https://www.commondreams.org/feed/newswire_rss en 28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’? https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-6 <div class='node-body'><p>This Friday, April 26th, is the 28th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:47:55 +0000 jacob 104663 at https://www.commondreams.org New Demos Study Reveals Fast-food Industry with Greatest CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity in Economy https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-5 <div class='node-body'><p>As shareholders prepare for annual meetings, Demos released a new study today that finds that the fast-food industry has the greatest CEO-to-worker pay disparity in our economy, with ratios exceeding 1,000-to-1. The study finds that the growing disparity within fast-food threatens economic growth and shareholder investment.</p> <p>READ THE REPORT: <a href="http://demos.io/1twtwMq" title="http://demos.io/1twtwMq">http://demos.io/1twtwMq</a></p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-5" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:41:15 +0000 jacob 104661 at https://www.commondreams.org Senator Bernie Sanders Statement on Earth Day https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-4 <div class='node-body'><p>U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate environment and energy committees, said today&rsquo;s observation of Earth Day is a reminder that dramatic action is needed to curb the carbon and methane emissions responsible for the planetary crisis of global warming.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:51:05 +0000 jacob 104659 at https://www.commondreams.org Center for Food Safety and Animal Legal Defense Fund File Legal Brief In Support of Country of Origin Labeling Laws https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-3 <div class='node-body'><p>Yesterday, Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed an <a href="http://nathanwhite.createsend1.com/t/t-l-yhuymt-yuhhiyhyu-s/" style="color:#81b356;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">amicus curiae</a> (&ldquo;friend of the court&rdquo;) brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)&rsquo;s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The nonprofits argue that USDA&rsquo;s rule is constitutional, otherwise legally valid, and good for consumers.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:42:50 +0000 lauren 104656 at https://www.commondreams.org Expansion of FMLA to Small Firms would Cover Additional 34 Million Working Americans https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-2 <div class='node-body'><p>The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees job-protected, unpaid leave. While the FMLA covers about 60 million private sector employees, roughly two-in-five private sector workers are not covered because firms with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the FMLA.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:53:35 +0000 jacob 104654 at https://www.commondreams.org Friends of the Earth Statement on Nuclear Loan Guarantee https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-1 <div class='node-body'><p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/04/21/stories/1059998194">E&amp;E News reported</a> that the Department of Energy&rsquo;s loan guarantees for the first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years were awarded without making the recipient companies pay a project subsidy cost.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:49:04 +0000 jacob 104653 at https://www.commondreams.org U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court, Rules Michigan’s Proposal 2 is Constitutional https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-0 <div class='node-body'><p>In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan&rsquo;s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan. It specifically barred students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:40:59 +0000 jacob 104652 at https://www.commondreams.org Ikea Introduces Meatless Meatball, Highlights Need for More Corporate Action to Help Cut Meat Consumption https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22 <div class='node-body'><p>Following the latest United Nations report on climate change, retail giant Ikea says it will introduce &ldquo;lower carbon alternatives&rdquo; to its popular Swedish meatballs, including a vegetarian version. This is one of the first times a major retailer has introduced a meatless menu item explicitly to combat climate change.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/22" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:35:32 +0000 jacob 104651 at https://www.commondreams.org Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21-4 <div class='node-body'><p>Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the state of Oregon&rsquo;s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:41:51 +0000 jacob 104635 at https://www.commondreams.org Reject & Protect: Farmers, Ranchers, and Tribes Protest Keystone XL with Week-Long DC Encampment https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21-3 <div class='node-body'><p>This April 22-27, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week&rsquo;s worth of &ldquo;Reject and Protect&rdquo; actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.</p></div><p><a href="https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/04/21-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:18:27 +0000 jacob 104626 at https://www.commondreams.org