News for 2014-05-05

Monday, May 5, 2014
[field_image_caption-raw] Spread of Polio a Global Health 'Emergency,' Warns World Health Organization
The current spread of polio poses an international emergency and public health threat that could undermine efforts to eradicate the disease, the World Health Organization warned on Monday. The only other time the United Nations body stated that conditions for a Public Health Emergency of...
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Cecily McMillan arrives at court in New York at the start of her assault trial. (Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA) OWS Activist Found Guilty of 'Assaulting' Cop Who Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Her
Cecily McMillan, the 25-year-old Occupy Wall Street organizer who was allegedly sexually assaulted and brutalized by a police officer at Zuccotti Park, is facing up to seven years in prison after—in what her supporters say is a cruel twist—she was convicted Monday afternoon of "felony assault" of...
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Presentation of Pioneer's PR39F58 maize, Werktuigendagen 2009, Belgium (Photo: Wikimedia / CC) Total Ban On GM Corn in France Follows Popular Opposition
The French government on Monday officially banned any strain of genetically modified corn from growing in its soil. The prohibition is effective immediately and comes as France's top court upheld and the Senate confirmed an existing ban on all current and future varieties. As Agence France-Presse...
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In a deal penned Monday, President Obama cemented the U.S. military's foothold in the drone war by signing a new long-term lease for Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. (Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense/ Creative Commons /Flickr)) 10 More Years: Obama Secures Foothold for Killer Drone War in Africa
The United States has agreed to sign a long-term lease agreement with the government of Djibouti, President Obama announced Monday, cementing the U.S. military's presence at Camp Lemonnier, home to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and key foothold for the killer drone program. In a statement...
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Images from the Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eImages from the Australian-led Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX-2) in the East Antarctic. (Photo: Robert Johnson) Global Warming Threatens 'Unstoppable' Sea Level Rise
A small amount of ice in the East Antarctic holding back an area of marine ice like a "cork" is at risk from climate change, threatening unstoppable sea level rise that could go on for thousands of years, according to new research. The findings from researchers at the Germany-based Potsdam...
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[title] This 10th Grader Is Jumping Into the GMO Debate
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Last month, protesters held a five-day encampment on the National Mall calling on lawmakers to Reject the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: Jamie Henn/ Creative Commons/ 350.org) KXL Activists Blast Pro-Keystone Dems in Senate
Anti-pipeline activists have launched an offensive against the handful of Democratic Senators who may determine the future of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in a vote slated for this week. With rallies outside the offices of "swing" Senators Tom Carper (Del.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Bob Casey (...
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(Photo: Kjetil Ree / Creative Commons) US Supreme Court Ruling Greenlights Government Prayer
In a potentially far-reaching case, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that an upstate New York town's practice of opening government meetings with sectarian prayers does not violate the constitutional protection that separates church and state. The court's decision (pdf) prompted immediate...
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[title] Answering to Climate Change Denial
Climate scientist Alan Robock takes on arguments against the thesis that human-made CO2 is the main driver of global warming.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Talk of "Open Civil War" As Violence Spreads in Ukraine
Interim president Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday was the latest to indicate that the spiraling violence in an increasingly divided Ukraine looks more and more like civil war as efforts to contain uprisings in the east against Kiev's authority have only elevated the violence in recent days. "War is...
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Fire crews battle the 2009 Station Fire. The draft National Climate Assessment predicts longer and more intense fire seasons. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) 'We Are Not Fearmongering': US Scientists Ready Climate Warning
For the United States, climate change is here, it is now and large-scale efforts must be undertaken in order to stave off the growing threat it poses to the nation's natural and human systems. Those will be the key takeaways contained in the National Climate Assessment , an in-depth and far-...
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