Environment Quick Read

"Frankenstein's monster!" Scientists manipulate a natural enzyme to eat plastic which takes hundreds of years to break down in just days
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It is considered one of the cleanest places on the planet however analysis of plastic waste washed up from Lake Geneva has revealed hazardous levels of bromine and cadmium that presents a clear threat to humans and wildlife.
Researchers also detected high concentrations of mercury and lead among the litter.
Switzerland has an international reputation for cleanliness and pristine landscape, but a team of scientists from the University of Geneva and Britain has revealed that the lake is as susceptible to plastic waste problems as the ocean.


Chemtrails the truth! NOAA claim aerosols have skyrocketed since 2000: Chemtrails cause heart and lung disease in humans and animals
Last week the first signs of summer arrived in Holland and under a clear blue sky, I decided to sit outside under the sun listening to the incredible bird chorus which is prevalent this time of the year.
Within minutes jet planes were filling the sky with sickly expanding plumes which within an hour had turned the blue sky into a dull yellow.
Chemtrails are real, NOAA and NASA have admitted aerosols are used to reflect sunlight.
This morning I received an email from a friend regarding chemtrails and one man's fight (Dane Wigington) to bring the chemtrail danger to our attention.
Below is the email which arrived this morning...



They know no boundaries appear to be indesctructible and eat everything before them: New hybrid swarm of "MEGA-PESTS" to threaten world crops
They are two of the most dangerous mega-pest with pesticide-resistant genes.
A new hybrid swarm horror of "MEGA-PESTS" have combined and are threatening crops around the world according to a group of Australian scientists.
Dr Paul De Barro, a biosecurity expert at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), claims a pair of the most dangerous agricultural pests have combined to produce a “mega-pest” that could threaten crops around the world.
The team of Australian scientists who discovered the hybrid mega-pests think the combination of international species could be creating a new strain with unlimited geographical boundaries.



Siliguri India is not an industrial township but tops the list among Indian cities with most polluted air thought to be causing the death of birds
Around 50 black kites died in less than 24 hours in Siliguri, raising alarm among residents of this north Bengal city which also tops the list among Indian cities with most polluted air.
Viscera samples have been sent to Kolkata for tests.
West Bengal state tourism minister Goutam Deb visited a few places where the kites died.
Residents of the Children's Park area in ward 12 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) first spotted the dead birds on Friday evening.



Resurgence of "postcode wars" between rival gangs in London means murder rate has overtaken New York City's for the first time ever as death rate soars

Fatal stabbings are taking place every three days in London amid fears of the resurgence of "postcode wars" between rival gangs.
A total of 29 people have been killed using knives so far in 2018, which started with the murder of four young men during New Year's Eve celebrations.
If the bloodshed continues at the same rate, more than 121 people will be stabbed to death in the capital by the end of the year, a dramatic 50 percent increase on 2017.
Teenagers as young as 17 are among the victims, while many more have been severely injured in a spate of violence that has sparked large-scale police operations and urgent policy changes.

Locusts swarming through Western Australia's Pilbara and Kimberley regions are considered the highest in decades
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Locusts swarming through Western Australia's Pilbara and Kimberley regions are costing pastoralists thousands of dollars in lost pasture and control efforts.
The warm and wet summer in the north provided a perfect breeding ground for the yellow-winged locust.
Pastoralists believed locust numbers had not been so high for decades.
Bettini Beef Pastoral Group general manager Mark Bettini said in his 30 years in the Pilbara, the worst locust plague he had seen was in 1998 at De Grey Station, 100 kilometres east of Port Hedland.



Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique destroying 1 third of the country's crops just 1 year after El-NiƱo devastated the country
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Pests and disease sweeping through Mozambique have destroyed at least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11 months, a government spokeswoman said.
Ana Comoana, the spokeswoman, said more than 41,000 hectares of crops in Mozambique had been affected by pests including caterpillars and fruit flies.
She said that more than 3,000 hectares of maize had been lost, and that coconut and banana production had also suffered.
Mozambique's cabinet approved on Tuesday a 160 million metical ($2.6 million) action plan to combat pests and disease.


Disaster unfolding after mag 7.5 struck Papua New Guinea with 100+ strong aftershocks leaving thousands without food and water: 67 dead
At least 67 people were killed by a major earthquake that devastated Papua New Guinea's remote highlands last week, the Red Cross said Monday, with thousands homeless and without food and clean water.
The recovery effort has been slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior.
Terrified locals in the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces have also had to deal with more than 100 strong aftershocks, including three 6.0-magnitude tremors.



Social breakdown on paradise! Holidaymakers in Jamaica warned not to leave their resorts as state of emergency declared after murders
A state of emergency has been declared in Jamaica following a rise in murder and violent crime. Holidaymakers in the north-west of the island have been warned not to leave their resorts and are urged to exercise caution.
Authorities declared a state of emergency in St James, which includes the popular tourist town of Montego Bay, prompted by an increase in killings that officials blame on gangs and lottery scams. There were six killings a week on average in St James last year while Jamaica has double the number of murders as Britain each year.


The legacy of the Thomas Fire: California mudslides kill at least 13 people in area already ravaged by the biggest wildfire in the States history
California mudslides have killed at least 13 people in the area already ravaged by the biggest wildfire in the States history.
Mudslides, boulders and tons of debris killed at least 13 people on Tuesday in communities along California’s scenic coastline ravaged by a series of intense wildfires that burned off protective vegetation last month.
Rescue workers in southern California are searching for survivors.


It's known as paradise on earth Bali's palm-fringed Kuta is disappearing under a mountain of garbage as officials remove 100 tons of garbage a day
Bali's palm-fringed Kuta beach has long been a favourite with tourists seeking sun and surf, but nowadays its golden shoreline is disappearing under a mountain of garbage.
Plastic straws and food packaging are strewn between sunbathers, while surfers bobbing behind the waves dodge waste flushed out from rivers or brought in by swirling currents.
"When I want to swim, it is not really nice.






"Christmas miracle" 100 thousand tons of rocks 50 meters deep buries an Austrian Tyrolian village's only road without a single injury
100 thousand tons of rocks have buried a Tyrolian village's only road.
Luckily, no one was injured and everybody is already stocked up for Christmas.
About 130 residents of an Austrian village remained trapped on Wednesday after several massive landslides severed their only link to the outside world.






Leaked plutonium and other radioactive particles found on workers' cars and pickups stop's demolition for the second time at Plutonium Finishing Plant
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Demolition is stopped at the Hanford nuclear reservation's Plutonium Finishing Plant after another spread of radioactive contamination.
Some workers in portable offices at the plant, which are well away from the plant's demolition zone, were told to remain in their office trailers until areas nearby were surveyed for radioactive contamination Monday afternoon.





25 million southern Californian's breathing in dangerous levels of PM particles 30 times finer than a human hair which cause heart attacks strokes cancer and respiratory diseases.
Earthwindmap showing an incredible 1,764 PM 2.5 particles an invisible killer coming from the Thomas fire.

With almost 100,000 people displaced untold devastation to wildlife, almost 1,000 structures destroyed and nearly 200,000 acres burnt to a cinder Governer Jerry Brown has claimed that the wildfires are the new norm.
Brown claimed climate change may exacerbate the weather conditions that caused the wildfires to explode.