ENVIRONMENT

This Man Believes Mushrooms Can Solve Virtually All of Humanity’s Problems

Paul Stamets claims that mushrooms can save the world. I’m not so sure about universal salvation through fungal means, but I do enjoy cooking with them, so I decided to call Paul up for some cooking tips. I also happen to have an autoimmune disease, and I was intrigued by Paul’s TED talk about the incredible potential of fungi and extensive writing on the nutritional and medicinal properties of mushrooms in his book, Mycelium Running.

I went to the guru of ‘shrooms in search of food medicine, albeit with my skeptic wits about me. I asked him to share some culinary tips that might also help ease my symptoms and prevent the progression of my disease. Take this all with a grain of salt—literally, because everything tastes better with salt—and also figuratively, because the science of fungi is still tenuous.
READ MORE: https://munchies.vice.com/articles/this-man-believes-mushrooms-can-solve...

With Pollinators at Risk, Bee-Friendly Gardening Moving into Mainstream

Bee-friendly landscaping and gardening is both necessary and possible—and the movement is growing, according to a new report released Monday by Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute.

"A growing number of wholesale nurseries, retailers and institutions have successfully made the shift away from bee-harming pesticides, which signals that these essential changes are possible," said Lisa Archer, Food & Technology program director at Friends of the Earth, in a statement. "We hope that this report will be a resource for other responsible businesses as they get toxic, bee-harming pesticides out of their plants, off their shelves and out of the environment as soon as possible."
READ MORE: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/01/pollinators-risk-bee-friendl...

How Photographing Pollution Became Illegal In Wyoming

Taking scenic pictures anywhere outside city limits in the state of Wyoming could now get you thrown in jail. Signed into law in March, the Data Trespass Bill enhances laws against trespassing, but the intent of the bill seems to be clear — protecting polluters from prosecution by criminalizing the collecting of evidence against them.

No, it’s not exactly as simple as just snapping a photo, but if you want to “collect resource data” without express consent to do so and you intend to pass it on to a government agency, the penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a year in prison.
READ MORE: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/05/how-photographing-pollution-became.html

2004 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could leak another 100 years - report

An oil leak that occurred when an offshore platform toppled during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 has continued to spill oil into the Gulf of Mexico – and could keep leaking for another 100 years, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The documents show that a century-long leak could occur if nothing is done to address the problem.

The platform owners, Taylor Energy Company, tried to work with Department of the Interior "to resolve financial obligations for the leak" worth hundreds of millions of dollars, which were set aside to pay for leak-related work.
READ MORE: http://rt.com/usa/259189-gulf-oil-spill-century/

Wellington NZ Hit by Widespread Flooding

It has been raining cats, dogs and mice here in the last 24 plus hours. The whole city was cut off by slips and flooding. As of 9.50pm tonight reports are coming in of tornadoes hitting in Hawkes Bay north of Wellington. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/68568100/tornado-strikes-mt-maunganui-po...

The Hutt River looking north at Avalon.

Basin Reserve

Brooklyn Rd

Downtown

Hutt River Avalon

38 Miles from NewYork City: Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant: A Ticking Time Bomb?

All nuclear power plants are inherently unsafe – aging, poorly maintained ones most of all. Entergy Corporation’s Indian Point nuclear plant is located 38 miles north of New York City. It was commissioned in 1974. It experienced numerous incidents warranting concern – the latest on May 9.

A transformer exploded. Fire and black smoke were visible. The plant’s Unit 3 was shut down after the incident. Officials claimed no threat to public safety. Nuclear experts cite Indian Point’s notorious history of unaddressed health hazards, safety violations, numerous accidents and pollution – issues persisting throughout its operating life.
READ MORE: http://www.globalresearch.ca/38-miles-from-newyork-city-indian-point-nuc...

TEPCO Admits Fukushima Is Leaking Again - Over 600x 'Safe' Radiation Levels

Having killed a robot by underestimating the level of radiation present in the Fukushima power plant, and after delaying its previous admission of a leak, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has quickly admitted that the nuclear plant has sprung another leak. As EFE reports, a small quantity of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank with 70 microsieverts per hour of beta-ray-emitting radioactivity detected on the surface where the water had leaked, far exceeding the recommended maximum exposure of 0.11 microsieverts per hour. But apart from that it's "contained."
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-03/tepco-admits-fukushima-leaking-...

Two Major Biotech Companies May Soon Merge into ‘Mega Monsanto’

What would you get when you combine 2 of the largest chemical-biotech-seed companies on the planet? We may just find out soon enough, as biotech juggernaut Monsanto is reportedly looking to take over another big player in the biotech field, Syngenta. The merge would likely result in the further monopolization of the food supply – with GMOs and chemical pesticides at the crux.
READ MORE: http://naturalsociety.com/two-major-biotech-companies-may-soon-merge-int...

Retailers encouraged to sell cancer-causing chemicals in annual 'Pimp up Your Roundup' contest

As if it's not bad enough that stores sell Monsanto's Roundup in the first place, there's actually a contest in place in the UK called "Pimp up Your Roundup." As the saying goes, you can't make this stuff up. Let's REALLY draw attention to something that contains cancer-causing chemicals like glyphosate, and better yet, let's give it a name that uses a very fitting word for Monsanto and the monstrosities they push on people: pimp.

The contest encourages independent retailers to "go the extra mile to create the most inventive and eye catching Roundup displays." According to the contest's promoter, Roundup UK, whoever wins will receive displays that can house the product.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalnews.com/049580_Roundup_glyphosate_retailer_contest.ht...
SEE ALSO: Long-term toxicity of Roundup herbicide http://www.enveurope.com/content/26/1/14

Bigger, better bedbugs bite back with a vengeance

The more you learn about bedbugs, the less you’ll like the idea of finding them beneath your duvet. They inject saliva into your bloodstream, which acts as an anti-coagulant. Their bites can become infected, resulting in itchy red welts and sometimes blisters. After they’ve feasted on your blood, they like to engage in rough and tumble sex (not with you, fortunately). Once you’ve got them, it’s very hard to get rid of them. They adapt their mealtimes to your bedtimes. If you work nights, they do the day shift. If you work nine to five, they feed at night. They can trigger asthma and anaphylactic shocks. Psychological effects range from insomnia to suicide. The only good news is, they don’t seem to carry any known diseases — yet.
READ MORE: http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9505552/bigger-better-bedbugs-bite-back...

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