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    Food Security at Risk as Scientists Discover Flying Insects Suffer 75 Per Decline Over 3 Decades

    Food Security at Risk as Scientists Discover Flying Insects Suffer 75 Per Decline Over 3 Decades

    The total population of flying instects has decreased by more than 75 per cent over 27 years according to a new study published in October 2017.

    With insects pollinating 80 per cent of wild plants and providing food source for 60 per cent of birds, the new finding reveal a shocking and dramatic situation.

    The study noted major decline of bees, butterflies, moths and other winged insects across 63 key area.

    The wild insects ecosystem is valued at nearly $60 billion annually, alone in the United States.

    The new study, published in PLOS ONE, revelaed that between 1989 and 2016, the total number of flying inscet biomass had collapsed by a whopping 76 percent, with mid-summer figures, revealing a collapse of up to 82 percent.

    The scientists believe the use of pesticides, fertilizers and year-round tillage, could be a “plausible cause” for the dramatic decline.

    Adding that with insects making up about two thirds of all life of earth, the trend of decline is on course for “ecological Armageddon”.

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    Extreme Weather to Kill 150,000 People in Europe Every Year by 2080

    Extreme Weather to Kill 150,000 People in Europe Every Year by 2080

    New research has found that over 150,000 people could die every year as a result of freak weather brought about by climate change by the end of the century.

    Lead author Dr Giovanni Forzieri said: “Climate change is one of the biggest global threats to human health of the 21st century.

    “Its peril to society will be increasingly connected to weather-driven hazards because extreme weather states are expected to disproportionately rise compared with changes in climate averages.”

    The study by the European Commission scientists, predicts a stark increase in deaths from heatstroke, heart and breathing problems, and flash flooding.

    “Global warming could result in rapidly rising costs of weather-related hazards to human beings in Europe unless adequate adaptation measures are taken,” the report warns.

    Droughts are also predicted to lead to food shortages, illnesses, malnutrition, disease and an increased susceptibility to infection.

    The new findings come at a time when southern Europe is covered by a heatwave, with temperatures reaching 44 degrees in some places.

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    Guam Issues Survival Advice in Case of North Korea Nuclear Missile Attack

    Residents in Guam Receive Survival Advice in Case of North Korea Nuclear Missile Attack

    As tensions reach boiling point between the United States and North Korea, the island of Guam begins to feel the heat.

    Authorities on the island of Guam have issued a statement advising its citizens on what to do in case of a nuclear attack.

    Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific, around 3,000 km from North Korea.
    Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific, around 3,000 km from North Korea.

    The fact sheet titled, “Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat,” contained advice on what to do before, during and after a missile strike.

    Residents are advised to prepare by building a supply kit and making an emergency plan.

    In case of an attack, residents should look away from the fireball or flash and stay inside for at least 24 hours.

    The Pacific Daily News even ran a frontpage headling that read “14 MINUTES” – the amount of time residents would have to seek shelter before a North Korean missile would hit the island.

    Other advice, included “Wash your hair with shampoo, or soap and water. Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair.”

    Download the full fact sheet here.

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    Report Reveals Five Negative Effects of Social Media on Mental Health

    A recently released report, #StatusOfMind, reveals a growing trend in negative effects of social media on mental health, especially in adolescents.

    With social media described as “more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol” there is growing concern about the effects of social media on mental well-being.

    The top five negative effects of social media on mental health, especially in young users is a growing concern:

    1. Anxiety and Depression

    Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen 70% in the past 25 years.

    Research suggests that young people who are heavy users of social media – spending more than two hours per day on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – are more likely to report poor mental health, including psychological distress (symptoms of anxiety and depression).

    Nearly 80,000 children and young people in the UK suffer from severe depression, with studies showing that increase use of social media is associated with increased odds of depression.

    2. Inadequate Sleep

    The use of social media is linked with an increase in inadequate sleep patterns that increase anxiety and depression.

    Poor mental health can lead to poor sleep and poor sleep can lead to states of poor mental health.

    Poor sleep is linked to a wide range of both physical and mental health conditions in adults including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart attack, stroke and depression.

    3. Inadequate Body Image

    Up to 9 in 10 teenage girls say they are unhappy with their body.

    With 10 million photos uploaded to Facebook alone every hour, appearance-based comparisons online area almost endless.

    Studies have shown that when young girls and women in their teens and early twenties view Facebook for only a short period of time, body image concerns are higher compared to non-users.

    4. Cyber bullying

    Bullying during childhood is a major risk factor for a number of issues including mental health, education and social relationships, with long-lasting effects often carried right through to adulthood.

    Studies suggest that 7 out of 10 young people say they have experienced cyber bullying and 37 per cent of young people revealing they experience cyber bullying on a high-frequency basis.

    Victims of bullying are more likely to experience low academic performance, depression, anxiety, self-harm, feelings of loneliness and changes in sleeping and eating patterns – all of which could alter the course of a young person’s life as they undertake important exams at school or university, and develop personally and socially.

    5 Fear of Missing Out (FoMO)

    The Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) is a relatively new concept that is characterised by a constant need to be connected, so as not to miss out.

    The sharing of photos and videos on social media means that young people are experiencing a practically endless stream of others’ experiences that can potentially fuel feelings that they are missing out on life – whilst others enjoy theirs – and that has been described as a ‘highlight reel’ of friends’ lives.

    FoMO is associated with lower mood and lower life satisfaction as well as distress in the form of anxiety and feelings of inadequacy.

    Facebook is the most commonly used social media platform with around 30 million UK users. Twitter comes in as the second most used with 15 million UK users. The next most popular platforms are Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat.

    The Royal Society for Public Health and the Young Health Movement are calling for action from government, social media companies and policy makers to help promote the positive aspects of social media for young people, whilst mitigating the potential negatives.

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    Millions of Eggs Found Contaminated With Hazardous Pesticide in Europe

    Health Scare Sweeps Europe as Millions of Eggs Contaminated With Hazardous Pesticide

    Health Scare Sweeps Europe as Millions of Eggs Contaminated With Hazardous Pesticide

    15 countries in the European Union as well as Switzerland and Hong Kong have been affected by millions of contaminated eggs.

    The eggs were found to contain fipronil – a chemical used to kill insects including ants, beetles and cockroaches.

    Supermarkets in the UK, including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have even cleared shelves of sandwiches and salads fearing they could contain the chemicals.

    In Germany, big retailer Aldi recalled millions of eggs from shelves.

    The toxic egg saga was unveiled as the UK was found to have imported 700,000 eggs to be used in processed food from Dutch farms embroiled in the health scare.

    The toxic chemical Fipronil can damage kidneys, liver and thyroid glands, but authorities claim there is “minimal risk” to health.

    The Netherlands produces 10 billion eggs per year of which it exports 65% overseas.

    Approximately 180 egg producers in the Netherlands have been closed and may also have culled livestock.

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    New UN Report Projects Growing World Population to Reach 9.8 Billion by 2050

    New UN Report Projects World Population to Reach 9.8 Billion by 2050

    The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has recently released a new report that projects world population to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050.

    The report projects an increase of over 2 billion people during the next 30 years and 3.6 billion people during the next 80 years, totaling over 11 billion in 2100.

    The “World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision,” report reveals the complexity of a growing world population and how sustainability is the only path to ensure human survival.

    The countries with the largest populations are China, with 1.4 billion and India, with 1.3 billion, making up a total of 37 per cent of the global world population.

    The growing world population raises many warning signals, considering the finite resources of our planet, including worsening and increasing problems such as limited fresh drinking water, lack of global sewage treatment, air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination and noise pollution, deforestation, loss of ecosystems, antibiotic resistant bacteria diseases, escalating conflicts over scarce resources, etc.

    In 2013, British naturalist, David Attenborough described the level of human population on the planet as a multiplier of all other environmental problems. He also described humanity as “a plague on the Earth” that needs to be controlled by limiting population growth or the natural world will do it for us.

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    Five Mindblowing Facts About the State of the US Economy in 2017

    Five Mindblowing Facts About the State of the US Economy in 2017

    The signs are everywhere that we are about to witness another 2008 episode, with the United States economy leading the way.

    The following 5 facts and figures suggest that 2017 is the beginning of the end…

    Stores across the United States are closing at an “epic pace” with the retail industry as a whole facing 8,600 store closures in 2017. A report by Credit Suisse suggests the figure is a major explosion compared to the record 6,000 stores that closed in 2008.

    Nearly 60% of all Americans would be unable to cover a $500 emergency bill, according to a report by Bankrate.

    The U.S. government revenues just experienced the biggest collapse since 2008, suggesting that the country is about to witness another recession.

    The auto industry is about to experience a major earthquake, with too much supply, too many brands, and too much credit with car inventories ballooning to a 12-year-high.

    Debt is at such levels in the U.S. that the IMF has suggested it may be a threat to global stability. With overall corporate debt standing at $4 trillion and “percentage of “weak,” “vulnerable” or “challenged” debt held as assets by US firms has almost arrived at the same level it was right before the 2008 crisis” again suggesting that a recession is at our doorstep.

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    BPA Alternative, BPS, Linked to Breast Cancer, Reveals Alarming New Study

    BPA Alternative, BPS, Linked to Breast Cancer, Reveals Alarming New Study

    Bisphenol S (BPS), a substance used in the plastic industry to replace the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to increasing “the aggressiveness of breast cancer through its behavior as an endocrine-disrupting chemical,” reveals a new study.

    “Despite hopes for a safer alternative to BPA, studies have shown BPS to exhibit similar estrogen-mimicking behavior to BPA,” said the lead author of the study, Dr. Sumi Dinda.

    “So far, BPS seems to be a potent endocrine disruptor,” he added.

    Researchers found that BPS may have the same hormonal effects as the so-called gender-bending chemical BPA, previously linked to breast growth in men.

    The study will be presented at ENDO 2017, the Endocrine Society’s 99th annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

    Concerns over BPA are related to what scientists believe is a hormone disruptor.

    These endocrine-disrupting chemicals are found in thousands of every day products, including banknotes, detergents, cosmetics, flame retardants and children’s toys.

    The chemicals have been linked with behavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD as well as Cancer, infertility, diabetes and endometriosis.

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    International Trade Linked to Millions of Deaths Worldwide

    International Trade Linked to Millions of Deaths Worldwide

    Millions of people around the world die prematurely from diseases caused by air pollution.

    A new study has linked the effects of globalization and international trade on air pollution emissions and air quality.

    The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals that 3.45 million people died as a result of air pollution associated with the transport of goods and services in 228 countries across the world in 2007.

    According to the study over 400,000 deaths in 2007 can be attributed to air pollution which came from one region of the world to another.

    Chinese emissions caused more than twice the number of deaths worldwide than the emissions of any other region, followed by emissions produced in India and the rest of Asia region. For example, PM2.5 pollution produced in China is linked to more than 64,800 premature deaths in other regions, including over 3,100 deaths in Western Europe and the US. Meanwhile consumption in Western Europe and the US is linked to over 108,600 premature deaths in China.

    One of the study’s researchers, Professor Dabo Guan, said the study showed that “In our global economy, the goods and services consumed in one region may entail production of large quantities of air pollution, and related mortality, in other regions.”

    Thousands of facts about air pollution and overall planetary contamination are revealed in The Contamination Report.

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    Radioactive Particles Detected Across Europe; Authorities Silent

    Radioactive particles were detected across Europe earlier this year and authorities have yet to issue a statement.

    The radioactive particles were first detected during the second week of January 2017 in Norway.

    The nuclear radiation appears to have come from Eastern Europe, but no official statements have been made as to the source.

    Radioactive particles are generally associated with nuclear bombs or nuclear energy disasters such as as Chernobyl and Fukushima.

    In Norway, Astrid Liland, Head of the Emergency Preparedness at the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority suggested there was no concerns for public health.

    She told the Barents Observer, “We do measure small amounts of radioactivity in air from time to time because we have very sensitive measuring equipment. The measurements at Svanhovd in January were very, very low. So were the measurements made in neighboring countries, like Finland. The levels raise no concern for humans or the environment. Therefore, we believe this had no news value.”

    The Western mainstream media however, is in overdrive with accusations suggesting Vladimir Putin detonated a Nuclear Device.

    Particulate Iodine-131 (value +/- uncertainty) in the atmosphere(µBq/m3)
    Particulate Iodine-131 (value +/- uncertainty) in the atmosphere(µBq/m3. Map by Institute de Radioprotection et de Süreté Nucléaire.

    The US Air Force has sent a special WC-135 Constant Phoenix, an aircraft specializing in detecting and identifying nuclear explosions to the UK.

    Other online sources, suggest the radiation spike is due to “sloppy” tests carried out on natural gas pipeline leaks.

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    President Trump Declares Fake News “The Enemy of The American People”

    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to several thousand supporters at a rally in Atlanta, Georgia in February 2016

    President Trump has declared the “fake news” media, including The New York Times, CNN, ABC, NCB, and CBS, the “enemy of the American people”.

    In less than 24 hours, the tweet generated 40,000 re-tweets and over 120,000 likes.

    In the United States a mere 6 corporations control a whopping 90% of the media.

    In essence, most news thus comes from the same six sources.

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    Air Pollution Caused 4.2 Million Early Deaths Worldwide – New Study

    Air Pollution Caused 4.2 Million Early Deaths Worldwide - New Study

    The US-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) revealed that air pollution has resulted in 4.2 million early deaths worldwide in 2015.

    The new study, titled “State of Global Air 2017” reveals the alarming effect air pollution is having on humanity.

    According to researchers, air pollution is the fifth highest cause of death.

    “We are seeing increasing air pollution problems worldwide, and this new report and website details why that air pollution is a major contributor to early death,” said Dan Greenbaum, President of the Health Effects Institute (HEI1), the global research institute that designed and implemented the study.

    “The trends we report show that we have seen progress in some parts of the world – but serious challenges remain,” he added.

    Out of the 4.2 million attributed deaths, 2.2 million were in China and India but the study also showed how 92 per cent of the earth’s population is now living in areas with contaminated air.

    Contamination in the air is said to cause heart disease, strokes, cancer and respiratory conditions such as asthma.

    The Contamination Report offers a comprehensive overview of the state of the planet in terms of contamination, revealing over 1,000 facts and figures about contamination.

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