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One Man’s Suffering Exposed Monsanto’s Secrets – August 13, 2018

Company’s own records revealed damning truth of glyphosate-based herbicides’ link to cancer

It was a verdict heard around the world. In a stunning blow to one of the world’s largest seed and chemical companies, jurors in San Francisco have told Monsanto it must pay $289 million in damages to a man dying of cancer that he claims was caused by exposure to its herbicides.

 photo of roundup Photo by Mike MozartOn Friday, jury's found not only that Monsanto's Roundup and related glyphosate-based brands presented a substantial danger to people using them, but that there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Monsanto’s officials acted with “malice or oppression” in… more

by: The Guardian

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Mendocino Complex Wildfire Becomes Biggest in California History – August 7, 2018

Thousands of firefighters battle blaze as it destroys homes and forces evacuations

Plumes of smoke towered over flame-engulfed mountains in northern California on Monday evening as thousands of firefighters grappled with the largest wildfire in state history.

At a community hall in a small farming community 121 miles north-east of San Francisco, Renato Lira, an American Red Cross disaster services worker, looked through photos on his phone of the fire he had just driven through to set up an evacuation center. As he flicked, his screen turned red.

 photo of Mendocino complex firePhoto by Bob SchoenherrThe Mendocino Complex fire is currently burning across 443 square miles, engulfing homes filling the air with smoke.… more

by: The Guardian

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The Animal Activists Signing Up to ‘Shoot’ Grizzlies in Wyoming – July 19, 2018

Activist group Shoot’em with a Camera seeks to infiltrate a bear hunt by acquiring licenses they don’t intend to use

Jane Goodall, the renowned conservationist, and a group of wildlife activists are some of the unexpected entrants in a lottery to hunt up to 22 grizzly bears near Yellowstone national park.

 photo of grizzly bearPhoto by Scott Taylor In June, the US government delisted grizzlies as an endangered species, opening up the possibility of hunts in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Their goal is to infiltrate Wyoming state’s first grizzly bear hunt in 44 years by acquiring licenses they have no intention of using.

“We just thought it was a really proactive and specific way to get our voices… more

by: The Guardian

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Scott Pruitt Is Out, but His Impact on the Environment Will Be Felt for Years – July 6, 2018

Former EPA administrator has left behind a trail of weakened environmental regulations and a demoralized agency

Scott Pruitt, who has finally stepped down as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency after a long-rumbling corruption scandal, rose to public prominence on the back of a series of increasingly outlandish ethical controversies.

photo of stop Pruitt signPhoto by Lorie Shaull Scott Pruitt, who oversaw the delay or destruction of dozens of clean air and water rules, resigned from his position as administrator of the EPA on July 5.

From lobbying the fast-food company Chick-fil-A on behalf of his wife, to demanding his staff acquire a mattress from a Trump Hotel — not to mention the… more

by: The Guardian

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Scientists Call for Ambitious International Agreement to Save Life on Earth – June 29, 2018

Experts say our current mass extinction crisis requires an agreement embracing the 'Nature Needs Half' goal

Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological degradation has been largely to throw crumbs at it. Where we have acted it’s been in a mostly haphazard and modest way — a protected area here, a conservation program there, a few new laws, and a pinch of funding. The problem is such actions — while laudable and important — in no way match the scope and size of the problem where all markers indicate that life on Earth continues to slide into the dustbin.

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by: The Guardian

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