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FDA ordered to Examine Antibiotic Use on Farm Animals

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From the ASPCA Blog On March 22, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must address the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals. The fact is, factory farms feed drugs like those in the penicillin family to animals even when they’re not sick. The drugs are used to speed up […]

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Lessons from the Elgin gas leak: why we must stop Shell’s Arctic drilling

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Ten days after the leak began, Total is still struggling to contain the gas pouring from its North Sea Elgin platform, citing bad weather as the cause of the delays. Yet, in just 100 days’ time, Shell wants to start drilling for oil in the remote and extreme Arctic environment – claiming it has the […]

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Reflections on a Thirsty Planet

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By Sandra Postel of National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative Water, I have learned, means different things to different people. To the novelist D. H. Lawrence, water was mysterious.  It is “hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is.” To the anthropologist Loren […]

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Please Stop the Cruelty

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What we do not know exists, we cannot change. But, once we have information, we can embark on the journey to change. This is why we are bringing an issue to your attention that may not be comfortable, but is an ugly truth. We all have the power to do something about it. Every year […]

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Lessons from Fukushima nuclear disaster: millions remain at risk

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“While triggered by the tragic March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima disaster was ultimately caused by the Japanese authorities choosing to ignore risks, and make business a higher priority than safety,” said Jim Riccio, Greenpeace USA nuclear policy analyst. “This report shows that nuclear energy is inherently unsafe, and that governments are quick […]

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China says ‘no’ to genetically engineered rice

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The origins of rice cultivation can be traced to the valleys of China’s Yangtze River, with some estimates putting it at over 7,000 years ago. In that time, rice has become an integral part of Chinese life and culture. It dictates the lives of millions of farmers in the Chinese countryside, feeds over a billion […]

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The Music of Trees

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From Michelle Werts for American Forests As covered in the autumn issue of American Forests, tree rings tell compelling stories. Far from just revealing a tree’s age, they record natural events like volcano eruptions, the history of civilizations like the Roman and Aztec Empires and other moments in time. And, now, they make music. Yes, […]

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Did David Attenborough Behave Unethically?

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Earlier this month, the Daily Mirror in Great Britain revealed that famed zoologist David Attenborough, for his 7-part television series Frozen Planet, filmed polar bears in a zoo while leading viewers to believe that the animals were filmed in the subzero Arctic wilderness. The Daily Mirror scoop led to negative publicity for the BBC, including […]

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The Seven Wonders of the World – According to John W Strobel III

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The Western Hemisphere, the “New World,” was slighted when the Seven Wonders of the World were chosen. That is probably due to the fact that indigenous people of the west in ancient times were not consulted when the list was drawn up. And that is very likely due to the fact that the early scholars […]

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NIH Agrees, Nearly All Chimpanzee Research is Unneccessary

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From Discover Online After seven months of deliberation, the US Institute of Medicine has released a report that marks a turning point in the use of chimpanzees, humanity’s closest relative, in medical research. An IOM panel found that chimpanzees were in the vast majority of cases no longer required for disease research and laid out […]

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