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Top news: German consumers fickle on energy sources; Nukes spark cancer fears in Mexico; Organic farm threatened by GM invasion; Dinosaurs lose their feathers.
#‘Green’ memory loss: German paper Die Welt reports that consumers have short-term memory loss when it comes to their interest in green energy. Statistics from the German electricity price comparison website, Verivox, show that the Fukushima disaster prompted an 80% interest rise in generating electricity from renewables, instead of nuclear power but by June, interest had returned to its pre-Fukushima levels. Despite this, the German parliament has voted in favor of a final nuclear phase-out by 2022 marking a landmark power shift toward renewable energy. Read more about it in this blog.
#Nukes: La Journada reports that Greenpeace Mexico has documented 143 cases of cancer in Laguna Verde residents. Clean campaign director Gustavo Ampugnani argues that "these cases are linked to exposure to ionizing radiation” from three local nuclear plants and has demanded that the Mexican Congress answer local pleas to carry out a complete investigation. Yet another blow to nuclear power support.
#Stop the GM ‘invasion’!: West Australian farmer, Steven Walsh is suing a neighbour for negligence after genetically modified canola seed blew onto his land, causing him to lose his organic crop certification and leaving around 70% of his farm unusable for organic farming. His Lawyer Mark Walter argues that this is a landmark case about a farmer's right to grow produce organically. According to Greenpeace food campaigner Laura Kelly, this contamination may mean that “Australians will lose their right to avoid risky GM foods at the supermarket,'' she said. GM technology seems to be invading farms…literally.
#No more feathery dinosaurs: A chicken-sized dinosaur fossil found in China may in fact be the “first bird, ” replacing the “original bird” discovered 150 years ago. Acheapteryx was until recently considered the “original bird” but is now considered to be just another feathery dinosaur. The new fossil provides a link between reptiles and birds, marking an evolutionary step away from dinosaurs