ENVIRONMENT

Fukushima Plant Set to Dump 777,000 Tons of Nuclear Waste Into Ocean

More than three-quarters of a million tons of radioactive water is about to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean if the chairmen of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have their way, Japanese media reported over the weekend. All they require now is final government approval.

“The decision has already been made,” TEPCO chairman Takashi Kawamura told the media, according to the Japan Times.
READ MORE: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/14/national/science-health/tepc...

Brazil to open up 860,000 acres of protected Amazon rainforest to logging, mining and farming

The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging.

The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecologists who claim that the bill could lead to further deforestation in the Pará area.
READ MORE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/illegal-logging-nationa...

Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees

For years, scientists have been amassing evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides, meant to keep insect pests off agricultural crops, are also harming essential pollinators, bees. But laboratory studies are limited and real-world simulations have been lacking. Two large field studies published today (June 29) in Science largely confirm that neonicotinoids are bad for bees.

A three-country European field study led by Richard Pywell, a lead scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the U.K., reports that neonicotinoid exposure generally reduces the honey bee’s ability to survive the winter and reduces the reproductive success of wild bees. A Canadian study, led by Amro Zayed at Toronto’s York University, confirms that bees in the field are exposed to doses of neonicotinoids similar to those scientists have been using in the lab.
READ MORE: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49768/title/Field-...

Tanzanian farmers are facing heavy prison sentences if they continue their traditional seed exchange

In order to get developmental assistance, Tanzania amended its legislation, which should give commercial investors faster and better access to agricultural land as well as a very strong protection of intellectual property rights.

‘If you buy seeds from Syngenta or Monsanto under the new legislation, they will retain the intellectual property rights. If you save seeds from your first harvest, you can use them only on your own piece of land for non-commercial purposes. You’re not allowed to share them with your neighbors or with your sister-in-law in a different village, and you cannot sell them for sure. But that’s the entire foundation of the seed system in Africa’, says Michael Farrelly.
READ MORE: http://www.mo.be/en/analysis/tanzanian-farmers-are-facing-heavy-prison-s...

A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor

With a resolution as fine as 149 square meters per pixel, about equal to the areal footprint of an American single-family house, BOEM’s bathymetry map is at least 16 times higher in resolution than the map historically used for the northern GOM. Most of those house-sized pixels in the new map are 1, 2, and 3 kilometers deep under the water, and the product contains 1.4 billion of them, making this a gigapixel map.
MORE: https://eos.org/project-updates/a-1-4-billion-pixel-map-of-the-gulf-of-m...

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Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-fir...

Scientific research on rock dust added to soil

Remineralize the Earth (RTE) promotes the use of natural land and sea-based minerals to restore soils and forests, produce more nutritious food, and remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
MORE: https://remineralize.org/publications/#

The Robots Sent Into Fukushima Just Keep Dying

Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) head of decommissioning admitted on Thursday that more creativity was needed in developing its robots sent to the reactive zone.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant was massively damaged in 2011, when three of the six nuclear reactors suffered meltdown after being struck by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and associated tsunami waves.
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-04/robots-sent-fukushima-just-keep...

DAPL Company Reported 69 Accidents Polluted Rivers In 4 States in Just 2 Years

Although it obstinately insists pipelines are safe, the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline racked up 69 reported accidents in just two years — leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil products and tainting rivers in four states. That averages nearly three spills each month.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/dapl-69-accidents-polluted-rivers-4-...

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