TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… generation’ biotech crops to escape the EU’s legislation on GMOs and therefore to go unregulated. Is there a link between this new push, and TTIP? Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request show this might indeed be the case. Responding to public concerns, the European Commission has fervently denied any claims that EU food safety standards, or other standards for that matter, would be lowered as a result of TTIP. In early 2013, for example, the New York Times reported …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… GMO crops, this herbicide is slated to explode in use much the way glyphosate did with the first generation of GMO crops. And we know from experience – and basic biology – that weeds will soon grow resistant to these herbicides, making GMO crop growers only more dependent on the next chemical fix.” 2,4-D is one of the two active ingredients in Enlist Duo, a toxic weed-killing cocktail marketed by Dow AgroSciences, which the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved for use in 15 …

Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

‘Alternative’ Investments: Marijuana and Climate Change

By John Kimelman | June 9, 2015 Most investors can do just fine by buying a fund pegged to the S&P 500 or focusing on a list of 10 stocks with solid dividends. But that would be so square, man. Indeed, most investment stories churned out each day are the kind your parents’ generation could easily relate to. But sprinkled in amidst the conventional fare are occasional stories that play on themes that might have once seemed suited only for the counterculture. In recent months, for example, …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… criticised for its exorbitant electricity costs, estimated to be £168/MWh. When the project begins generation in 2018, onshore wind will be producing electricity for less than half of this price. But Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), the company behind the projects, says the Swansea development is simply a proof of concept and tidal power at scale will produce affordable power. On Monday the company announced the beginning of the approval process for a second site near Cardiff where construction could …