Colorado Supreme Court Overturns ‘Big Food’ Challenge, Keeps GMO Labeling Bill Alive – March 19, 2014
Initiative can now appear on the state's November 2014 ballot
The Colorado Supreme Court overturned a major challenge by mainstream biotech, pesticide and grocery interests last week, allowing for the possibility of a genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling bill to appear on the state's November 2014 ballot.
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Fukushima Survivors’ Mental Health Continues Deteriorating – March 12, 2014
Three years on, cases of post traumatic stress disorder are on the rise
So much of the impact of a disaster like the earthquake and tsunami three years ago in Fukushima, Japan is tangible—radioactive leaks, food scares, petitions and lawsuits have all taken place since March 11, 2011.
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The emotional distress faced by many in the areas near the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is far less palpable, though. Predictions on the nuclear future of Japan and other large nations like the U.S. are much easier to find than… more
Americans in Biggest Cities Driving Less – December 5, 2013
"The driving boom is over"
Even if you saw agitating, bumper-to-bumper traffic during your morning commute, know that the numbers say things are changing.
The average American drives 7.6 percent fewer miles today than when per-capita driving peaked in 2004, according to a report issued today by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (PIRG). The study is a review of data from the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau on the nation's 100 most populated, urbanized areas, which are home to more than half of the U.S. population.
From 2006 to 2011, the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three-quarters of the country's largest city's, according… more
Can Genetically Modified Foods Trigger Gluten Sensitivity? – November 26, 2013
New study links GMOs to conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders
A new report links genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with gluten-related disorders and suggests GMOs might be an important environmental trigger for gluten sensitivity, estimated to affect as many as 18 million Americans.
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The report, released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), cites U.S. Department of Agriculture data, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency records, medical journal reviews and international research. The authors say the data link GMOs to five conditions that either may trigger or exacerbate gluten-related disorders, including… more
Koch Brothers Could Make $100B Profit if Keystone XL Pipeline is Built – October 21, 2013
New report reveals billionare brothers own up to 2 million acres in Alberta's tar sands region
The progressive think tank International Forum on Globalization (IFG) released a report today investigating how Koch Industries and its subsidiaries stand to make as much as $100 billion in profits if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. The report, Billionaires’ Carbon Bomb: The Koch Keystone XL Pipeline, finds that the Kochs hold up to 2 million acres in Alberta and have spent upwards of $50 million on Congress and think tanks that heavily push for the pipeline.
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