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image Conservationists Urge Increased Protections of Silky Sharks at International Meeting 480_silkysharkpetition_en_072516_1.jpg by JoannaMcWilliams
Turtle Island Restoration Network and partner organizations are calling on the delegates at an upcoming global conservation meeting to take action to reduce the killing of silky sharks. These sharks are targeted for their valuable fins, and are in dire need of greater protections....
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:19AM
document EPA Approved Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Chemical Mixture toxic_concoctions.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
PORTLAND, Ore., July 19, 2016 — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA in its approval of pesticides for food, lawns and other uses....
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:46PM
text In 1988, Kurt Vonnegut Writes a Letter to People Living in 2088, Giving 7 Pieces of Advice by Colin Marshall, Open Culture
The mind of Kurt Vonnegut, like the protagonist of his best-known novel Slaughterhouse-Five, must have got “unstuck in time” somewhere along the line. How else could he have managed to write his distinctive brand of satirical but sincere fiction, hyper-aware of past, present, and future all at once?...
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:36AM
document Historic Petition Calls on Obama Admin to Halt All New Fossil Fuel Leases on Federal Land petition_for_a_moratorium_on_the_leasing_of_federal_public_land_fossil_fuels.pdf_140_.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2016 — More than 250 climate, community and tribal organizations filed a landmark legal petition today (see PDF) calling on the Obama administration to halt all new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands — a step that would align U.S. energy policies with its climate goals and keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gas pollution from entering the atmosphere....
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:50PM
image Four Years Struggle, Three Years Boycott, Sakuma Finally Ready to Negotiate 480_familias-unidas-por-la-justica_1.jpg by Familias Unidas Por la Justica (FUJ)
Burlington, WA - We at Familias Unidas Por la Justica (FUJ) are certainly encouraged that Sakuma Berry Farms has relented to the pressure of the ‪#‎BoycottDriscolls‬ campaign and the workers voices in the fields to finally agree to begin negotiations....
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 4:50PM
image “Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?” 480_b5c79ca24346d55efb4ca76ccddfd3db_1.jpg by Khubaka, Michael Harris
Seasoned Black Farmers Elders continue a long, long journey towards justice. The journey to the steps of the US Supreme Court from the deep woods throughout the Deep South is on full display. Nationwide and beyond, the salient facts of the historical legacy of people of African ancestry in the US Agriculture Industry continue find the light of day... 2016 Black Agriculture Awareness Week builds upon this vast history and looks to highlight and showcase a positive new way forward......
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 9:37AM
image Policia asesina a activista y periodista de radio comunitaria en Oaxaca 480_salvador-olmos-de-radio-tu-un-nuu-savi_1.jpg by El Enemigo Común
Integrantes de esta frecuencia señalaron a elementos de la Policía Municipal como los presuntos autores materiales e intelectuales....
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:23AM
image Community radio journalist and activist killed by police in Oaxaca 480_salvador-olmos-de-radio-tu-un-nuu-savi_1.jpg by El Enemigo Común
Fellow broadcasters accused local police of being the perpetrators of this crime. They said that Chava had previously been run over by a police vehicle....
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:20AM
image Obama Administration Permitted 1,200 Offshore Fracks in Gulf of Mexico gulf_of_mexico_fracking_locations_centerforbiologicaldiversity.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016 — Federal officials permitted more than 1,200 offshore fracks by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2014, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:20PM
text Pipeline Company in Southern California Oil Spill Has Long History of Leaks by Center for Biological Diversity
VENTURA, Calif., June 23, 2016 — The company that just spilled thousands of gallons of crude near the California coast in Ventura has a decade-long history of oil spills in the state, according to information uncovered by the Center for Biological Diversity....
Posted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:04PM
text Unprecedented Offshore Fracking Threatens Alaska's Endangered Belugas by Center for Biological Diversity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 22, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today urged federal officials to block an oil company’s plans to drill multiple new wells and conduct the first large, multistage offshore fracking ever done in Alaska’s environmentally sensitive Cook Inlet....
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:40AM
image 13 months of record global temperatures as scientists warn: climate emergency 480_20160616-climatecentral-tempsglobaladjusted_jan-may_1.jpg by john Englart (Takver)
From April 2015 to May 2016 each month has been a new record for global average temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is an unprecedented series of broken global temperature records. And scientists are warning now that we are in unprecedented territory facing the start of a climate emergency....
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:41PM
text Groups Question Lack of Transparency in Genetically Engineered Moth Experiments by via Food & Water Watch
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 — Environmental, food safety and organic farming organizations are demanding clear public information about a controversial plan to conduct an open air field trial of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at Cornell’s agricultural experiment station in Geneva, New York. The GE moths are intended to control population levels with an engineered trait that causes female offspring to die in the larval stage. The diamondback moth is a pest for producers of crops l...
Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:06PM
text Nuclear Shutdown News June 2016 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News chronicles the decline and fall of the nuclear power industry at home and abroad, and highlights the efforts of those who are fighting to create a nuclear free future. Here is our June 2016 issue:...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:39PM
text Killer whales remain protected in Washington by via OCEANA
Olympia, WA, June 10, 2016 – Today the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to maintain killer whales on the state’s Endangered Species List. This vote follows the recommendation of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists who prepared a detailed review of the status of Washington’s southern resident killer whales. Oceana commends the Commission for its decision given the dire situation. Only eighty-three killer whales remain in the southern resident populati...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:03PM
image Green Party Moves Towards Declaring Itself Eco-Socialist 480_andrea_merida_cuellar_1.jpg by Jonathan Nack
Photo: Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, Green Party National Co-Chair "... it's clear that the working class in this country is ready for revolution. As the true left discusses reform vs. revolution, the Green Party is now uniquely positioned to finally be the electoral tactic of grassroots movements…"...
Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:53AM
image Fires And Drought Force Migration Of Palm Oil Production 480_guatemala_pome_fish_kill_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
Rigoberto Lima Choc was fatally shot in broad daylight in Sayaxché, in front of the building housing the local justice of the peace court in the center of town. “Lima Choc was a 28-year-old primary school teacher who lived and taught in the village of Champerico, in the municipality of Sayaxché. Twelve days before his murder, Lima Choc was elected to form part of the local government in Sayaxché and would have become a municipal councillor in January. He was also one of the first people to sp...
Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:26AM
document Responsible Organic Sustainable Palm Oil: A Plurality Of Semantics organicjan16.pdf_140_.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
The scenario most likely to result from the RSPO process is that in the future there will be two production sectors supplying different markets. On the one hand there will be a group of companies with certification that will attempt to a greater or lesser extent to comply with the principles and criteria adopted by the RSPO, while on the other hand there will be a second group of non-certified companies that will continue with “business as usual” (conventional palm oil sourcing and global tra...
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:42AM
image Saying No To Palm Oil In The U.S. 480_no_one_is_safe_from_illegal_palm_oil_1.jpg by Tomas DiFiore
"Many major consumer goods firms now delegate responsibility for their sourcing policies to the RSPO and, by extension, to these auditors. If the auditors are engaging in box-ticking and even colluding to cover up unsustainable practices, then products will get to the supermarket shelves that are tainted with human trafficking, rights abuses and the destruction of biodiversity. the world's only global palm oil certification system - meant to ensure ensure sustainability, human rights, labor s...
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:36AM
image E.U. Countries Delay Approval of Toxic Chemical in RoundUp 480_hazardous-pesticide_1.jpg by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, June 6th, 2016 — Today in Brussels representatives from the European Union (E.U.) failed to pass a temporary reauthorization of glyphosate – a toxic chemical in the common pesticide RoundUp determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a “probable carcinogen”. The committee was asked to grant re-authorization for between one and two years, to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently in progress at the European Chemicals Agency, but rejected the proposal. If ...
Posted: Mon Jun 6, 2016 1:11PM