Mike Ludwig, Truthout: A federal judge in Hawaii has struck down a local ordinance that would have regulated pesticide use at farms on the island of Kauai, where four of the world’s largest agrichemical companies take advantage of long growing seasons to develop genetically engineered crop seeds.
Joseph Boutilier, Truthout: For being such a global issue, with the potential to unite across borders both physical and virtual, the climate movement remains shockingly isolated in domestic dialogue.
John Nichols, The Nation: Despite serious concerns that changing Wisconsin’s mining regulations would cause harm, Gov. Scott Walker supported it. Now newly released documents show a mining firm secretly steered $700,000 into “independent” efforts to provide political cover for the embattled governor.
Arnie Gundersen, The Mark News: The untold story of March 11, 2011 is how close Japan came to three more spent fuel pool fires at Fukushima Daiichi and four meltdowns at Fukushima Daini after the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Jay Riestenberg, Common Cause: Speeches from elected leaders like Mitch McConnell at a secretive donor summit hosted in June by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch betray troubling perspectives on what the relationships between the ultra-wealthy, mega-corporations and lawmakers should be.
Marjorie E. Wood, OtherWords: Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your premiums are now guaranteed to pay for health care instead of executives’ yachts. And more than 10 million Americans have gained coverage because of it. That the ACA also holds the profit-making side of the health care industry accountable is a great benefit.
Liz Pleasant, YES! Magazine: The killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown and the aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri left teachers wondering how to address it with their students. So teachers have connected on Twitter using #FergusonSyllabus, to share suggested readings, discussion topics and classroom activities for students of any age.
Claire Haworth, The Conversation: Genetic variation is only half the story. Environmental influences are important too, and we now know that our environments can interact with our genetic makeup, in ways that can be good and bad for our health.
Stephanie Gilmore and Pia Guerrero, The Feminist Wire: “Social structures such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, capitalism and imperialism thrive on unmitigated and often state-sanctioned violence. The brutal murder of Michael Brown is but one example.”
Joan Erakit, Inter Press Service: Marie Stopes is a British-based nonprofit that provides family planning and reproductive health services to over 30 countries around the world, including the tiny, hard-to-reach Turtle Island in Sierra Leone. They are a lifeline for women seeking reproductive, prenatal and maternal health care.
Surfers Defy Wealthy California Oceanfront Property Owners Denying Beach Access
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: A battle for public access to the California beaches on the Pacific Ocean is raging. Many wealthy property owners want to hinder people from using the state-owned coastline in front of their homes.
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