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Cockroaches are evolving to a point where they’ll be nearly impossible to kill

Cockroaches are being born impervious to bug sprays and it’s happening fast. A Purdue University study found that the commonly found German species of roaches are being born with an immunity to toxins with which they haven’t yet been in contact. The shocking study, published on Live Science, concluded the evolution of the German cockroach, also called the Blattella germanica, develops an immunity to new poisons in as quickly as one generation of offspring. “We didn’t have a clue that something like that could happen this fast,”study co-author Michael Scharf said. “Cockroaches developing resistance to multiple classes of insecticides at…

Sign Of The Times? Weather Patterns All Over The Planet Are Going Absolutely Nuts

We have never seen global weather patterns go as crazy as they have so far in 2019.  Record high temperatures are being shattered all over the planet, but meanwhile some parts of the U.S. were just buried by massive amounts of snow.  The sixth largest city in India is literally running out of water due to extremely dry conditions, but in middle America it just won’t stop raining.  In fact, the Midwest is getting hammered by more severe storms as I write this article.  Meanwhile, Australia is being forced to import enormous amounts of wheat due to the extraordinary drought…

Mysterious freshwater reservoir found hidden beneath the ocean

Scientists have found a gigantic freshwater aquifer hidden deep below the ocean. The surprising discovery, from a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the northeast U.S. coast by researchers from Columbia University, appears to to be the largest formation of this type anywhere in the world — stretching from Massachusetts to New Jersey and extending continuously out about 50 miles to the edge of the continental shelf. Researchers said that if it was discovered on the surface it would create a lake covering some 15,000 square miles. “We knew there was fresh water down there in isolated places, but we did…

1,000 Earthquakes In 3 Weeks? Oh Yeah, Those Living Near The San Andreas Fault Definitely Have Reason To Be Concerned

In a key seismic zone approximately 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, there have been more than 1,000 earthquakes since May 25th.  Needless to say, it would be quite alarming for the entire state of California to experience more than 1,000 significant earthquakes in just 3 weeks, but in this case we are talking about an area that is “less than a square mile” in size.  And what makes this even more concerning is that all of these earthquakes are happening in a location that is very close to the San Andreas Fault.  Could it be possible that the…

US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year

Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators. Over the past winter, 37% of honeybee colonies were lost to beekeepers, the worst winter decline recorded in the 13-year history of a nationwide survey aimed at charting bees’ fortunes. Overall, 40% of colonies died off over the entire year to April, which is above the 38% average since the survey began. Researchers said the numbers were concerning given the intensive efforts to stem…

Trump EPA Expected to Gut Obama Rule on Coal-Fired Power Plants

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration replacement rule, expected as soon as this week, would give individual states wide discretion to decide whether to require limited efficiency upgrades at individual coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency said Administrator Andrew Wheeler would have a major policy announcement Wednesday but did not disclose the topic. Democrats, environmentalists, industry representatives and others expect it to be the final…

Dolphins along the Gulf Coast are dying at triple the normal rate, scientists say

Federal scientists are trying to determine why an extraordinary number of dolphins have turned up dead along the Gulf Coast. A vast majority of the 279 common bottlenose dolphins discovered stranded along the Gulf in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana since Feb. 1 have died, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday. The number of deaths is about three times the normal stranding rate for the time period, NOAA officials said. About 78 percent of the carcasses were too decomposed for study, they said. Suspects so far include the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, which has…

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…