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A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Environment | The Guardian
Today we know beyond doubt, and with scientific statistics rather than just anecdote, that this is true, and the question immediately arises: what caused it?

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It seems indisputable: it is us. It is human activity – more specifically, three generations of industrialised farming with a vast tide of poisons pouring over the land year after year after year, since the end of the second world war. This is the true price of pesticide-based agriculture, which society has for so long blithely accepted.
food–industrial  complex  pesticide  herbicide  fungicide  Glyphosate  agriculture  Monsanto  lobby  food  security  national  insects  bee  colony  collapse  disorder  ecology  ecological  crisis  environment  environmental  pollution 
yesterday by asterisk2a
NHS suspends operations over Christmas and new year - BBC News
NHS Tayside has put on hold all planned, non-urgent operations for three weeks over the festive period.
The health board said emergency surgery, urgent procedures and all cancer surgeries would still be carried out.
But there will be a "step-down of all planned procedures" at Perth Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Stracathro Hospital, near Brechin.
The disruption will last from 18 December to 8 January 2018. & https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/nhs-tayside-chairman-predicts-serious-difficulties-current-level-spending-continues/ - Tayside to save 200m over 5 years ...
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yesterday by asterisk2a
Einsame Menschen sterben früher - SPIEGEL ONLINE
without a friend (partner does not count), 4x likelihood to relapse and die - increase mortality - breast cancer patients.
public  health  crisis  mental  premature  ageing  death  inflammation  Depression  prevention  chronic  sick  population  disease  autoimmune  complex  loneliness  Einsamkeit  Gesellschaft  Society  Psychology  Sociology  Wertegesellschaft 
yesterday by asterisk2a
Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers
Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say
environment  entomology  crisis  science  research  numbers  earth  europe 
3 days ago by aries1988
Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Environment | The Guardian
Goulson said a likely explanation could be that the flying insects perish when they leave the nature reserves. “Farmland has very little to offer for any wild creature,” he said. “But exactly what is causing their death is open to debate. It could be simply that there is no food for them or it could be, more specifically, exposure to chemical pesticides, or a combination of the two.”
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4 days ago by asterisk2a
As a senior doctor, I witness the NHS crumbling on a daily basis – I don’t know how much longer it can go on like this | The Independent
Expanded managerial oversight, with impossible clinical targets imposed on the medical profession by people that are not medically qualified, has added to recruitment and retention problems. Targets inevitably mean that shortcuts will be resorted to, and will result in less than desirable clinical outcomes.
NHS  crisis 
4 days ago by asterisk2a
Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2016 - European External Action Service
This report gives a broad picture of the EU's human rights efforts towards third countries in 2016, and encompasses two parts: The first part is thematic, and pays particular attention to the human rights approach to conflicts and crises, main human rights challenges and human rights throughout EU external policies. The second part is geographical and covers EU actions in third countries, thus mapping in detail the human rights situation across the globe.
human_rights  humanrights  European_Commission  EU  conflict  Crisis  democracy 
5 days ago by weitzenegger
NHS waits for cancer care, A&E and ops worsen across UK - BBC News
Twelve out of 135 English hospital trusts, four out of five Northern Irish health trusts and five out of seven Welsh trusts have failed to hit any target in the past 12 months. //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41656674 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41643145 << ageing population w complex care needs for chronic diseases &! Wales worst - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41649870
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5 days ago by asterisk2a

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