Millions Protest over Brazilian Regulation to Allow Genetic Extinction Technology

Millions Protest over Brazilian Regulation to Allow Genetic Extinction Technology:

The largest rural movements in Brazil, representing well over a million farmers, are protesting a new Brazilian regulation that would allow release of gene drives, the controversial genetic extinction technology, into Brazil’s ecosystems and farms.

On February 3rd and 4th, the National Coalition of Farmworkers and Rural, Water and Forest Peoples met near São Paulo, Brazil and sounded the alarm about new Brazilian regulatory changes – a resolution passed on January 15th by Brazil’s National Technical Commission on Biosafety that would allow the release of gene drive organisms into the environment.  The effect of this change is that Brazil becomes the first country in the world to establish a legal channel for the release of gene drives into the environment. The new rule could potentially make it even easier to release a living gene drive organism than a GMO seed.

The farmers organizations are concerned about agribusiness giants spreading more transgenic seeds, but also attempts to directly change the nature of wild plants and animals.

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Russia to launch ‘independent internet’ for BRICS nations – report

Russia to launch ‘independent internet’ for BRICS nations – report:

The Russian Security Council has asked the country’s government to develop an independent internet infrastructure for BRICS nations, which would continue to work in the event of global internet malfunctions.

The initiative was discussed at the October meeting of the Security Council, which is Russia’s top consultative body on national security. President Vladimir Putin personally set a deadline of August 1, 2018 for the completion of the task, the RBC news agency reported.

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In Blow To US Dollar, BRICS Considers ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Cryptocurrency

– In Blow To US Dollar, BRICS Considers ‘Sanctions-Proof’ Cryptocurrency:

While the US Dollar remains the most popular global trading and reserve currency, this is rapidly changing. A BRICS backed cryptocurrency may be both the proverbial ‘Dollar buster’ as well as a ‘sanctions buster’.

The Head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev has stated that the BRICS may opt to create their own cryptocurrency for the purposes of global commerce.

A cryptocurrency is a digitally based means of exchange wherein the value of said currency is not determined by a central-bank. Most cryptocurrencies can be converted into state-issued currencies (Dollars, Euros, Yuan, etc.) through various foreign exchange services.

Currently, one of the biggest issues facing cryptocurrency development is the fact that they are not backed up by any central bank. However, many also see this apparent disadvantage as a possible opportunity, particularly where unilateral Dollar based sanctions are concerned.

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BRICS countries considering own cryptocurrency as settlement mechanism

BRICS countries considering own cryptocurrency as settlement mechanism:

The BRICS Finance Committee is discussing a joint virtual currency for the five nation bloc of developing economies, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) chief Kirill Dmitriev.

During the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Dmitriev told journalists that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa could develop its own alternative to other payment tools.

“While there is a focus on settlements in national currencies, cryptocurrencies are also being discussed as one of the possible settlement mechanisms,” Dmitriev explained.

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Brazil Freezes: Temperatures Plummet To Minus 8 Degrees C

Brazil freezes – Temps plummet to minus 8 degrees C:

“Global ‘Warming’ has arrived,” says reader Martin Siebert. “Minus 8,8°C in SC-highlands.”

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19 July 2017 – The intense cold that entered Brazil on Monday, July 17, caused extremely low temperatures in the South Region. For the second consecutive day was extreme cold.

All states recorded temperatures below freezing. The lowest temperature in Brazil on July 19 was negative 8.8 ° C in Bom Jardim da Serra followed with 7.5 ° C below zero In Urupema.

The temperature was also below zero in Greater Curitiba.

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