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‘Trump’s Promises Are Empty:’ Energy Experts Lay Waste to His Proposals – September 29, 2016

From making coal great again to ‘cancelling’ the Paris accord, industry analysts say Trump's ideas are farfetched

Donald Trump’s energy agenda — which includes pledges of “complete energy independence,” making coal great again and ditching the Paris climate deal — is drawing bipartisan fire from industry analysts, former members of Congress, and even one coal mogul.

All of them, to varying degrees, fault the billionaire’s basic premises and call his promises farfetched and at times contradictory.

caimanPhoto by Gage Skidmore Republican presidential candidate Donald trump has referred to climate change as a hoax.

They say the Republican presidential candidate uses faulty math to tout his vision of America’s energy independence, fails to understand energy economics in his pledge to revive the… more

by: The Guardian

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Pesticide Manufacturers’ Own Tests Reveal Serious Harm to Honeybees – September 22, 2016

Bayer and Syngenta criticized for secrecy after unpublished research linked high doses of their products to damage to bee colonies

Unpublished field trials by pesticide manufacturers show their products cause serious harm to honeybees at high levels, leading to calls from senior scientists for the companies to end the secrecy which cloaks much of their research.

The research, conducted by Syngenta and Bayer on their neonicotinoid insecticides, were submitted to the US Environmental Protection Agency and obtained by Greenpeace after a freedom of information request.

Honeybeephoto by Keith McDuffeeThe newly revealed studies show Syngenta’s thiamethoxam and Bayer’s clothianidin seriously harmed colonies at high doses.

Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticides and there is clear scientific evidence that they harm bees… more

by: The Guardian

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Chromium-6: ‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical Threatens Two-Thirds of Americans – September 20, 2016

New report finds 200 million people exposed to toxic drinking water

In the 2000 biographical film about a legal clerk who brings a major utility company to its knees for poisoning residents of Hinkley, California, Erin Brockovich ended on a Hollywood high note with a $333m settlement from PG&E. But chromium-6 contamination of America’s drinking water is an ongoing battle the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is losing.

two kids drinking from a water fountainPhoto by Katherine JohnsonIn their analysis of the EPA’s own data collected for the first nationwide test of chromium-6 contamination in US drinking water, the Environmental Working Group report found that 12,000 Americans are at risk of getting cancer.

Nearly… more

by: The Guardian

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‘A Historic Change’: California First State to Pass Overtime Pay for Farmworkers – September 15, 2016

State’s 800,000 farmworkers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay after 40 hours of work a week phased in over four years

Farmworkers in California are celebrating this week after governor Jerry Brown signed a new law on Monday entitling them to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in the state.

farmworkers harvesting cornPhoto by Bob NIchols/USDAMigrant workers harvest corn on Uesugi Farms in Gilroy. California is the first state to introduce overtime pay for farmworkers. It’s unlikely that the rest of the country will rush to implement similar legislation.

California, the largest producer of agricultural goods in the country, is the first state to introduce time-and-a-half pay for farmworkers after eight hours of work a day, or 40 hours a week.

But… more

by: The Guardian

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US Beekeepers Fear for Livelihoods as Anti-Zika Toxin Kills 2.5m Bees – September 5, 2016

‘It kills everything’: conservationist warns over threat to other animals

Huddled around their hives, beekeepers around the south-eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihood: a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed from the sky by officials at war with mosquitos that carry the Zika virus.

a beekeeper carrying a frame with beesPhoto by Allagash Brewing Around the US, bees and other pollinators contribute an estimated $29bn to farm income.

Earlier this week, South Carolina beekeepers found millions of dead honey bees carpeting their apiaries, killed by an insecticide. Video posted by a beekeeper to Facebook showed thousands of dead insects heaped around hives, while… more

by: The Guardian

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