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Why the ‘Prime Meridian of the World’ Shifted Hundreds of Feet

The Prime Meridian of the World (dotted line) and the modern reference meridian indicating zero longitude using satellite measurements (solid line). Credit: Imagery © 2014 Google Maps, Infoterra Ltd. & Bluesky by Charles Q. Choi Once called the Prime Meridian of the World, the invisible line running north to south that divides the world into Eastern and Western hemispheres passed through the Airy Transit Circle — a 19th-century telescopic instrument at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England. However, this line of longitude now runs 334 feet (102 meters) east of where it did. What made it shift? A change in finding out which way is down — from using a basin of liquid mercury to relying on satellites around Earth,… Read More

Battlefield Wounds to Farm Tough: From Destroyer to Creator

He will judge between the nations, and will render verdicts for the benefit of many. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations will not raise swords against nations, and they will not learn warfare anymore. – Isaiah 2:4 There definitely are some exciting studies that (show) horticulture, getting outside, working with plants, definitely has some healing effects on the cognitive and all the areas of brain function (and) recovering from brain damage. — Michael O’Gorman founder of nonprofit Farmer-Veteran Coalition, based in Davis, California Spokane, like big dog Seattle, or funky Portland – similar to almost any mid-sized city in the US – has a thing with food “culture” and the foodie… Read More

USDA Admits Exterminating Birds, Crops, and Bees

(worldtruth.tv)The USDA has been under fire recently for its admitted assault against nature, after multiple investigations have uncovered its deliberate tampering with both plants and animals alike. One such investigation has put an end to the mystery surrounding the death of millions of birds, with USDA documents revealing the organization’s role in the massive slaughter. In addition to the mass bird killings, it turns out the USDA was fully aware that a highly-popular herbicide chemical was a known bee-killer, which may have aided the bee decline. The USDA has also threatened the genetic integrity of the nation’s crops. Information has surfaced regarding the USDA’s illegal approval of Monsanto’s biotech crop, sugar beets. These crimes are simply an excerpt from… Read More

Historic Victory for Public Health as Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York

Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, New York City As most of the world now knows, yesterday Governor Cuomo made the incredibly bold and principled decision to ban fracking in New York State.  For those of us who have been working so hard over the past almost seven years to ensure that science, not industry influence, guided the state’s decision on this most critical of issues, it was an outcome that frankly exceeded many of our wildest expectations.  I’ll admit it: I am still pinching myself 24 hours later. Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for having the courage and wisdom to listen to what the scientists in your administration and across the country are telling us: The risks of fracking remain too… Read More

EU reaches agreement on plastic bags usage

The Council of the European Union has reached an agreement on a draft directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags. The council’s new rules seek to limit the environmental impact of plastic carrier bags on the environment by encouraging waste prevention and the more efficient use of resources. The new measures target plastic bags with a wall thickness below 50 microns, which represent the majority of plastic carrier bags consumed in the EU. The law will require governments to choose either to introduce a charge on single-use lightweight plastic bags by the end of 2018 or to take measures to reduce their use. If individual countries choose the second option, the annual use of these bags will… Read More

Six Products in Your Holiday Shopping Cart that Drive Deforestation in Latin America

Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC Approximately 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions originate from deforestation and forest degradation, which are no longer problems that can be discounted as local or rural issues. Whether burned, processed, or discarded, trees release immense amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, feeding global climate change. Nowhere is it more important to halt deforestation than in Latin America, whose forests store 49 percent of the carbon in the world’s tropical forests. In recent years, increasing urbanization, especially in Latin America, has separated the demand for the commodities driving this deforestation and degradation—beef, soy, palm oil, paper products, fuels, and precious metals—from the local farmers, ranchers, loggers, and miners who produce… Read More

Another Major Climate Breakthrough: China Will Cap its Coal Consumption by 2020

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing Hard on the heels of last week’s historic US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, also for the first time, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020.  This is another major breakthrough for climate and for China’s people, since coal is the largest contributor to CO2 emissions as well as to China’s dangerous PM 2.5 air pollution. This latest announcement came just after the Coal Consumption Cap and Energy Transition International Workshop that NRDC organized in Beijing on November 17-18th.  NRDC has… Read More