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Global Alert News – 02.03.18

The “Doomsday Clock” has yet again been moved closer to midnight by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Though this signal should be a dire red flag warning for us all, the bleak assessment from this scientific organization does not even take into account the immediate threat from our imploding biosphere and climate engineering (which must also be considered weather and …

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Connect The Dots – Listen to Sainath Suryanarayanan, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin and co-author with Daniel Kleinman of Vanishing Bees – 02.01.17

Listen to Sainath Suryanarayanan, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin and co-author with Daniel Kleinman of Vanishing Bees: Science, Politics and Honeybee Health talking about the multifactoral causes of colony collapse disorder and the need for biological, sociological and ecological diversity.

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Life Without Bees: The Effects on Food

Due to climate change, the increased use of pesticides and a range of other causal factors, bee populations have decreased steadily over the past years. This could result in a huge impact on our food supply and indeed, our health. As a matter of fact, one in every three bites of food consumed around the world depends on pollinators, bees …

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Andrea Germanos – EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators. One was its “Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products.” It states that the “policy is not a regulation or an order and, therefore, does not legally compel changes to pesticide product registrations.” The …

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Jim Tull – Positive Thinking in a Dark Age

I recall a Buddhist parable involving a stick that appears from a distance to be a snake, causing fear to rise in the perceiver. As the perception shifts upon closer examination, the fear subsides and the relieved hiker continues down the path. Understanding and awareness have a lot to do with how we feel and how we act. As hosts …

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ANNALEE NEWITZ – Finding North America’s lost medieval city

A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region’s tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many …

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Thanks, Climate Change. Extreme Weather Wreaking Havoc Across Globe

This year, the natural phenomenon known as El Niño is making the effects of man-made climate change worse, according to experts. And in reverse, climate change is exacerbating El Niño. As Common Dreamsreported earlier this year, temporary warming of surface waters in the Pacific, known as El Niño, drives dramatic shifts in rainfall, temperature, and wind patterns worldwide, and can last for months or …

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Tim Radford – Scientists post extreme weather warning

New research warns that longer, hotter and more frequent heatwaves than those that killed 55,000 Russians in 2010, or 72,000 in France, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK in 2003, will hit Europe in the next two decades. But, over the same period, Europe could also begin to get colder as a consequence of a drop in solar …