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65% of Rivers Studied Contain Antibiotics

In a new study that surveyed 72 rivers around the world, researchers found antibiotics in the waters of nearly two-thirds of all sites sampled. The researchers presented their results on Monday at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Every year humans consume more and more antibiotics. After antibiotics pass through humans, they persist in the environment and enter the water systems where they can lead to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The researchers gathered collaborators from around the world, who sampled nearby rivers: 72 rivers were tested, rivers on every continent but Antarctica. Samples were frozen and mailed…

700 Quakes Hit A Key California Seismic Zone, And Tar Is Literally Bubbling Up Through The Streets Of Los Angeles

Scientists are quite “concerned” about the huge earthquake swarm that has been shaking southern California in recent weeks, and right at this moment bubbling tar is literally coming up through the streets in one section of Los Angeles.  None of this means that a major seismic event is imminent, but it is certainly not a good sign either.  We have been tracking quite a bit of unusual shaking along the Ring of Fire in recent months, and scientists assure us that it is just a matter of time before “the Big One” hits southern California.  And if you follow my…

Four companies control over 60% of the world’s seed sales…

Not long ago I was sitting in a combine tractor on a 24,000-acre farm in Dazey, N.D. The expanse of the landscape — endless rows of corn and soybeans as precise as a Soviet military parade — was difficult to ignore. So were the skyscraper-tall storage silos and the phalanx of 18-wheeled trucks ready to transport the grain. And yet what held my attention were the couple of dozen seeds in my palm — the same seeds cultivated all around me. We are told that everything begins with seed. Everything ends with it, too. As a chef I can tell…

Seismologist: There’s “Reason To Worry” About Southern CA Earthquake Swarm

A seismologist working on researching the recent earthquakes in Southern California said they have taken an unexpected turn, and that’s a reason to worry.  Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson says residents should be alert and on their toes. “People ought to be concerned,” said Hauksson of the earthquake swarm near the city of Fontana, California. “This is probably the most prolific swarm in that area of the Fontana seismic zone that we’ve seen in the past three decades.” This swarm of earthquakes has shown remarkable staying power in the area around the Southern California city, according to the LA Times. The…

‘Biggest Animal Disease Outbreak We’ve Ever Had on the Planet’: Swine Fever Spreads Like Wildfire Across Asia….”We have no way to stop it from spreading.”

Officials across Asia are reportedly calling on farmers to diversify their farms to offset the effects of the rapidly spreading African swine fever, a virus that’s forced the region to slaughter millions of pigs in recent months. The fever, which is believed to be harmless to humans and is also known as pig Ebola, has been spreading across Southeast Asia at an alarming rate since last August, forcing pig farmers to cull the animals by the millions and causing the price of pork, a widely-used meat worldwide, to soar. The epidemic is “the biggest animal disease outbreak we’ve ever had…

‘Gas Is a Loser and It’s Time to Move On’: Report Debunks Myth That Natural Gas Can Help Fight Climate Crisis

With 2020 Democratic presidential contenders divided over whether natural gas should play any role in plans to combat the climate crisis and as the Trump administration works to rebrand the fossil fuel as “molecules of U.S. freedom,” a report released Thursday aims to debunk the prominent myth that natural gas can work as a “bridge fuel” to a clean and sustainable future. “The mythology around gas being a ‘cleaner’ fossil fuel that can support the transition to clean energy goes back at least three decades,” reads the new Oil Change International (OCI) report, which will be unveiled at an event…

World’s rivers ‘awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics’

Hundreds of rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics, the largest global study on the subject has found. Antibiotic pollution is one of the key routes by which bacteria are able develop resistance to the life-saving medicines, rendering them ineffective for human use. “A lot of the resistance genes we see in human pathogens originated from environmental bacteria,” said Prof William Gaze, a microbial ecologist at the University of Exeter who studies antimicrobial resistance but was not involved in the study. The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a global…

Swarm of bees follows car for 2 days to rescue queen trapped in back

A woman from Wales was recently shocked to discover a swarm of 20,000 bees attached to her car. Thankfully, she did the kind and responsible thing and called a beekeeper to come and remove them. However, the next day they were back. That’s right, the swam was able to track Carol Howarth and her Mitsubishi back down and collect all over the back of her car again. Turns out, they were looking for their queen! That’s right, the devoted bunch were trying to rescue her! Roger Burns of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers said, “We think the queen bee had been attracted to something…

The smog is so bad in Mexico City that officials are telling people to stay indoors

Mexico City has declared a smog emergency, warning residents to avoid spending time outdoors. From Mexico News Daily: At least 23 fires were reported in Mexico City yesterday, affecting nearly all of the capital’s 16 boroughs and contributing to poor air quality. To avoid possible respiratory ailments, the commission recommended that residents remain indoors with windows and doors shut, and avoid intense exercise or other outdoor recreational activities. According to Wikipedia: “after loosening regulations in 2015 by the Mexico City government, air pollution has steadily increased in recent years in Greater Mexico City.” SOURCE: BOING BOING

Dangerously High Air Pollution Levels Found in Most U.S. National Parks

Some 85 percent of U.S. national parks have levels of air pollution that are hazardous to human health, according to a new report from the National Parks Conservation Association. Some of the country’s most popular parks — such as Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Joshua Tree — experienced up to two months of dangerously high ozone levels, The Guardian reported. In 88 percent of parks, air pollution is having a direct impact on sensitive species or habitat, such as stifling tree growth, damaging leaves, and changing soil and water chemistry. And nearly 90 percent suffer from haze pollution, including every single…

MILLIONS Of Cicadas To Storm Pennsylvania…

Get ready, a massive swarm is coming in just weeks. The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them, with their unnerving red eyes, orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. “They will wait until the temperature of the soil is roughly 64 degrees,” he says. “So in the past that has been mid-May and they’ll be out all through June.” Experts say that a large brood of cicadas is expected to emerge from the ground this spring after 17-years, and Southwestern Pennsylvania will be right in the center of it.…

Lawns are the largest and most useless irrigated crop in the US

40 million acres across the US are dedicated to lawns, possibly the most useless crop imaginable. Lawns cover almost 2% of the continental United States. The typical American lawn wastes thousands of gallons of water annually. If people transitioned from lawns to alternatives, like native plants or edible gardens, that space would start to have a real function. While gardens still need to be watered, data suggests that with various designs, even highly productive vegetable gardens can produce food and use substantially less water than lawns. It isn’t just a senseless waste of water, seas of monocrop lawns require huge…

Hundreds of dead dolphins wash up on French coast

A record number of dead dolphins have washed up on France’s Atlantic coast in recent months after being caught in fishing nets, the Pelagis observatory said Thursday. “We’ve had around 1,200 small cetaceans along the coast” of the Bay of Biscay, of which more than 90 percent were common dolphins, biologist Olivier Van Canneyt told AFP. The observatory he works for said the number of dead dolphins had set a record each year since 2017, and warned that the species could be wiped out in the area. “There were two peaks in mid-February and mid-March linked to currents that are…

CDC Confirms First Known ‘Kissing Bug’ Sighting in Delaware

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially confirmed the presence of Triatoma sanguisuga in Delaware for the first time. The parasitic insect feeds on the blood of animals and humans, and is nicknamed for its preference for biting faces. Like ticks and mosquitoes, the bites themselves are not the primary risk factor — it is the diseases they carry that pose real danger. Specifically, these “kissing bugs” are known to carry other parasitic organisms, known as “protists,” called Trypanosoma cruzi. These microscopic invaders transmit Chagas disease. Chagas plays the long game. While it begins by presenting swollen lymph nodes, fever,…

18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year

Tomorrow (Monday, April 22) is Earth Day 2019 and time for my annual Earth Day post on spectacularly wrong predictions around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970….. In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now: The planet’s future has never looked better. Here’s why” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of…

Video Game to Cast ‘Anti-Vaxxers’ as Disease Spreaders

A popular video game has announced it’s adding “anti-vaxxers” as viral disease-spreading entities. The creators of Plague Inc. declared this week an “anti-vaxxer” scenario will be added as a buff in a new update after a Change.org petition received over 10,000 signatures. ICYMI: Alright, alright! You spoke, we listened. Neurie’s very happy to hear that we’re going to start figuring out anti-vaxxers soon. He’s dying to try and get inside their heads. https://t.co/fYq09awgJc pic.twitter.com/qxnNQGIV1b — Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) February 26, 2019 “ICYMI: Alright, alright! You spoke, we listened. Neurie’s very happy to hear that we’re going to…

Experts On High Alert After Dead, Sick Dolphins Wash Ashore On Calif. Coastline

From Laguna to Huntington Beach, an unprecedented number of dolphins are washing ashore dead or so sick that they have to be humanely euthanized. “It’s a shock and not happy about it whatsoever,” said Newport Beach resident Eric Fritz. “They’re our friends, are you kidding? I’ve rode waves with dolphins before.” “It’s a shock and not happy about it whatsoever,” said Newport Beach resident Eric Fritz. “They’re our friends, are you kidding? I’ve rode waves with dolphins before.” In the last two weeks, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center says five common dolphins and one bottlenose dolphin have washed ashore. Compare…

Amazon’s latest program to curb emissions? One delivery day per house, per week

On Thursday, Amazon announced that it would be making a program widely available to Amazon Prime members that would allow them to schedule all deliveries for a single day, once a week. The so-called “Amazon Day” service will be voluntary and targets customers who are concerned about their carbon footprint. Grouping purchase deliveries will help Amazon cut down on emissions associated with sending a delivery truck to the same house multiple times a week, and the company says holding orders for a single day during the week will also allow it to group orders within a single package, thereby reducing…

‘Zombie deer’ disease found in 24 states, could spread to humans

“Zombie deer” disease, officially called chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has spread into 24 states and two provinces in Canada, and researchers are worried humans could contract it, given certain circumstances. The disease is primarily found in free-ranging deer, elk and moose, and has been identified in farmed deer and elk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness is fairly low in free-ranging deer and elk, but in some areas where the disease is more established, infection rates can top 10 percent, the CDC reported, and localized infection rates of 25 percent have also been reported.…

Dutch mystery of ‘20,000 seabird deaths’ on coast

Scientists are trying to find out why some 20,000 guillemots have died in recent weeks along the Dutch coast. The birds were all emaciated and there are fears they may have been victims of a spill from the MSC Zoe container ship, from which some 345 containers fell in the sea during a storm. “There’s no smoking gun, but we’re looking into it,” says Mardik Leopold, who is investigating the deaths. Chemicals may be to blame as most plastics are hard to ingest, he says. Hours after the containers fell off the MSC Zoe in a storm, they started washing…

Mutant squirrels? Seldom seen breed in east NC capable of ‘glowing pink,’ experts say

Bigfoot is apparently not the craziest thing you might find in North Carolina’s backwoods. On Wednesday, state biologists revealed a disconcerting fact about those infamous 2-foot-tall fox squirrels known to live in the eastern part of the state. “Just another boring rodent, right?” said a post on the NC Candid Critters Facebook page. “Not unless you think that glowing pink is boring!” “Many fox squirrels have a condition…that causes their bones and sometimes even their fur to glow pink under ultraviolet light.” That condition is called congenital erythropoietic porphyria and the Candid Critters page posted examples showing one squirrel’s belly…

Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania

Jeffrey and Shirley Caldwell have been attracting birds for 25 years with carefully tended backyard feeders. But the lifelong Erie, Pennsylvania, residents have never seen a creature so wondrous as the half-vermillion, half-taupe cardinal—its colors split right down the middle—that first showed up a few weeks ago in the dawn redwood tree 10 yards from their home. In fact, they weren’t sure they saw it correctly until it came in closer. “Never did we ever think we would see something like this in all the years we’ve been feeding,” Shirley Caldwell says. The anomaly is known as a bilateral gynandromorph.…

Don’t buy a pair of jeans before reading this

 Shopping is often referred to as “retail therapy.” Some suggest buying stuff, especially new clothes, can make you feel better — more relaxed, perhaps, or prettier or popular. While shopping for the latest trendy fashions may boost your mood temporarily, most people agree the positive vibes seldom last long. Even if they did, there is more to modern fashion than meets the eye. Underneath all the glitz and glam portrayed in store windows are layers of what a new BBC documentary refers to as “fashion’s dirty secrets.” If you think turning over your wardrobe frequently has little impact on…

Nando’s, Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s among fast food giants forcing misery and pain on billions of chickens, global study says

KFC, McDonald’s, Nando’s and Domino’s Pizza are subjecting billions of chickens to lives of misery that end in a painful death, according to what is thought to be the first global investigation of its type. The world’s nine biggest chains – also including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Subway – have, following the investigation, been rated “poor” or “failing” on chicken welfare, and accused of putting birds through “chronic pain” in “brutal” industrial-scale systems hidden from the consumer. World Animal Protection (WAP)’s report found “an almost-universal disregard among the brands … for improving the treatment of chickens throughout their…

19 ways to stop creating unnecessary trash…Simple steps are the gateway to living a zero-waste lifestyle.

You dutifully set out a full recycling bin each week brimming with plastic, paper and metal. It’s a good habit, but, unfortunately, recycling efforts aren’t working as well as they should. In the last few decades, for instance, the number of plastic products has exploded, but only about 9 percent of them are actually recycled, according to National Geographic. Meaning most of your plastic beverage bottles, single-serve food containers, straws and cups end up in the landfill — and ultimately, the ocean — where they take centuries to biodegrade and harm wildlife. More bad news arrived in 2018 when China…

6,000 tons of coal sinks in Ohio River after bridge accident

At least 6,000 tons of coal sank into the Ohio River, and federal authorities are continuing to work on a plan to save the remaining barges pinned against the McAlpine Dam. Fifteen coal barges broke free from a tug boat headed north up the Ohio River earlier this week. Six barges were recovered while another nine floated downriver. By Friday afternoon, four barges had sunk into the river, each carrying at least 1,500 tons of coal, said U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Michael Metz. The Army Corps of Engineers is working with the Coast Guard on a plan to…

EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico

Environmentalists are warning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that its draft plan to continue allowing oil and gas companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is in violation of federal law. In a letter sent to EPA officials, attorneys for the Center for Biological Diversity warned that the agency’s draft permit for water pollution discharges in the Gulf fails to properly consider how dumping wastewater containing chemicals from fracking and acidizing operations would impact water quality and marine wildlife. The attorneys claim that regulators do not fully understand how the chemicals used in offshore…

Hail apocalypse in Sydney, Australia: Deluge declared as catastrophe as surfers even had to shelter under their boards for protection! (videos)

On December 20, 2018, the NSW coast was battered with hail that would easily match a mean cricket ball in a fair fight. Severe storms were reported from the Central Coast down to Kiama in the south, with icy stones up to 8cm in diameter accosting areas like Berowra on the upper North Shore and pelting out to Western Suburbs like Oran Park, Harrington Park and Casula. WATCH: An incredible wave of hail is rolling across Sydney. #9Newshttps://t.co/xaLssA2aSD pic.twitter.com/Mj1t0Q1YCD — Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) December 20, 2018 Just one day after hailstorms pummelled Sydney and the central coast, it is…

Harvard Researchers Begin Work on Bill Gates-Funded Project to Block Out the Sun with Geoengineering

As the world continues to grapple with the consequences of an ever-changing planet, scientists have continued to work on projects aimed at manipulating and shaping the world in unexpected ways. The most controversial and hotly debated of all these topics (aside from climate change itself) has been that of geoengineering, a topic many news sites dare not breach for fear of being labeled as conspiracy theorists. But now, the cat is officially out of the bag, as even Forbes just dropped a bombshell on its website: a new plan from Harvard scientists to “tackle climate change through geoengineering by clocking…

A ‘Gold Rush’ at The Bottom of The Ocean Could Be The Final Straw For Ecosystems

As the world’s population scales to ever-greater heights, a growing demand for resources is driving humans to new lows. In the next few years, commercial mining on the deep ocean floor could become a real possibility. But with several permits already issued, a new report suggests the mining industry is racing to the bottom in more ways than one. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Greenpeace are now warning that a deep sea “gold rush” for minerals and metals could wind up causing irreversible damage to what are already fragile ocean ecosystems. “Many marine scientists are concerned that, once…

Thousands of dead fish wash up in Rio de Janeiro

Residents of a luxury, high-end neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro awoke Friday to the unpleasant odour of 13 tonnes of dead fish floating in the water of the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. One of the city’s picture postcard locations, the lagoon has suffered similar fish die-offs in previous years and biologists believe that extreme heat is the culprit. Mass die-offs, or “kills”, happen periodically throughout the world. They can be caused by pollution or toxic spills, but can also be triggered by natural phenomena, such as hot weather. Heat reduces the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water, which can…

Coal Ash Dumps Are Contaminating Groundwater in 22 States

Ten years ago today, the earthen wall of a coal ash impound in Kingston, Tennessee, ruptured, sending 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry rushing across the countryside, destroying homes and chocking streams and wetlands with the toxic leftovers from burning coal for electricity. Luckily, no one died in the flood, but more than 30 workers have died after cleaning up the spill. Another 200 workers are now sick or dying from blood cancer and other illnesses linked to heavy metals such as arsenic, selenium and mercury that are found in coal ash. A ceremony and memorial to honor the…

Big Brother app reports your location over 14,000 times a day

The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path tracks someone from a home outside Newark, New Jersey, to a nearby Planned Parenthood. Another represents a person who travels with New York’s mayor during the day and returns to Long Island at night. Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7am and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, 46, a math teacher.…

“I Know Where All The Bodies Are Buried”: Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans To Investigators

The CFO of the Clinton Foundation, thinking he was “meeting an old professional acquaintance,” admitted to investigators that the charity had widespread problems with governance, accounting and conflicts of interest, and that Bill Clinton has been commingling business and personal expenses for a long time, reports The Hill‘s John Solomon.  Clinton Foundation CFO Andrew Kessel made the admissions to investigators from MDA Analytics LLC – a firm run by “accomplished ex-federal criminal investigators,” who have been probing the Clinton Foundation for some time. Kessel told MDA “There is no controlling Bill Clinton. He does whatever he wants and runs up incredible expenses with foundation…

2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a DEVASTATING one-star safety rating

The all-new 2019 Jeep Wrangler has been given a stinging one-star safety rating in the latest round of assessments from independent body, Euro NCAP. The fourth-generation JL Wrangler, revealed earlier this year, was already out of the running for a five-star rating due to its lack of autonomous emergency braking at launch. The single-star result revealed by Euro NCAP today comes as a massive blow to the new model before it goes on sale, making it the lowest-rated car as tested under 2018 criteria, which not only analyses crash data for occupant protection, but evaluates accident avoidance tech and pedestrian impact…

“Historic Storm” To Bury Southern Appalachians In Snow; Expect Massive Travel Disruptions

Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting, has certainly been on his weather game this year. Last month, his forecasts correctly pointed to a number of cross-country storms and unprecedented cold weather that punished the East Coast. Now, his forecasts point to a new danger. Winter Storm Diego will travel through the southern US with a swath of snow, sleet and freezing rain from the southern Plains to the Ozarks, southern Appalachians, and parts of the Mid Atlantic late this week into early next week. A winter storm will take shape across the Four Corners region of the U.S. late this week, and will move across…

Generation Xanax : doubling in children being treated for addiction

New figures reveal the rise of “generation Xanax” – with a doubling in young people being treated for addiction to anti-anxiety drugs. The statistics from Public Health England show 315 cases in which those under the age of 18 were treated for problems with benzodiazepines – a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia. They include the drug Alprazolam (better known as Xanax) where there was a six-fold rise in numbers treated. Latest NHS figures suggest one in eight children has a mental health disorder, amid warnings of an “epidemic of anxiety”. Earlier this year an investigation found…