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image Electric cars: Running on child labour? 480_democratic_republic_of_congo_drc_artisanal_cobalt_mining_1.jpg by Amnesty International
September 29, 2016 - Leading electric car makers must come clean to their consumers about the steps they are taking to keep child labour out of their supply chains, and be open about any abuses that they do find, Amnesty International said today, ahead of the Paris Motor Show where new models of electric cars will be displayed....
Posted: Sat Oct 1, 2016 2:32AM
text Nuclear Shutdown News September 2016 by Michael Steinberg
Nuclear Shutdown News September 2016 Michael Steinberg Black Rain Press...
Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 3:02PM
document Groups Call on EPA to Correct Unsupported Claims in Major Fracking Study september_27_group_letter_to_epa.pdf_140_.jpg by via Food & Water Watch
Letter Comes on Heels of Report Showing White House Influence on “Messaging” in the June 2015 Study...
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:17PM
text Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens' Ability to Use Endangered Species Act by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 26, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service finalized new rules today that restrict the ability of ordinary citizens, scientists and public-interest organizations to obtain Endangered Species Act protections for species on the brink of extinction. The new rules eliminate the ability of the public to submit multispecies petitions and require that 30 days prior to submitting a petition, the petitioner must notify every state where an...
Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:19PM
text Chelsea Manning Punishment for Suicide Attempt is Cruel and Inhumane by Amnesty International
A prison disciplinary board has sentenced Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, to 14 days in solitary confinement following her suicide attempt in July....
Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:46PM
image Leonard Peltier on Solidarity with Standing Rock 480_free_leonard_peltier.jpg by Leonard Peltier
Greeting Sisters and Brothers: I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there....
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:59PM
image Over 700,000 People Tell Government to Block Seed Mergers 480_seeds_1.jpg by Center for Food Safety
Washington, D.C., September 20th, 2016 — As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to examine consolidation in the agriculture seed and chemical industry, nine groups have submitted petitions signed by 708,000 people urging the Department of Justice and elected officials to block several pending mergers that would further consolidate the market for seeds and agricultural chemicals. The pending mergers between Dow-DuPont, Syngenta-ChemChina and Bayer-Monsanto would further increase th...
Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:54PM
text Company Behind Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Has Record of Spills, Property Damage by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, September 20, 2016 — Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate behind the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, is responsible for 29 pipeline safety incidents since 2006, in which 9,555 barrels of hazardous liquids were leaked, according to a new analysis of federal data by the Center for Biological Diversity. Those spills resulted in $9.5 million in property damage, according to information from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...
Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:18PM
image ALDF Urges Court to Acknowledge Pets’ True Value To Their Families doberman.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
DeLand, Fla., September 9, 2016 – Florida resident Micheline Boutin is suing an emergency veterinary clinic and the attending veterinarian for veterinary malpractice that allegedly lead to the death of Frankie, her Doberman Pincher / Great Dane mix dog. The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief arguing that the plaintiff is entitled to compensation for Frankie’s intrinsic value. Hei...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:02PM
text Oil Giant Enbridge to Purchase Gas Behemoth Spectra by via Sierra Club
Deal Would Create One of the Largest Corporate Polluters in the Country...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 5:13PM
text Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO, September 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for failing to set new water-quality standards to combat ocean acidification or respond to a three-year-old Center petition demanding the agency address this growing threat to marine life. Despite scientific consensus that federal water-quality standards are outdated and inadequate to protect marine life from the corrosive effects of ocean acidification, the EPA has ignor...
Posted: Thu Sep 8, 2016 4:49PM
image Global Experts Denounce Japan's "Scientific" Whaling Program 480_whale-meat-tin-tokyo-japan-flickr-jdbaskin_1.jpg by via Animal Welfare Institute
HONOLULU, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — The World Conservation Congress yesterday formally adopted a motion against Japan’s research whaling program, which is used as a front to kill whales for commercial sale. The motion calls on Japan to stop issuing “special permits” for whaling in the Antarctic and western North Pacific oceans and for all International Whaling Commission (IWC) members to refrain from issuing any further permits....
Posted: Wed Sep 7, 2016 5:15PM
text Russia: Blogger jailed for playing Pokémon Go in a cathedral must be immediately released by Amnesty International
The detention of Ruslan Sokolovsky, a Russian blogger from Yekaterinburg (Urals region) who was sentenced to administrative arrest for two months after posting a video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a church is a farcical attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International....
Posted: Wed Sep 7, 2016 12:08AM
image ALDF Urges National Institutes of Health to Recognize Rights of Humanized Animals test-tubes.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
WASHINGTON, September 6, 2016 – Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund submitted comments (see PDF) to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urging the agency to recognize that chimeric and transgenic animals with humanized cognition should be protected as human research subjects, and ensure regular oversight by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in all NIH-funded research where enhanced cognitive ability in such animals is a possibility. The Animal Legal Defense Fund previously petitioned NIH...
Posted: Tue Sep 6, 2016 2:38PM
text Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award by Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island nominated Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) for the prestigious White House Champions of Change Award....
Posted: Thu Sep 1, 2016 8:33AM
image WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown 480_farmworker_on_strawberry_killed_graphic_1.jpg by KPFA Pacifica WorkWeek Radio
WorkWeek radio looks at the California legislature vote for an 8 hour day for agricultural workers and overtime with Al Rojas, a founder of the United Farmworkers of America. WorkWeek then examines the increasing attacks on California's injured workers through deregulation and control by the insurance industry of Workers Compensation...
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:28PM
image Lawsuit Launched Over California Cities' Killing of Threatened Santa Ana Suckers 480_santa_ana_sucker_paulbarrett_usfws_1.jpg by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., August 22, 2016 — Three conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to sue the cities of Colton and San Bernardino and their regional wastewater reclamation authority for illegally killing federally protected Santa Ana sucker fish. By halting water releases critical to maintaining surface flows of the Santa Ana River, the Rapid Infiltration and Extraction (RIX) treatment plant is stranding and killing threatened fish, violating the Endangered Species Act and dri...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:29PM
image Hearing in Lawsuit Compelling USDA to Pull Foie Gras From Shelves foie-gras-ducks-cc-liberation-bc.jpg by via Animal Legal Defense Fund
LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2016 – Today the District Court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit by the Animal Legal Defense Fund—the nation’s leading legal advocacy organization for animals, concerned consumers, and a coalition of animal protection groups against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for allowing a diseased poultry product—specifically, foie gras—into the food supply....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:20PM
image Feds’ Approval of GE Mosquito Release Doesn’t Account for Risk 480_engineered_mosqutio_1.jpg by via Center for Food Safety
WASHINGTON, August 9th, 2016 — Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the release of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the Florida Keys without a thorough review of the risks associated with such a release. This first-of–its-kind release was approved by the FDA despite widespread public outcry and a weak environmental assessment....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:48PM
text Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters by Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON, August 11, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed nine Freedom of Information Act requests seeking the release of public records relating to surveillance of peaceful protests of federal fossil fuel auctions. Records obtained by the Intercept in July revealed that federal and local police agents went undercover at a May 20 public protest of a Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel auction in Lakewood, Colo....
Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:54PM