News for 2012-08-28

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Kids' Back to School Supplies May Be Filled With Toxic Phthalates
Common children’s vinyl back-to-school supplies may be loaded with toxic phthalates, a report from the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) released Sunday shows.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Mileage Standards Encourage More Gas-guzzling, Not Less: Report
The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday, boasting new requirements that are slated to double fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks sold in the US over the next 13 years; however, environmental scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity warned Tuesday that the new...
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[field_image_caption-raw] As Spain's Recession Darkens, Alternative Economies Rise
As Spain's economic recession has continued to deepen, conditions for people within the country are expected to get worse following austerity measures that increasingly cut into everyday economic survival, Reuters reports Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: 'Win-Win-Win' Carbon Tax Could Bolster Economy, Cut Pollution
While noting the raising taxes is never embraced by the mainstream of US politics, a new study released by researchers at MIT on the impact of a national carbon tax claims that such a scheme could be "a potentially a win-win-win solution." Using a baseline scenario provided by the Congressional...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Prison, Drug War Spending Rockets While Higher Education Funding Declines
In 2012, both corrections spending and student debt hit $1 trillion milestones, leading higher education advocates to wonder how prison costs soak up education allocations, thus hurting the economy and limiting low income students’ access to campuses. So far, President Obama and presumptive GOP...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syrian Foreign Minister: ‘USA is the Major Player Against Syria’
The battle for Damascus could be heard inside the Foreign Minister's office yesterday, a vibration of mortars and tank fire from the suburbs of the capital that penetrated Walid Muallem's inner sanctum, a dangerous heartbeat to match the man's words.
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: Gaza Won't Be 'Liveable' by 2020 Without 'Herculean' Efforts
Gaza may not be 'liveable' by 2020, and its aquifer may be unusable by as soon as 2016, according to a report from the United Nations published Monday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Code Pink Protests as Giant Vaginas at RNC: 'Can't Say It, Don't Legislate It!'
Activist group Code Pink, protesting this week at the Republican National Convention, marched through the streets of Tampa on Monday dressed as a group of giant vaginas to speak out against the GOP's "war on women".
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[title] Billy Bragg: The Lonesome Death of Rachel Corrie
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[title] "Nonsense Economics" and the Deepening Greek Crisis
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[field_image_caption-raw] Meteorologists Adjust Official Stance: Human Activity Causing Climate Change
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[field_image_caption-raw] Court: Israel at No Fault for Death of Rachel Corrie
A district court in Haifa has rejected a civil lawsuit that claimed the state of Israel and its armed forces were at fault in the death of American human rights activist Rachel Corrie. Corrie was crushed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in 2003 while trying to prevent the destruction of...
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