News for 2012-06-01

Friday, June 1, 2012
[title] The Amazon Approaches its Moment of Truth
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[field_image_caption-raw] For an Ailing Planet, the Cure Already Exists
The planet's climate recently reached a new milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the Arctic. The last time Earth saw similar levels of climate-heating carbon dioxide (CO2) was three million years ago during the Pliocene era, where Arctic temperatures were 10 to 14 degrees C...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greek Leftists Lead Poll; Vow to Kill Bailout, Nationalize Banks
As the June 16 elections in Greece near, the final public polls show that the leftist Syriza party continues to build on it's strong showing in the May 6th elections. Syriza maintains a clear lead over second place New Democracy party: 31.5% to 26.5%. ( Public Issue poll for the Kathimerini...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Public Outrage as Japan Officials Push Nuclear Restart
On Thursday, despite popular opposition, Japanese leaders approved a nuclear power restart for two reactors at the Oi nuclear plant in the Fukui Prefecture. Critics blame an intense corporate lobbying campaign and a strong push from the central government for the move. Governors across several...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canada, Last Holdout, Drops Opposition to Water as Human Right
UNITED NATIONS - Canada, in a dramatic political turnaround, has signaled its willingness to recognise water and sanitation as a basic human right. As negotiations continue over the Rio+20 plan of action on sustainable development to be adopted in Brazil next month, Canada became one of the last...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dismal Jobs Reports Driven by Continued Cuts to Public Sector, say Analysts
The May jobs report released today by US Department of Labor was called 'disappointing' and 'dismal' by economists and analysts as the economy added just 69,000 jobs during the month and the official unemployment rate rose from 8.1 to 8.2 percent.
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[field_image_caption-raw] America has No Interest in Wikileaks' Assange, says US Ambassador to Australia
The United States has no interest in Wikileaks' Julian Assange, the US Ambassador to Australia said in a statement today. On Wednesday, Assange lost his final appeal to the British Supreme Court that sought to prevent him being sent to Sweden over allegations of sex crimes. However, the judges...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Steps Up 'Largely Clandestine' Action in Yemen
In a report released today, Reuters shows growing US involvement in Yemen moving 'well beyond' the deadly campaign of drone strikes and increasingly into the arena of special forces advisers, military training, and substantial financial aid. US military presence is increasing 'sharply' in Yemen's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Quebec Government Walks Out on Student Negotiations
Quebec government officials walked out of negotiations with student groups on Thursday as the two sides came to a standstill over proposed tuition fee hikes.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citizens United Unleashed in Wisconsin Recall
Recent campaign filings show Governor Scott Walker raising over $30 million to defend himself against recall versus $3.1 million raised by his challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett is being outspent 12:1, but even these numbers do not account for the full amount of spending in the race...
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[title] Saying "No" to Censorship: The Fight For a Free Internet is In Our Hands
Internet policy expert Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the social possibilities and challenges presented by new digital technologies.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Ordered Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran: NYT
The Obama administration, allowing 'unnamed officials' to speak with the New York Times , has taken direct responsibility for launching a series of cyber attacks against Iran, including the Stuxnet virus attack that took place in the summer of 2010. The admission is the first acknowledgement by any...
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