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Countdown to GMO Labeling - But We're Not There Yet
In seven days, if all goes well, labeling genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients will be the law in Vermont. But the Senate is scrambling to keep that from happening. Just yesterday, Senators Roberts (R-KS) and Stabenow (D-MI) announced a “compromise” deal that would overturn Vermont’s law and...
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Medical Student Prescribes Remedy Our Sick System Needs
I am a fourth year medical student. I’ve dreamed about being a physician since I was in sixth grade. For a long time, my deepest hopes were to get into college, be accepted by a medical school, and maintain the grades and test scores needed to keep me there. My clinical rotations have taken me to...
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Elegy For the Arctic
Fires are raging, temps are soaring, ice is melting. In a bid to raise awareness of the singular "purity and fragility" of the rapidly-melting Arctic ice - and in support of a campaign that's drawn eight million signatures calling for its protection - Greenpeace has released a haunting video of...
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With New Vision for Europe, Rising Podemos Threatens to Upend Establishment
Spain's Podemos party, which in recent years rose to prominence on a defiant anti-austerity platform, has overtaken one of the nation's two leading political powerhouses and is threatening to unseat the conservative establishment in Sunday's general election. Polls on Monday suggest that the...
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"Less Meat, Less Heat": China's Plan to Drop Meat Consumption Gets Praise
Climate advocates are praising the Chinese government's new dietary guidelines designed to cut meat consumption in half—which would reduce the country's livestock-related carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030. Li Junfeng, director general of China’s National Center on Climate Change Strategy...
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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant
For years, some have claimed that we can’t fight climate change without nuclear power, because shutting down nuclear plants would mean burning more fossil fuels to generate replacement electricity. That’s wrong, of course, and now we have the proof. Today, California’s Pacific Gas and Electric...
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Closure of Diablo Nuclear Plant Signals Dawn of Renewable Energy Era
A plan to shutter the last remaining nuclear power plant in California and replace it with renewable energy is being heralded widely as "a clear blueprint for fighting climate change," which environmentalists hope will serve as "a model" for the nation. "The end of an atomic era," is how the San...
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Shame: Congress Votes For More Thoughts and Prayers and Killings
Really, America? Astoundingly, the spineless, scum-sucking, NRA-bought Republicans in the Senate again rejected four proposed gun control bills - two sensible substantive ones by the Democrats, two half-assed ones by the GOP - universally supported by the public. Thus one more time did these so-...
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With Grace and Love
People rise up at Lake Eola. AP photo. A glad moment to recognize that, days after the brutal fact, vast numbers of Americans continue to offer an outpouring of grace and love to those lost in Orlando. Among them are the " angels " - part of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Angel Action Wings -...
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People’s Summit Attendees Leave Determined To Keep “The Bern” Alive
After an intense weekend of speeches and discussion about the future of the progressive “political revolution” sparked by the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, the People’s Summit ended Sunday with a charge to continue to keep “the Bern” blazing through a myriad electoral and justice campaigns...
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