Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

Jessica Corbett is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow her on Twitter: @corbett_jessica.

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An elementary school student wears a mask News
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
In New Study Naming Pollution the 'Largest Environmental Threat to Health,' US Ranks Among Top 10 Nations for Premature Deaths
An analysis published Wednesday found that "exposure to toxic air, water, soil, and chemical pollution" kills 8.3 million people worldwide each year, with the United States among the 10 countries that have the most pollution-related premature deaths—underscoring the necessity of urgent, collaborative efforts to safeguard public health.
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Sex workers and activists News
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Progressives Unveil New Bill to Investigate How Anti-Trafficking Law Has 'Demonized and Harmed' Sex Workers
A small coalition of Democrats in both chambers of Congress marked the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Tuesday by introducing a bill that would launch an investigation into how 2018 legislation that aimed to combat sex trafficking has negatively impacted sex workers and put them at increased risk.
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President Donald Trump News
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
New Report Details How Trump Tax Scam 'Delivered Big Benefits to the Rich and Corporations But Nearly None for Working Families'
A joint report published Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy details how the 2017 GOP tax overhaul "delivered big benefits to the rich and corporations but nearly none for working families" in the almost two years since President Donald Trump signed the bill into law.
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2018 fracked gas well blowout in rural ohio News
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
This So-Called Bridge Fuel 'Leads to Hell': Blowout at ExxonMobil Fracking Site Among Nation's Worst-Ever Methane Leaks
The revelation Monday that a blowout last year at an Ohio natural gas well owned by an ExxonMobil subsidiary was one of the country's largest-ever leaks of the potent greenhouse gas methane provoked impassioned calls for a rapid, just transition to 100% renewable energy nationwide.
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cover photo for WHO report News
Monday, December 16, 2019
Top Global Scientists Call for 'Profound Food System Transformation' to Combat Extreme Malnutrition
A multi-part World Health Organization report published Monday in the British medical journal The Lancet detailed the need to urgently transform the world's failing food systems to combat the coexistence of undernourishment and obesity—or the "double burden of malnutrition."
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) News
Monday, December 16, 2019
'The Bold Approach We Need': New Booker Ag Bill Includes First-Ever National Factory Farm Moratorium
Advocates for the environment, corporate accountability, and public health on Monday welcomed Sen. Cory Booker's new agricultural reform bill—which would impose a first-ever national moratorium on factory farms—as "the bold approach we need."
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fight for $15 protest News
Friday, December 13, 2019
Progressives Blast New NLRB Union Elections Rule That 'Betrays the Workers It Is Meant to Protect'
The Republican-dominated National Labor Relations Board on Friday unveiled a new rule amending its procedures for union elections that, according to at least one progressive think tank, "betrays the workers it is meant to protect."
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missile tests News
Friday, December 13, 2019
Arms Expert Warns of 'Reckless and Unnecessary Escalation' After Pentagon Tests Missile Banned by INF Treaty That Trump Ditched
Arms experts warned of negative global implications after the Pentagon on Thursday test-launched a second missile that would have been banned under a Cold War-era treaty that U.S. President Donald Trump ditched in early August. Trump ignored concerns about the impacts on global security and...
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Workers and allies demanding a $15 an hour wage stage a protest outside a McDonald's restaurant. News
Thursday, December 12, 2019
As NLRB Delivers 'Victory' to McDonald's, Docs Reveal Fast Food Giant's Dirty Anti-Union Tactics
A lengthy Bloomberg article spotlighting President Donald Trump's long affinity for McDonald's—which preceded a major decision from a federal agency that involved the fast food giant—revealed Thursday morning that thousands of previously unreported company documents and internal emails expose how "corporate executives monitored developments as managers helped orchestrate a years-long anti-union response across the U.S."
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Meat sign News
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Move Over, Peak Oil. Scientists Say 'Peak Livestock' Must Arrive This Decade to Limit Global Heating
In an open letter to The Lancet Planetary Health journal Wednesday, a group of scientists called for setting a date to reach "peak livestock" production and pursuing dramatic efforts to restore vegetation in the next decade to curb planet-heating emissions, increase natural carbon sequestration, and avert climate catastrophe.
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