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'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya
April 1, 2014 09:05 AM - Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra, Ecologist

To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops.

Three Mile Island - 35 years on
March 28, 2014 09:54 AM - Linda Pentz Gunter, Ecologist

Thirty-five years ago today the USA had its worst ever civilian nuclear accident with a reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island. Linda Pentz Gunter reports on the lies and cover ups about the true scale of the radiation release and its impacts on human health.

Chernóbil: treinta años después.
March 24, 2014 08:41 PM - Rachel Nuwer/Smithsonian, Ecologist, Ecologist

No son sólo las personas, los animales y los árboles que sufren de la radiación de Chernóbil, escribe Rachel Nuwer, sino también hongos y microbios degradadores. Y con la acumulación de madera muerta viene el riesgo de incendios catastróficos, que podría propagarse la radiación a lo largo y ancho. Casi 30 años han pasado desde que la planta de Chernóbil explotó y provocó un desastre nuclear sin precedentes. Sin embargo, los efectos de esa catástrofe todavía están presentes. Aunque no hay personas viviendo en las extensas zonas de exclusión alrededor del epicentro, los animales, los árboles y otras plantas aún muestran signos de envenenamiento por radiación. Las aves alrededor de Chernóbil tienen cerebros considerablemente más pequeños que los que viven en zonas libres de radiación. Los árboles crecen más lentamente y hay menos arañas e insectos viviendo ahí, incluidas las abejas, mariposas y saltamontes. Además, los animales de caza como el jabalí capturados fuera de la zona de exclusión, incluyendo algunos en zonas tan lejanas como Alemania, siguen mostrando niveles anormales y peligrosos de radiación.

Chernobyl: thirty years hence...
March 24, 2014 09:26 AM - Rachel Nuwer/Smithsonian, Ecologist

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. Nearly 30 years have passed since the Chernobyl plant exploded and caused an unprecedented nuclear disaster. The effects of that catastrophe, however, are still felt today.

The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture
March 21, 2014 11:04 AM - Natasha Giddings, Ecologist

Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it?

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'
March 20, 2014 10:52 AM - Oliver Tickell, Ecologist

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations'. As the United Nations and the World Bank prepare to develop world carbon markets as a tool to halt deforestation under so-called REDD+,new research warns of a new 'carbon grab' in the making.

Warming up all over, even in the Arctic
March 10, 2014 09:55 AM - Tim Radford, Ecologist

It's long been established that Arctic Ocean sea ice is on the retreat, writes Tim Radford. But it's the pace of change that's surprising scientists: latest studies show that the ice-free period is increasing by 5 days / decade. Ice in the Arctic continues to retreat. The season without ice is getting longer by an average of five days every 10 years.

Largest US grocery stores say 'no' to GMO salmon
March 7, 2014 01:15 PM - The Ecologist, Ecologist

The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger and Safeway, have promised to not sell GMO salmon. Over 9,000 stores nationwide have now committed to being free of the controversial fish.

Kelloggs goes 'deforestation free'
February 21, 2014 01:09 PM - The Ecologist, Ecologist

The global cereal giant Kellogg has committed to sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free. It will also ensure that carbon rich tropical peatlands are preserved.

Arroz Dorado: Un complejo laberinto de preguntas sin respuesta
February 13, 2014 08:19 AM - Clare Westwood, Ecologist, Ecologist

El Arroz Dorado, un arroz genéticamente modificado para producir vitamina A, presenta una situación de derechos de propiedad intelectual muy complicada

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