Health & Lifestyle
EU-US Trade Deal Lets Corporate Interests Steamroll Food Safety, Groups Warn September 1, 2014
In letter to EU Trade Commissioner, groups write that leaked TTIP chapter shows 'agribusinesses in the driving seat' at expense of fair, safe food.
Feds Set To Open Fracking Floodgates In California Based On One Flawed Study
Report raises grave concerns about fracking pollution’s threat to state's air and water, say opponents, and also highlights fact that government officials have never collected the data needed to determine extent of danger and future destruction.
Shell Renews Quest to Plunder Arctic in Search of Oil
Greenpeace responds with promise to escalate its campaign to 'Save the Arctic' from the dangers of oil and gas exploration in fragile region.
UN: Ebola Disease Caseload Could Reach 20,000 Infections
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
‘Severe… Pervasive… Irreversible”: IPCC’s Devastating Climate Change Conclusions
A draft of the UN panel's synthesis report on the global scientific community's assessment of human-caused global warming offers the starkest and most strongly-worded warning yet of the dangers ahead.
US health Official: Ebola Has ‘Upper Hand’
The Ebola virus has the "upper hand" in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it.
“Re-Fracking” Concerns Prompt Questions On Politics’ Role In Fracking Debate
Fracking regulation is generally weak and unenforced across the country. A new technology, “re-fracking,” brings with it even more potential harm, and it’s going ahead -- all in the name of energy security.
Elevated Rates Of Thyroid Cancer Found In Fukushima Youth
Over 100 Fukushima youth diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer.
Ebola In Congo Kills Two People, Djera Region Placed Under Quarantine
Djera is more than 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) from Congo's capital, Kinshasa and is more than 600 kilometers from the provincial capital, Mbandaka -- and it will be placed under quarantine now. Kabange said Djera would be placed under quarantine.
The Ebola Outbreak, In 15 Numbers
The current outbreak is on track to kill more people than all previous outbreaks combined. There aren't enough doctors. And women are at particular risk.
Environmentalists Rally Against New Herbicide For GE Crops
Citing the inevitability of “superweeds” and calling the product a “life preserver” for fatally flawed technology, environmentalists urge the EPA not to register a new Dow AgroSciences herbicide for GE corn and soybeans.
Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day, Fracking Suspected As Cause August 21, 2014
One of the most researched human activities that could be causing the dramatic increase in earthquakes is fracking.
Missourians Fight ALEC Over Big Agriculture’s “Right to Farm”
Grassroots efforts will likely push a recount on an amendment to Missouri’s bill of rights that favors the interests of corporate agriculture.
Evangelicals Pressure Florida Governor On Climate Change
“For us, being pro-life includes not only defending our unborn children, but also the biblical mandate to care for all life. Toxins and other pollutants foul our water, air, and soil, impacting the purity of life God intends for His creation. "
INTERVIEW: Native People And The Trolls Under The Bridge
MintPress talks to a recent PhD recipient whose work focuses on how “rationalizations perpetuate the notion that American Indians are inherently different from non-natives.”
Report: Drillers Illegally Using Diesel Fuel To Frack
The report, published this week by the Environmental Integrity Project, found that between 2010 and July 2014 at least 351 wells were fracked by 33 different companies using diesel fuels without a permit.
California Moves Toward Historic Statewide Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags
SB 270 proposes a big step toward reducing the use of the bags by prohibiting their use in supermarkets and drugstores by July 1, 2015 and in smaller groceries and convenience stores by July 1, 2016.
Ebola And Climate Change: How Are They Connected?
In light of the recent outbreak, some researchers are connecting deforestation in countries such as Liberia to the disease, noting that the change in landscape is bringing wildlife in closer contact with humans.
On Use Of Experimental Ebola Drugs, U.S. Under Increased Pressure
Officials wrestle with whether it is ethical to withhold potential treatment from some groups, but also if it is acceptable to offer either false hope or true risk to vulnerable populations.
Critic: Censored Report Shows UK Government Has ‘Something To Hide’ About Fracking
Department of Environment report on fracking impacts redacted 62 times in just 13 pages.
Busting The Bureau Of Land Management’s Frackopoly
Bureau Of Land Management managed land like the ones near Moab Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and so many others in the U.S., may be at risk from nearby fracking.
Exxon Begins Drilling Russia’s Pristine Arctic Waters
Despite U.S. sanctions, drilling marks business-as-usual for international oil giant.