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WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

(Reuters) – The World Health Organization is forming an emergency committee of international experts to prepare for a possible worsening of the Middle East coronavirus (MERS), which has killed 40 people, WHO flu expert Keiji Fukuda said on Friday. Fukuda said there was currently no emergency or pandemic but the experts would advise on how to tackle the disease if… Read more →

Bees dying by the millions: Is GMO corn to blame?

Bees dying by the millions: Is GMO corn to blame?

ELMWOOD - Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees. “Once the corn started to get planted our bees died by the millions,” Schuit said. He and many others, including the European… Read more →

EPA won't confirm fracking pollution tie, tells states to do their own investigation

EPA won’t confirm fracking pollution tie, tells states to do their own investigation

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is dropping its longstanding plan to have independent scientists review its finding that hydraulic fracturing may be linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming. The EPA is standing by its findings, but state officials will lead further investigation into the pollution in the Pavillion area. The area has been… Read more →

70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs

70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs

(Photo: Wikipedia) Rochester, Minn. (CBS ATLANTA) –Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions. Mayo Clinic researchers report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans. Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more… Read more →

Obama commits to tough push on global warming

Obama commits to tough push on global warming

(Photo: Wikipedia) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effort to make good on promises he made at the start of his second term. “We know we have to do more — and we will do more,” Obama said Wednesday in Berlin. Obama’s senior energy and climate adviser, Heather Zichal,… Read more →

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

GM even safer than conventional food, says environment secretary

GM crops are probably safer than conventional plants, according to the Environment Secretary. Making the strongest call yet for the adoption of the technology, Mr Paterson told the BBC that that GM has significant benefits for farmers, consumers and the environment. He said the next generation of GM crops offers the “most wonderful opportunities to improve human health.” But green… Read more →

Mysterious new MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

Mysterious new MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS

(Photo: Wikipedia) LONDON –  A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia. More than 60 cases of what is now called MERS, including 38 deaths, have been recorded by the World Health Organization in the past… Read more →

Tectonic Plate movements break up supercontinents: Could signal the start of a new phase of the Wilson Cycle

Tectonic Plate movements break up supercontinents: Could signal the start of a new phase of the Wilson Cycle

A new subduction zone forming off the coast of Portugal heralds the beginning of a cycle that will see the Atlantic Ocean close as continental Europe moves closer to America. Published in Geology, new research led by Monash University geologists has detected the first evidence that a passive margin in the Atlantic ocean is becoming active. Subduction zones, such as the… Read more →

The source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald about his motives for the biggest intelligence leak in a generation.

(Bloomberg) — James Bamford, a bestselling author on U.S. intelligence agencies, discusses the need for data collection, but questions just how big the scope and reach needs to be in the fight against terrorism. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”