Daily Archives: March 8, 2019

Bernie Defends Omar Against Democratic Establishment

The Rational National

Published on Mar 6, 2019

Ash dieback: Deadly tree fungus spreading ‘more quickly’ – BBC News

A deadly fungus is spreading “more quickly and lethally” through the UK’s ash trees than experts had anticipated, BBC Wales has learnt.

Millions of diseased trees near buildings, roads and railways will have to be cut down.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) warned of a “very significant impact” on the landscape.

The Welsh government announced it was setting up an expert group to advise on the issue.

Landowners are already paying out thousands of pounds to hire tree surgeons, temporary traffic lights and other equipment to deal with the problem – known as ash dieback.

One described the situation as a “tragedy”.

A recent survey – which split the UK into 10km grid squares – found infections had been confirmed across 80% of Wales, 68% of England, 32% of Northern Ireland and 20% of Scotland.

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SpaceX Dragon demo capsule returns to Earth – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47477617

America’s new commercial astronaut capsule has completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station, where it had been docked this past week, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.

Four parachutes brought it into “soft contact” with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Splashdown occurred at about 08:45 EST (13:45 GMT). A boat, called GO Searcher, was waiting to recover the capsule.

There were cheers at mission control as the capsule landed in the Atlantic.

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B&R Initiative is not “debt trap” but “economic pie”: FM


New China TV
Published on Mar 8, 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative is not a “debt trap” that some countries may fall into but an “economic pie” that benefits local population: FM #NPC #TwoSessions

As Trump Faces Investigation, Echoes of Watergate Grow Louder


VOA News

Published on Mar 7, 2019

The recent congressional testimony of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, transfixed Washington at a time when the president is under increasing scrutiny. To some, Cohen’s moment in the national spotlight harkened back to dramatic moments from another time, the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, which eventually forced President Richard Nixon from office. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

Soil Solutions is delivering a new message to the global community:

Soil Solutions is delivering a new message to the global community:

An elegant, risk-free solution to the climate crisis can be found literally beneath our feet–in the soil. By harnessing the immense power of photosynthesis, we can convert atmospheric carbon, a problem, into soil carbon, a solution.

CFS’ launched Soil Solutions to advance this under-recognized opportunity to mitigate climate change and, by providing people with a hopeful and accessible solution, empower them to rebuild soil carbon in their community.

Emerging science proves that shifting to regenerative forms of agriculture such as agroecology, agroforestry, cover-cropping, holistic grazing and permaculture will allow us to store excess carbon safely in the ground.

And, we have more good news to share: carbon-rich soils are full of life that provide multiple benefits. They improve the nutritional quality and yields of food; they filter and store fresh water; they support plants and wildlife, and they help to alleviate global poverty.

Of course we need to reduce our CO2 emissions, but even if we magically stopped all CO2 emissions tomorrow, we would still be faced with dangerous levels of carbon already in the atmosphere. But, by restoring soil carbon on a global basis we can, over time, “draw down” that excess atmospheric carbon to safe levels and bring the carbon cycle back into balance.

Climate change is a topic that can cause anxiety and helplessness, and it has been hard to know what to do beyond curtailing our energy usage.

Soil Solutions bridges the Food Movement and the Climate Movement by engaging leading scientists and policymakers as well as carbon farmers and ranchers. Acting together we can restore the health of our most undervalued natural resource.

Healthy soil, it’s at the heart of our climate solutions.

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The Real Truth About Health

he Real Truth About Health Conference is dedicated to the talented professionals that tell the truth about health, nutrition, our food systems and our environment. These videos highlight are from past conferences of world renowned experts in their fields.

Sheldon Krimsky – The GMO Deception: Food and Corporations Putting Our Environment at Risk

The Real Truth About Health
Published on Aug 30, 2018

Eating genetically modified food is gambling with every bite. The biotech industry’s claim that genetically modified (GM) foods are safe is shattered in this lecture. This is for anyone wanting to understand GM technology, to learn how to protect themselves, or to share their concerns with others.

Sheldon Krimsky is Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning in the School of Arts & Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine at Tufts University. www.tufts.edu/~skrimsky. He received his BS and MS in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and an MA and PhD in philosophy at Boston University. His research focuses on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values, and public policy. He has authored, co-authored or edited 14 books and published over 200 papers and reviews that have appeared in: JAMA, Nature, Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, NEJM, American Journal of Bioethics, PLOS ONE among others. His books include Genetic Alchemy; Agricultural Biotechnology & the Environment; Biotechnics & Society, Genetic Justice (Gold Medal winner from Independent Publishers); Hormonal Chaos: The Origins of the Environmental Endocrine Hypothesis and The GMO Deception. His latest book is titled Stem Cell Dialogues: A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers. Currently, he is completing a book on genetically engineered crops under contract with MIT Press.

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Center for Food Safety – Andrew Kimbrell

Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. CFS also educates consumers concerning the definition of organic food and products. CFS uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, books and other educational materials, market pressure and grass roots campaigns through our True Food Network. CFS’s successful legal cases collectively represent a landmark body of case law on food and agricultural issues.

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We Have Lost Between 70% to 90% Of Our Fruit And Vegetable Seed Varieties In The Last 70 Years. Why


The Real Truth About HealthPublished on Mar 1, 2019

Andrew Kimbrell has been a leading proponent of regenerative forms of agriculture and organic policies. He is the editor of the nationally renowned book Fatal Harvest, The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture and the author of Your Right to Know: Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food. Kimbrell’s articles and editorials have appeared in The New York Times, Harpers, USA Today, and numerous other print and new media publications such as The Huffington Post.

He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress and has been a featured speaker at dozens of colleges and universities around the country and other public forums including Google Author Talks, Slow Food Nation, Bioneers and Ecofarm. He is featured in several documentaries including “The Future of Food,” “FRESH,” and a critique of genetic engineering, “Life Running out of Control.”

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