About That Russian Oligarch Linked To Trump And Kremlin Inner Circle With Stasi Ties And Alleged Mafia Ties – Deripaska

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Navalny (25 min) video link. Watch it asap in case Youtube removes it under Russian pressure: http://youtu.be/RQZr2NgKPiU

Oleg Deripaska is President of Rusal. Former German Stasi agent, friend-associate of Putin (from KGB days in Germany) Matthias Warnig, is Chairman of the Board of Rusal, as well as Managing Director of Nord Stream 2. En+ Group controls Rusal. Deripaska is President and Director of En+ Group. Nat Rothschild is Chairman of the Board of En+ Group.

The most recent Navalny corruption video, which is now banned in Russia, is about an important Russian official hanging out on Deripaska’s yacht. Russia is demanding that Youtube remove the video.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has represented Deripaska as a lobbyist in the past, and had business interests with him. Although Deripaska has sued Manafort in the past, and currently, lawsuits can act as a channel for money-laundering.

This isn’t the first scandal involving…

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Reality of Greenland’s melting ice sheet shown in photo of sled dogs walking through water – CNN

In this photo taken on Thursday June 13, 2019 sled dogs make their way in Northwest Greenland with their paws in melted ice water.

Steffen Olsen, a scientist with the Danish meteorology institute, was on a routine mission in Northwest Greenland to retrieve oceanographic and weather monitoring tools place by his colleagues on sea ice when he ran into a problem.

He couldn’t see them — they usually flat white sea ice was covered in war, the result of flooding from Greenland’s ice sheet, the second largest on the planet.

The incredible photo he took, of sled dogs ankle deep in a wide expanse of white blue water, quickly went viral, destined to join pictures of starving polar bears, shrunken glaciers, stranded walruses and lakes turn bone-dry in the pantheon of evidence of our ongoing climate catastrophe.

As Olson said on Twitter, communities in Greenland–mainly indigenous — “rely on sea ice for transport, hunting and fishing.” They will be among the first affected by the melting of the ice sheet, but the repercussions will not remain limited to Greenland or even North America.

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Proposed US House Laws Appear to Remove Benefits Agreement Guarantees for Places where Nuclear Waste is Sited; Give California Waste Priority Removal

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Any priority in removal of spent nuclear fuel (nuclear waste) should be based on multiple factors, including flood and fires, and not earthquakes alone. Many California members of Congress are currently trying to rig the system and make sure that California nuclear waste gets ahead in line, when, and if, an interim or permanent nuclear dump is opened, by specifying that earthquake prone areas, with closed reactors and high population, get priority removal. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2995/cosponsors. Instead of this bill, there should be investigation of which sites are most at risk. Earthquakes and nearby population shouldn’t be the only criteria. Flooding and/or fire may be more serious issues for protecting the nuclear waste. This should be a technical decision and not a political one. If the California nuclear waste were properly repackaged and housed correctly, it might survive a major earthquake.

The system of US Congressional Committees appears to be destroying the…

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Concern rises about possible uranium mining near Grand Canyon

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Photo:  Grand Canyon Trust

Source:  CNN

Concern rises about possible uranium mining near Grand Canyon

By Gregory Wallace, CNN

(CNN)  Federal officials are expected to rule in the next month on a petition that could eventually lead to uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, which conservation advocates warn could irreparably pollute the region’s limited groundwater supply.

While the petition is under consideration, the Commerce and Interior departments have made a series of decisions including reclassifying uranium as a critical mineral and developing a plan calling for increased domestic mining.
The departments’ decisions have raised the concern of those who oppose mining in the region, who worry the administration may use the moves to justify modifying or rescinding the Department of Interior’s 2012 decision that largely blocked mining on more than 1 million acres near the national park for 20 years. That 2012 decision, which was made to give the…

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Buggy Weather Radar

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Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

featured_imagefeatured_imageWeather radar is a wonderful thing ? and many of us depend on it to know such important facts such as ?When will that rainstorm hit my area??.

At sea, I used my on-board radar to detect the edges of rainfall and rain squalls, track them, and predict when and if they would affect our little sailboat. Occasionally, I used the radar to ?see? through rainfall and detect the navigation buoys (which had special radar reflectors mounted on them) that marked the entrance to a safe harbor (the sailing equivalent to ?flying on instruments?.)

Some of the online (and broadcast media outlets) use ?future radar? to predict the movement of storms ? computerized projections mapped on the radar graphic as if it were actual radar return.

?Modern weather radars are mostly pulse-Doppler radars, capable of detecting the motion of rain droplets in addition to the…

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Saving the Sumatran Rhino – While We Still Can

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

This is our last chance to save Sumatran rhinos.

In dense, steamy rainforests on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, Earth’s few remaining Sumatran rhinos are struggling to exist. Barely hanging on in fragmented sub-populations, this rhino is so rare – fewer than 80 survive – that only a handful of people have ever seen one in the wild. The decline of the species was initially caused by habitat loss and poaching for their horns, threats that still persist today.

Despite ongoing protection, the species faces extinction. Sumatran rhinos have become isolated in tiny pockets, decreasing the probability of breeding-age animals encountering one another. There simply aren’t enough rhino babies being born.


Indonesian government officials and rhino experts agree that the only way to bring the Sumatran rhino back from the brink is to consolidate the fragmented wild populations into managed breeding facilities designed specifically for their…

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It’s World Ocean Day


It is World Oceans Day
What will YOU do?

It is Time To Act

Oceans are in trouble. Overfishing, pollution, warming, acidification and poaching are a few issues we face. These insults do not recognize political boundaries. With a myriad of issues dominating headlines daily, we must raise our voices to say: “Ocean health must be a priority; without healthy oceans, life on earth is unsustainable.”

Get Trashy!

Wherever you are, take just a few minutes to pick up some trash. Sea Save Foundation is working hard to stop this glut of plastics and trash “upstream” with laws that stop single use plastic pollution, but today we need you to help us clean up. Parks, waterways, beaches, underwater everywhere. Please take a pix and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with our hashtags (below) so we can repost!

#GetTrashy #MotionForTheOcean #SeaSave

Motion for the Ocean

We want to encourage you to take action. We need some “Motion for the Ocean”. You can be involved in a worldwide virtual movement. If we all pitch in the results will be great! You do not have to drive, march or organize. You can MULTITASK! Enjoy a beautiful day with friends and family, and take 15 minutes to clean up and then post! You’ve Got This!

Your food and bottled water contain tens of thousands of micro-plastic bits: New study

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According to the results of a new scientific study, micro-plastics are pervasive in your food and drink and the average American consumes more than 70,000 particles of  “microplastics” every year — and that’s likely an underestimation, say the scientists heading up the research.

Can we have some specifics, please?

Scientists stated that a person’s micro-plastics consumption rises based on personal food choices they make. For example, a person who only drinks bottled water could be ingesting an additional 90,000 micro-plastics annually, compared with just 4,000 micro-plastics for someone who only drinks tap water.

In the new study, scientists analyzed more than two dozen studies that estimated the average micro-plastic content of different types of foods.

They then estimated what an average person’s micro-plastic intake would be if they ate the recommended daily amount of these foods.

The studies included in the review focused on such commonly consumed items…

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Activists who use polar bears as a symbol of climate change are out of touch with reality

Iowa Climate Science Education

Young activists like Ollie Nancarrow from the UK need to find another symbol for their messages of climate change. Polar bears are thriving despite recent dramatic declines in summer sea ice: they have not been devastated as predicted by declining summer sea ice blamed on climate change. Anyone who uses a polar bear image to further a message of climate change, as Ollie has done, is simply out of touch with reality.

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Here are the facts, references provided.

In September 2007, Arctic sea ice hit a low never before seen since 1979 and panic set in about the future of polar bears. Biologists from the US Geological Survey had just insisted that when sea ice declined 42% below 1979 levels, which was expected at mid-century, 2/3 of the world’s polar bears would be gone (Amstrup et al. 2007; USGS 2007) – a drop from about 24,500 to only 8,100.

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Renewables in Retreat? Ohio Democrats Vote to Support Nuclear and Coal Power.

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Davis Besse Nuclear Power Plant over Lake Erie, Ohio Felix KoenigCC

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

In Ohio lawmakers have slashed renewable incentives and moved to support coal and nuclear power, with substantial support from state Democrats.

Ohio lawmakers pass bill to cut renewable requirement, help nuclear and coal

Critics say the bill unnecessarily bails out nuclear, coal owner FirstEnergy Solutions.

MEGAN GEUSS?6/1/2019, 1:26 AM

This week, lawmakers in Ohio?s House of Representatives voted 53-43 in favor of a controversial bill that would permit a consumer-funded subsidy for nuclear plants and possibly for ailing coal plants as well.

The bill would also end Ohio?s renewable portfolio standard, which required that the state?s utilities to obtain 12.5 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2027. Instead, that renewable portfolio standard is replaced by smaller steps to bolster renewable power, but environmental groups say the bill is a…

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Easy DIY Remedies For Your 7 Most Hated Bugs | Hometalk

Say bye-bye to those pesky bugs indoors and outdoors!


Feel Good Sunday: ~ Memorial Day ~ War Animals From Horses to Glowworms: 7 Incredible Facts

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: History.com

“This weekend we honor those who gave the ultimate gift to keep us safe, free and prosperous while living in the greatest country on the planet, the United States of America. To those who died for our well being we bend a knee and thank them all, regardless of their race, religion or species.  God bless you each and every one.!” ~ R.T.

Today we explore fascinating stories about the important military contributions of horses and other animals throughout history.

1. World War I, in which 10 million soldiers died, also resulted in the deaths of 8 million military horses

Horses of WarWhether pulling chariots, transporting equipment or carrying people to battle, the horse has seen more action in wars than any other animal; in fact, the earliest equine training manual dates back to 1350 B.C. By the outbreak of World War I, advances in military technology meant that conditions…

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‘It is the soldier, not the politician, who …’ | WND

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Southern women scattered spring flowers on graves of both northern Union and southern Confederate soldiers of the Civil War in which over a half-million died. Many places claimed to have held the original Memorial Day, such as:

  • Warrenton, Virginia
  • Columbus, Georgia
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Waterloo, New York

One such place was Charleston, South Carolina, where a mass grave was uncovered of 257 Union soldiers who had died in a prison camp. On May 1, 1865, former slaves organized a parade, led by 2,800 singing black children, and reburied the soldiers with honor as an act of reparation and gratitude for their ultimate sacrifice which gave slaves freedom.

In 1868, General John A. Logan, commander of the Civil War veterans’ organization “The Grand Army of the Republic,” called for a Decoration Day to be observed annually on May 30.

President James Garfield’s only executive order was in 1881…

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VIDEO Only Two Things Protect America: The Grace of Almighty God and the US Military


Charlies Daniels in Iraq in 2016. (Charlie Daniels Band Photo)

In my youth, the holiday we celebrate this weekend was known as Decoration Day, which started in 1861 when a bouquet was placed on a Civil War veteran’s grave and continued as America paid homage and tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate price in defense of America by “decorating” or placing flowers on the graves of fallen heroes.

The name was changed to Memorial Day and became a federal holiday in 1971.

America has lost over one million in our combined wars, and, by whatever name, it is appropriate and noble that we should set aside a day to honor their memory, their service and their sacrifice.

To be a true patriot, at least in my opinion, we must appreciate the terrible price our country and its people have paid to become the greatest nation the…

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Memorial Day: In Honor of American Patriots Special Edition · May 27, 2019

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” —John Adams

Patriots, today is the 151st anniversary of the first Decorations Day, now Memorial Day remembrance, when Congressman (and later President) James Garfield addressed more than 5,000 families of fallen military personnel at Arlington Cemetery. We set aside Memorial Day to honor the service and sacrifice of generations of our Armed Forces Patriots who perished in battle (and more broadly all Veterans now departed) — those who “supported and defended” with honor the American Liberty enshrined in our Constitution.

Accordingly, I invite you to read our tribute to fallen American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.

On Memorial Day, flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon, your local time. Please join Patriots honoring veterans across our great nation by observing a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time for remembrance and…

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The snow leopard has been hiding in plain site




Petition To Apple: Add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to ALL IPHONES · Change.org

Add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to ALL IPHONES
Aditi Dixit started this petition to Apple

Suicide is a major health concern.

The summer before my freshman year of high school, I found out that two of my close friends had attempted suicide; and they’re not alone.

According to the CDC, in 2016 suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. It was also the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 to 34.

With preteens, adolescents, and young adults at a high risk, Apple is in a perfect position to help. According to Business Insider, 82% of American teenagers own an iPhone as of April 2018.

While there are resources to help those struggling with suicidality, many have trouble seeking them out.

I would like all iPhones in America to come with a contact already set up for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Actually, I’d love to see it include the crisis textline https://www.crisistextline.org which handles a broad array of issues including suicide. Teens communicate more by text than calls.

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Stop lying to children about dying polar bears as a way to achieve action on climate change


The heartbreaking story of dying polar bears, told for more than a decade now, was meant to get kids on board the global warming action train. It worked a treat – except that it was never true. The lie gave sensitive children nightmares and turned others into political activists full of groundless outrage who now pointlessly rant in the streets.

BBC video screencap with Thunberg video quoting starving pb images_23 April 2019

As the established icon of climate change and Arctic habitats, polar bears have been given centre stage in the climate change narrative presented to young children and their teachers. But the distressing tale of polar bears on the brink of extinction – dying for our fossil fuel sins – was never true, as I show in point form below. Polar bear lies form the foundation of the baseless political activism of Greta Thunberg that other youngsters have since emulated.

Here are some of the false ‘facts’ children…

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Toxic Chemical PCB in Food Linked with Premature Death: Study

Chemical Free Life

They have been banned for years, but they are still in the environment–and in your food–and they have now been linked to premature death.  Despite the ban, PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) decompose very slowly and are stored in fatty tissue, so they remain present in animals and humans today.

Study overview

In the study known as PIVUS (Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors) published in the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA), more than 1,000 randomly selected 70-year-olds in Uppsala were monitored over a long period. In the study relating to PCBs in blood, concentrations were measured in the subjects’ blood in 2001-2004, and then again when they reached the age of 75. Follow-up of those who had died over a 10-year period showed that the individuals with the highest PCB levels with many chlorine atoms in the blood had 50% excess mortality, especially from cardiovascular disease, compared with…

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Hermit Crab, Abaco Bahamas (Keith Salvesen / Rolling Harbour)


As everyone knows, Hermit Crabs get their name from the fact that from an early age they borrow empty seashells to live in. As they grow they trade up to a bigger one, leaving their previous home for a smaller crab to move into. It’s a benign** chain of recycling that the original gastropod occupant would no doubt approve of, were it still alive… The crabs are able to adapt their flexible bodies to their chosen shell. Mostly they are to be found in weathered (‘heritage’) rather than newly-empty shells for their home. [**except for fighting over shells] 

Hermit Crab, Abaco Bahamas (Keith Salvesen / Rolling Harbour)


  • The crabs are mainly terrestrial, and make their homes in empty gastropod shells
  • Their bodies are soft, making them vulnerable to predation and heat.
  • They are basically naked – the shells protect their bodies & conceal…

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A shipload of trouble: Stop Europe and North America from offloading their plastic waste

94,925 signatures – 5,075 signatures until 100k

In early May, governments around the world will meet in Switzerland for a vote on international rules to help force wealthy states and corporations to stop treating developing countries like dumps for their plastic rubbish.

In the past two decades, businesses in the EU, US, Japan, Mexico and Canada have been exporting millions of tonnes of plastic waste overseas. That’s how European and North American plastic ends up choking the rivers and coasts of countries like Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Together, we can fight that plastic flood and environmental racism — but we need a majority of governments to back the proposal.

You know how this works. If we show governments that this vote has massive public support, we can overcome the plastic industry lobbyists and polluters.

Sign the petition to governments around the world to vote for this game-changing proposal to update international law, and to minimise marine pollution and international dumping of plastic waste.

The Basel Convention is a legally binding agreement on cross-border waste disposal signed by almost every country in the world, including the European Union. With one small tweak, proposed by Norway, countries exporting their plastic rubbish would have to get the prior informed consent of the country receiving it — so developing countries can keep shiploads of plastic pollution from landing on their shores.

But getting all 190 governments on board by May will be no easy task, especially with plastic industry lobbyists desperate to keep the status quo. That’s why we need this campaign right now.

Sign the petition to your government, and all Parties to the Basel Convention, to vote for Norway’s Proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention.


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Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown Results in Charges Against 60 Individuals, Including 53 Medical Professionals

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Entrance to a coal mine in West Virginia. September 1908. By Lewis Hine
Mining doesn’t bring prosperity to most, though some of the coal miners were comparatively well-paid in more recent times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteen_Tons https://youtube.com/watch?v=MTCen9-RELM Nonetheless, it’s environmentally damaging and is unsustainable.

Although this ARPO Strike Force takedown is billed as Appalachia, this horrible case occurred outside of Appalachia: “In the Western District of Tennessee, 15 individuals were charged, involving eight doctors and several other medical professionals.  In one case, a nurse practitioner who branded himself the “Rock Doc,” allegedly prescribed powerful and dangerous combinations of opioids and benzodiazepines, sometimes in exchange for sexual favors; over approximately three years, the doctor allegedly prescribed approximately 500,000 hydrocodone pills, 300,000 oxycodone pills, 1,500 fentanyl patches, and more than 600,000 benzodiazepine pills.” (Excerpt from DOJ News release, found further below.)  Louisiana is also included, and it is certainly not Appalachia…

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Help Horses and Camels Who Are Whipped, Beaten, and Abused for Tourist Rides in Egypt


PETA Asia’s latest investigation in Egypt has revealed horrific abuse of horses and camels forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages at top tourist sites in the blistering heat. The animals are often denied access to food, water, and shade.

Eyewitnesses also observed camels being viciously beaten with sticks by men and children at the Birqash Camel Market before being sold to the tourism industry. Some are even sold for meat.
Take Action Now

If you’re planning to visit Egypt, please do not ride an animal or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. When you book your trip, ask your tour company and hotel whether they promote these rides. If they do, explain why they should stop doing so.

Animals are living, feeling beings who suffer in this industry. They give rides only because they’re compelled to. Please urge Egypt’s Minister of Tourism to end this abuse by banning the use of animals at these sites.

‘Our Planet’ film crew is still lying about walrus cliff deaths: here’s how we know


Last week, I called “contrived nonsense” on the claim by David Attenborough and the production crew of Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ that the walruses they showed falling to their deaths were victims of global warming. After unbelieveable media attention since then, newly-revealed details only solidify my assertion. Something stinks, and it’s not just the bad acting of director Sophie Lanfear in the Behind the Scenes trailer as she delivers her WWF-approved message: “This is the sad reality of climate change”.


Despite many statements to the press, the film crew have steadfastly refused to reveal precisely where and when they filmed the walrus deaths shown in this film in relation to the walrus deaths initiated by polar bears reported by The Siberian Times in the fall of 2017.

I can only conclude, therefore, that the two incidents are indeed essentially one and the same: that the…

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US Congressman Grijalva Introduces CECIL Act to Limit Importation of Lions, Other Threatened Species to the U.S. – Urges Bipartisan Action Against Destructive Trophy Hunts

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Grijalva Introduces CECIL Act to Limit Importation of Lions, Other Threatened Species to the U.S. – Urges Bipartisan Action Against Destructive Trophy Hunts
Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, a bill that restricts the importation of African lion trophies and other sport-hunted species that have been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

The bill is titled after Cecil, an African lion lured out of protected territory and killed in an illegal hunt by American dentist Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe in 2015.

The bill:
* Amends the ESA to treat species proposed to be listed as threatened or endangered as though they have already been listed for the purposes of trophy hunting import licensing, thereby prohibiting unpermitted take or trade of species proposed to be listed. Strengthening the ESA in…

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Notre Dame’s In Flames and the Videos Are Heartbreaking «TwistedSifter


To Save the Earth, Get Down in the Dirt

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Family Farmed is proud of the blossoming Good Food movement in their hometown of Chicago

Activists are directing school children to the streets to protest for more action against CO2 and their fear of global warming/climate change. In their desire to feel good about saving the planet, they ignore what is being done, and they march rather than picking up shovels and hoes and literally caring for the earth under their feet.

Overlooked is our potential to enhance the performance of the biosphere in capturing CO2 and greening the land. The soil itself is second only to the oceans, and the plant biomass is an additional sink for CO2. Below is an overview of the win-win proposition for humans to sequester carbon in the soil and restore its health and productivity at the same time. H/T Mark Krebs for suggesting this topic and providing resources from his own research and…

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WordPress Parent Company Automatic Announces Happy Tools, a New Suite of Products for the Future of Wor k according to WP Blog report