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"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -
"The Quantum Factor" – Apr 10, 2011 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Galaxies, Universe, Intelligent design, Benevolent design, Aliens, Nikola Tesla (Quantum energy), Inter-Planetary Travel, DNA, Genes, Stem Cells, Cells, Rejuvenation, Shift of Human Consciousness, Spontaneous Remission, Religion, Dictators, Africa, China, Nuclear Power, Sustainable Development, Animals, Global Unity.. etc.) - (Text Version)

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."

(Live Kryon Channelings was given 7 times within the United Nations building.)

"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“… 4 - Energy (again)

The natural resources of the planet are finite and will not support the continuation of what you've been doing. We've been saying this for a decade. Watch for increased science and increased funding for alternate ways of creating electricity (finally). Watch for the very companies who have the most to lose being the ones who fund it. It is the beginning of a full realization that a change of thinking is at hand. You can take things from Gaia that are energy, instead of physical resources. We speak yet again about geothermal, about tidal, about wind. Again, we plead with you not to over-engineer this. For one of the things that Human Beings do in a technological age is to over-engineer simple things. Look at nuclear - the most over-engineered and expensive steam engine in existence!

Your current ideas of capturing energy from tidal and wave motion don't have to be technical marvels. Think paddle wheel on a pier with waves, which will create energy in both directions [waves coming and going] tied to a generator that can power dozens of neighborhoods, not full cities. Think simple and decentralize the idea of utilities. The same goes for wind and geothermal. Think of utilities for groups of homes in a cluster. You won't have a grid failure if there is no grid. This is the way of the future, and you'll be more inclined to have it sooner than later if you do this, and it won't cost as much….”

"Fast-Tracking" - Feb 8, 2014 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Reference to Fukushima / H-bomb nuclear pollution and a warning about nuclear > 20 Min)

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change

Obama unveils landmark regulations to combat climate change
In a bid to combat climate change, US President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan on Monday, marking the first time power plants have been targeted by mandatory regulations on carbon dioxide emissions in the US.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Soil pollution is a 'severe problem' in China

Soil pollution has been one of the side effects of three decades of breakneck economic expansion in China, raising concerns over food security and people's health in the world's most populous nation.

Deutsche Welle, 24 July 2014

China's troubles with air and water pollution are widely known with its smog-clouded cities and chemical-filled rivers drawing international attention. However, there is another, less visible consequence of the whirlwind GDP growth the country has experienced over the past three decades: soil pollution.

"Rapid industrialization has left a legacy of soil pollution that is damaging health and livelihoods in villages across China," concluded a recent investigation titled "The victims of China's soil pollution crisis," jointly conducted by Yale Environment 360 and chinadialogue, a non-profit organization based in London and Beijing.

However, soil pollution is not only affecting the health and well-being of Chinese citizens, it is also putting the nation's food security at risk. A Chinese government report released in April this year said that 16.1 percent of the country's soil was polluted.

The figure for contaminated farmland is even higher, 19.4 percent. The main contaminants are heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, nickel and arsenic, among others.

19.4 percent of the farmland in China is
contaminated, according to the government
The areas mainly affected include the country's industrial belt along the eastern coast as well as inland provinces in central and western China. Experts say the main sources of this kind of pollution are industrial waste seeping from factories onto the soil, and agricultural activities such as the application of fertilizers and the use of polluted water for irrigation. The level of pollution has raised questions about the quality of food produced in the contaminated regions.

Serious health risks

Miao Zhang, senior toxic campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia, explains that soil pollution can cause underground water contamination, thus damaging the quality and quantity of crops. The contaminants, in turn, tend to "accumulate in the human body through food chain," Miao told DW.

But despite the awareness of what pollution can do, poor people have little choice but to eat locally produced food, highlights the chinadialogue report. The organization's founder and editor, Isabel Hilton, said in a DW interview that serious health issues, including cancer and diseases infecting the nervous system, could be caused by soil pollution.

"Like many conditions with environmental causes, the exact chain of consequence in any case is hard to establish. But statistical and epidemiological evidence makes a strong case for the relationship between pollution and ill-health," she pointed out.

Soil pollution in China has attracted little public attention, in spite of the health threats. Until recently, the government also resisted media attempts to spotlight local cancer epidemics in the country's newly industrial areas, the report claims. Indeed, the Chinese government previously refused to divulge information on soil pollution terming it a "state secret."

A severe problem

But in February 2013, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) finally admitted that "cancer villages" existed in China. The chinadialogue report cites the estimates of some civil society groups which put the number of such villages at around 450, and that the figure is on the rise.

Describing the pollution problem as "severe and urgent," Greenpeace's Miao says that it is hard to understand the reasons behind the government's reluctance to share information. "But hiding the data did make people wonder whether it was because the problem was too terrible to be known," he added.

Analysts, however, agree that Beijing has started taking measures to confront the problem, although it still has a long way to go. "Many polluting factories have been shut down in central and eastern parts of the country. Unfortunately, this is less true of western China where there are thousands of toxic sites that need to be contained and we are still not seeing the necessary level of pollution control," explained Hilton.

Furthermore, experts call for more government focus on crop safety, demanding that contaminated sites should be taken out of food production chain. But getting rid of the pollution is not only about the removal of contaminants, it also involves the restoration of soil health, which is required to ensure food safety and people's health. The need of the hour is a reorientation of the Chinese development model, which has succeeded in lifting millions of people out of poverty over the last three decades.

Hidden costs

The problem is that the emphasis was on very rapid growth and little attention was paid to the negative effects, which economists call externalities, stressed Hilton. "These effects are showing up in health impacts, food safety, food security and water scarcity as well as contamination.

All of these have economic impacts, so looking only at GDP growth does not give you the true picture," the expert underlined.

This view is shared by Greenpeace campaigner Miao, who argues that treating one million hectares of polluted soil will cost at least 140 billion yuan (22.6 billion USD). "The economic development in the past 30 years did make China a good fortune. However, there is already evidence showing that there is huge debt behind the prosperity."

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