Category Archives: environment

High levels of resistant E coli found in Indian poultry | CIDRAP

In the study, published yesterday in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers collected samples from 530 birds on 18 large commercial chicken farms in Punjab, India. Susceptibility testing of 1,556 Escherichia coli isolates to 11 different antibiotics used in human health showed resistance to 10 of them, with particularly high levels of resistance to nalidixic acid (86%), tetracycline (47%), ampicillin (43%), co-trimoxazole (42%), and ciprofloxacin (39%).More than half of the E coli isolates tested were multidrug resistant (MDR), and nearly 60% were found to harbor extended-spectrum beta lactamase (ESBL), an enzyme that confers resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics.

Source: High levels of resistant E coli found in Indian poultry | CIDRAP

Inoreader – 120 miles SE of Bering I., Komandorski – Tsunami Alert

Actions to protect human life and property willvary within tsunami advisory areas.If you are in a tsunami advisory area: * Move out of the water, off the beach, and away from harbors, marinas, bays, and inlets. * Be alert to and follow instructions from your local emergency officials because they may have more detailed or specific information for your location. * If you feel a strong earthquake or extended ground rolling take immediate protective actions such as moving inland and/or uphill preferably by foot. * Boat operators: * Where time and conditions permit, move your boat out to sea to a depth of at least 180 feet. * If at sea avoid entering shallow water, harbors, marinas, bays, and inlets to avoid floating and submerged debris, and strong currents. * Do not go to the shore to observe the tsunami. * Do not return to the coast until local emergency officials indicate it is safe to do so.

Source: Inoreader – 120 miles SE of Bering I., Komandorski

We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance. So, here’s what we need to do instead. “Not really, it is just latest version of humans thinking we are above nature and “smarter” than bacteria 3+ billion years old

Armed with a greater knowledge of the antibiotic resistome, scientists can devise new ways to counteract resistance to the drugs we already have and the antibiotics of the future.

Source: Inoreader – We can no longer outrun antibiotic resistance. So, here’s what we need to do instead.

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again – Intercontinental Cry

Climate change is leading to more frequent and more punishing droughts. Add the mix of demographic pressures and politics is an explosive one. But we have to tell the story right. Framing the conflict as between a noble conservation queen and a savage mob of impoverished locals is not only irresponsible and cruel. It is also simply not the truth.

Source: In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again – Intercontinental Cry

Hurricane Season Is Here, and Trump Doesn’t Care | Dame Magazine

Our local and state governments owe it to the American people to help with storm preparation and cleanup, and to do that we need organizations that are up and running. Should this happen again, I know I cannot count on the actions of President Trump; I know I cannot count on the wisdom of Gov. Scott. I will have to find my own way through the storm.

Source: Hurricane Season Is Here, and Trump Doesn’t Care | Dame Magazine

Climate deal: PM Modi’s US visit still on despite Trump rant against India on climate change | India News – Times of India

Trump’s claim that India was seeking “billions and billions and billions” was also typical of the hyperbolic falsehoods he often indulges in. Total foreign aid to India in 2015 was only $ 3.1 billion, with US aid to India only around $ 100 million. This is being whittled down to $34 million in 2018, pocket change for India which now itself gives out $ 1.6 billion in foreign aid, mostly to neighboring countries.

Source: Climate deal: PM Modi’s US visit still on despite Trump rant against India on climate change | India News – Times of India

VIDEO: ‘Make our planet great again’ – Macron rebukes Trump (in English) for ditching Paris climate deal – The Local

 

“Don’t be deceived about climate. There is no plan B, because there is no planet B,” Macron said.Referring to Trump’s idea of redrawing the 2015 accord, he said, in the French version, “we will not in any way renegotiate an agreement that is less ambitious” than the present one.

Source: VIDEO: ‘Make our planet great again’ – Macron rebukes Trump (in English) for ditching Paris climate deal – The Local

Trump Pulls out of Climate Deal, Western Rift Deepens  – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Still, it is likely that none of the G-7 heads of state and government expected the primitive brutality Trump would stoop to when announcing his withdrawal from the international community. Surrounded by sycophants in the Rose Garden at the White House, he didn’t just proclaim his withdrawal from the climate agreement, he sowed the seeds of international conflict. His speech was a break from centuries of Enlightenment and rationality. The president presented his political statement as a nationalist manifesto of the most imbecilic variety. It couldn’t have been any worse.

Source: Trump Pulls out of Climate Deal, Western Rift Deepens  – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infection, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

A 44-year-old man who sold poultry at a farmers market in south-western Sichuan province’s Zigong city was diagnosed with H7N9, China News Service reported. Local authorities announced a one-month halt to poultry markets in the city’s Ziliujing district from midnight on Monday.Separately, a 74-year old man who had visited poultry markets in Shandong province’s Binzhou city was also diagnosed with H7N9, China Central Television reported. Binzhou authorities will temporarily halt poultry markets in three of its districts.

Source: Two Chinese cities close poultry markets after H7N9 bird flu infection, East Asia News & Top Stories – The Straits Times