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Obama Admin. Indefinitely Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Decision April 22, 2014
It’s election time again, so is it any coincidence that the White House has decided to postpone a decision on the contentious Keystone pipeline expansion?
France Moves To Ban GMO Corn Cultivation, Harvesting
Amid debate over the safety and long-term effects of genetically-modified organisms, France takes a major step toward banning genetically-modified corn within its borders.
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,
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.
US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis Of Illegal Toxic Dumping
Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating 'legacy of radioactivity'.
Australia’s War On Science
Scientists speak out against Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s slashed budgets and ‘anti-research agenda.’
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.
Survey: Majority Of US Doctors Support Medical Marijuana Legalization
Though they’ve been reluctant to admit it, a survey finds that a majority of doctors in the U.S. do, in fact, support medical marijuana legalization.
Federal Agency Rejects Expanded Nuclear Fallout Plan
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejects a call to expand emergency zones for areas within nuclear fallout ranges, prompting questions over the agency’s commitment to public safety.
Coal Industry Regulators Ask To Be Stripped Of Regulatory Power
After coal ash spill, state regulators appeal ruling demanding Duke Energy clean up
Medical Marijuana Amendment Slipped Into Minn. Health Care Bill
Since the state Legislature hasn’t voted on a marijuana legalization bill in the year since its introduction, one state representative tacked legalization into an amendment on a health care bill.
Holder Questioned On DOJ’s “Marijuana-Friendly” Policies
In a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on the DOJ’s “ongoing priorities,” which prompted discussion on drug policy, among other issues.
Anadarko Petroluem Fined Billions For Pollution Across The US
In a record-setting environmental settlement for the Justice Department, an oil company pays big for 85 years of polluting activities conducted by a company it acquired in 2006.
SeaWorld Caught Drugging Orcas With Human Antidepressants
Allegations of whale doping bring a fresh wave of criticism over SeaWorld and prompt more concern over the treatment of animals held in captivity.
Home-Grown Weed: A Necessary Provision In All Legalization Legislation?
Not all states are including home cultivation provisions into their marijuana legalization legislation, but one author says this is a huge mistake.
Methane: The Next Target In The War On Greenhouse Gases
The White House unveils a new strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, showing methane leaks could be more widespread and dangerous than previously thought.
High Taxes Send Marijuana Users Back To Black Market
In Colorado, high taxes on personal use marijuana sales are prompting some users to go back to their old dealers, who offer similar products at lower prices.
Ariz. Senator Blocks Fed-Approved PTSD Medical Marijuana Research
Saying Arizona should only use money from the state’s medical marijuana program to fund drug abuse prevention programs, a state senator blocks PTSD-medical marijuana research.
UN Court Rules Japan’s “Scientific” Whaling Program “Unlawful” (Video)
The U.N.’s International Court of Justice bans Japanese whaling activities in the South Pacific, saying Japan’s “scientific research” was just commercial whaling in disguise.
Consumer Pressure Has Congress Considering Overturning Raw Milk Ban
A push to overturn the ban on raw milk sales represents a growing interest in consumers’ choice in the halls of Congress, but would this choice come at the cost of health and science?
Colo. Bill Is Latest Pushback Against Anti-vaccination Movement
A bill has cleared the House in Colorado that would require parents who don’t want to vaccinate their children to complete online education on the risks of not doing so.