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Food WAS better for you….

Just had an email from a reader in the UK;

“I was watching a TV programme tonight, and they said food WAS more nutritious in the 50’s…to get the same vitamin A – in the 50’s you needed one orange, now, you’d need 8…to get the same vitamin C – in the 50’s you need one tomato, now, you’d need ten.

Why? increased use of chemical fertilisers, and increased transporting times to deliver to supermarkets…..”

I am starting a new venture soon, on organic food and sustainable living. I think I am turning into an eco warrior. Stay tuned….

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Fatal fungus spreads in Northwest….

“…. All would become pieces of a medical mystery centered on a tropical disease apparently brought to North America by a warming climate. An alien fungus took root on Vancouver Island eight years ago and has since killed eight people and infected at least 163 others, as well as many animals.Similar cases have been found elsewhere in British Columbia and in Washington and Oregon. Health authorities in the two states say the disease is still too rare in their areas to warrant alarm, but they are watching it.

Scientists say the fungus may be thriving because of a string of unusually warm summers here. They say it is a sign of things to come.”

(Read Full Article)

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Goodbye, caribou?….

Before we came out, I remember watching a documnetary on the caribou, as they made there way north for their annual migration. Thousands upon thousands of the creatures, like a sea flowing across the land. Even here in Canada, we seem to be doing our best to bugger the world up….

Caribou have been a crucial food source for Canada’s northern indigenous people from time immemorial. Now their population is dwindling at an alarming rate — with many herds declining by as much as 70 per cent in a decade. (Read Full Article)

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Breaking News….

Sex-change chemicals in Potomac River…. 

An investigation into the cleanliness of rivers feeding Washington’s Potomac River has revealed the presence of sex-changing chemicals.

Pollutants which contain the chemicals, known as endocrine disrupters, were found in several tributaries and in the smallmouth bass fish living within. 

(Read Full Article)

Lethal secrets of 1918 flu virus….

 Then, in a maximum “biosafety” facility at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory they reconstructed a fully functioning virus, and infected macaque monkeys to see what would happen.

Writing in the journal Nature, they reported that the results were startling. Symptoms appeared within 24 hours of exposure to the virus, and the subsequent destruction of lung tissue was so widespread that, had the monkeys not been put to sleep a few days later, they would literally have drowned in their own blood.

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Giant ice island breaks off Arctic shelf….

An ice island the size of a small city is adrift in the Arctic after breaking free from one of Canada’s largest ice shelves, scientists said today.

The ice island is 37 metres (120ft) thick and measures 9 miles by 3 miles, according to the CanWest News Service. It broke clear from Ellesmere island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole, 16 months ago, triggering tremors so powerful they were picked up by earthquake monitors 155 miles away. (Click here to Read Article)

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No More Chances….

As long as we’re all too busy being very scared, we won’t be asking our politicians what the hell they are doing about the serious issues.

‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish – There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.Stocks have collapsed in nearly one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is accelerating. (Read Article)

PM’s vow to tackle global warming hit by plans to treble flights. – Britain’s airports are planning to treble the number of flights by 2030, despite recent grave warnings about the environmental effects of expanding air travel in the UK. (Read Article)

I want there to be a world left for my kids to live in. I’m trying to do my bit, how about you?