This Week in News

GMO foods alter organ function, Nicaragua takes a stab at energy independence, NASA finds a huge crack in an Antarctic glacier, and Rick Santorum swears he's never bought the "hoax" of global warming. Happy Friday!

  • GMOs, organ function, and cancer causality: In the video above, "Health Ranger" Mike Adams explains how studies in cell research have demonstrated the mechanism by which micro RNA from genetically engineered foods may alter organ function in humans (more info here).
  • Nicaragua goes for energy independenceOil accounts for 70 percent of Nicaragua's power generation, which means the economy takes a kick every time international petroleum prices soar. And despite having the poorest economy in Central America, Nicaragua has the highest energy costs. The country is meeting this issue head-on, with the Sandinista government focusing on renewable energy in order to reduce dependence on foreign oil, and to help bring electrification, development and progress to the countryside. Administration officials say it will do so in a way that protects the environment, by deterring deforestation and reducing harmful emissions. Presidential adviser Paul Oquist, an academic and leading voice on Sandinista development policy, says that renewable energy policy is key to providing citizen security, labor stability, peace and development in the country. (From the Christian Science Monitor)
  • NASA spies 18-mile "crack" in Antarctic glacier: NASA reported footage of a glacial crack larger than Manhattan that's apparently growing. In the next few months, ABC reported, scientists expect the glacier to create an iceberg about 350 square miles in area. It will probably float northward, melting as it goes. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland sent an expedition called Operation IceBridge to Antarctica in October in an old DC-8 jetliner, modified for scientific operations. It spotted the break in the ice. Earth-observing satellites have been watching it since.
  • Rick Santorum vs. a Coherent Energy Policy: Here are a few choice quotes from presidential candidate Rick Santorum's speech Monday at the Colorado Energy Summit: "We were put on this earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the earth, to use it wisely but for our benefit, not the earth’s benefit.” ... “We are intelligent beings…we should not let the vagaries of nature destroy what we have helped to create.”  Santorum also said the claim that climate change is man-made is a quote “...hoax…an absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who saw this as an opportunity to create panic and crisis - for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”  ...  “I for one understand from science that there are a hundred factors that influence the climate. To suggest that one minor factor of which man’s contribution is a minor factor of a minor factor - is the determining ingredient in the sauce that affects the entire global warming and cooling, is just absurd on its face.” Read more here. 
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Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.