Not a day goes by in the U.S. where you can’t read about some new outrage committed by the police: Police Invade Texas Woman’s Home At 3 AM For Warrantless “Welfare Check” Police Barge Into Man’s Home With Guns Drawn Because They Thought He Might Be A Squatter Deputy Handcuffs 8-Year-Old Student and Watches As He Sobs In Agony Those are all real headlines from the U.S.… Read the rest
A group of students protesting a Richmond, Virginia utility dumping coal ash into local rivers were arrested last week during a sit-in at the regulatory agency’s office, as the battle over state regulation of the dumping practices heats up. The seventeen college students who were arrested are part of a group called the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition. The group’s demands include calls for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to revoke the permits that currently allow Dominion Resources to dump coal ash wastewater into local rivers.… Read the rest
Congress’ latest outrage: toxic chemical safe levels decided not by science, but by lobbyists There are certain people we entrust with certain decisions. You have a financial advisor for your money questions. You wouldn’t ask the guy pumping your gas for stock tips. And when it comes to our health and physical well-being, most of us would probably agree that our questions are best answered by scientists and doctors.… Read the rest
Illegal mines in Brazil leaving behind legacy of mercury poisoning for natives Over 90 percent of indigenous communities in Brazil’s Amazon have been affected by mercury poisoning, according to a new study. The joint study conducted by the Brazilian health foundation Fiocruz, the Hutukara Yanomami Association, the Yekuana Association, and the Brazilian NGO Socio-Environmental Institute tested hair samples from indigenous people in 19 different communities in one region of Brazil’s Amazon.… Read the rest
February temp deviations crush previous measures how hot can it get? What’s it going to take for climate deniers to finally admit the truth? It’s hot and getting hotter, no two ways about it. All the bloviating from paid industry hacks, their geisha girls in Congress, and their rent-boys in the media to the contrary means absolutely nothing in the face of record-breaking weather every month.… Read the rest
Three-Year Study Shows The Health Impacts Of Global Warming Climate Change Is Real, And It’s Dangerous For The World. But It’s Also Hurting Your Health. Here’s How. Climate change deniers are fond of imagining their personal aloofness from the depredations of global warming. The effects are all going to come to bear on poor people, people in other countries, on the land itself, or on the animals.… Read the rest
It Might Not Be The Acne After All: Why The Age At Which You Lose Your Virginity Might Be Genetic Hey Teens: If You’re Still A Virgin, Blame Your Parents. (It’s Not As Creepy As It Sounds.) The more we learn about genes the more they get a bad rep. Yes, Jennifer, certainly there are people who have a genetic predisposition to obesity, but that’s an infinitesimally small percentage.… Read the rest
The controversial practice, known in full as hydraulic fracturing, in which water with benzene and other chemicals is injected along with sand at high pressures into underground rock formations to free natural gas has long been suspected of tainting area drinking water. But the Wyoming study is the first time fracking has been definitively linked to drinking water contaminants.
As far back as 1969, Monsanto knew that PCBs led to the contamination of oysters, fish and birds, yet it took another decade before the EPA was able to ban them, overriding fierce resistance from Monsanto. EPA estimates show that up to 150 million pounds of the chemicals are dispersed throughout the environment, including in the air and in water supplies. There are estimated to be an additional 290 million pounds buried in landfills.