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Norway Becomes First Country To Ban Palm Oil-Based Biofuel

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Norway made history this month when the nation’s parliament announced plans to ban Palm oil-based biofuels. The decision was made as an effort to protect Indonesian rainforests, which are being destructed and destroyed to plant more plantations for palm. 

As a result of the ban, biofuel industries in Norway will have until 2020 to phase out the use of palm oil. According to the non-profit Rainforest Rescue — which acts to preserve rainforests, protect its inhabitants, and further social reforms worldwide — 61% of the 7.7 million tons of palm oil consumed in Europe last year was used on energy (biofuel, power, and heat), while the remaining 39% was used on food, animal feed, and chemical products. 

Despite the biofuel ruling, palm oil will still be permitted in food and cosmetic (and other non-energy) items; however, the European Union is hopefully working towards a 2030 deadline that will phase out other palm oil products, with hopes that other countries will institute their own bans again palm oil-based biofuels, like Norway has. 

As Nils Hermann Ranum of the Rainforest Foundation Norway said in a statement, “The Norwegian Parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and demonstrates the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry.”

Though the latest ruling is an important one, it was not necessarily an easy one; the majority vote by Parliament came after many years of discussion, and a vote last year to stop the government from purchasing palm oil for biofuel. 

As Rainforest Rescue has explained, the demand for palm oil plantations has had catastrophic consequences for animals and humans alike; the destruction of the rainforest in Southeast Asia in order to make room for the plantations has released vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere (so much so that in 2015, Indonesia — the largest producer of palm oil — temporarily surpassed the United States in terms of greenhouse gas emissions). The clearing of the rainforest has been problematic for the animals that have lost their habitats as well, with species such as orangutans, Borneo elephant, and Sumatran tigers are being pushed closer to extinction. 

And, as Rainforest Foundation Norway put it, this is more than just a win for Norway; the group said in a statement, “This is a victory in the fight for the rainforest and the climate.”

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Turns Out Weather Modification Wasn’t Just Another Crazy Conspiracy Theory

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Robert Wheeler, Activist Post

Weather modification and manipulation don’t exist.

Weather modification is a crazy conspiracy theory.

Weather modification is not scientifically possible.

All of these are phrases that have been repeated ad nauseam by mainstream media for years. Suddenly, however, now mainstream media outlets can (and do) openly discuss ongoing weather modification programs from both corporations and foreign governments.

It looks like weather modification is one of those crazy conspiracy theories” that isn’t so crazy after all.

Let’s talk about China’s weather modification program.

China’s program sounds suspiciously like the “conspiracy theories” the MSM told us were false.

A recent story from Business Insider regarding China’s weather modification projects revealed that China is “massively expanding” its publicly admitted weather control projects. China aims to be able to cover half of the country in artificial rain and snow by 2025. The project is a rudimentary and now arcane method of “cloud seeding,” which General Electric claimed the discovery of in the United States in 1946. China launched its program in the 1960s.

Dozens of other countries have similar programs. However, China now has the world’s largest, and it employs around 35,000 people. Keep in mind this is the publicly acknowledged wing of the program, not secret research or facilities.

In a statement, the Chinese State Council said that the country’s cloud seeding project would expand five times over to cover an area of 2.1 million square miles. China is 3.7 million square miles, which means that the project would cover 56% of its land surface area.

China’s weather manipulation is set to be worldwide by 2034

The State Council said that the project would be at a “worldwide advanced level” by 2034 and that it will help alleviate “disasters such as drought and hail,” and that it will facilitate emergency responses “to forest or grassland fires.”

China’s current publicly admitted program uses artificial cloud seeding, spraying chemicals like silver iodide or liquid nitrogen into clouds which can make water droplets condense, then fall as rain or snow.

In 2008, China launched a cloud seeding project in Beijing right before the Olympics that caused rain to fall before the event started. In 2016, China devoted $30 million to cloud seeding and began firing bullets filled with salt and minerals into the sky.

In 2017, it spent $168 million on a massive supply of equipment to facilitate the project, including four aircraft and “897 rocket launchers.” Business Insider previously reported that China’s Ministry of Finance wanted to use cloud seeding to create at least 60 billion cubic meters of additional rain every year by 2020.

Chinese media reported in 2019 that cloud seeding tactics in Xinjiang prevented 70% of crops from anticipated hail damage.

One must wonder if a government has the scientific ability to manipulate the weather on such a grand scale, have they considered weaponizing it as well as using it for benevolent purposes? Some people might ask if the engineering is such that a once-in-a-century storm could be created, or some other ecological anomaly.

No, that’s just crazy talk.

The United States and the United Arab Emirates also have publicly acknowledged weather modification programs.

China is not the only country utilizing weather modification technology.

In 2015, for instance, the United Arab Emirates launched a $5 million research program for “rain enhancement science.”

From the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, the United States’ NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) actively pursued Project STORMFURY, a program designed to modify hurricanes. The US also used cloud seeding in the Great Plains and the Western States to “combat drought.”

Wyoming has dumped $15 million into a ten-year study that concluded cloud seeding could add 10% more snow to an existing storm. 

Idaho even funded a National Science Foundation research project to test cloud seeding to increase snowfall.

Idaho Power is interested in putting more snow on the ground in the mountains, which leads to more water in rivers from snowmelt,” said atmospheric scientist Jeff French of the University of Wyoming in a statement. “In turn, that leads to more power generation capability throughout the year.”

(Read a New Scientist article about Project SNOWIE here.)

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The New Feudal Overlords are getting in on the act as well

Bill Gates is funding weather modification projects. (Big surprise.) One of those projects sounds eerily like the “chemtrails” that no one can talk about without mockery or accusations of insanity.

And by all means, don’t admit you believe in conspiracy theories. The FBI might consider you a domestic terrorist.

Gates’ project is called Solar Geoengineering, and it is meant to replicate the effects of a giant volcanic eruption. Thousands of planes would be flown at high altitudes and spray millions of tons of particles around the planet to create a massive chemical cloud that would cool the earth’s surface.

However, one problem with mimicking a giant volcanic eruption is that it doesn’t merely cool the earth. It can create an ice age, which leads to famine, which leads to starvation, chaos, war, and death. But that doesn’t matter to Gates. It doesn’t seem to matter to any of the national governments dead set on upending the earth’s natural balance and equilibrium humans must have with nature to survive on it either.

Many people would suggest that is the whole point.

But those people must be conspiracy theorists.

What do you think about weather modification?

Do you think we may have already seen weather modification in action? Are you concerned about this path of development? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Robert Wheeler has been quietly researching world events for two decades. After witnessing the global network of NGOs and several ‘Revolutions’ they engineered in a number of different countries, Wheeler began analyzing current events through these lenses.

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Global Food & Farming Issues: Dr. Vandana Shiva Slams Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg & Monsanto

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Dr. Vandana Shiva is a renowned author, environmental activist, and physicist. Shiva founded Navdanya, an international movement started 30 years ago in India to defend seed and food sovereignty and small farmers around the world. Navdanya pioneered the movement of seed saving and seed freedom, which began in response to the crisis of erosion of agricultural biodiversity and introduction of GMOs and patents on seeds through intellectual property rights (IPRs) and so-called ‘free trade’ agreements. It has long fought against biopiracy, the patenting of indigenous knowledge by self-interested multinational corporations and won cases related to Neem, basmati rice and wheat in India. Navdanya promotes a new agricultural and economic paradigm, a culture of food for health, where ecological responsibility and economic justice replace the present greed, consumerism and competition which have become dominant in society. It aims at regaining the common good as a foundation for a renewed sense of community, solidarity and culture of peace.

In the last 30 years, Navdanya’s research on Biodiversity based Agro-ecological farming has shown how Agroecology can increase nutrition and health, as well as farmers’ incomes while rejuvenating soil, water and biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. They have a membership of more than 650,000 farmer families in 22 states of India. According to Navdanya:

The COVID public health crisis and its resulting economic devastation have accelerated calls to respond through the ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism through embracing the fourth industrial revolution. For food systems, this would mean a ‘food systems transformation’ where all areas of the food supply chain are further centralized, digitized, and mined for data in the false names of ‘public health’ and ‘economic recovery’. This push is now being supported by international organizations and world leaders who stand hand-in-hand with big corporations’ desires for further agrifood system concentration. This translated to a more aggressive push toward false solutions of farms managed through artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, precision farming, fake foods- such as lab-grown meat, synthetically produced oils, and breastmilk- robot pollinators, biofortification, gene drives for more advanced forms of GMOs, and digital sequencing genetic information (DSI) of agro-diversity.

They recently put out a very informative report titled “Gates to A Global Empire.” Be sure to check it out. I suggest you read a recent article written by Dr. Shiva (her twitter account) titled, “Indian farmers’ 30 year struggle against corporate globalisation and 40 year struggle against the green revolution.” Her books are also a great resource documenting the takeover of seed and the immoral and unethical actions of big corporations, like Monsanto, in India and all over the world.

The clip below is from 2019 but it’s still very informative.

‘Bill Gates is continuing the work of Monsanto’, Vandana Shiva tells FRANCE 24

This article (Global Food & Farming Issues: Dr. Vandana Shiva Slams Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg & Monsanto) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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China To Expand Weather Modification Program & Make A Large Portion Of Their Climate Artificial

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What Happened: China announced that it’s planning a rapid expansion to its weather modification program. Most people probably didn’t know that China even had a weather modification program. The changes include modifying the climate in an area that is more than one and a half times the size of India, covering an area of over 5.5 million square kilometres (2.1 million square miles). In fact, China has been modifying their weather for decades and they’ve used the technology at local levels as well. They were quite open about modifying the weather for clear skies ahead of and during the 2008 Olympics.

According to the Guardian,

The proposed enlargement is on a scale that could affect regional weather patterns. The cabinet said it wanted to extend the artificial rain and snow programme to cover at least 2.1m sq miles (5.5m sq km) of land by 2025. The long-term plan envisages that by 2035, the country’s weather modification capabilities would reach an “advanced” level and focus on revitalising rural regions, restoring ecosystems and minimising losses from natural disasters.”

It’s not just China that has engaged in such activity, it was used by the US during the Vietnam War (Operation Popeye). General Electric started to conduct their first weather modification experiments in 1946. In 2012, Iran accused Israel and the United States of modifying their climate for warfare purposes, and did so again in 2018. According to then president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez prior to his death, “The US Navy launched a weapon capable of inducing a powerful earthquake on Haiti. This time it was only a drill, and the final part of it is destroying and taking over Iran.”

How long has this been going on for? A United States government document printed at the request of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in November 1978 states,

Weather modification is generally considered to be the deliberate effort to improve atmospheric conditions for beneficial human purposes. Not all weather modification activities, however, have been designed to benefit everyone, and have been used for purposes of war….In addition to specific research programs sponsored by Federal agencies, there are other functions related to weather modification which are performed in several places in the executive branch. Various federal advisory panels and committees and their staffs -established to conduct in-depth studies and prepare reports, to provide advice or recommendations, or to coordinate weather modification programs – have been housed and supported within executive departments, agencies, or offices.

Dr. Michel Chossudovsky, a University of Ottawa Emeritus Professor of Economics writes in an article he wrote on his website:

The significant expansion in America’s weather warfare arsenal, which is a priority of the Department of Defence is not a matter for debate or discussion. While environmentalists blame the Bush administration for not having signed the Kyoto protocol, the issue of “weather warfare”, namely the manipulation of weather patterns for military use, is never mentioned.

The US Air Force has the capability to manipulate climate either for testing purposes or for outright military-intelligence use. These capabilities extend to the triggering of floods, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes. This comes directly from one (of many) of their documents.

Weather modification will become a part of domestic and international security and could be done unilaterally… It could have offensive and defensive applications and even be used for deterrence  purposes. The ability to generate precipitation, fog, and storms on earth or to modify space weather, … and the production of artificial weather all are a part of an integrated set of technologies which can provide substantial increase in US, or degraded capability in an adversary, to achieve global awareness, reach, and power. (Weather as a force multiplier: Owning the Weather In 2025)

The practice today is referred to as “geoengineering” and climate change/global warming seems to be the justification for it. But as with many other topics, with crises’ like COVID-19 and terrorism, for example, in my opinion they always seem to be used for purposes other than what the pubic receives as justification.

Below is a video of then CIA director John O. Brennan giving his support for weather modification programs.

Daily Digest – John O. Brennan Speaks to CFR on Chemtrails

Many universities around the globe are now working on large scale artificial intervention technologies to alter the Earth’s climate in response to climate change. Yale is one, for example, and Harvard is another. These programs involve a host of interventions, one popular one seems to be the idea of spraying particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight away from the planet, as explained by Nature in 2018 when Harvard researchers announced they were going to start conducting experiments. Typical particles used to spray into the atmosphere and reflect sunlight away from earth would be; Sulphate/Sulphuric Acid/Sulphur Dioxide, Titania, Silicon Carbide, Calcium Carbonate, Alumina, Silica, Zinc Oxide.

One of those researchers is David W. Keith. He’s a professor of Applied Physics for the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) who seems to be in support of these interventions and working on them. A few years ago he stated that as a result of this type of wide-scale intervention “You may end up killing many tens of thousands of people a year as a direct result of that decision.” (source) We cannot forget about the environmental and ecological impacts as well. These could be catastrophic as so many other human interventions and developments have been.

According to a 2015 paper published in Current Science, by Dr. Marvin Herndon, PhD., a nuclear chemist and geochemist, we are already seeing the impacts.

The abstract reads as follows:

“In response to an urgent call through an article in Current Science for assistance to understand the geological association of high aluminum mobility with human health in the Ganga Alluvial Plain, I describe evidence of clandestine geoengineering activity that has occurred for at least 15 years, and which has escalated sharply in the last two years. The geoengineering activity via tanker-jet aircraft emplaces a non-natural, toxic substance in the Earth’s atmosphere which with rainwater liberates highly mobile aluminum. Further, I present evidence that the toxic substance is coal combustion fly ash. Clandestine dispersal of coal fly ash and the resulting liberation of highly mobile aluminum, I posit, is an underlying cause of the widespread and pronounced increase in neurological diseases and as well as the currently widespread and increasing debilitation of Earth’s biota. Recommendations are made for verifying whether the evidence presented here is applicable to the Ganga Alluvial Plain.”

The idea that this type of activity has already been happening is not novel. “In recent years there has been a decline in the support for weather modification research, and a tendency to move directly into operational projects.” –  World Meteorological Association (2007)

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Final Thoughts

This article presents a tidbit on weather modification and doesn’t really address more than the tip of the iceberg. I do not think geoengineering is a necessary and healthy climate change intervention. In fact, I believe it’s completely unnecessary and we should really be looking at ways to change the way we generate energy and clean up our planet. I find it odd that so much political focus is put on CO2, yet hardly any on deforestation, for example. I also find it irritating that I’ve come across so many great solutions that can help our planet thrive yet they never see the light of day. Today, it seems the “solutions” chosen are the ones that really don’t do much but simply put more power, control and money into the hands of the “one percent.”

That being said, I believe the climate change crisis is like many others, it’s being used, abused, and in many cases “made up” and capitalized on for ulterior motives, however I’m not quite sure what those motives are. You can read more about my thoughts on “climate change” in articles I’ve published previously on the topic, here and here.

This type of activity (geoengineering) has serious consequences for both environment and health and it’s something that seems to be flying under the radar of many people. Furthermore, it’s always been categorized under the “chemtrail conspiracy” title which has detracted from a very real phenomenon.

I find it odd how a supposed solution to combat climate issues is to create more environmental and health issues, because it seems that’s exactly what this type of spraying will, can and does do. Our environment is already heavily saturated with heavy metals and pesticides, this should be our main focus along with cleaning up our water systems and restoring our ecosystems. Unfortunately focusing on these issues threatens big industry, and various corporations and political powerhouses can’t really benefit from it and would go out of business if actually necessary changes were implemented.

What can we do about it? I’m not quite sure what the answer is. Our world is filled with greed, ego, and the lust and desire for power and control. Many major ‘happenings’ are done so in a clandestine manner, there is so much going on in our world that the masses are completely unaware of. Our only source of information seems to be mainstream media networks, and they seem to be masters and controlling human perception. At the end of the day, it’s great that humanity is ‘waking up’, becoming more aware, voicing their concerns and asking more questions. Human consciousness is shifting to the point where, eventually, no human being will take part in these types of programs. This is why such measures, like geoengineering are always done under the guise of goodwill and presented as a necessary solution. It’s because human beings have good hearts, and many of us just wants what’s best for the whole. If we do not think we are doing something good and necessary, we’re probably not going to do it.  This is where propaganda comes in

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. – Edward Bernays (Propaganda 1928)

Thankfully large portions of the human race are starting to “see.” This is a great sign and a necessary step we move along the journey towards a better human experience that ultimately will come from a shift in human consciousness. It’s happening now.

This article (China To Expand Weather Modification Program & Make A Large Portion Of Their Climate Artificial) was originally created for Collective Evolution and is published here under Creative Commons.

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10 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Sustainability This Winter

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Jane Marsh, Guest Writer

If you live in an area that experiences cold weather, you know your energy bill can look a little scary come wintertime. As a result, you might be searching for ways to make your home more efficient and sustainable. There are many solutions at your disposal.

1. Install a Smart Thermostat

Do you have a manual thermostat? These older models can sometimes cause you to waste energy because you can’t program them to match your household’s activity. If your heater runs periodically while you’re at work, you should replace your current device.

Look for smart thermostats that use a schedule to know when to heat your home. These gadgets offer many helpful features, so you can rest assured that you won’t waste money or energy. As a result, you should enjoy a comfortable and eco-friendly home.

2. Seal Windows and Doors

If your house feels especially chilly, you might need to apply a sealant to your windows and doors. These spaces often have cracks and gaps that let in cold air. Fortunately, you can create a warmer indoor environment with tools like caulk and weather-stripping.

Consider different methods for both areas so you don’t have to crank your heat anymore.

3. Try Different Light Bulbs

Did you know that LED lightbulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs? There’s a big chance you and your family spend more time indoors when it’s cold. Therefore, you should make sure to light your house with efficient light bulbs. Use LEDs whenever your current ones burn out to lower your electricity bill.

4. Insulate Your Water Heater

Sometimes, you might notice that hot water takes longer to flow through the tap than cold water. This occurrence can be a little annoying, especially in the winter months. Thankfully, you just have to buy a water heater blanket kit to insulate your water heater. As a result, you should conserve energy while you get hot water faster.

5. Decrease Phantom Loads

What’s a phantom load? If you leave your phone charger plugged into the outlet all day, you might not think twice. But those cables actually continue to use electricity even when you unplug your device. That’s called an “invisible power load” or a “phantom load.”

It’s easy to eliminate phantom loads. First, you should unplug any unnecessary cords. Then, you can use a power strip for other devices that you use more frequently, like your TV and computer. Turn the power strip off when you’re done to conserve energy.

6. Consider Other Energy Sources

It might be time to consider alternative ways to power your home. If you use a resource like natural gas, you should know that your system contributes to greenhouse gas emissions that warm the atmosphere. There are various clean alternatives you can consider.

For example, you might decide to install radiant floor heating as an efficient solution. It’s also possible to explore systems for your entire house. Either way, you’ll be able to create a more sustainable household.

7. Replace Your HVAC Filters

When was the last time you replaced your HVAC system’s filters? There can be several reasons why your energy bill seems uncharacteristically high — and your ventilation system might be the culprit. If your filters are old and dirty, you could even notice specific health effects.

It takes only a few minutes to replace your old filter, so you should be able to do everything by yourself. Be sure to choose the right filter so you don’t make a mistake. Then, you’ll be good to go for the next six months or so.

8. Wash Clothes With Cold Water

If you can remember, you should try to wash your clothes with cold water. This trick will help conserve warm water, which makes clothing shed more microfibers that end up in the ocean. It’s also a step that can help your items last longer. Keep in mind that hot water should still be used when you need to kill germs or remove dirt.

9. Use Natural Cleaning Products

If you’re spending more time indoors, you should consider using natural products to do any deep cleaning. These alternatives don’t use chemicals and toxins that typical household cleaners often include. This way, you can keep your indoor environment as healthy and clean as possible.

10. Start a Compost Pile

Are you looking for projects to keep you busy? If so, you might want to start a compost pile. This initiative essentially involves turning food scraps and other items into supplements for individual plants and entire gardens. Alongside regular soil, you can add compost to give your flora a healthy boost.

Use These Tips to Make Your Household More Eco-Friendly

If you want to save money and energy, you should strive to make your household more sustainable. There’s a link between being eco-friendly and conserving power — and that’s super important during colder months. Try these tricks to make your house greener.

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Jane is the founder and editor-in-chief of Environment.co where she shares practical tips on how to live a greener life.

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