May 22, 2013
Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, echoed Kauffman's sentiments at the BNEF Summit on Tuesday afternoon. "We'll see natural gas in the form of CHP as the next distributed generation," he said. The increase in distributed generation, whether solar or CHP, means that "utilities won't be able to recovered fixed costs," he said. He acknowledged that larger fixed fees were certainly in the future.
It is yet to be seen how countries and states will redefine the value of delivering electricity with an increasingly distributed generation system while maintaining reliability. Wellinghoff doesn't think they're conflicting issues. He worries far more about a coordinated physical attack than a cyber-attack on the electrical grid, adding that "a more distributed system is much more resilient."
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The automotive repair, maintenance and tire company faces proposed fines of $221,100 following an inspection by OSHA's Concord Office, begun in November 2012, as the result of a complaint.
"Willful and recurring violations suggest a disturbing pattern of noncompliance with safety standards that exist to protect the lives and well-being of a company's employees," said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA's area director for New Hampshire. "Monro Muffler Brake must correct these hazards and take effective steps to address recurring hazards at all its workplaces."
The willful citation stems from workers who were exposed to potential electric shock from exposed, energized wires in a restroom. OSHA found that the company did not correct the hazard after knowing of its existence from in-house safety inspections. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. The proposed penalty for the willful violation is $60,500.
Five repeat citations were issued for defective work ladders, unsecured oxygen and acetylene cylinders, and inadequate eyewashing facilities for workers. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar hazards have been cited since 2009 at facility locations in Newington, Conn.; Canton, Rochester and Victor, N.Y.; and Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The proposed penalties for the repeat violations are $143,000.
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Environmentalism: Movement or Religion? Keys to saving environmentalism from terminal irrelevance from @Etheostomatt
Spending their way into the "hearts and minds" of the public..."Can enviro-optimists save the movement from itself?"
...The McKibbenists face defeat at every turn. The Democrats are deeply split on Keystone, as they are on the desirability of hydrofracking. The Environmental Protection Agency has postponed new laws on carbon dioxide emissions. Worst of all is the growing number of people in the environmental movement itself who flatly disagree on tactics, strategy and goals.
Call them the pragmatists – the greens willing to settle for progress, not utopia. In January, the scientific journal Nature endorsed the Keystone pipeline on the grounds that there were bigger environmental fish to fry. Some environmentalists have even come out in favour of fracking, on the grounds that clean natural gas is better than dirty oil. Some are pro-nuclear. Environmentalists are even divided on renewables: Some are fans of wind power, while others think it's an expensive folly that devastates rural environments and transfers taxpayer money to international corporations.
As Jason Mark writes in his article It's Not Easy Being Green in the Washington-based magazine The American Prospect, "The biggest divide may be between those who would do anything to cut carbon emissions and slow climate change – going so far as to support natural gas and nuclear fuel, or even supporting geo-engineering and other controversial ideas – and conservationists who don't want to trade one earth-damaging practice for another."
Please read more by: Margaret Wente and Peter Kareiva, the senior scientist for the Nature Conservancy, who is one of the keys to saving environmentalism from terminal irrelevance
May 21, 2013
"The cause cannot be proven to an acceptable level," Connealy told reporters.
Investigators said the incident was actually two simultaneous blasts triggered by the fire. The blasts, which registered on seismographs as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake and were felt 50 miles away, caused damage to a 37-block area of the town.
In that weeks that followed the blasts, scores of investigators have been following up on leads. At least 60 have been on site each day, conducted more than 400 interviews and spent $1 million trying to determine how the fire started and what caused the explosion, authorities said.
In 2012, the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration fined West Fertilizer $5,250 for storing anhydrous ammonia in tanks that lacked the proper warning labels. The agency originally recommended a $10,000 penalty, but it was reduced after the company took corrective action.
In 2006, the EPA fined it $2,300 and told the owners to correct problems that included a failure to file a risk management program plan on time. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality also investigated a complaint about the lingering smell of ammonia around the plant the same year.
Investigators from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the State Fire Marshal's Office have been the lead agencies in the criminal and fire investigations.
The Dallas Morning News said Chemical Safety Board officials had limited and intermittent access to the plant as the law enforcement investigation took priority.
Investigators have said that 22 minutes after the initial report of a fire at the West facility, around 28 to 34 tons of ammonium nitrate stored inside a seed room at the plant exploded. An additional 120 tons stored elsewhere at the plant did not explode.
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May 20, 2013
New NIOSH resource, Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia
May 19, 2013
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. suffers from a mental disorder, and this number has been rising for more than a decade.
According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 20 percent of American children are suffering from mental disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression and autism.
The CDC's first study of mental disorders among children aged 3 to 17 also found that the cost of medical bills for treatment of such disorders is up to $247 billion each year.
Please continue reading at: http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2013/05/18/cdc-1-in-5-us-children-may-have-mental-disorder/
There are already a wide variety of renewable energy systems that harness the power of the wind, along with some that generate power via the flow of ocean currents. According to Japanese engineering firm MODEC (Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Co.), however, its soon-to-be-tested SKWID system will be the first one to do both... Continue Reading SKWID harnesses the power of both the wind and the tide
May 17, 2013
Wind power — even without the wind. New system could store 6 MWh of energy at 6 cents per kilowatt-hour
Tom Lombardo posted on http://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5680/Does-This-Energy-Storage-System-Have-Potential.aspx
It's not a new concept: When a wind turbine or solar array generates more energy than you're using, the excess energy can be stored by pumping water into an elevated holding tank, converting kinetic energy into potential energy. When energy is needed, the water flows down and spins a turbine that generates electricity.
Engineers at MIT are proposing a similar system for off-shore wind turbines, but instead of an elevated holding tank, the water would be stored in a 25 meter concrete spherical tank that also anchors the floating turbine to the ocean floor. The sphere is placed at a depth of 400 meters. Excess electrical energy pumps water out of the tank and into the ocean, and when energy is needed the water flows back into the sphere and drives a hydroelectric generator.
Image: Tom Lombardo
MIT researchers estimate that one sphere can store the equivalent of 6 MWh of energy and would cost roughly $12M to build and install. Deployment would require a new kind of barge, since nothing currently exists that can carry such a load. They believe that the cost could decrease in time, and suggest that eventually the system could store energy at a cost of about $0.06/kWh, a rate that's acceptable by industry standards. Since the entire system is grid-tied, the excess energy could come from sources such as an on-shore solar array in addition to the off-shore wind turbines. (Why not a floating solar array while we're at it?)
I usually write about technologies that I believe have serious potential, but I have to admit, this idea is difficult for me to fathom (excuse the pun). At a depth of 400 m, the pressure is about 412 N/cm2 (600 psi). Install a pump capable of producing that kind of pressure and immerse it in salt water. Oh, and remember that anything with moving parts requires periodic maintenance, so you'll be sending a diver down to the sphere every now and then.
The numbers may work out in theory, but in practice I'm not sure this idea holds water.
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On Tuesday, June 4 at 2:30 pm CDT, GLRPPR will present "Using the TRI P2 Data Tool".
Join Daniel Teitelbaum from U.S. EPA's TRI Program to learn how to use the new TRI P2 data tool and discover how this rich data source can help you improve your technical assistance to clients. Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/280645215
On Wednesday June 5 at 2 1-2 pm CDT, EPA will present a webinar entitled
"New Ways to Showcase Sustainability in Your 2012 TRI Report".
This training is designed to help facilities prepare for the July 1st TRI reporting deadline. In it, companies can learn how to complete the pollution prevention (P2) portion of the TRI reporting form, which gives facilities the opportunity to report and describe P2 activities and other environmentally-friendly practices related to TRI-listed toxic chemicals. Providing this information allows EPA to present a more complete picture of a facility's management of toxic chemicals and helps make TRI a more effective tool for highlighting and promoting P2 successes. To register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/178660521
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Scheduled to sell for less than half the price of the current cheapest car in America, the Elio is a 3-wheeled "car" that hopes to shake up the automotive world. It eschews the trendy electric powertrain for a small gas system, but thanks to its small, light, aerodynamic design, it promises to keep drivers away from the gas pumps for as long as possible. .. Continue Reading Elio Motors highlights its $7,000, 84-mpg 3-wheeled car
(CNSNews.com) – The outstanding balance for all of the direct student loans the federal government has issued topped $600 billion in April, according to newly released data from the U.S. Treasury.
The total balance hit $600.457 billion by the end of April, says the Treasury, up from $592.142 billion at the end of March.
The Federal Direct Student Loan Program already has built-in debt forgiveness plans for people who end up earning low incomes or for those who entered lines of work preferred by the government.
In January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, the balance was $119.803 billion and has since increased more than fivefold.
Please continue reading at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/outstanding-balance-federal-student-loans-tops-600-billion-250-under-obama
Some jobs are bad news for the waistline and a new survey has revealed bus driving as the most weight-inducing occupation in the U.S., Today.com reveals.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which took into account a random sample of 138,438 employees aged 18 or over, found that 36.4per cent of transport workers were obese.
More than one in four factory workers, office staff and, surprisingly nurses were also found to be dangerously overweight – the result of poor pay, unhealthy diets, a lack of exercise and a history of depression.
JOB ROLES AND THE PERCENTAGE OF OBESE WORKERS
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which took into account a random sample of 138,438 employees aged 18 or over, looked at showing the obesity rates of different occupations in the U.S.
1. Transportation staff (bus, rail, air) – 36.4*
2. Manufacturing or production staff – 29.9
3. Installation or repair workers – 28.3
4. Clerical or office staff – 26.6
5. Managers, executives, or officials – 25.6
6. Service workers – 25.6
7. Nurses – 25.2
8. Farming, fishing, or forestry workers – 24.7
9. Construction or mining personnel – 24.0
10. Sales representatives- 23.2
11. Professionals (including physicians, nurses, and teachers) – 22.1
12. Teachers (primary and secondary education) – 20.9
13. Business owners – 20.4
14. Physicians – 14.0
May 16, 2013
Lewis has a fascinating, chart-heavy essay over at the Breakthrough Institute pointing out that birthrates are dropping rapidly almost everywhere around the world — with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, mostly. Here's a map of the current state of affairs:
One notable bit here is how many developing countries now have lower birthrates than even some European nations. "Chile (1.85 children per woman), Brazil (1.81), and Thailand (1.56) have lower birthrates than France (2.0), Norway (1.95), and Sweden (1.98)," Lewis writes.
The same goes for India. Back in 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich famously warned about a coming population explosion in India that would lead to mass famine and catastrophe. Yet today, India's fertility rate (2.5) is only slightly higher than the United States' (2.1). In India's southern states, the birthrate is actually below replacement level, meaning that the next generation will be smaller than the current one.
.... this is a story with big implications. Environmentalists have long warned that if the global population keeps soaring — we're at about 7 billion right now — that'll put a huge strain on the Earth's natural resources. But in much of the world, the population is no longer soaring. And, if the soap-opera hypothesis is correct, birthrates in places like Africa might end up dropping far more rapidly and easily than anyone expects.
LAKE WYLIE More than 100 gallons of water with traces of tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, has been leaked from a discharge pipe at the Catawba Nuclear Station, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The leak has been classified as a "non emergency event" by the NRC. The leak, however, has the potential to reach groundwater, according to the NRC.
Duke Energy has initiated actions to fix the problem, which happened at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday, according to NRC officials.
Regulators: Water Leak at SC Nuclear Plant http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/regulators-water-leak-sc-nuclear-plant-19184656
This is the first time health care workers have been diagnosed with nCoV (novel coronavirus) infection after exposure to patients," the WHO said in a statement.
The two health care workers were among six new cases announced by the Saudi health ministry on Tuesday.
The UN's health body said that while other health care workers had contracted the deadly disease in Jordan, there had until now not been clear evidence that they had been infected by patients carrying the virus.
"This is the first time we have pretty hard and fast evidence of it," WHO spokesman Gregory Haertl explained to AFP.
WHO Global Alert and Response Update
15 MAY 2013 - The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional two laboratory-confirmed cases with infection of the novel coronavirus (nCoV).
The two patients are health care workers who were exposed to patients with confirmed nCoV. The first patient is a 45-year-old man who became ill on 2 May 2013 and is currently in a critical condition. The second patient is a 43-year-old woman with a coexisting health condition, who became ill on 8 May 2013 and is in a stable condition.
Please continue reading at: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_05_15_ncov/en/index.html
East London is set to play host to the world's biggest power station to run solely on fat, which will provide a much-needed use for the discarded fat which can block the city's sewer system. The station will generate 130 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 39,000 houses... Continue Reading World's largest fat-burning power station to burn blubber from London sewers
May 15, 2013
Yahoo! News Buena Vista schools have been closed for five days already, and on Monday, the district's website stated that the school would be closed until further notice. For good reason, this decision has parents, and the community, up in arms.
The problem in Buena Vista is that the school district, educating approximately 450 kids, is out of money. All the teachers have been laid off and a financial emergency has been declared. The district has suffered from declining enrollment, which, in turn, has led to a loss of $3 million in state funding since 2010.
From Casey Research: What most Americans don't realize is that dependence on foreign oil isn't the main obstacle to U.S. energy autonomy. If you think America's energy supply issues begin and end with the Middle East, think again. One of the most critical sources of foreign energy is due to dry up this year, and the results could mean spiking electricity prices across the country.
In 2011, the U.S. used 4,128 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. Nuclear power provided 790.2 billion kWh, or 19% of the total electrical output in the U.S. Few people know that one in five U.S. households is powered by nuclear energy, and that the price of that nuclear power has been artificially stabilized. Unfortunately for us, the vast majority of the fuel used for powering our homes must be imported.
In the chart below, you see where most of our uranium comes from…
May 14, 2013
Fire and hazmat crews were called to Fontarome Chemical, 4170 S. Nevada St., in St. Francis about midnight Tuesday after a chemical reaction caused a small explosion, according to WDJT-TV (Channel 58).
The explosion was contained to one area of the plant and no one was injured.
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The personal savings rate fell to 2.6% in the first quarter, the lowest level since the fourth quart
One of the positive takeaways from today's GDP report appears to be the resilient consumer. But digging deeper into that theory suggests there's some cause for concern.
Consumer spending rose at a 3.2% rate in the first quarter, the best pace since late 2010. Spending on durable-goods items — such as cars and dishwashers — jumped, as did spending in the construction sector.
But considering Americans were hit by higher taxes and rising gas prices and after-tax income fell sharply in the first quarter, how did they muster up the money to boost their spending?
Please read full and follow at: http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/04/26/gdp-takeaway-consumers-dip-heavily-into-savings/
Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation's largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration's goal of affordability.
New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected "rate shock," according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Foundation.
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We live in an age where people in the developed world are so dependent on electricity that if it wasn't available a whole civilization would collapse in a week. It's therefore ironic that 1.32 billion people around the world are still without what most people have come to see as a basic necessity. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Panasonic Corporation plans to distribute 100,000 solar lanterns that the company has developed that can not only provide light, but also charge mobile phones and other small devices... Continue Reading Panasonic to distribute 100,000 solar lantern/chargers to the developing world
May 13, 2013
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More than 5,000 products, including clothing, toys and bedding, contain toxic chemicals that could be dangerous for children's health, yet stores still stock them and consumers know little about their content, an advocacy group reported this week.
"For most products in our homes, including children's products, we simply don't have standards," said Erika Schreder, science director for the Washington Toxics Coalition and author of the report released on Wednesday based on toxic-chemical data from Washington state. "Manufacturers are allowed to use just about anything they want to."
The report, called "Chemicals Revealed," identified more than 5,000 products, such as footwear, car seats and arts and crafts supplies, that include developmental or reproductive toxins and carcinogens.
The report also found it may take several years to complete these initial risk assessments and, at the agency's current pace, more than a decade to complete all 83. The EPA does not have the toxicity and exposure data needed for 58 of the 83 chemicals prioritized for risk assessment, the report found.
"The one saving grace of our national chemical policy is that it at least allows the states to act. Right now they are shedding the only light we have on what toxic chemicals end up in products," said Andy Igrejas, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, an organization of state groups devoted to reducing the toxicity of consumer goods. MCT
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The 86 page draft document is here
Nextbigfuture recommends looking at enhanced steps to mitigate damage
Besides balancing the existing risks of sheltering in place versus evacuation risks there should be an examination of cost effective upgrades to mitigating, limiting and avoiding problems.
What can be done to improve sheltering in place at senior centers and hospitals ? There can be some simple and cost effective structural improvements.
What can be done to mitigate and limit damage ? Besides improved cleanup there can be fast response patching like inflatable covers that would limit radiation to the nuclear plant and prevent or limit how much is allowed to get into the atmosphere. Fukushima had radiation releases over months from used fuel pools and from damaged reactor structures. We have now developed prepared capping of deep ocean oil leaks like the BP spill, we can prepare fast response containment structures to limit and localize radiation leaks.
New EPA guidelines
Following a nuclear disaster, it could be a long time before radiation meets the EPA's usual safety levels. In the meantime, when is it absolutely necessary to restrict the water people can drink or to abandon an area? Moving people out of a hospital's intensive care unit, for example, poses its own risks. And when is it safe enough to move back (with precautions)? There are costs to keeping people out of their homes and away from their jobs for long stretches. Repaving roads and restricting crop growth, for example, might make an area habitable while cleanup continues. The guidance encourages local officials to think about these questions — with some sense of where the threshold contamination levels might lie — before they have to make those calls.
After Fukushima, it became clear that the initial radiation level could be reduced significantly by cleanup. We are assuming it won't just lay fallow for 50 years.
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One of the UK's most eminent spinal surgeons said the discovery was the greatest he had witnessed in his professional life, and that its impact on medicine was worthy of a Nobel prize.
"This is vast. We are talking about probably half of all spinal surgery for back pain being replaced by taking antibiotics," said Peter Hamlyn, a consultant neurological and spinal surgeon at University College London hospital.
The Danish team describe their work in two papers published in the European Spine Journal.
In the first report, they explain how bacterial infections inside slipped discs can cause painful inflammation and tiny fractures in the surrounding vertebrae. The Danish team examined tissue removed from patients for signs of infection. Nearly half tested positive, and of these, more than 80% carried bugs called Propionibacterium acnes. The microbes are better known for causing acne. They lurk around hair roots and in the crevices in our teeth, but can get into the bloodstream during tooth brushing. Normally they cause no harm, but the situation may change when a person suffers a slipped disc. To heal the damage, the body grows small blood vessels into the disc. Rather than helping, though, they ferry bacteria inside, where they grow and cause serious inflammation and damage to neighbouring vertebrae that shows up on an MRI scan.
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Four products costing between 13 cents and $6 each can save newborns — many on the first day of life.
The products are:
• steroid injections for women in preterm labor (to reduce deaths due to premature babies' breathing problems);
• resuscitation devices (to save babies who do not breathe at birth);
• chlorhexidine cord cleansing (to prevent umbilical cord infections); and
• injectable antibiotics (to treat newborn sepsis and pneumonia).
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World fish production is expected to rise to 172 million tons in 2021 and aquaculture (fish farming) will provide about half of that amount.
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They looked at 4 MW thermal and 60 MW thermal reactors and flow dynamics and basic design.
Molten salt reactors are an appealing technology for space because of their high temperature and low pressure operation, controllability, and high fuel burn up, among other features.
The proposed research will investigate how molten salt reactor technology can be used to power sub-100 kWe reactors for science missions and for MWe class reactors for human exploration. Both of these applications are cited as relevant to current US goals in space in NASAs Draft 2010 Space Power and Energy Storage Roadmap, and will greatly assist in space exploration. Specifically, sub-100 kWe reactors are a potential solution to the Pu-238 shortage, and molten salt reactor technology can address the issue of controlling small reactors. MWe class reactors require large amounts of fuel and benefit greatly from operating at high temperatures. A MWe molten salt reactor is capable at operating at high temperatures and would require less fuel than its traditional solid fuel counterpart.
There is a 53 page undergrad thesis
It would be a 53 ton reactor, radiator and turbine and propulsion system for 15 MWe nuclear electric propulsion system.
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Some nanoparticles leach into the water but at concentrations that pose no threat to health. Pradeep describes the process of making the filter as "water positive": 1 litre of water spent on making nanoparticles gives 500 litres of clean water.
In tests, a 50-gram composite filtered 1500 litres of water without needing reactivation, so they estimate that a 120g-filter that costs just $2 would provide safe drinking water for a family of five for one year.
PNAS - Biopolymer-reinforced synthetic granular nanocomposites for affordable point-of-use water purification
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May 12, 2013
The shocking minutes relating to President Putin's meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders "extreme outrage" over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing "bee apocalypse" that the Kremlin warns "will most certainly" lead to world war.
According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations.
At the center of this dispute between Russia and the US, this MNRE report says, is the "undisputed evidence" that a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically related to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, are destroying our planets bee population, and which if left unchecked could destroy our world's ability to grow enough food to feed its population.
This is notable because at the beginning of the year, the most bullish strategist on Wall Street's sell-side had a 2013 year-end target of 1,615 (See Citi's Tobias Levkovich).
Others have been steadfast, arguing that this just means stocks will eventually fall to their targets.
Regardless, any investor who formed a tactical 12-month investment strategy based on these targets has been forced to rethink things.
If there is an upside, anyone who invested based on one of the more bullish forecasts came into the money much sooner than expected.
May 11, 2013
U.S. officials cited many factors for the decline in bee population in a report May 2, "but they did not describe pesticides as the probable key contributor involved, and they proposed no specific pesticide ban," reports Susan Sward for The Sacramento Bee. Bees pollinate $20 billion to $30 billion worth of U.S. crops, and "since 2006, about 30 percent of U.S. hives have been lost each year." (Read more)
A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't place all the blame on pesticides, stating that major factors for bee deaths are parasites and disease, and poor nutrition, reports Pam Smith of DTN/The Progressive Farmer. The report also called for more genetic diversity among bees, and greater communication among beekeepers, growers, and stakeholders on "effective practices to protect bees from pesticides." (Read more)