News for 2014-05-08

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Vermonters at a rally in 2013 supporting GMO labeling. (Photo: Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center/cc/flickr) Victory! Vermont Passes Landmark GMO Labeling Law
Vermont made history on Thursday by becoming the first state to require the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients following passage of a no "trigger clause" bill. The measure passed both bodies of the state legislature last month, and officially became law Thursday afternoon with...
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Icebergs are breaking off glaciers at Cape York, Greenland. The picture was taken from a helicopter. (Photo: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia Creative Commons) Insurance Industry: It's Time to Start Calculating Cost of Climate 'Catastrophe'
Insurance industry leaders have declared it is now clear that insurers must begin formally including climate change in their calculation of future catastrophes to protect to protect their bottom-lines. In a 41-page report released Thursday, Lloyd's of London—the oldest and largest insurance market...
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[title] New Labor in New York
From taxi drivers working long hours and nights to restaurant workers taking home little but tips, New York is home to one of the fastest growing "precariats" in the United States. Precarious workers like these have fallen largely outside of traditional labor's ranks, and more and more Americans...
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A rally to protect the Reef from new shipping ports for exporting coal and minerals. (Photo: FusionVision/cc/flickr) Great Barrier Reef Be Damned, Australia's Biggest Coal Mine Project Moves Forward
In the wake of warnings over the industry's threats to the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian state of Queensland on Thursday gave the OK to one of the world's biggest coal mines. The slated project is the Adani Enterprises-owned Carmichael Mine in the state's Galilee Basin, and it is expected to...
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Photo: Elvert Barnes/cc/flickr Thanks to Snowden, House Moves Forward on Anti-Spying Legislation
Legislation to curb government surveillance moved forward in the House on Wednesday, a move cautiously welcomed by privacy advocates who say it's still lacking needed reforms. A revised version of the USA Freedom Act, put forth by by Patriot act author Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), received...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at the Capitol in Washington on Feb. 27. Sanders, who has said he may run for president in 2016, is scheduled to attend an event in Iowa this month. (AP) Progressives Welcome Iowa Visit for Bernie Sanders
Progressives in Iowa seem happy to have received word that Vermont's U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is taking his exploration of running for president seriously as news this week surfaced that he'll be traveling to the state later this month to attend a high-profile political event. According to...
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Pro-Russian separatist leaders hold a news conference inside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine May 8, 2014. (Photo: Reuters/Marko Djurica) 'We Will Vote': Eastern Ukrainians Defy Kiev and Putin
Pro-Russian activists declared Thursday they will move forward with planned referendums on Sunday over autonomy in southeastern Ukraine, despite a call by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to delay the vote. Opponents of the Kiev government in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk...
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[title] The Koch Brothers Think Small
They may be billionaires, but that won’t stop Charles and David Koch from getting involved in the most local of issues.
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Women plant rice in Nepal. More than 2.4 billion people get key nutrients from rice, wheat, maize, soybeans, field peas and sorghum. (Credit: Mallika Aryal/IPS) Carbon Pollution and the Coming Threat of "Hollow Food"
UXBRIDGE, Canada - Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels will make many key food crops like rice and corn less nutritious, a new study shows. Important food crops will contain lower levels of zinc and iron by mid-century without major cuts in CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, an analysis of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tech Giants Blast FCC Chairman's Attack on "Free and Open Internet"
In a strongly-worded letter to the Federal Communications Commission delivered on Wednesday, over 100 internet companies and industry innovators— including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon—called on the FCC commissioners to reject recently proposed rules that threaten net neutrality as...
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