Environmental Articles

Health Effects of Cellphone & Cell Tower Radiation:Implications for 5G Nov. 3, 2021 Notes on Q&A by Dylan Harnett  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-_8PvG753A&t=4872s with Joel Moskowitz, PhD, Director of Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, BerkeleyMoskowitz received over 100 questions during the Q&A, and he was not able to get to my question about whether shungite protects against EMF. Here is one argument for shungite with citations of studies, and here is one argument against it

U.K.’s Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas is an ‘Eco’ Power Station October 9, 2021.

Roads, fences and other disruptive human infrastructure can make migration and everyday roaming dangerous for our wildlife. Wildlife corridors are a critical tool for helping wildlife navigate around human development.

You can learn more about the benefits of wildlife corridors with our new virtual tour from our new report: "Reconnecting Nature: How Wildlife Corridors Can Help Save U.S. Species."  ... The Santa Monica Mountains are home to cougars isolated by the 10-lane highway. Scientists estimate that if these cougars remain isolated, this population could be wiped out in the next 50 years. ... A 165-foot wide land bridge is underway to connect these cougars with their cousins, boosting population resiliency by expanding the gene pool, making a healthier and more biodiverse ecosystem. ... Millions of migratory birds and butterflies rely on safe coastal habitat to find food and shelter as they migrate across the Great Lakes. Threats like urbanization, invasive species and climate change have shrunk and destroyed much of the available habitat along the migration path.   ... Chicago dedicated 100 acres to create the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, which provides food and shelter to about 300 species of birds each year. Providing key resources along their migration path allows them to safely complete their long journey and further the species.   ... Black bears, martens and lynx are all beginning to shift their historic ranges in response to climate change. While animals transition to new areas, commercial and industrial development threaten to fragment their roaming pathways.   ... Partnerships like the Staying Connected Initiative conserve swaths of forest and wetland to ensure ecosystems stay connected. These projects will help keep black bears, martens, lynx and their entire ecosystem from splintering, ensuring a healthy future.  Learn more about wildlife corridors -- and how you can help -- by exploring our virtual tour of seven corridor projects.  Sincerely, The team at Environment America Research & Policy Center

Dec 26, 2019. The Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Is Beneath Our Feet

06/09/21  Earth’s Atmospheric CO2 Soars to Highest Level in 4 Million Years New data released Monday showed atmospheric carbon dioxide reached a monthly average of 419 parts per million in May, the maximum reading ever recorded since measurements began 63 years ago and the highest level the planet has experienced in more than 4 million years.

05/26/21. Mosquitoes Exposed to Glyphosate More Likely to Spread Malaria A new study shows glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller, weakens the immune systems of mosquitoes making them more susceptible to infection by Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous species of malaria parasite.

Pesticides Are Killing Soil Organisms — The Foundations of the Web of Life 05/11/21 

A study published May 4 by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change.

Why Are Gates and Pentagon Releasing “Gene Edited” (GMO) Mosquitoes in Florida Keys? May 12, 2021. The project, which sounds positive in the press statements, is alarming in many respects. First, the refusal to allow a citizen vote on the controversial GMO release. Second, there exists no cost-benefit analysis of the risks versus benefits of releasing millions of mosquitoes whose genetic traits are mutating in often unpredictable ways. Is it worth the risk that an ever more robust variety of mosquito will mutate from the project? No one can say. Traditional mosquito control techniques have worked well until now.

05/03/21 ‘Dark Moment in History’ as GMO Mosquitoes Released in Florida Environmentalists said the release of up to a billion GMO mosquitoes over a two-year period is about maximizing profits for biotech giant Oxitec, not about the pressing need to address mosquito-borne diseases.

Building resilience for storm-battered N.C. February 2021. Carolina researchers created a plan to help vulnerable communities weather future storms.

Citizen Fury As One Billion GMO Mosquitos to Be Released In Florida

The World Meteorological Organization's “State of the Global Climate” report says climate crisis is pushing the world "dangerously close" to hitting the 1.5 degree Celsius target limit of warming.

04/22/21 We Can’t ‘Burn, Bury or Recycle’ Ourselves Out of the Plastics Crisis A new video by the Story of Stuff Project sheds light on the misconceptions around plastics, pollution and recycling.

‘A poor man’s rainforest’: why we need to stop treating soil like dirt. April 16, 2021. The mysterious world under our feet is under threat. Protecting it is as vital as tackling the climate crisis, scientists warn

Migrant children are being held in toxic U.S. detention centers. April 9, 2021. The Biden administration is preparing to detain thousands of migrant children at sites with histories of toxic contamination.

Surging Levels of Methane Could Trigger Vicious Cycle of Global Heating. 04/13/21. A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows atmospheric methane levels surged in 2020, alarming scientists and possibly auguring a vicious cycle of global heating. .. About 60% of methane emissions are caused by human activity, and U.S. oil and gas operations are a major driver of recent methane pollution increases... “Although increased fossil emissions may not be fully responsible for the recent growth in methane levels,” NOAA research chemist Ed Dlugokencky said in a statement, “reducing fossil methane emissions are an important step toward mitigating climate change.”

Bill Gates and His Fake Solutions to Climate Change. 04/06/21. A new report from Navdanya International calls for rejecting Bill Gates’ fake solutions and instead supporting an ecological approach to food and agriculture which can provide a long-lasting solution to climate change.

OMG!  Bill Gates: Ready To Spray Chalk Dust Into Stratosphere To Cool Planet. March 2021.

Why Frack Wastewater Injected Underground Doesn’t Always Stay There. Drillers use millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals at high pressure to crack the deeper Marcellus and Utica shale formations, releasing the oil and gas. ... That chemical-laced wastewater can be toxic and radioactive. Often it gets disposed of in another type of well: disposal wells, called Class II injection wells, where wastewater is injected back into the earth.

Plastic particles pass from mothers into foetuses, rat study shows. Nanoparticles found in foetal brains and hearts, but impact on human health is as yet unknown

Plummeting Sperm Counts, Shrinking Penises: Toxic Chemicals Threaten Humanity. March 2021.

Is 5G Microwave-length Radiation Safe for Biological Life?

The citizen regulators taking on big polluters when the EPA won't. As environmental agencies reel from a Republican-led assault on regulations, local activists are taking up the fight

A 2019 report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures noted that in addition to heavy metals, baby foods are riddled with other neurotoxic chemicals — including perchlorate, phthalates and glyphosate — all of which can add up to significant health impacts. By Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN

Database Helps Consumers, Health Officials Link Diseases to Pesticide Exposure 01/06/21. The Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database, launched by Beyond Pesticides, captures the range of diseases linked to pesticides and tracks the latest epidemiologic and real-world exposure using peer-reviewed studies.

Occam’s Razor for the Planet The simplest environmental solutions are often the best. They’re proven. They’re ready now. They can help us avert disaster. So why do many prefer complicated, high-tech, faraway gadgets instead?

Butterfly numbers plummeting in US west as climate crisis takes toll The total number of butterflies west of the Rockies has fallen 1.6% a year since 1977, a study finds – ‘You extrapolate it and it’s crazy’

03/10/21  100-Plus Groups Urge EPA to Ban Pesticide That Harms Children’s Brains. Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, including apples, cherries, peaches, citrus and wheat, is known to cause neurological harm in children.

03/17/21   3 Million Masks a Minute: The Next Plastic Problem? Studies estimate worldwide humans are using 129 billion face masks each month. Most masks are disposable, made from plastic microfibers that are not biodegradable and may fragment into smaller plastic particles polluting ecosystems.