News for 2012-11-21

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Sobering Facts' In UN Report Show Global Warming Targets Fading Fast
Meeting the worldwide goal of stalling global warming at a two degree- Celsius increase by 2020 is increasingly unlikely, according a UN Environment Program (UNEP) report released Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pentagon Wants to Keep Running Its Afghan Drug War From Blackwater’s HQ
The U.S. war in Afghanistan is supposed to be winding down. Its contractor-led drug war? Not so much.
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[field_image_caption-raw] DOE Awards Nuclear Grant to Three-Mile Island Firm
The Energy Department awarded a grant on Tuesday to Babcock & Wilcox—best known for its design of Three Mile Island—for a class of small nuclear reactors. The North Carolina-based company will receive an unspecified portion of a $452 million Department of Energy grant that aims to speed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Food Bank Stocks Dry Up in Wake of Great Drought
The insufferable drought of 2012 continues to wreak havoc as food banks across the country feel the pinch. As the season of feasting gets underway, soaring food prices have cut government donations to the banks and soup kitchens that provide an essential safety net to over 50 million Americans who...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nanotechnology Could Reduce Plant's Ability to Produce Food
Longterm use of nanotechnology to affect everything from stain-resistant clothing to more efficient fuel could reduce a plant's ability to produce food, according to a study of soybeans at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Scientists planted soybeans in soil doused with two kinds of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 10,000 London Students Back in Streets to Mark Anniversary of Protests
Two years after a massive UK student movement broke out in protest of austerity cuts and the rising costs of education, young protesters have once again taken to the streets to remind the world that their problems have not disappeared.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Organic Farmers Slam GMO-Friendly USDA Report
Organic farmers and allies have slammed a USDA committee report for kowtowing to the interests of genetically modified crop growers and the biotechnology industry. The goal of the USDA-appointed committee, the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), was to address...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Women's Healthcare Group Calls For Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills should be available over-the-counter to decrease the rate of unintended pregnancy, the American Congress of Obstetricians and and Gynecologists (ACOG) said Tuesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] San Francisco Bans Nakedness, Sort of
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[field_image_caption-raw] IAEA Data on Sensitive Iranian Stockpile Mislead News Media
WASHINGTON - News stories on the latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report suggested new reasons to fear that Iran is closer to a “breakout” capability than ever before, citing a nearly 50-percent increase in its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium and the installation of...
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[title] Fracking in America
For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs. With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive. But it often comes at a cost. Natural gas extraction - fracking - is being touted as the answer...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel, Gaza Ceasefire Reached after Week of Israeli Terror
Update 2:23 pm est: The Israel/Gaza ceasefire has officially commenced. There have been no explosions since the official ceasefire starting point at 9 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT), but low flying drones can still be heard flying overhead in Gaza .
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