Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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TONIGHT: A Truly Hot Event
Radon in Shale Gas 101
Radon is a radioactive gas that is released whenever shale gas is extracted. It travels through pipelines to the point of use, for instance, to stoves, laundry appliances, and boilers. Radon has always been present in natural gas, and is currently present in the NYC gas supply at very low levels. However, New York's gas supply is changing, and this is a cause for concern.
The gas coming to New York City used to be supplied from areas in Texas, Louisiana and the Southwest, or as the map indicates (in blue), from areas of low radioactivity, and at great distance.
With the construction of new pipelines, more and more of New York's gas supply will be coming from The Marcellus shale play. As the map indicates (in pink), this area is particularly high in radioactivity. Scientists estimate it is between 10 to 70 times more radioactive than average. Because it is in close proximity to NYC, there is little transit time to allow for radioactive decay.
Radon, being the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, poses a risk to City residents and workers. For a brief history of the issue and how it has grown in attention, please read this.
TONIGHT @7pm: Radon Forum at Cooper Union
Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens
Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster
Former DEP Commissioner, Al Appleton, has assembled a must-see forum on radon in shale gas, to be held Tuesday night in the prestigious Great Hall at Cooper Union. Watch this video of Al connecting the dots between fracking, pipelines and radon.
The Great Hall at the Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, at Third Avenue, Manhattan. Subways: 6 train to Astor Place; N,R to 8th Street. Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is FREE but please register here and share the Facebook event page.
Jeff Zimmerman | Public Interest Attorney and Radiation Expert
Sheila Bushkin-Bedient MD MPH | Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, Member Concerned Health Professionals of New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Visiting Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Jill Greenberg, MPH | Consultant, Toxic Materials Management, representing New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health
Heather Carlucci | Executive Pastry Chef of PRINT, Founding Member, Chefs for The Marcellus and a leading advocate of Programs for From Farm to Table Food
The Honorable Linda Rosenthal | New York State Assemblywoman, sponsor of a new bill that would require the monitoring and mitigation of radon in natural gas supplied by utilities to municipalities in New York State.
David Braun | Activist, United For Action
Sponsors and Co-Sponsors:
Cosponsored by: Bronx Greens, Brooklyn Food Coalition, Brooklyn For Peace, CARP, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy / WhattheFrack.org, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Chefs for the Marcellus, Chelsea for Peace, Citizen Action of New York, Citizens Radon Watch, Congregation of Saint Saviour Environmental Task Force, Council of Chelsea Block Associations, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, Frack Action, Friends in Unity with Nature (NY Quakers), Grassroots Environmental Education, Gray Panthers NYC Network, Green Party of New York State, Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany, Judson Memorial Church, Manhattan Greens, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies, The Mothers Project, Neighborhood Energy Network, New York Friends of Clearwater, New York Society for Ethical Culture, New Yorkers Against Fracking, New Yorkers for Clean Water, New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions, NOFA - New York, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island, NY Climate Action Group, NY Contra el Gasoducto, NYC Friends of Clearwater, NYU Divest, Occupy The Pipeline, Park River Independent Democrats club, Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee, Pedre Integrative Health, Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Peoples Alliance For Clean Water & Air, Riverdale Ethical Culture, Riverside Church, Sierra Club NYC Group, Slow Food NYC, StopMCS, Superintendent Technical Association, The Carbon Squeeze, The Mothers Project, The Talking Band, Tinker Tree Play/Care, Trade Justice, Trinity Lutheran Church, Walkers Restaurant, WBAI Eco-Logic, West 80s Neighborhood Association, West Queens Greens, WethePeopleMatter, Working Families Party
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How Monsanto Went From Selling Aspirin to Controlling Our Food Supply
Monday, May 6, 2013
Save Vegetable Seeds in Your Backyard
Follow these seed saving techniques to save seed from your vegetable garden. Learn how to collect, label and store seeds, perform germination testing and understand seed longevity. Originally published as "Save Your Own Garden-Grown Vegetable Seed" in the September/October 1977 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Edward Wilson on You Tube:
Maize AKA CORN, Sunflower, Oilseed Rape
Dow's IRP training- How to handle insect resistance :
Maybe this has something to do with the handleing of noxious chemicals since part Dow uses 1/2 the chemicals ingredients used in making napalm for insect resistance on their crops.
Monsanto- aka "Round UP"
In addidtion to owning most of the seed companies that you can purchase just about anywhere they hold a large percentage of large scale crop seed supplies. Of course these crops dont grow viable seeds so you have to purchase new every year.
- Alfalfa: Genuity® Roundup Ready® Alfalfa provides in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicide. Fewer weeds means it provides high-quality forage and hay.
- Canola: Genuity offers the Roundup Ready® trait in both spring and winter canola. This trait is a tool for farmers to help manage weeds and increase yield potential, creating a win-win on their farm.
- Corn: For farmers today, it’s all about getting the most yield out of every acre of corn, while using as few inputs as possible. Monsanto’s corn traits help farmers do this by providing cutting-edge technology that protects the plant’s yield.
- Cotton: Today, cotton growers are benefiting from second-generation and stacked trait technologies, which provide more levels of protection. Genuity® Bollgard II® with Roundup Ready® Flex represents Monsanto's newest wave of innovation with two second-generation traits stacked into one seed.
- Sorghum: Sorghum is an efficient crop in the conversion of solar energy and more drought-tolerant than other crops such as corn and soybeans. Monsanto continues to research and develop new hybrids to fit growers’ needs.
- Soybeans: Whether it’s a higher yielding soybean that provides a broad spectrum of weed control with the Roundup Ready® system or a soybean plant that helps reduce trans-fatty acids, Monsanto has a lot to offer soybean farmers.
- Sugarbeets: Fewer herbicide applications, increased yields and more sugar content all make Genuity Roundup Ready® sugarbeets attractive to many farmers.
- Wheat: Since acquiring the WestBred brand in 2009, Monsanto has initiated an intensive effort to incorporate breakthrough breeding technologies – developed and deployed with notable success in other row crops – in wheat.
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Because we charter more than 150 million metric tons of dry bulk tonnage, we have the logistical flexibility and opportunity to leverage efficiencies in the supply chain. We also work closely with Cargill's finance and risk management businesses to offer a range of financial and hedging products to the products and services offered.
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We ship and distribute sugar to customers, industrials, distributors and end-users through offices in Egypt, India, China, Russia, Ukraine and other consuming countries worldwide.
- Learn more: Cargill Sugar
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Monday, April 15, 2013
1992 World Scientists' Warning to Humanity
World Scientists' Warning to Humanity (1992) Some 1,700 of the world's leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. The World Scientists' Warning to Humanity was written and spearheaded by the late Henry Kendall, former chair of UCS's board of directors.
Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.
The environment is suffering critical stress:
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth's surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops.
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world's surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some 80 countries, containing 40 percent of the world's population. Pollution of rivers, lakes, and ground water further limits the supply.
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world's food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural, and livestock waste -- some of it toxic.
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive land abandonment, is a widespread by-product of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11 percent of the earth's vegetated surface has been degraded -- an area larger than India and China combined -- and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.
Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years, and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.
The irreversible loss of species, which by 2100 may reach one-third of all species now living, is especially serious. We are losing the potential they hold for providing medicinal and other benefits, and the contribution that genetic diversity of life forms gives to the robustness of the world's biological systems and to the astonishing beauty of the earth itself. Much of this damage is irreversible on a scale of centuries, or permanent. Other processes appear to pose additional threats. Increasing levels of gases in the atmosphere from human activities, including carbon dioxide released from fossil fuel burning and from deforestation, may alter climate on a global scale. Predictions of global warming are still uncertain -- with projected effects ranging from tolerable to very severe -- but the potential risks
are very great.
Our massive tampering with the world's interdependent web of life -- coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change -- could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.
Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threats.
The earth is finite. Its ability to absorb wastes and destructive effluent is finite. Its ability to provide food and energy is finite. Its ability to provide for growing numbers of people is finite. And we are fast approaching many of the earth's limits. Current economic practices which damage the environment, in both developed and underdeveloped nations, cannot be continued without the risk that vital global systems will be damaged beyond repair.
Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth. A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a near tripling of today's 5.4 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition.
No more than one or a few decades remain before the chance to avert the threats we now confront will be lost and the prospects for humanity immeasurably diminished.
We the undersigned, senior members of the world's scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated.
WHAT WE MUST DO
Five inextricably linked areas must be addressed simultaneously:
We must bring environmentally damaging activities under control to restore and protect the integrity of the earth's systems we depend on.
We must, for example, move away from fossil fuels to more benign, inexhaustible energy sources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the pollution of our air and water. Priority must be given to the development of energy sources matched to Third World needs -- small-scale and relatively easy to implement.
We must halt deforestation, injury to and loss of agricultural land, and the loss of terrestrial and marine plant and animal species.
We must manage resources crucial to human welfare more effectively.
We must give high priority to efficient use of energy, water, and other materials, including expansion of conservation and recycling.
We must stabilize population.
This will be possible only if all nations recognize that it requires improved social and economic conditions, and the adoption of effective, voluntary family planning.
We must reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
We must ensure sexual equality, and guarantee women control over their own reproductive decisions.
DEVELOPED NATIONS MUST ACT NOW
The developed nations are the largest polluters in the world today. They must greatly reduce their overconsumption, if we are to reduce pressures on resources and the global environment. The developed nations have the obligation to provide aid and support to developing nations, because only the developed nations have the financial resources and the technical skills for these tasks.
Acting on this recognition is not altruism, but enlightened self-interest: whether industrialized or not, we all have but one lifeboat. No nation can escape from injury when global biological systems are damaged. No nation can escape from conflicts over increasingly scarce resources. In addition, environmental and economic instabilities will cause mass migrations with incalculable consequences for developed and undeveloped nations alike.
Developing nations must realize that environmental damage is one of the gravest threats they face, and that attempts to blunt it will be overwhelmed if their populations go unchecked. The greatest peril is to become trapped in spirals of environmental decline, poverty, and unrest, leading to social, economic, and environmental collapse.
Success in this global endeavor will require a great reduction in violence and war. Resources now devoted to the preparation and conduct of war -- amounting to over $1 trillion annually -- will be badly needed in the new tasks and should be diverted to the new challenges.
A new ethic is required -- a new attitude towards discharging our responsibility for caring for ourselves and for the earth. We must recognize the earth's limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognize its fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convincing reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.
The scientists issuing this warning hope that our message will reach and affect people everywhere. We need the help of many.
We require the help of the world community of scientists -- natural, social, economic, and political.
We require the help of the world's business and industrial leaders.
We require the help of the world's religious leaders.
We require the help of the world's peoples.