Health & Lifestyle
How One State Is Taking On The Micro-Plastics Polluting Its Waterways April 18, 2014
Illinois bill takes aim at microbeads found in personal care products, but green groups say measure does not go far enough
China Says One-fifth Of Its Farmland Is Polluted
The report, previously deemed so sensitive it was classified as a state secret, names the heavy metals cadmium, nickel and arsenic as the top contaminants.
Twenty years After Genocide, Rwanda Has Become A Model Of Inclusive Healthcare
The rapid recovery of healthcare in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide has been nothing short of historic. Life expectancy has doubled. Child mortality has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2000. In the past decade, death rates from AIDS and tuberculosis have declined at record speed. Vaccination rates for many diseases surpass those reported in the United States. And Rwanda is on track to become the first African country to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for health. Partners in Health,
Police Struggle To Fight America’s Growing Heroin Epidemic
Law enforcement agencies across the country lack the data they need to effectively address the nation’s heroin epidemic, but they may actually be the ones behind the data blackout.
Ariz. Vets In Battle Against Anti-Medical Marijuana Senator
A long-stalled University of Arizona study on marijuana’s effects on PTSD patients is one step closer to proceeding now that a state senator has lifted her objection.
Environmentalist Kicked Out Of Chevron-Sponsored Event
After organizers of a Chevron-sponsored economic development summit learned of a paying attendee’s association with an environmental watchdog, he was forcibly ejected from the event.
Legacy Of US Nuclear Weapons Still Killing Uranium Miners Decades Later: Study
Study obtained exclusively by The Guardian exposes deaths of workers who mined uranium for nuclear weapons and power generation.
The 6 Deadliest Places In The World To Be An Environmentalist
A new report spells out in grisly detail the price some environmentalists pay for their work. At least 908 environmental activists have been killed in the last decade, according to the London-based NGO, Global Witness. It’s the first such survey of its kind. The death toll in the 35 countries analyzed is likely even higher since field investigations in some countries are difficult or impossible to perform. “Many of those facing threats are ordinary people opposing land grabs, mining
Nation’s Boldest GMO Label Law Nears Passage In Vermont
Senators credit 'emails and calls' of voters for pushing legislation.
US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis Of Illegal Toxic Dumping
Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating 'legacy of radioactivity'.
America’s Minority Children Face A Daunting Future
Using a range of indicators to gauge a child’s potential for future success, a study paints an alarming picture of America’s future, especially for minority children.
Study: Fracking Emissions Up To 1000x Higher Than EPA Estimates April 16, 2014
New report suggests highly potent greenhouse gas far more prevalent in gas production than previously thought.
The Zero-emission Engine Is Getting Ready For Prime Time
As the global market for electric and hybrid cars expands, Germany is also betting on another alternative power source.
Australia’s War On Science
Scientists speak out against Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s slashed budgets and ‘anti-research agenda.’
Cesar Chavez Biographer Aims To Go Beyond Labor Activist’s Saintly Image
Cesar Chavez has been mythologized to the point of saintliness, but one biographer’s new book brings the activist’s image back down to Earth.
Killing Of Environmental Activists Rises Globally
The rising deaths, along with non-lethal violence, are attributed to intensifying competition for shrinking resources in a global economy and abetted by authorities and security forces in some countries connected to powerful individuals, companies and others behind the killings.
IPCC Findings: Create ‘Age Of Renewables’… Or Pay Higher Price Later
'The longer we wait, the costlier it will be': IPCC's latest climate assessment makes it perfectly clear that solutions to crisis exist, but political atrophy spells doom
In Small Canadian Town Democracy Wins, Tar Sands Loses
Kitimat, British Columbia's 'no' vote follows widespread opposition to Northern Gatway
Fla. Dems Hope Medical Marijuana Brings Out Voters
Florida’s Democrats hope a measure to legalize medical marijuana in the state will draw people who are likely to vote for left-leaning candidates to the polls this fall.
Rich and Poor Nations Spar Ahead of Climate Report Release
Interactions between officials highlights critical insights regarding countries' commitment to climate change
The Internet-Driven Atheist Reformation
The Internet has given everyone unbridled access to information. This access, one computer scientist says, has had an undeniable influence on faith in America.
LAPD To Discuss Disabled, Missing Recording Equipment
LAPD officers continue to tamper with recording equipment on patrol cars and on their person because no one is holding them accountable, but a public hearing could change that.