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Uzbekistan Still Using Child Slaves To Pick Cotton October 20, 2014
Uzbekistan may have cut back on its use of young child laborers, but its use of teens and others in its forced labor system continues drawing criticism from social groups, retailers and governments, who want to weed unethically harvested Uzbek cotton out of the supply chain.
How To Protect Communities From Climate Change
As cities brace themselves for the effects of climate change and extreme weather events, climate experts and community organizers agree: human connection is key to survival.
Women Aren’t The Only Texans Grappling With Changes To Health Care Access
Part II: Marginalized and pathologized by Republican politicians, LGBT Texans face special challenges in finding access to reproductive health care.
Indonesians May Finally See Their Day In Court Against Exxon Mobil
A case on Exxon Mobil’s alleged human rights abuses in Indonesia can proceed in a U.S. court, but only if it can be proven that the decision-making process that led to those abuses unfolded on U.S. soil.
A Third Of Schoolchildren Vulnerable To Hazardous Chemicals Facilities
While the conversation on hazardous chemicals facilities tends to revolve around risks to the general public, nearly 20 million schoolchildren go to schools located in vulnerability zones. Many of these schools lack plans in case of a chemical emergency.
Plastics, Plastics Everywhere — Even In Our Drinks
The world’s oceans and seas are quickly turning into vast garbage dumps, with plastics representing an increasingly large portion of the debris that’s finding its way into marine life and even human food supplies.
FDA Accused Of Fuelling Record Painkiller Addiction “Epidemic”
Opioid abuse in America is a well-documented and tragic epidemic. While the FDA has intervened to add abuse deterrents to some narcotic pain relievers, it’s also approved a new drug that lacks such deterrents and could be much more lethal if abused.
Dietary Guidelines Revisions Offer “Unprecedented” Sustainability Opportunity
Potential revisions to U.S. dietary guidelines could encourage Americans to eat in a way that is both healthier and more environmentally sustainable. Health experts and green advocates applaud the possible move, but not everyone shares their enthusiasm.
VIDEO: 400,000 People Against Climate Change Heat Up New York City
Over 400,000 people took to the streets of New York city to demand action on climate change, MintPress was on the ground to hear what they had to say.
Birth Defects: A Possible Side Effect Of FDA Proposal On A Natural B Vitamin
The shift to putting “folic acid” on supplement labels could potentially increase birth defects, allow a pharmaceutical company to rake in much more money and ultimately leave many people unable to absorb the compound they’re hoping to benefit from consuming.