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Edward Snowden Isn't on the Run... We Are: THE LESSONS OF THE US WHISTLEBLOWER IN ANNE APPLEBAUM’S RUSSIA PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:31

by Subhankar Banerjee  Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view2013/06/27-Thursday, June 27, 2013 

altFirst came the “shock and awe”: the revelations of massive spying by the US and British governments—on the people of the world. Then came the enlightened debate: Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? Then arrived the Hollywood-style entertainment: Where is Edward Snowden going?

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2013 08:25
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Mass Protest, Not A Speech, Is Needed To Address Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 27 June 2013 07:14

 

by Chris Williams, ClimateStoryTellers.org, June 27, 2013

June 27, 2013

Before we get teary eyed with joy or scoff with derision, we should take a closer look at President Obama’s June 25 speech on climate change, and set it within the context of his five years in power. This is a position he himself argued for during his speech when he said that we need to “be more concerned with the judgment of posterity” than short–term political considerations.

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UPDATED: 25,000 Bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:42

 

BY Jaymi Heimbuch Treehugger

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/25000-bumble-bees-found-dead-target-parking-lot.html
Science / Natural Sciences
June 21, 2013

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UPDATED: 25,000 Bumble bees found dead in a Target parking lot

bee deaths photo
© Rich Hatfield of The Xerces Society 2013

Target shoppers in Wilsonville, Oregon found a tragedy in the parking lot as tens of thousands of of bumble bees were found dead and dying on the pavement, along with honey bees and ladybugs. Shoppers notified Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist with the Portland-based Xerces Society of Invertebrate Conservation, who went to the scene to investigate.

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CIMMYT: Bill Gates Invests $25 Million In Controversial GM Crop Center PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 June 2013 08:45

By MARK STEVENSON 02/13/13 09:37 PM ET EST AP

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/cimmyt-bill-gates-gm-crop-center_n_2695241.html

TEXCOCO, Mexico -- The research center largely responsible for launching the "green revolution" of the 1960s that dramatically raised crop yields is getting support from the world's richest men to develop genetically-modified seeds to help farmers in the developing world grow more grain in the face of a changing climatic conditions and increased demand.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 10:45
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Bill Gates Dodges Questions on Why He Owns 500,000 Shares of Monsanto PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 16 June 2013 08:21

By Anthony Gucciardi infowars.com

Bill Gates is primarily known as the multi-billionaire who Microsoft, the company behind the most popular computer operating system known as Windows. With this massive wealth, he has retired from leading Microsoft and now instead focuses his money and time on furthering genetically modified technology, geoengineering, experimental vaccinations, and preaching about how Monsanto is the answer to world hunger.Feb 12, 2013

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Study: Driving A Car As Stressful As Skydiving PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 10 June 2013 16:23

By altCambridge, Mass. (CBS HARTFORD

June 8, 2013 1:29 PM

 
According to a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Audi, driver responses in heart rate, face movements, skin conductance and other health vitals – were given a stress level on par with that of a person skydiving. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

According to a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Audi, driver responses in heart rate, face movements, skin conductance and other health vitals – were given a stress level on par with that of a person skydiving. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

 
 Whether it’s your morning commute or just a quick drive to the store, a new study finds that driving is one of life’s most stressful activities.
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U.S. Urged to Reject Genetically Engineered Trees PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 31 May 2013 08:11

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, May 30 2013 (IPS) - Consumer advocates and environmentalists this week are taking advantage of an industry conference to highlight concerns over the U.S. government’s pending approval of a genetically modified eucalyptus tree.

Technician Christine Berry checks on futuristic peach and apple “orchards”. Each dish holds tiny experimental trees grown from lab-cultured cells to which researchers have given new genes. Credit: USDA Agricultural Research Service

The project proposal is currently being weighed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). If approved, it would constitute the first time that a bioengineered tree has been authorised for commercial production in the United States.

On Tuesday, activists at the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) Tree Biotechnology Conference, taking place throughout the week in North Carolina, engaged in what organisers say is the largest protest ever carried out against genetically engineered (GE) trees.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 June 2013 18:20
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U.S. Urged to Reject Genetically Engineered Trees PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 31 May 2013 08:04

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, May 30 2013 (IPS) - Consumer advocates and environmentalists this week are taking advantage of an industry conference to highlight concerns over the U.S. government’s pending approval of a genetically modified eucalyptus tree.

Technician Christine Berry checks on futuristic peach and apple “orchards”. Each dish holds tiny experimental trees grown from lab-cultured cells to which researchers have given new genes. Credit: USDA Agricultural Research Service

The project proposal is currently being weighed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). If approved, it would constitute the first time that a bioengineered tree has been authorised for commercial production in the United States.

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 June 2013 18:21
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USDA Sticks It to Monsanto and Dow—At Least Temporarily PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 12 May 2013 14:57

—By  Mother  JOnes

 

Back in early 2012, the US Department of Agriculture seemed on the verge of approving new genetically modified crops from agrichemical giants Monsanto and Dow. The two agrichemical giants were pushing new corn and soy varieties that would respond to the ever-expanding problem of herbicide-tolerant superweeds by bringing more-toxic herbicides into the mix—and likely ramping up the resistance problem, as I explained at length in a post at the time.

Even some mainstream ag scientists were alarmed at the coming escalation in the war against weeds. Scientists at Penn State—not exactly a hotbed of alternative ag thinking—delivered a damning analysis of the novel crops, which would engineered to withstand not only Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, but also the highly toxic old ones 2,4-D (Dow's version) and Dicamba (Monsanto's).

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 May 2013 15:01
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Environmental Review to Delay Two Engineered Crops PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 11 May 2013 19:53

By :  New York Times May 10, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/business/energy-environment/environmental-review-to-delay-two-engineered-crops.html?_r=1&Genetically engineered crops that could sharply increase the use of two powerful herbicides are now unlikely to reach the market until at least 2015 because the Department of Agriculture has decided to subject the crops to more stringent environmental reviews than it had originally intended.

H. Rick Bamman/Northwest Herald, via Associated Press

Glyphosate, a herbicide, bein sprayed on a field. Some weeds are now glyphosate-resistant.

The department said on Friday that it had made the decision after determining that approval of the crops “may significantly affect the quality of the human environment.”

The crops in question are Dow Chemical’s corn and soybeans that would be resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D and Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 May 2013 20:00
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