ENVIRONMENT

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...

A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor

With a resolution as fine as 149 square meters per pixel, about equal to the areal footprint of an American single-family house, BOEM’s bathymetry map is at least 16 times higher in resolution than the map historically used for the northern GOM. Most of those house-sized pixels in the new map are 1, 2, and 3 kilometers deep under the water, and the product contains 1.4 billion of them, making this a gigapixel map.
MORE: https://eos.org/project-updates/a-1-4-billion-pixel-map-of-the-gulf-of-m...

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Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures, collaborating closely with police in at least five states, according to internal documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first detailed picture of how TigerSwan, which originated as a U.S. military and State Department contractor helping to execute the global war on terror, worked at the behest of its client Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, to respond to the indigenous-led movement that sought to stop the project.
READ MORE: https://theintercept.com/2017/05/27/leaked-documents-reveal-security-fir...

Scientific research on rock dust added to soil

Remineralize the Earth (RTE) promotes the use of natural land and sea-based minerals to restore soils and forests, produce more nutritious food, and remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
MORE: https://remineralize.org/publications/#

The Robots Sent Into Fukushima Just Keep Dying

Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) head of decommissioning admitted on Thursday that more creativity was needed in developing its robots sent to the reactive zone.

The Fukushima nuclear power plant was massively damaged in 2011, when three of the six nuclear reactors suffered meltdown after being struck by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and associated tsunami waves.
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-04/robots-sent-fukushima-just-keep...

DAPL Company Reported 69 Accidents Polluted Rivers In 4 States in Just 2 Years

Although it obstinately insists pipelines are safe, the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline racked up 69 reported accidents in just two years — leaking hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil products and tainting rivers in four states. That averages nearly three spills each month.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/02/dapl-69-accidents-polluted-rivers-4-...

Mystery radiation ‘clouds’ may pose risk to air travellers

We have long known that high-altitude flight exposes us to cosmic rays. The radiation dose on a flight from London to Tokyo is roughly equivalent to a chest X-ray.

Now research flights have revealed the existence of “clouds” where radiation levels can be at least double the usual level. They were discovered as a result of the NASA-funded Automated Radiation Measurements for Aerospace Safety (ARMAS) programme, which aims to develop new methods of measuring and monitoring high-altitude radiation.

In 265 flights, radiation levels detected generally followed the expected pattern, but in at least six instances they surged, as though the aircraft was flying through a radiation cloud.
READ MORE: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2120295-mystery-radiation-clouds-ma...

Major Big Box Retailer Calls on Suppliers to Stop Using Bee-Killing Chemicals

Major global big box retailer Costco has recently called on their suppliers to limit non-essential pesticides in products to be sold on its store shelves, specifically discouraging the use of neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides known to be exceptionally harmful to bees and other critical pollinator insects.
READ MORE: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/01/major-big-box-retailer-calls-on-supp...

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