Friday, 30 January 2015

Bee Decline Could Cause Malnutrition In Developing Countries - Study.


Residents of developing nations may soon be struggling with yet another challenge -malnutrition fueled by the decline of pollinators around the world. Details here.

Bumblebees on chives.
PinP photo.

Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?


Something doesn't compute here. Story here.

More Than Half of Africa’s Arable Land ‘Too Damaged’ for Food Production


A report by the Montpellier Panel – an eminent group of agriculture, ecology and trade experts from Africa and Europe – says about 65 percent of Africa’s arable land is too damaged to sustain viable food production. Story here.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Killing Ragheads for Jesus

OpEdNews - Chris Hedges

"American Sniper" lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society -- the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a "Christian" nation to exterminate the "lesser breeds" of the earth, a grotesque hyper-masculinity that banishes compassion and pity, a denial of inconvenient facts and historical truth, and a belittling of critical thinking and artistic expression. Many Americans, especially white Americans trapped in a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional political system, yearn for the supposed moral renewal and rigid, militarized control the movie venerates. These passions, if realized, will extinguish what is left of our now-anemic open society. Story here.

A New "Monster" Plant is a Looming Concern for Farmers on the Great Plains of the US (and Canada?).

Prairie farmers may have a new problem on their hands - "Weed palmer amaranth," a formidable threat to crops which seems to scoff at attempts to control it with herbicides. Story here.
Fred Springborn of Michigan State University stands next to palmer Amaranth, 
a large and aggressive weed new to that state. Photo credit - MSU.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Dirty Politics of Climate Change

Kenneth Eade -

I've got good news for everybody! Guess what? Climate change is not a hoax! But here's the other news-- Story here.