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Sturdy Insulator Made of Wood

Scientists create nanowood, a new material that is as insulating as Styrofoam but lighter and 30 times stronger, doesn’t cause allergies and is much more environmentally friendly, by removing lignin from wood, which turns it completely white. The research is published in Science Advances.
READ MORE: http://aero.umd.edu/news/news_story.php?id=11148

It is Earthquake Alert Time Again

Over the past 48 hours, a “progression” of seismic pressure took place across thousands of miles of the West Pacific, heading from Fiji to Japan, and beyond.

Several M5.0+ earthquakes have occurred spreading from the location of the deep earthquakes near Fiji heading across the whole of the West Pacific all the way to Japan / Korea.
MORE: https://www.dutchsinse.com/11162017-earthquakes-are-spreading-across-the...

Plastic fibers found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibers.

The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.
READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/06/plastic-fibres-found...

The want for rich people to put houses and other development in beautiful places must not outweigh the need for our environment to be protected

A marine reserve north of Auckland could have 1000 houses built on its shores if a development company has its way.

Okura Land Holdings Ltd is going to the Environment Court next to appeal a decision by the Auckland Council to knock back the development.

Long Bay Okura Great Park society spokesperson Teresa Moore said that number of houses would cause silt and heavy metals to go into the Okura Estuary.
READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/concern-as-developers-plan-hou...

Fukushima Plant Set to Dump 777,000 Tons of Nuclear Waste Into Ocean

More than three-quarters of a million tons of radioactive water is about to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean if the chairmen of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) have their way, Japanese media reported over the weekend. All they require now is final government approval.

“The decision has already been made,” TEPCO chairman Takashi Kawamura told the media, according to the Japan Times.
READ MORE: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/14/national/science-health/tepc...

Brazil to open up 860,000 acres of protected Amazon rainforest to logging, mining and farming

The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging.

The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecologists who claim that the bill could lead to further deforestation in the Pará area.
READ MORE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/illegal-logging-nationa...

Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees

For years, scientists have been amassing evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides, meant to keep insect pests off agricultural crops, are also harming essential pollinators, bees. But laboratory studies are limited and real-world simulations have been lacking. Two large field studies published today (June 29) in Science largely confirm that neonicotinoids are bad for bees.

A three-country European field study led by Richard Pywell, a lead scientist at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the U.K., reports that neonicotinoid exposure generally reduces the honey bee’s ability to survive the winter and reduces the reproductive success of wild bees. A Canadian study, led by Amro Zayed at Toronto’s York University, confirms that bees in the field are exposed to doses of neonicotinoids similar to those scientists have been using in the lab.
READ MORE: http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/49768/title/Field-...

Tanzanian farmers are facing heavy prison sentences if they continue their traditional seed exchange

In order to get developmental assistance, Tanzania amended its legislation, which should give commercial investors faster and better access to agricultural land as well as a very strong protection of intellectual property rights.

‘If you buy seeds from Syngenta or Monsanto under the new legislation, they will retain the intellectual property rights. If you save seeds from your first harvest, you can use them only on your own piece of land for non-commercial purposes. You’re not allowed to share them with your neighbors or with your sister-in-law in a different village, and you cannot sell them for sure. But that’s the entire foundation of the seed system in Africa’, says Michael Farrelly.
READ MORE: http://www.mo.be/en/analysis/tanzanian-farmers-are-facing-heavy-prison-s...

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