Mike G, DeSmogBlog
West Virginia officials are reporting that a coal slurry line at the Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant, which belongs to Patriot Coal, ruptured and spilled a toxic byproduct from the coal mining and preparation process into a creek that feeds the Kanawha River early this … More
Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay
Tribes in the Amazon are increasingly exposed to the outside world by choice or circumstance. The fallout of outside contact has rarely been anything less than catastrophic, resulting in untold extinction of hundreds of tribes over the centuries. For ones that survived the devastation … More
Daniel Hunter, Waging Nonviolence Contributor
Forty years ago a tiny group of antiwar protesters picked locks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Media, Pa. They stuffed briefcases with confidential documents which they later released to reporters. Their act was brazen and planned with meticulous detail.
In … More
Jefferey Jaxen, Contributor
It seems the tide is rapidly turning towards the true empowerment of humanity. First, due to the independent findings from the Health Ranger’s Forensic Food Lab combined with an “organic” social media blitz, Garden of Life, Sun Warrior, and Boku Superfood protein products … More
Bridie Jabour, The Guardian
Three million cubic metres of sediment from dredging to expand a coal port will be dumped in the Great Barrier Reef marine park, after the park authority approved the move on Friday.
The spoil resulting from the Abbot Point port project is to be … More
Staff, Indian Country
With all the talk of rising temperatures, acidifying oceans and melting polar ice, it is hard to see the healthy trees for the forest, as it were. Yes, the emerald ash borer and the mountain pine beetle are making inroads, and yes, extreme weather is … More
Suzanne York, EcoWatch
A new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that climate change is likely to put 40 percent more people worldwide at risk of absolute water scarcity, due to … More
Rhett Butler, Mongabay
A newspaper story about the impact of the ivory trade has gone viral in China, raising awareness among millions of Chinese, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The story, published November 15 in Southern Weekly, has been shared widely across Chinese web sites and … More
Michael Caster, Waging Non-Violence Guest
A popular meme on Weibo of a photo of the Wenzhou crash site with oversized monsters tearing up the rails with a caption that read, “I would rather believe this than the official explanation.”
On Sept. 26, 2013, a court in Beijing sentenced … More
Elizabeth Royte, Modern Farmer
One mainstream farmer is returning to conventional seed — and he’s not alone
As an invulnerable tween, Chris Huegerich, the child of a prosperous farming family, wiped out on his motorcycle in tiny Breda, Iowa. Forty years on, folks still call Huegerich “Crash.” And … More
Anna Lappe, Small Planet Institute
On September 18th, the First Lady brought together 100 parent leaders, government agency representatives, researchers, and food and media industry executives–from McDonalds to PepsiCo to Coca-Cola–in the first ever White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children. It was a big deal.
Since … More
Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Have you ever considered the similarities between vaccinations and genetically modified foods (also referred to as GMOs)? Both of these ‘innovations’ illustrate clearly our human desire to fix what doesn’t necessarily need fixing, manipulate what doesn’t suit us, and take control over what is … More
Alisha Mims, Ring of Fire
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that will block the Department of the Interior (DOI) from regulating fracking in states that already have regulations in place. The bill, H.R. 2728, passed the House in a 235 – 187 vote. Twelve Democrats … More
Russ Belville, National Cannabis Coalition
Now that two states have legalized marijuana use for adults and twenty states have protections for medical use of cannabis, it is clear that American attitudes toward marijuana have changed drastically. Here are five opinions that a majority of Americans hold toward pot, … More
Frances Moore Lappé, Small Planet Institute
“If it bleeds, it leads”… ever hear that maxim of journalism? If you want readers, go with the scary, gruesome story — that’s what gets hearts pumping and grabs attention. Yeah, but what grabs our attention can also scare the heck out … More
Julie Dermansky, DeSmogBlog
If you ever doubted that one man’s stand against the oil and gas industry can make a difference, consider the case of Michael Bishop. The 65 year old Marine veteran, first year medical student, farmer, and partner in a bio-diesel engineering venture, resides in Douglass, … More
Piper Hoffman, Nation of Change
“Adam,” a poor 19-year-old Indonesian, found a job driving trucks for a palm oil plantation that paid $6 a day. The foreman picked him up for a three-week, two-thousand mile journey to the worksite in Borneo. Along the way the terms … More
Rhett A. Butler, Mongabay
The extent of gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon has surged 400 percent since 1999 due to rocketing gold prices, wreaking havoc on forests and devastating local rivers, finds a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
The … More
Will Potter, Green is the New Red
Animal rights activists in Brazil rescued nearly 200 beagles last week from a laboratory that was experimenting on the dogs for the pharmaceutical industry.
According to one activist I spoke with in Brazil, the protest began with about 40 people outside … More
Anthony Gucciardi, Natural Society
International outrage against Monsanto and GMOs by activists and concerned citizens at large is paying off once again. Just days after Mexico announced a complete ban on the growth of GMO corn, Los Angeles lawmakers have now gone on record in setting up Los … More