The cables, which first surfaced with the Wikileaks disclosures two years ago, described a series of separate public relations strategies, unrolled at dozens of press junkets and biotech conferences, aimed at… more
The only way forward is back: to retrace our steps and seek to return atmospheric concentrations to around 350ppm
The data go back 800,000 years: that's the age of the oldest fossil air bubbles extracted from Dome C, an ice-bound summit in the high Antarctic. And throughout that time there has been nothing like this. At no point in the preindustrial record have concentrations of carbon dioxide in the air risen above 300 parts per million (ppm). 400ppm is a figurethat belongs to a different era.
Photo courtesy NASAThe difference between 399ppm and 400ppm is small, but it is symbolic of our failure to put the long-term prospects of the natural world and the people it supports above… more
EPA study points to a combination of factors for decline in population, breaking away from singling out pesticides
A government report blamed a combination of factors for the disappearance of America's honeybees on Thursday and did not join Europe in singling out pesticides as a prime suspect.
Photo by Dennis GoedegebuureEnvironmentalists say the report missed an opportunity to build a case for action on a pesticide that has been associated with the collapse of the honeybees.
The report, by the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, blamed a parasitic mite, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and genetics as well as pesticides for the rapid decline of honey bees since 2006.
Supersized genetically modified fish are ready for market – but is the market ready for them? And why is the firm hidden away in Panama?
It is hard to think of a more unlikely setting for genetic experimentation or for raising salmon: a rundown shed at a secretive location in the Panamanian rainforest miles inland and 1,500m above sea level.
Photo courtesy AquaBounty AquaBounty's GM Salmon. The US government is in the final stages of its deliberations on whether to allow commercial production of the genetically modified fish.
The blast wrecked a large section of West, a small town around 20 miles north of Waco, leveling buildings and leaving more that 160 people injured. Police estimated that between five and 15 people died. Up to five firefighters were missing on Thursday.
As acrid smoke hung over the area, authorities warned that the number of victims could rise. "We do not know how many folks may still be trapped," Waco police sergeant William Swanton… more