City of Sacramento performed a water treatment experiment “to save money,” despite knowing that very process was creating carcinogens. The combination of excess chlorine and aluminum chlorohydrate ended up yielding carcinogenic toxins known as “DBPs” — disinfection byproducts.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the ubiquitous Trans Pacific Trade Partnership deal. It would affect your Internet privacy, your ability to choose whether or not to eat GM food, and could even force multiple countries’ citizens to lose their rights for free speech or a fair trial for commodities traded between corporations.
The Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Environmental Health, El Quinto Sol de America, Californians for Pesticide Reform, the Center for Food Safety and the Pesticide Action Network released a report earlier this week that claims that more than half of the glyphosate sprayed in California is applied to the state’s 8 most impoverished counties.
At the first meeting of the New York State's Pollinator Task Force (Aug 6 2015), commercial beekeeper Jim Doan was flabbergasted to learn that state officials had appointed two representatives of the national pesticide industry to the 12-member panel. Bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once common in New York and the Northeastern US, is now a candidate for the endangered species act.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will update by year's end proposed guidelines for assessing the safe life span for nuclear reactors -- a central issue for the nuclear industry, the nation's future electric power supply and the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. The new guidance is linked to NRC's current judgment that there are as yet no "aging" issues with reactors' structures and components that would prevent current plants from being licensed out to 80 years of age.
Mexico's Supreme Court has blocked a move by the nation's agriculture ministry to allow genetically modified soya seeds to be planted in two states.
More than 1,100 local, state, and tribal law enforcement departments responded to the 2015 National Drug Threat Survey. aCops do not perceive marijuana to be a threat. Drugs that cops are worried about are heroin and methamphetamine. Prince George’s County police blame recent spike in Maryland murders on decriminalization of marijuana – despite no evidence to back up their claim.
The former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata, recently suggested that Japan should stage an ‘honorable retreat’ from hosting the 2020 Olympics due to the unpredictable situation at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Danger still posed by large numbers of spent fuel rods suspended in spent fuel pools in reactors 1, 2 and 3 [which] can’t be removed from the damaged reactor buildings due to the high levels of radioactivity surrounding these reactors.
Eli Lilly, makes one of the world's most controversial growth-promoting chemicals for meat production: ractopamine, marketed as Optaflexx for cattle, Paylean for pigs, and Topmax for turkeys. Ractopamine makes animals rapidly put on lean weight—but it also mimics stress hormones and makes their hearts beat faster.
Ireland’s State Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy announced Monday he would work to initiate the process of decriminalizing all drugs in the country. A main element of the plan seeks to create “injection centers” where addicts can safely consume their drugs and receive treatment.
A government contractor buried tens of thousands of barrels of nuclear waste in two sites around St. Louis that may have caused more than 2,700 cases of cancer, a lawsuit and CBS News are alleging.
whale numbers have decreased, conservationists claim the anchovy population has “collapsed” due to environmental reasons, plankton populations are low, sea lions and sea birds… are starving up and down the coast. Market squid are disappearing.
An Ohio mother lost custody of her newborn daughter last month — over the objections of social workers — because she used a marijuana-based tea to treat labor pains.
A secret application has been made to India’s GEAC (Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee) for a new variety of GMO mustard to be released for cultivation. If accepted, this would be the first GMO variety to be approved in India – and could open the way for many more such applications for other major crops including staple foods like rice, wheat and chickpeas.
WE ARE now officially living amid the sixth great extinction, according to scientists, global economy has not shifted to prevent climate change's threat to civilization and the biosphere. Loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification and pollution not sufficient to catalyze changes in global economic order. Changes to capitalism most likely to come about through shifts in economic practices which makes some forms of production unacceptable; through profitable technological innovation; or political influence of corporations.
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