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/

Concern For Auckland Over 1080 Drop

Aucklanders should be concerned about a planned 1080 poison drop in the Hunua Ranges, their catchment for drinking water, says New Zealand First.

“Nearly 50,000 kilos of 1080 poison baits will be dropped over the very heart of the Queen City’s largest drinking water catchment and reservoir area,” says Outdoor Recreation and Primary Industries Spokesperson Richard Prosser.

“Watercare Services, which runs Auckland’s water has stringent protocols in place, but cannot stop the drop which is part of Auckland Council’s pest control programme.
READ MORE: http://nzfirst.org.nz/news/concern-auckland-over-1080-drop

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


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...

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