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Youths sue U.S. government over climate inaction PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 11 May 2014 15:38
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/4/youth-sue-governmentforclimateinaction.html

May 4, 2014 2:16PM ET Updated May 5, 2014 2:14PM ET

 

 

An unprecedented massive legal campaign led by young Americans is playing out in courtrooms across the nation

Their futures are at stake, say the young plaintiffs.

“Climate change is the biggest issue of our time,” said 13-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a member of nonprofit Kids vs. Global Warming, a plaintiff in the suit.

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Vermont just passed the nation’s first GMO food labeling law. Now it prepares to get sued. PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 May 2014 12:22

By Niraj Chokshi2014-05-09

Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes back the GMO labeling bill passed by the Vermont Legislature. They believe people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Edge Fuentes, left, stands with his wife Katie Spring, right, and their 9-month-old son Waylon in their planting room surrounded by seedlings for vegetables and flowers at their Good Heart Farmstead in Worcester, Vt. Spring and Fuentes backed the GMO labeling law, arguing people need to be able to know what’s in their food. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

UPDATE: This post, originally published on April 29, was updated on May 9 to reflect that the bill became law.

Vermont on Thursday became the first state in the nation to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed that mandate into law on Thursday afternoon, saying in a statement “we believe we have a right to know what’s in the food we buy.” The new law represents a significant victory for advocates who have for years pushed such measures at the state and local level. But there remains one more hurdle to overcome: a likely lawsuit.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 08:54
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Tear Down ‘Deadbeat’ Dams PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 May 2014 12:15

By YVON CHOUINARD 2014-05-07">

Credit: Marta Monteiro

VENTURA, Calif. — OF the more than 80,000 dams listed by the federal government, more than 26,000 pose high or significant safety hazards. Many no longer serve any real purpose. All have limited life spans. Only about 1,750 produce hydropower, according to the National Hydropower Association.

In many cases, the benefits that dams have historically provided — for water use, flood control and electricity — can now be met more effectively without continuing to choke entire watersheds.

Dams degrade water quality, block the movement of nutrients and sediment, destroy fish and wildlife habitats, damage coastal estuaries and in some cases rob surrounding forests of nitrogen. Reservoirs can also be significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 09:06
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Stanford Student Movement Inspires University’s $18.7 Billion Divestment From Coal PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 06:10

By Beandon Baker  ECOWatch

http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/07/stanford-divestment-coal/If there’s any investment that could potentially cause “substantial social injury,” it’s coal-fired energy.

 

A large-scale student campaign helped Stanford University’s board of trustees realize as much, leading to this week’s decision for the institution to divest its $18.7 billion endowment from coal stock. 

Stanford University’s 43-year-old Statement on Investment Responsibility instructs the board of trustees to invest endowment assets to maximize potential returns, but it also allows trustees to factor in the possibility of those investments causing social injury.

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:46

By Nick Turse

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175831/Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

 

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems -- with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.

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Send in the (Pro-GMO) Clowns PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:47
by Ronnie Commins Organic Consumer's Association alt

 

Oops. Don’t bother. They’re here.

As promised, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the Congressman from Koch Industries, has introduced a federal bill to keep labels off GMO-contaminated foods. And he’s recruited a few fellow clowns, um, colleagues to stick out their necks along with him.

They’re calling it the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014." Of course, it’s anything but.

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 April 2014 21:12
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Monsanto, Syngenta, other pesticide, crop companies give $455,000 to fight Jackson County GMO measure PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 07 April 2014 10:31

By Yuxing Zheng | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Protesters gathered at the Oregon Capitol in July to help block a bill that would have pre-empted local ordinances against genetically modified seeds. That bill died, but a similar bill passed in October. (Yuxing Zheng/The Oregonian)
 
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Six pesticide and plant biotechnology firms have donated $455,000 to the campaign fighting a measure on the May ballot in Jackson County that would ban some genetically modified crops.

It's a whopping amount of money for a local county measure, but the stakes are huge for these companies. If the measure passes, the companies stand to lose money. Opponents also fear the measure's passage could set a precedent and provide momentum for statewide efforts to ban genetically modified agriculture or require labeling of genetically modified foods.

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California Tribes Front and Center at Sacramento Anti-Fracking Rally PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 30 March 2014 20:24

By: Marc Dadigan3/21/14

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Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% Of Air And Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 04:32

By Newswatch

February 2014

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A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.(Sayer JiThe GM farming system has made exposure to Roundup herbicide a daily fact of our existence, and according to the latest US Geological Survey study its probably in the air you are breathing…

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500,000 car purchases avoided in US thanks to carsharing PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:56

 

Zachary Shahan Treehugger

http://www.treehugger.com/cars/500000-car-purchases-avoided-us-thanks-carsharing.html
Transportation / Cars
February 11, 2014

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© Zipcar

When I moved up to Chapel Hill after college, I decided to completely ditch the car. Well, almost completely. It was 2004 and I didn't know about Zipcar before moving there, but at some point in my time there I found out about this young and budding carsharing service, and the whole idea of carsharing. I wasn't going to buy a car anyway, but Zipcar certainly made my life much easier for those times when a car was really useful. (And it probably didn't hurt that one of the four Zipcar parking spots was located just outside the UNC city planning department building where I had all my classes for 1.5 years).

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