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Aquatic Dead Zones

Terra Daily-The size and number of marine dead zones-areas where the deep water is so low in dissolved oxygen that sea creatures can’t survive-have grown explosively in the past half-century. Red circles on this map show the location and size of many of our planet’s dead zones. Black dots show where dead zones have been observed, but their size is unknown -Read Article

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Bailiff and parliament protester filmed ‘kicking’

BBC – A bailiff has been filmed apparently kicking a demonstrator while evicting him from a peace camp outside the Houses of Parliament. Bailiff firm Shergroup evicted protesters from Parliament Square on Tuesday, after Boris Johnson obtained a High Court order for their removal. The footage shows a protester kicking out and being dragged by bailiffs, one of whom then appears to stamp on him. Shergroup said it would review the video and investigate the incident. Read Article

The Times loses almost 90% of online readership

The Guardian – The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show. Unregistered users of thetimes.co.uk are now “bounced” to a Times+ membership page where they have to register if they want to view Times content. Data from the web metrics company Experian Hitwise shows that only 25.6% of such users sign up and proceed to a Times web page… Read article

Get Ready For A World Currency – The Economist Magazine, 9th June 1988

Workers on Doomed Rig Voiced Concern About Safety

NY Times -A confidential survey of workers on the Deepwater Horizon in the weeks before the oil rig exploded showed that many of them were concerned about safety practices and feared reprisals if they reported mistakes or other problems. In the survey, commissioned by the rig’s owner, Transocean, workers said that company plans were not carried out properly and that they “often saw unsafe behaviors on the rig.” -Read Article

BP To Drill 80-100 New Oil Wells In Iraq’s Rumaila -Exec

Wall Street Journal – British oil major BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) and partners China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC.YY) and Iraq’s state-run South Oil Co. expect to issue tenders to drill between 80 and 100 wells in the immense Rumaila oil field this year and next year, a company executive said Monday. Earlier this year, BP awarded three deals valued at least $500 million to drill…Read Article

Household cleaners may double risk of breast cancer

Daily Telegraph – Women who regularly use household cleaners and air fresheners are at double the risk of developing breast cancer than those who never use the products. The study of more than 1,500 women found that solid slow-release air fresheners and anti-mould products had the biggest effect. Insect repellents, oven and surface cleaners also produced a slight increase. Read article

Beach Umbrellas Do Not Block out All Solar Radiation, Study Shows

ScienceDaily — A team of researchers from the University of Valencia (UV) has found that 34% of ultraviolet radiation filters through under beach umbrellas. According to a new study, umbrellas intercept the full direct flow that comes from the Sun, but not the diffused radiation that penetrates through from the sides. Read article

An evil atmosphere is forming around geoengineering

New Scientist – A powerful group of scientists, venture capitalists and conservative think tanks is coalescing around the idea of reproducing this cooling effect by injecting sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere to counter climate change. Despite the enormity of what is being proposed – nothing less than seizing control of the climate – the public has been almost entirely excluded from the planning. Up to now, governments have been reluctant to talk about geoengineering. The reason is simple: apart from its unknown side effects, it would weaken resolve to reduce emissions. Read Article

Pipeline leaks in Alaska’s oldest oil field

Reuters – An estimated 630 gallons of oil has leaked from a buried pipeline in Alaska’s oldest operating oil field, state environmental officials said Wednesday. The leak was discovered at the Swanson River oil field in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge south of Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said. The field, which produces both oil and natural gas, is operated by Chevron Corp -Read Article

US Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police

ABC – That Anthony Graber broke the law in early March is indisputable. He raced his Honda motorcycle down Interstate 95 in Maryland at 80 mph, popping a wheelie, roaring past cars and swerving across traffic lanes. But it wasn’t his daredevil stunt that has the 25-year-old staff sergeant for the Maryland Air National Guard facing the possibility of 16 years in prison. For that, he was issued a speeding ticket. It was the video that Graber posted on YouTube one week later — taken with his helmet camera — of a plainclothes state trooper cutting him off and drawing a gun during the traffic stop near Baltimore. Read Article

HIV infection rate in over 50s doubles

The Independent – HIV infections among the over-50s have more than doubled in seven years, it was revealed today. The number of new cases per year recorded in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose from 299 to 710 between 2000 and 2007, research has shown. Half were diagnosed late, increasing the risk of an early death from Aids. Among younger age groups, a third have the HIV infection identified at a similar level of progression. Read article

California city approves marijuana farming

Reuters – The city of Oakland, California on Tuesday legalized large-scale marijuana cultivation for medical use and will issue up to four permits for “industrial” cultivation starting next year. The move by the San Francisco Bay Area city aims to bring medical marijuana cultivation into the open and allow the city to profit by taxing those who grow it. Read article

Wanted by the CIA: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Belfast Telegraph – There are not many journalists who, when you ask them if they are being followed by the CIA, say “We have surveillance events from time to time.” Actually it’s not a question I’ve ever asked before, and Julian Assange does not call himself a journalist. But the answer is typical of this 41-year-old former computer-hacker: cryptic, dispassionate, and faintly self-important. Read article

Gulf Oil Spill May Cost 17,000 Jobs, Moody’s Says

Bloomberg – BP Plc’s oil spill may cost the U.S. Gulf Coast region 17,000 jobs and about $1.2 billion in lost economic growth by year-end even if the flow is stanched permanently next month, Moody’s Analytics said in a report. Read Article

Meat with antibiotics off the menu at some hospitals

Chicago Tribune – The evening’s menu featured grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef over pasta, fresh seasonal vegetables and fresh organic peaches — items right at home in the city’s finest restaurants. Instead, the dishes were prepared for visitors, staff and bed-bound patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital. The Northwest Side hospital is one of 300 across the nation that have pledged to improve the quality and sustainability of the food they serve, not just for the health of their patients but, they say, the health of the environment and the U.S. population. Read article

Blair faces inquiry into £6 million a year security bill

Express – TONY BLAIR faces a Parliamentary inquiry into the spiralling cost of his security after six police officers were photographed guarding the rear of his home. Local residents say the presence of such large numbers of armed officers is making them nervous and affecting the once calm atmosphere of the upmarket neighbourhood. Tory MP Mark Field will this week table a Commons question about the costs of protecting Mr Blair, estimated at £6million a year and rising. Read article

EPA takes new look at gas drilling, water issues

AP-So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it’s enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years.
But freeing it requires a powerful drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” using millions of gallons of water brewed with toxic chemicals, that some fear could pollute water above and below ground and deplete aquifers -Read Article

Wall Street Fix Seen Ineffectual by Four of Five in U.S.

Bloomberg – Americans harbor doubts that a financial-regulation bill about to be passed by Congress will do what President Barack Obama says it will: help avoid another crisis and make their finances safer. Almost four out of five Americans surveyed in a Bloomberg National Poll this month say they have just a little or no confidence that the measure being championed by congressional Democrats will prevent or significantly soften a future crisis. Read Article

Australia: Sex Party calls for church abuse inquiry

ABC – A Senate candidate for the Australian Sex Party is calling for the Federal Government to hold an immediate royal commission into child sex abuse in religious institutions. The party launched its federal campaign in Melbourne this afternoon. Party president and Victorian senate candidate Fiona Patten admits some of the party’s policies are controversial but says there is a progressive policy vacuum in Australian politics. Read article

Regular mobile phone use linked to tinnitus: research

Daily Telegraph – A study has found that people who used their mobile phone for an average of ten minutes a day were more than 70 per cent more likely to have tinnitus. But those who used their phones on both ears, and those who had used a mobile for four years or more were twice as likely to have tinnitus. Read article

North Korea executes official in charge of Seoul diplomacy

Guardian – North Korea executed a former cabinet official who was in charge of talks with South Korea, a news report said today. It is the latest reported death sentence for a North Korean official over policy failures. Kwon Ho Ung – Pyongyang’s chief delegate from 2004 to 2007 for ministerial talks with Seoul’s then liberal government – was executed by firing squad, Seoul’s mass-circulation Dong-a Ilbo newspaper said, citing an unidentified source in Beijing. Read article

Hundreds of dead penguins wash up on Brazil beaches

The Telegraph-About 500 of the black-and-white birds have been found just in the last 10 days on Peruibe, Praia Grande and Itanhaem beaches in Sao Paulo state, said Thiago do Nascimento, a biologist at the Peruibe Aquarium.
Most were Magellan penguins migrating north from Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands in search of food in warmer waters -Read Article

Goldman profits plummet by 83%

Financial Times – Goldman Sachs reported a steep drop in quarterly profits on Tuesday as the exceptional trading conditions that followed the 2008 financial crisis evaporated, exacting a toll on Wall Street’s most powerful profit engine. Net income after payment of preferred shares plunged 83 per cent in the second quarter, to $453m, or 78 cents a share, missing analysts’ estimates. Revenue from its trading and principal investments – the heart of Goldman’s business – fell nearly 40 per cent. Read Article

Many False-Positive HIV Test Results for Those in AIDS Vaccine Trials

HealthDay News — Almost half of HIV-negative people who participate in clinical trials for HIV vaccines end up testing positive on routine HIV tests — even though they’re not actually infected, a new study shows. The reason: They underwent what experts call “vaccine-induced seropositivity/reactivity” (VISP), meaning that they possess immune system antibodies to the virus but not the virus itself. That’s an important distinction, since routine HIV screening looks for virus antibodies only. Read article