Front Page: Health & Lifestyle
Density Of Industrial Hog Farms In North Carolina Prompts Civil Rights Investigation October 27, 2014
People living near North Carolina’s large-scale hog farms have complained for decades about health and quality-of-life issues, with communities of color reportedly disproportionately affected. The EPA is now considering whether to launch a full investigation.
Syngenta Facing Legal Blitz Over Genetically Modified Corn
Biotech giant Syngenta’s fact sheet on a genetically modified corn urges farmers to “plant with confidence,” yet when China rejected this corn because the country hadn’t approved that particular product for its market, the entire U.S. corn industry suffered.
Canoes vs. Coal Ships: Climate Warriors Blockade World’s Largest Coal Port
In a flotilla organized to protest the causes of climate change and raise awareness of the effects, leaders from 12 Pacific Island nations set their canoes in Australian waters to tell the world: “We are not drowning. We are fighting.”
Uzbekistan Still Using Child Slaves To Pick Cotton
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.