Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that injects water, sand, and chemicals into underground rock (usually shale) at high pressure to extract natural gas. It’s highly controversial. Supporters say it provides the US with a cheap source of fuel while opponents say it pollutes air and water. Now, as fracking goes global, communities in Britain, South Africa, and Poland have to decide between environmental concerns and big financial incentives from the energy companies.
Watch the below original Earth Focus investigative reports. Then, browse this page for more information and to find out what you can do:….. (read more).
March 5, 2013 |
There is “capitalism” and then there is “really existing capitalism.”
The term “capitalism” is commonly used to refer to the U.S. economic system, with substantial state intervention ranging from subsidies for creative innovation to the “too-big-to-fail” government insurance policy for banks.
The system is highly monopolized, further limiting reliance on the market, and increasingly so: In the past 20 years the share of profits of the 200 largest enterprises has risen sharply, reports scholar Robert W. McChesney in his new book “Digital Disconnect.”
“Capitalism” is a term now commonly used to describe systems in which there are no capitalists: for example, the worker-owned Mondragon conglomerate in the Basque region of Spain, or the worker-owned enterprises expanding in northern Ohio, often with conservative support – both are discussed in important work by the scholar Gar Alperovitz.
Space exploration has long been about reaching far off destinations but now there’s a race to exploit new frontiers by mining their minerals.
When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the Moon in 1969, it was part of a “flags and footprints” strategy to beat the Soviets, a triumph of imagination and innovation, not an attempt to extract precious metals.
No-one knew there was water on that dusty, celestial body. What a difference a generation makes…….(read more)
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has ended his filibuster after nearly 13 hours. Paul was blocking the Senate confirmation vote of John Brennan, President Obama’s pick to head the CIA, due to his concerns about unmanned drones. (March. 7)
Sana Amir, Salma Rehman and Zainab Sayeed (Students of AJK MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia University), February 27, 2013
Newsclick hosts selected news features of students from AJK MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia University. Over 2000 people have died during clinical drug trials in the last four years in India but only 22 have been compensated. A report by Sana Amir, Salma Rehman and Zainab Sayeed.
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Presented by Nat Geo Channel. Brian Smith has big plans for the end of the world. The father of 12 is preparing for a total collapse of the U.S. monetary system and has stockpiled a year’s worth of food on his 47 acres of land.
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