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How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

Under the 2015 Paris agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The simplest, most cost effective and environmentally beneficial way to do...

Is Sam Clovis a Scientist? A Racist? 9 Questions t...

Things are not going so well for President Trump’s nominee for the position of under secretary for research, education, and economics (REE) at the US Department of Agriculture. This job has responsibility for scientific integrity at the USDA, as well as oversight of the department’s various research arms and multi-billion dollar annual investments in agricultural research and education that are essential to farmers and...

EPA Disregards Toxic Weed Killer’s Risks to Childr...

EPA Disregards Toxic Weed Killer’s Risks to Children The Environmental Protection Agency appears poised to approve Dow Chemical’s bid to market a new toxic weed killer based on an agency analysis that failed to consider its danger to children’s health, as federal law requires. This new toxic herbicide would be marketed to farmers to indiscriminately spray on fields of corn and soybeans that have been planted with recently...

Dow Chemical Pushes White House to Kill Risk Study...

WASHINGTON — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that’s open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who warn common pesticides will harm 1,800 species. Dave Martin / AP...

EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Pesticide ‘Puts All Chi...

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops. WASHINGTON — A leading organization of pediatricians warns that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s refusal to ban a widely used pesticide threatens the health of children, developing fetuses and pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Environmental Working...

House votes to undo pesticide protections for nati...

Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides. ThinkProgress | The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system....

A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E....

Chlorpyrifos is still on the market as an agricultural pesticide, routinely sprayed on common crops like apples, oranges, strawberries and broccoli.Credit Gerry Broome/Associated Press A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump By  RONI CARYN RABIN MAY 15, 2017 nytimes.com | May 15, 2017 Some of the most compelling evidence linking a widely used pesticide to developmental problems in children stems...

E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses ...

WASHINGTON — Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, moved late on Wednesday to reject the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical safety experts who under the Obama administration recommended that one of the nation’s most widely used insecticides be permanently banned at farms nationwide because of the harm it potentially causes children and farm workers. The ruling by Mr. Pruitt, in one of...

Trump may shrink EPA, but effects in Ohio to be de...

President Donald Trump’s first few weeks have left Washington disoriented and environmentalists worried. The president’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is a close ally of the fossil-fuel industry who says that scientific climate-change evidence is “far from settled” and that the agency’s staff and budget should be shrunk. In Congress, things are just as...

Unsealed Court Documents Suggest Monsanto Ghostwro...

Monsanto suffered a major setback Tuesday when a federal judge in San Francisco unsealed documents that call into question the agrichemical giant’s research practices and the safety of its best-selling herbicide, Roundup, the world’s most-produced weedkiller. The documents counter industry-funded research that has long asserted Monsanto’s flagship product—used by home gardeners, public park gardeners and...

Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on S...

A scanning machine illuminating a bottle of Roundup, a weed killer, as it moved along a production line at a facility in Antwerp, Belgium, owned by Monsanto.Credit Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents By  DANNY HAKIM MARCH 14, 2017 nytimes.com | March 14, 2017 The reputation of Roundup, whose active ingredient is the world’s most widely used weed killer, took a...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report...

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides  by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Common Dreams | Study accuses agro-chemical industry of ignoring scientific studies on toxic impact while pushing ‘myth’ that pesticides are aiding world hunger Taking the global pesticide industry to task for its “systematic denial of harms” while, at the same...

Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Fli...

In Sebring, Ohio, routine laboratory tests last August found unsafe levels of lead in the town’s drinking water after workers stopped adding a chemical to keep lead water pipes from corroding. Five months passed before the city told pregnant women and children not to drink the water, and shut down taps and fountains in schools. In 2001, after Washington, D.C., changed how it disinfected drinking water, lead in tap water at...

3 Ways Monsanto Contributes to Climate Chaos and W...

Monsanto may claim that GMO farming is helping farmers and the environment, but science has proved otherwise. Monsanto claims that GMO farming will support farmers while fighting climate change and drought, but they are in fact a major cause of the problem. Their products are creating the very problem they seek to solve and no amount of denial or PR will hide this from the public for much longer. GMOs are genetically...

Cancer preys on rural Americans

MARIANNA, ARK. – In the home of the blues, amid dying towns, gravel back roads and endless Mississippi Delta farmland, cancer grows, spreads and kills mercilessly — even the types that can be caught or stopped with well-known screening tests. Ruby Huffman, 73, got her first colonoscopy only after passing blood, and it found a huge cancerous tumor. Rita Stiles, 61, went at least a decade without a mammogram. And Tina...