Mysterious seeds from China arriving in mail across America

July 30, 2020 by  
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Agricultural officials from several states have expressed alarm over unsolicited packages of seeds delivered to residents. The packages appear to come from China, as they feature China Post labeling. Agricultural officers advise farmers not to plant the seeds, in case they are harmful or invasive. Warnings sent out to farmers and residents follow reports of unsolicited seed packages being delivered in residents’ mail. Several people reported receiving seeds in white pouches that featured Chinese writing and the words “China Post.” Another concerning detail is that the seed packages were not labeled as food or agricultural products. Envelopes included misleading labels, with some listing the contents as jewelry, toys or earbuds. States that have released public notices against planting the unsolicited seeds include Washington, Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Dakota, Texas, Alabama and Florida. Kentucky , one of the first states to receive reports of unsolicited seeds, issued warnings to residents. As Ryan Quarles, Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner, wrote on Twitter, residents should “put the package and seeds in a zip lock bag and wash your hands immediately.” Residents must also send any seeds they receive to the Department of Agriculture. Following the reports, several other states, including Arkansas, Michigan , Oregon and New Jersey, issued warnings to residents. Such measures may help prevent farmers from planting harmful, contaminated seeds. The Chinese Embassy in Washington claims these China Post packages “to be fake ones with erroneous layouts and entries.” Cecilia Sequeira, spokesperson for the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, says the department is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop illegal importation of prohibited seeds. Should you receive any mysterious seeds in the mail, report it to the nearest Agriculture Office. + NY Times Image via Pexels

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Whiskey spill in Kentucky kills thousands of fish

July 10, 2019 by  
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Two Jim Beam warehouses in Kentucky erupted in flames last week, spilling nearly 45,000 barrels of bourbon into the Kentucky River. In an apocalyptic scene, the fire spread to the alcohol on the river’s surface, consuming all available oxygen within the water. The fire, alcohol content and lack of oxygen resulted in the death of thousands of fish . But this isn’t Kentucky’s first rodeo. In fact, the state has had so many whiskey spills that it has specific protocols for this type of disaster . The Louisville Water Company issued a swift announcement letting the public know that the water is not a health concern for humans. Related: Two thirds of world’s rivers are contaminated with drugs “We’ve had several occur in this state, so when this one occurred, we were just ready for it and knew what the actions were to take,” said Robert Francis, the manager of Kentucky’s emergency response team. When the Jim Beam warehouse was struck by lightning in 2003, 800,000 gallons of bourbon spilled out into the a creek in Bardstown. Just last year, the Jim Beam warehouse went up in flames again and spilled 9,000 barrels. In 2000, Wild Turkey spilled 17,000 gallons of bourbon in Frankfort, Kentucky and killed about 228,000 fish . In 1996, the Heaven Hill distillery spilled 90,000 barrels of bourbon after a warehouse fire. Firefighters from four counties rushed to the scene to extinguish this year’s bourbon warehouse blaze, and emergency teams continue to monitor the river to assess the impact. The Kentucky River is approximately 24 miles long and moving at a speed of less than a mile per hour. The alcohol is expected to have reached the Ohio River and be diluted enough to cause no further threat. Wildlife crews also helped aerate the river water via barges, which helps to replenish the oxygen and prevent further fish kills. The emergency responders will leave the dead fish floating in the river to decompose naturally, as they pose no threat to humans or other wildlife . Via The BBC and The Courier-Journal Image via Bruno Glätsch

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Kentucky Noah’s Ark Encounter opens amidst severe flooding

July 8, 2016 by  
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Christian fundamentalist organization Answers in Genesis ‘ (AiG) just opened their  Ark Encounter  in Kentucky , and the event was, ironically, greeted with epic flash floods and heavy rain . Kentucky announced a state of emergency  as severe flooding overwhelmed the area. Though AiG’s Ark seems to have survived the worst of it, others have been evacuated and homes destroyed in the deluge. The new theme park, Ark Encounter , is located near AiG’s Creation Museum . The new full-size ark replica is just a short drive from Cincinnati.  Dezeen reports  that it’s “within a day’s drive for two thirds of the US population,” and, judging by the thousands of visitors who inundated the park on opening day, people are taking advantage of the proximity. Architecture company Troyer Group designed the ark, which was constructed with the help of Amish carpenters. Related: Full-size replica of Noah’s Ark pops up in Kentucky According to the Bible, Noah is instructed to build the ark to save his family and animals from flooding. AiG’s ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, and builders drew on dimensions found in the Bible. According to AiG, it is ” the largest timber-frame structure in the world ” and they built the attraction to provide answers about the story of Noah’s Ark . Founder and CEO Ken Ham told Dezeen, “In a world that is becoming increasingly secularized and biased, it’s time for Christians to do something of this size and magnitude.” The $100 million project was, controversially,  funded partially through sales tax incentives . The seven-story-tall ark features exhibits and a restaurant. In the theme park, visitors can ride a zip line, take a donkey or camel ride, or visit a zoo which houses Tibetan yaks, ostriches, and kangaroos. About 10,000 people can visit the ark every day, but for the first 40 days and nights – the amount of time rain fell while Noah floated in his ark – the park will operate with extended hours. According to the National Weather Service , there are still flood warnings for a few areas in the state, and most are on a severe thunderstorm watch. Via Dezeen Images via Ark Encounter Facebook

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OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant site into food hub celebrating local food in Louisville

February 24, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of OMA unveils plans to transform former tobacco plant site into food hub celebrating local food in Louisville Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community center , community kitchen , farm to fork , farmer’s market , farmers , Food Chain , food hub , food system , kentucky , local food movement , louisville , oma , public plaza , Urban Farming

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

February 24, 2015 by  
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The Eiffel Tower has just unveiled a new, sustainable facelift, and perhaps the most striking update to the famous landmark comes in the form of two of Urban Green Energy’s (UGE) vertical axis wind turbines . Installed 400ft up, within the tower’s iconic framework, the turbines are now providing 10,000kWh of green electricity each year. Read the rest of UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Eiffel Tower , france , green energy , green renovation , green upgrade , landmark , Paris , renewable energy , UGE , urban green energy

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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

March 26, 2014 by  
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The Asian carp population has exploded in the US – the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species’ spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the fish back to China, where they are a prized delicacy. Read the rest of Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Asian carp , ecosystems , environmental destruction , illinois , invasive carp , invasive species , kentucky , npr , rivers , water issues        

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SuttonBereSculler’s Small Moons Geodesic Domes are Covered With Donated Household Objects in Louisville

January 2, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of SuttonBereSculler’s Small Moons Geodesic Domes are Covered With Donated Household Objects in Louisville Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art without walls , Ben Beres , Discarded Objects , eco-art , found objects , green art , green design , John Sutton , kentucky , land of tomorrow , louisville , Recycled Materials , small moons , sustainable art , sustainable design , suttonberesculler , Zac Culler

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Activists Occupy Kentucky Governor’s Office Demanding End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

February 12, 2011 by  
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A group of activists, including acclaimed author, poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry, have occupied Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s office over this Valentine’s Day weekend, demanding that the governor meet with them to discuss the devastating effects mountaintop removal coal mining is having on eastern Kentucky. About 20 activists in total are in the office, and have invited the governor and Kentucky’s first lady to join them…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Big Squirreltail Evolves to Fight Off Fiery, Invasive Cheatgrass

February 12, 2011 by  
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Big squirrel tail, left, not to be confused with Big squirreltail, right. Photos via Tomi Tapio and Matt Lavin Nicknaming plants.

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Chernobyl Birds Have Smaller Brains, Shorter Lives

February 12, 2011 by  
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An abandoned ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, near the Chernobyl disaster site. Photo credit: Andrzej Karo? / Creative Commons Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster , research is showing that prolonged exposure to the remaining low-dose radiation has a serious impact on wildlife in the region. New research has found that birds living near Chernobyl have, on average, a brain 5 percent s…

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