteria limiting access to the data, these devices create significant privacy issues. Smart meters can also be used to remotely limit power usage during peak hours.

Aug 08 11:13

Monsanto Glyphosate Cancer Trial Update: Biased Judge? Key Evidence Not Allowed

In a recent update, Mr. Kennedy reported on some of the actions of Judge Bolanos that seemed to suggest that the judge could be potentially biased in favor of Monsanto by not allowing some key evidence, some of which seems to contradict what another judge, Judge Curtis Karnow, seemed to rule was admissible in pre-trial hearings.

Aug 08 10:43

In Photos: The 2018 California Wildfires as Seen from Space

Dangerous, deadly and destructive wildfires have churned through California in the summer of 2018. Here are some dramatic views of these blazes from high above as seen by astronauts and cosmonauts in space. In this image: Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev posted four photos of the California wildfires, as seen from the International Space Station, on Twitter on Aug. 7, 2018.

Aug 08 09:39

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic removal system could become 'world's biggest piece of marine debris', critics say

In 2012, an 18-year-old Dutch entrepreneur told a TEDx audience he was designing a device to clean-up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Boyan Slat's idea sounded like a novel concept that would quickly succumb to the insurmountable logistical issues of cleaning up 1.6 million square kilometres of plastic in deep, remote, open ocean.

However, six years on Mr Slat's organisation The Ocean Cleanup is about to test a 120-metre section, ahead of deploying the first 600-metre system to the Northern Pacific Ocean later this year.

Aug 08 08:43

Roundup is accused of causing cancer in America and is being banned across Europe: So could Britain's most popular garden spray be killing more than your weeds?

We eat it in our food and spray it on our gardens and allotments. It is all over our parks and farmers’ crops.

Roundup is the UK’s most widely used weedkiller and globally the most popular in history.

When the U.S. company Monsanto launched the product in 1974, its marketing men proclaimed it to be a technological breakthrough that killed almost every weed without harming humans or the environment.

But since the Nineties, the safety of Roundup — and its active ingredient glyphosate — has been challenged by studies that suggest that the weedkiller is linked to serious conditions including liver and kidney disease, infertility, birth abnormalities and cancer.

Aug 08 07:45

Farmer Converts 40,000 Acres Into Largest Organic Farm In Canada

In what could possibly be the world’s largest agricultural feat, Canadian farmer Travis Heide is in the process of converting his 40,000-acre farm entirely to organic.

Heide’s farm is large enough to produce 2,200,000 bushels of wheat per year. Although he has been mostly quiet about his transition to organic, his company Organics Canada Ltd. is set to boom as he will begin producing oats, lentils, peas, wheat and hemp all organically.

Currently, the farm is half-organic and half-conventionally grown, but by 2020 Travis plans to convert his entire farm to organic.

Aug 08 07:43

Medicare inches forward on drug prices

The Trump administration is making another incremental move toward lower drug prices, opening up a new part of Medicare to well-established competitive pressures.

The big picture: "Step therapy" allows insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to set up a system under which patients have to start with a cheaper drug first, switching to a higher-cost alternative only if they need to.

Step therapy is common in private insurance and in Medicare’s coverage for the kinds of drugs you pick up at a pharmacy.
Now, the administration is allowing the use of step therapy for some drugs that are administered at a doctor’s office — which are some of the most expensive drugs on the market.

Aug 08 06:12

Italy relaxes its laws on mandatory childhood vaccinations, as scientists brand the move 'self-destructive'

Italy is relaxing its child vaccination laws, leaving scientific and medical communities worldwide baffled and appalled.

The populist Italian government made an amendment to a law which requires all parents to prove their child has had 10 obligatory vaccinations, including polio, measles, and chickenpox, among others.

Under the new law, parents will be able to offer verbal confirmation of the completed immunisations without being required to provide concrete evidence.

Aug 07 18:27

Glyphosate use SUSPENDED in Brazil as cancer concerns take center stage

A federal judge in Brasilia has ruled that any new products that use the chemical in its formulation cannot be registered there, and existing registrations will be suspended in the next 30 days while the government takes a closer look at the toxicology. The fungicide thiram and the insecticide abamectin will also be subject to this decision.

Aug 07 18:25

Fascinating new study suggests that high doses of vitamin D eases sunburn by reducing redness, swelling, and inflammation

A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center induced experimental sunburns to 20 volunteers through an ultraviolet lamp. After that, the research team gave the participants either placebo or different high doses of vitamin D in the amounts of 50,000 international units (IU), 100,000 IU, or 200,000 IU. The vitamin D was distributed within an hour of the development of the sunburns.

The team monitored the participants at 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours, and after one week using different methods, such as skin biopsies.

The results revealed that participants who received 200,000 IU, the highest dosage of vitamin D used in the study, experienced long-lasting benefits. These included the decrease of skin inflammation 48 hours after the burn, as well as the reduction of the reddening of the skin. In addition, the vitamin D dosage increased the activity of skin-repairing genes.

Aug 07 18:21

Restore your bladder, LOSE YOUR MIND: Oxybutynin bladder drug found to drastically increase the risk of dementia

A team of international health experts pooled data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and examined 1,968 patients. Researchers found that people who took the pill for more than three years had a 54 percent increased risk of developing dementia within a decade compared with those who did not take the medication. Data also showed that oxybutynin-use has increased by 31 percent in five years in the U.K. The study also revealed that some 1.7 million oxybutynin prescriptions were issued in the U.K. in 2015 alone. Oxybutynin accounted for 26 percent of all medications prescribed for urinary incontinence in the same year, according to the researchers.

Aug 07 16:41

Want To Stop Roundup Spraying? Then Tell Congress To Do Just That

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Have you ever wanted to tell off someone in high places about something you really didn’t like? Well, you now have a chance to do so regarding the dangerous agricultural herbicide Roundup®.

The Organic Consumers Organization’s lobbying arm Citizens Regeneration Lobby is a 501(c)(4) organization, which has an online petition that allows consumers to tell their individual members of Congress what they think about Roundup®...

Aug 07 16:02

French Oncologist Analysis of Gardasil Vaccine Finds Higher Rates of Cervical Cancer Associated with High Vaccination Rates

A medical doctor in France, Dr. Gérard Delépine, an oncologist, has published an analysis of the HPV vaccine Gardasil on the independent news site, Agora Vox, showing how increased rates of Gardasil vaccinations are actually correlated with a higher rate of cervical cancer.

The analysis was published as an Open letter to parliamentarians, and to all citizens in response to a recent meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and “thirty leaders of the world’s largest pharmaceutical groups,” and to the call among some politicians to make the HPV vaccine Gardasil mandatory in France.

Pointing out that Gardasil only targets 2 to 5% of the 200 known strains of the human papillomavirus, Dr. Delépine explains that there is no evidence that Gardasil protects against cancer.

Instead of reducing the risk of invasive cancer of the cervix, HPV vaccines keep it at a high level or increase it!

Aug 07 09:05

10 Terrifying Dangers Of Our Sun That Have Scientists Worried

The Sun has an immense impact on every facet of life on our planet. As the hot, glowing ball of gas that sits in the center of our solar system, it influences all life on Earth and plays a major role in existing conditions on our neighboring planets as well.[1] The Sun has been worshiped by many cultures as a god, and for good reason. Without the intense energy and heat provided by it, life could not exist.

But the Sun also holds many secrets—and some of them are quite dangerous. In fact, a handful have our scientists legitimately worried! Here are ten rather terrifying dangers of our Sun that have some scientists more than a little bit concerned.

Aug 07 08:49

TOBACCO – A FORGOTTEN HEALING PLANT

The popularity of tobacco is likely owed to nicotine, one of its potent ingredients. Nicotine is an alkaloid that in lesser doses produces a relaxing and stimulating effect, and increases the level of dopamine and serotonin, which probably accounts for its addictive properties. In higher doses it can be harmful. Even though labeled addictive, its benefits seem to outweigh the risks. In fact, it seems to have no more health risks than caffeine.

The confusion about nicotine comes from anti-smoking activists who equate nicotine and smoking. Nicotine is an anti-inflammatory agent and has been shown, among other things to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s, as well as delay the onset of Parkinson’s disease.

Aug 06 15:12

Antidepressants in Britain's water systems are causing mating problems for starlings: Females are more likely to be ignored or attacked by males because the drugs make them lethargic

Female starlings who have ingested antidepressants in Britain's water systems are more likely to be ignored or attacked by males.

Researchers say worms and other insects are passing the drugs on to the birds after picking them up at sewage works - a popular feeding ground for starlings.

The contaminants may make females less attractive to males because they make the birds more lethargic, researchers said.

They problem means males are less likely to sing to contaminated females, and could be killing off one of Britain's best loved native songbirds.

Aug 06 12:48

Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry

In South Florida this summer, one ecological scourge has piled on top of another.

First came the red tide, a flotilla of microorganisms that dyed the sea rust and eventually stretched out along 100 miles of the Gulf Coast. Oxygen-starved fish, eels, dolphins and turtles littered beaches, in numbers too vast to count. In one marina, so many fish went belly up that they appeared to pave a walkway across the water.

Aug 06 11:19

Kilauea Eruption: Lava output from Fissure 8 and Kilauea summit quakes lessen

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that earthquakes have reduced at Kilauea summit and the lava flow from Fissure 8 has no movement in the channel.

Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile marker are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changing roadway conditions, and drive with caution. Motorcyclists and bicyclists should proceed with extreme caution.

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Looks like this eruption may finally be coming to an end!

Aug 06 10:49

Category 4 Hector churning westward in Central Pacific

Hurricane Hector is still a powerful Category 4 storm as it continues moving westward across the Central Pacific.

The latest forecast at 5 a.m. Monday said the hurricane intensified slightly, packing maximum sustained winds of 145 mph with higher gusts. The storm was moving west at 15 mph.

According to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the center of the storm was located about 930 miles east of Hilo or 1,135 miles east-southeast of Honolulu.

Forecasters said Hector will move in the west-northwest direction through Tuesday, followed by a westward motion Tuesday evening through Friday.

Forecasters also noted that hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 100 miles.

Aug 06 10:25

At least 91 dead after powerful earthquake strikes Indonesian resort islands of Bali, Lombok

At least 91 people were killed when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks rocked Indonesia's resort islands of Bali and Lombok on Sunday, causing people to rush out of homes, hotels and restaurants.

Another 200 were injured, Indonesian authorities said. The number of victims is expected to increase, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of Indonesia's disaster management department.

Hundreds of people have been taken to local hospitals and thousands of homes have been damaged, said Arifin Muhammad Hadi, head of disaster management of the Indonesian Red Cross Society.

The deadly quake was 31 kilometers (19 miles) deep and struck near Loloan on the north end of Lombok. It was also felt on Bali to the west.

Aug 06 10:24

Millions of people battling addiction to prescription drugs in 'hidden crisis', experts warn

The UK is harbouring a 'hidden crisis' of prescription drug addictions.

That's the stark warning coming from medical experts, who say increasing numbers of patients are seeking help for misuse of anxiety medicines.

And, worryingly, millions of people could be affected.

It comes as Scottish government data shows a dramatic spike in deaths related to branded tranquilisers, such as Xanax.

Aug 06 10:22

Scientists FINALLY discover why thalidomide caused birth defects: Pill taken by thousands of mothers in the 1960s left a generation with deformed limbs and organs - but until now, no one knew why

For decades, no one knew why, but Dana Farber Cancer Institute scientists have discovered the drug interferes with transcription proteins that can shut off a gene crucial to limb development.

Aug 06 10:15

3-Year Old Report on Fracking Risks Quietly Published This Week After Cuadrilla Permit Awarded

In 2015, the UK Government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) wrote a report citing the increase of national pollution emissions that would be caused by proposed shale development in Britain.

Before the report was finally published this week, Public Health England, UK’s official body for the improvement of the nation’s health and wellbeing, always concluded that “the risks to public health from exposure to emissions from shale gas extraction are low if operations are properly run and regulated.”

Now, the AQEG report warns that

“Impacts on local and regional air quality have the potential to be substantially higher than the national level impacts, as extraction activities are likely to be highly clustered. Studies in the US have shown significant impacts on both local air quality and regional ozone formation, but similar studies have not yet been undertaken for the UK.“

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As long as May continues as Prime Minister, these fracking operations will continue apace; after all, she doesn't have to live downwind from them, or risk contamination in her water from them.

Aug 06 09:07

Antianxiety drugs — often more deadly than opioids — are fueling the next drug crisis in US

Today more than 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety, and it is the most common mental illness in the United States.
Overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines — such as Xanax, Librium, Valium and Ativan, drugs commonly used to treat anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, seizures and insomnia — have quadrupled between 2002 and 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The trend is being fueled by a 67 percent rise in prescriptions.
The market for benzos, as they are called, is expected to reach $3.8 billion in the U.S. by 2020, reports Zion Market Research.

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Please remember two things here:

Sometimes nutrition can make a huge difference in calming your anxiety; educate yourself as to what can work well here, because knowledge is power.

And secondly, many doctors receive "compensations", or perks, for prescribing you medications; I know this is true, because it happened to me, with a doctor at my HMO, who is no longer with the group.

There are several websites you can use to determine which pharmaceutical manufacturers are compensating doctors for various prescriptions.

Aug 06 08:58

Toxic Silence: Public Officials, Monsanto and the Media

Are you being lied to or misled? Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason certainly thinks so and has provided much supporting evidence. She has been campaigning against the agrochemical industry for many years (all her work can be accessed here) and has borne witness to the destruction of her own nature reserve in South Wales, which she argues is due to the widespread spraying of glyphosate in the area.

In 2016, she wrote an open letter to journalists at The Guardian newspaper in the UK outlining how the media is failing the public by not properly reporting on the regulatory delinquency relating to the harmful chemicals being applied to crops (read it here). Her assertion was that not only humans and the environment are silently being poisoned by thousands of untested and unmonitored chemicals, but that the UK media are silent about the agrochemical industry’s role in this.

Aug 06 08:53

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet

Two new studies from Europe have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil.

Aug 06 08:49

Perseid meteor shower will be this summer's best light show

Aug 06 06:48

Russia sets standards for organic food production

President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law regulating production, storing and transportation of organic produce in Russia. The decree bans agrochemicals, pesticides, antibiotics growth stimulators and hormones.

Aug 06 06:40

Massive rogue planet crowned with a glowing aurora and a magnetic field more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter is found wandering the galaxy and was spotted using radio signals

A rogue planet with a mass more than 12 times that of Jupiter has been spotted hurtling through space.

This brownish celestial body is travelling through the galaxy completely alone around 20 light years from Earth and has an unusual aurora emanating from its pole.

The planet produces a magnetic field around 200 times greater than that of the largest planet in our Solar System.

It is the first object of its kind to be spotted using radio signals.

Scientists are unsure of its origin and what causes its mysterious aurora.

Aug 05 09:10

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Rule for GMO Crop Use in Natural Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration has revoked Obama-era regulations limiting the use of pesticides in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NRWS), Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Greg Sheehan said in a memorandum.

"Realizing that farming practices will continue into the foreseeable future within the NWRS… we must ensure that we are appropriately making use of farm practice innovations as we actively manage farm areas," Sheehan wrote in the memorandum obtained by The Hill.

The Department of Interior determined that the rule enforced by the previous Obama administration made it harder for refuges to meet their goals. The Obama administration argued in the past that chemicals pose risk to butterflies and birds and disturb the balance in the environment.

Aug 05 08:44

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Rule for GMO Crop Use in Natural Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration has revoked Obama-era regulations limiting the use of pesticides in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NRWS), Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Greg Sheehan said in a memorandum.

Meanwhile, US Environmentalists said Friday that lifting the restriction poses a grave threat to pollinating insects and other sensitive creatures relying on toxic-free habitats afforded by wildlife refuges, Reuters reported.

"Industrial agriculture has no place on refuges dedicated to wildlife conservation and protection of some of the most vital and vulnerable species," Jenny Keating, federal lands policy analyst for the group Defenders of Wildlife was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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This was a stupid blunder on President Trump's part, and I sincerely hope that some members of his cabinet, to whom he listens, can actually school him on the science of why President Obama was correct on this.

Aug 04 15:49

‘An Insult’: Trump Administration Drops Ban on Harmful Bee-Killing Pesticides

In what appears to be an endless string of seemingly politically-motivated moves, the Trump administration recently rescinded another Obama-era policy. This time, one that outlaws the use of pesticides linked to declining global bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops within the boundaries of national wildlife refuges.

Neonics are a class of insecticides chemically similar to nicotine that have been linked to several dangerously negative ecological effects including honey-bee colony collapse disorder — the phenomenon in which a majority of the worker bees in a colony die.

Can Agriculture Work Without Bees? California’s Almond Farmers Are Trying

Aug 04 10:15

Why Elon Musk will never colonise Mars: Plans to nuke the red planet to make its air breathable are a 'fantasy' because the technology needed is 'science fiction', physicist says

Mars is the focus of many international space missions as humans increasingly look to the red planet as a future home.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has stated his intentions to detonate two fusion bombs on the planet to change its atmosphere, making it hospitable for humans.

According to the SpaceX CEO, the detonations would fill the atmosphere with greenhouse gases, triggering an intentional climate change to make it habitable.

Professor Andrew Coates, a physicist at University College London, describes Musk's ambitious plans as 'science fiction'.

Aug 04 09:54

Godfather of GMOs Wants Consumers to Be Less Afraid of His Food

Three decades ago, Robert T. Fraley helped invent the genetically modified seeds that have become a $17 billion global industry and ushered in a new era of agricultural productivity. So it’s little surprise that this longtime Monsanto Co. executive doesn’t want the crops dubbed Frankenfood, which is what critics like to call them.

Fraley retired in June as Monsanto’s chief technology officer but says he will continue to be an evangelist for the scientific advancements that he says turbo-charged harvests and helped farmers stay a few steps ahead of Mother Nature. GMOs have become Fraley’s legacy, and he’s convinced the world will need more such innovations to keep pace with the demand for more food as populations and incomes grow.

Aug 04 09:51

Study: Sunscreen products block the production of vitamin D by 99%

The results of a recent study by the American Osteopathic Association, which found that close to 1 billion of our planet’s inhabitants are deficient in vitamin D, are therefore truly alarming. The researchers found that this deficiency can be attributed to a lack of sun exposure, chronic disease and the use of sunblocks, which decrease vitamin D production by a staggering 99 percent.

Aug 04 09:49

Ibuprofen increases the risk of cardiac arrest by 30% — why do people still believe that NSAIDs are safe?

As reported by Natural Health 365, ibuprofen is viewed by many as a harmless painkiller and is taken by upwards of 30 million people each day to fight pain, fever or inflammation. It is part of a group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and the study, which was published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, found that some other drugs in this class are even more dangerous than ibuprofen. Diclofenac, for example, which is commonly used to treat the pain associated with arthritis, was found to increase the risk of cardiac arrest by a staggering 50 percent.

Aug 03 12:23

NASA Announces First Astronaut Crews to Fly on Boeing and SpaceX Spaceships

The space agency on Friday (Aug. 3) announced nine men and women who will launch on the first crewed test flights and missions of new commercial spacecraft built and operated by The Boeing Company and SpaceX.

The eight active NASA astronauts and one former astronaut-turned-corporate crew member will launch on Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Dragon capsules to the International Space Station beginning in 2019. The missions will mark the first crewed launches from U.S. soil since the end of the space shuttle program seven years ago.

Aug 03 11:26

What Doctors Say Are CBD Benefits Observed in Actual People, not Mice

Here’s what medical professionals have to share on how CBD benefits people.

Aug 03 11:26

Our Cellphone Addiction Is Turning Wireless Tech Into an Invisible Weapon That’s Destroying Wildlife

What effects is wi-fi and 5g technology having on the wildlife that surrounds us?

Aug 03 10:31

Hawaii's volcano village wants its visitors back

JESSE TUNISON: Well Volcano village is really, for the most part, about two miles line of sight from the summit of Kilauea volcano. So certainly it is quite the hotspot but fortunately for us we are not near any of the lava that is going into the ocean about 4000 feet down below us, at the ocean, 30 miles away.

DON WISEMAN: So the lava is going down the other side of the mountain?

JT: Yeah indeed.

DW: And the attraction for a village so high on the mountain is presumably for tourism reasons?

JT: Yeah everything from cafes to fine dining, we have art galleries - some of the best in the nation, doing everything from glasswork to fine painting, woodworks, ceramics, everything and anything that you can think of. In the first month our income went down by 90%.

Aug 03 10:30

Road damage from earthquakes is latest Hawaii volcano peril

Officials on Hawaii's Big Island, where the Kilauea volcano has been spewing huge amounts of lava for months, are bracing for the possibility that frequent earthquakes will cut off a major highway.

Emergency officials dealing with the eruption are turning their focus to the aptly named village of Volcano, where dozens of small earthquakes shake the ground every hour as Kilauea undergoes dramatic changes. The summit caldera is also collapsing, causing even larger temblors almost daily.

Officials are worried about cracks and holes in Highway 11, a 45-minute lifeline connecting a rural district with Hilo, the island's biggest city. The alternative, driving around the state's largest island, can take up to three hours.

"It's the only road going through that section of the island," said state Sen. Russell Ruderman. "We have to find a way to keep it open."

Aug 03 10:29

Hawaii volcano: Shock footage shows COW threatened by Kilauea lava HELICOPTERED to safety

DRAMATIC footage has shown the moment a cow rescued from the path of lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is helicoptered to safety – while in another daring mission, a pilot managed to transport a cockpit full of cats out of the danger zone.

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