ENVIRONMENT

Why does New Zealand have floods?

Flooding happens quite often in New Zealand, for several reasons:
Weather systems are constantly sweeping over the country’s narrow islands, bringing heavy rain.

The many mountain ranges cause moist air to condense and produce more rain. Parts of the West Coast, near the Southern Alps, have more than 10 metres of rain a year.

The country is criss-crossed by rivers and streams that come down from the mountains.

Clearing native forest means that heavy rain quickly flows into the rivers.
READ MORE: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/floods
Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters in New Zealand – between 1920 and 1983, the country experienced 935 damaging floods.
READ MORE: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/floods/page-1

Monsanto Supplied US and Israel With Chemical Weapons According to Declassified Documents

Recently declassified documents reveal that Monsanto has provided both the Israeli and US militaries with white phosphorus as early as 2009. White phosphorus is a chemical weapon, which burns through nearly any surface and creates large clouds of toxic smoke.

Exposure to this chemical can be potentially fatal or debilitating, but sadly it is not recognized legally as a chemical weapon, and thus is perfectly legal for Western governments to use against the inhabitants of poor developing countries.
READ MORE: http://www.trueactivist.com/monsanto-supplied-us-and-israel-with-chemica...

100,000 German Beekeepers Call for GMO Cultivation Ban

The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs that have been approved at the EU level. Under the law, a member state can ban a GMO in part or all of its territory. But the law has come under heavy criticism for failing to provide a solid basis for such bans.

The beekeepers are urging Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) to implement a Germany-wide ban on cultivation. The Minister pleads, however, for letting each state decide individually. The beekeepers counter that a piecemeal approach will not work. Bees fly up to eight kilometres in search of food, the DIB said, so a juxtaposition of GM crop cultivation zones and GMO-free zones within Germany would be “environmentally and agriculturally unacceptable”.
READ MORE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/100000-german-beekeepers-call-for-gmo-culti...

USA: Division of Ag expands research on non-GMO soybean varieties

he University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is expanding its research into conventional or non-GMO soybean varieties as growers eye them as a way to combat escalating production costs and slipping commodity prices.

Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, said his trial plots are being seeded with nine conventional varieties, including four developed by the U of A System Division of Agriculture’s soybean breeder, Pengyin Chen: Ozark, UA5213C, UA5612 and UA5014C. In addition to a couple of private company varieties, this year’s trial includes two other public varieties: Virginia Tech’s highly adaptable Hutcheson and University of Tennessee‘s Ellis.
READ MORE: http://www.hpj.com/crops/division-of-ag-expands-research-on-non-gmo-soyb...

'On the Offensive' Against Monsanto, France Removes Roundup from Store Shelves

France will cease over-the-counter sales of agrochemical giant Monsanto's weedkiller brand Roundup, following a recent United Nations report that found the active ingredient, glyphosate, was "probably carcinogenic to humans."

It's the newest development in the growing international movement against Monsanto in general and Roundup in particular. French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced on Sunday that she had instructed garden centers to stop putting the herbicide on the shelves of their self-service aisles, stating, "France must be on the offensive with regards to the banning of pesticides."
READ MORE: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/15/offensive-against-monsanto-f...

New Zealand: Hazardous changes to New Organisms Act

The National Government and Treasury are under pressure from Federated Farmers, to loosen all precautions around genetically engineered organisms as legislated in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO). HSNO considers GMO’s whilst under experimentation and the Resource Management Act (RMA) allows communities to place rules around GE crop use, if and when they are released.

In the last 10 years six field trials have been approved under the HSNO Act. To date they have cost millions and produced no results that show they will have a better outcome than their conventional counterparts; in fact they have shown they are extremely toxic cruel failures.

Scientists under Attack - Genetic Engineering in the magnetic Field of Money

Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common. They are distinguished scientists, and their careers lie in ruins. Both chose to investigate the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both are now suffering the fate of those who criticise the powerful vested interests that dominate big business and scientific research. Statements made by scientists themselves suggest that 95% of those researching in the area of genetic engineering are funded to do so by industry. Only 5% are independent. This situation presents a major threat to the freedom of science – and to our democracy. Can we, the public, still trust our scientists?

Big Waves and Broken Roads


When I was at school I studied geography for a while and I learned a few things from it. Firstly you do not build your house or roads along the front edge of the coast or on sand dunes.

This was decades ago and science and physics have changed completely since then.

Anyway, when I was at school I learned that a road, wall or building constructed right on the edge of the sea, (especially on the edge of one of the worlds most rough and dangerous pieces of sea) is going to get bashed, eroded and eventually destroyed by the sea.

Mayor Wade-Brown: Global Warming Destroying Wellingtons South Coast Road

While waves washing over south coast roads had occurred before they were now becoming increasingly common as a direct impact of climate change, she said.

The council had reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions to 2001 levels while Wellington had reduced emissions by 20 percent since 2006.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/69381409/wellington-south-coas...

'Bees with Alzheimer’s?' Aluminium pollution linked to dementia in bees

The decline in the bee population could be caused by the insect’s high contamination of aluminum, a chemical element implicated as a factor in Alzheimer's disease in humans, a new study has found.

It's believed that a number of factors are likely to be involved in the decline of bees: from a lack of flowers to attacks by parasites. But biologists at Keele University and the University of Sussex in the UK decided to find out whether aluminum, the "most significant environmental contaminant of recent times," could prove to play the key role in the insect’s decline.
READ MORE: http://rt.com/news/265600-bees-alzheimer-aluminium-pollution/

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