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- Leading from the front: financing urgent ambition August 21, 2019
- India floods: Monsoon rains destroy homes and farms August 21, 2019
- Are we heading for a global recession? – BBC Newsnight August 21, 2019
- Leading from the front: responding with urgency to the climate emergency August 21, 2019
- Live: NASA spacewalkers install new docking port NASA宇航员太空行走装适配器 August 21, 2019
- Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland sale spat August 20, 2019
- Amazon fires: Brazilian rainforest burning at record rate, space agency warns – BBC News August 20, 2019
- Corporations pledge to prioritize employees and environment – Marketplace August 20, 2019
- The new battle for North Pole supremacy – VPRO documentary August 20, 2019
- The battle against climate change by Paul Kingsnorth – Documentary August 20, 2019
- Paul Kingsnorth Interview with North Central Texas College August 20, 2019
- Paul Kingsnorth – King Of The Moment August 20, 2019
- Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays: Paul Kingsnorth August 20, 2019
- Are the New Fascist Environmentally Friendly? August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Compass, Ground Shift: The Farming Revolution, Ground Shift: Sustainability and the millenial farmers August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Compass, Ground Shift: The Farming Revolution, Ground Shift : Scale and modern farming models August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Compass, Ground Shift: The Farming Revolution, Ground Shift: Digital technology and rural communities August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Compass, Ground Shift: The Farming Revolution, Ground Shift: Survival for millennial farmers August 20, 2019
- The New UN Climate Report: We’re Screwed August 20, 2019
- Paul Kingsnorth, “Confessions Of Recovering Environmentalist”, “Beast” – YouTube August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Inquiry, Can you reduce Central American migration? August 20, 2019
- Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Respond to Israel Travel Ban August 20, 2019
- Twitter & Facebook Remove China-Linked Accounts over Hong Kong Protest Misinformation August 20, 2019
- Fears of Renewed Arms Race as U.S. Tests Ground Missile and Questions Remain over Russian Nuclear Accident Blast August 20, 2019
- Sixth Meeting of the National Space Council August 20, 2019
- Are black Americans the true “founding fathers’? August 20, 2019
- Researchers study Greenland’s shrinking glaciers August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Science in Action, Analysing the European heatwave August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Science in Action, Is climate change driving Europe’s current heatwave? August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Science in Action, South Asia heatwave and climate change August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Science in Action, Keeping tabs on nuclear weapons August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Science in Action, The snowball effect of Arctic fires August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Inquiry, Can you reduce Central American migration? August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Food Chain – Clips August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – The Food Chain, Food under siege August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – CrowdScience, Global infertility – could The Handmaid’s Tale become reality? August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – World Update, UN says plant-based diet can fight climate change August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – World Update, Sea level rise could be larger than expected August 20, 2019
- BBC World Service – Business Matters, Twitter removes controversial Hong Kong accounts August 20, 2019
- Stranded migrant rescue ship Open Arms refuses to leave Italian waters August 20, 2019
- President Trump Tours Shell’s New Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex August 20, 2019
- Advertising climate change danger could be deemed partisan: election officials August 19, 2019
- $1.5B settlement approved for former students of Indian day schools August 19, 2019
- Hong Kong protests: Twitter and Facebook remove Chinese accounts – BBC News August 19, 2019
- Why an Extinction Event Could SAVE the Human Race? August 19, 2019
- Net Zero Conference 2019 August 19, 2019
- Can We Terraform the Sahara to Stop Climate Change? August 19, 2019
- Sustainable City | Fully Charged August 19, 2019
- How highways wrecked American cities August 19, 2019
- 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe August 19, 2019
Daily Archives: October 26, 2014
It’s boycott time again.
With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again.
According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado’s Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million.
Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer just yesterday dumped a whopping $3 million into the Colorado NO on Prop 105 war chest.
But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic and “natural” brands—brands we’ve been asking consumers to boycott ever since Big Food helped defeat Proposition 37, California’s citizen-led GMO labeling initiative, in 2012.
Has the boycott strategy worked?
Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It Is Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics | Alternet
We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here’s what we need to do.
October 25, 2014 |
As the Editor of AlterNet for 20 years, I have read and seen the entire range of horrendous and growing problems we face as a society and globe virtually every day. It is not just climate change, or ISIL, or Ferguson, or poverty and homelessness, or more misogynistic murdering of women, or the Democrats about to lose the Senate as Obama gets more unpopular. It is much, much more. Every day. It passes by before my eyes. At AlterNet, there are no issue silos—there is just the open faucet of depressing political information coming and going every hour of every day (with the occasional story of success and inspiration).
So I am sorry to share my deep-seated opinion, which should jibe with anyone who is paying attention. After decades of engagement in progressive politics and media, it is very clear to me: we progressives, liberals, common sense people, are losing badly to the conservative business state, the tyranny of massively expanding tech companies, theocratic right-wing forces and pervasive militarism, home and abroad. By virtually every measure, things are getting worse. And are trending much, much worse in ways we can easily measure, like inequality, climate, militarization of police forces, etc., and in ways that are more psychological and emotional.
Americans are very pessimistic: 76 percent of respondents in a Wall Street Journal poll did not feel confident that their children’s generation will have a better life than they. That’s up from 60 percent in 2007. Optimism for Americans peaked in 2001. The percentage of American adults who believe the country is on the wrong track jumped eight percentage points just this summer, to 71 percent, the WSJ poll found.
By Jeffrey E. Stern, Vanity Fair
DON’T TOUCH Health workers in protective gear prepare to see patients at the Ebola-treatment center in the courtyard of Donka hospital, in Conakry, Guinea.
Hell in the Hot Zone
As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
The tiny village of Meliandou, nestled in the Forest Region of southern Guinea, has begun to see flashes of the outside world. A Messi soccer jersey, three sizes too big, on a little boy. A down parka on an old man in the heavy heat, worn as a robe of distinction. You might even come across the occasional teenager on a cell phone, cupping the device from the sun as if lighting a cigarette in the wind. But mostly it is a place from the past—a rutted dirt path between thatch-roofed shacks, on a hillside sloping up toward the forest. It is home to just a few hundred people. Chickens and goats wander freely. Local shamans are the first responders when illness strikes.
In Meliandou, bushmeat has long been a common source of food. As elsewhere in West Africa, hunters wade into the forest and come back with whatever they can find. Once, not so long ago, what they found was a rich and varied bounty: monkeys, antelope, squirrels. That has changed; the whole eco-system has re-arranged itself. After civil wars broke out in Liberia and Sierra Leone, refugees poured over the borders, and the population grew, even as a power struggle in Guinea took an economic toll. People started looking to the rich resource all around them: trees. Trees were felled to make way for farms or burned down for charcoal. Endless truckloads of timber were shipped to construction companies. The forest suffered another trauma as mining interests—the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto, the omnipresent Chinese—pushed aggressively to exploit the country’s natural resources (bauxite mostly). As the forests disappeared, so too did the buffer separating humans from animals—and from the pathogens that animals harbor.