GOLD MINING HAS DEVASTATED THE PERUVIAN AMAZON...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Aerial view taken from a police helicopter shows a jungle devastated by gold mining in an area known as La Pampa in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Illegal wildcat mining has been ravaging pristine jungle and contaminating it with tons of mercury.   When Meraldo Umiña moved to the Madre De Dios region of Peru in 1983, the toxic gold rush that’s destroyed swaths of Amazon rainforest there was in its infancy. There were no laws regulating informal or illegal mining, and artisanal miners like him were few. “Gold was cheap,” Umiña, 59, told ThinkProgress in Spanish — “a gram was about $12.” Using simple but still harmful chemical methods, miners worked just by the rivers then, and the gold was easy to get, he said....

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COMMENTARY: UPDATE OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL ACT A WORTHY STEP THAT’S LONG OVERDUE...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] J. Scott Applewhite/AP In a groundbreaking report six years ago, a National Cancer Institute panel warned that it was time to pay closer attention to environmental causes of a disease that takes more than a half-million American lives each year. “[T]he true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated,” the panelists wrote in their transmittal letter to President Obama in April 2010. “With nearly 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States, many of which are used by millions of Americans in their daily lives and are un- or understudied and largely unregulated, exposure to potential environmental carcinogens is widespread.” The report’s authors said the federal law aimed at controlling such hazards, the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, “may be the most egregious example of ineffective regulation of environmental...

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MAJOR CELL PHONE RADIATION STUDY REIGNITED THE CANCER DEBATE...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] “It actually has me concerned, and I’m an expert”: Major cell phone radiation study reignites cancer debate New research from the National Toxicology Program links radio-frequency radiation to tumor formation in rats Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American “It actually has me concerned, and I’m an expert”: Major cell phone radiation study reignites cancer debate This article was originally published by Scientific American. Scientific American Federal scientists released partial findings Friday from a $25-million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices. The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation starting in utero, present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation...

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5 Superfoods You’re Probably Not Eating...

May 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] It’s time to move beyond kale and quinoa. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet By some estimates, the state of American health looks pretty grim. And much of it is directly tied to poor diets. Based on current trends, one in three American adults—about 146 million people—will be suffering from type 2 diabetes by 2050, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year, say researchers at Harvard University, 42 percent of Americans will be obese, up from the current figure of 35 percent. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that in 2000, partially because of a surge in meat consumption, the average American ate almost 20 percent more calories than he did in 1983. The problem isn’t only that we’re eating too much, but that we’re eating a lot...

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WE ARE LIVING PROOF THAT VACCINES DO CAUSE AUTISM – VIDEO...

May 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   “We are living proof that vaccines do cause Autism,” says Polly Tommey during the Q&A after the screening of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe on Friday night. She is featured in the documentary and gives the audience a pep talk – and all of us watching this video as well – that we must not give up our fight to share the truth with parents so that more children will be saved from the ravages of vaccine injury. — with Polly Tommey, Del Bigtree and Andrew Wakefield. http://www.stopmandatoryvaccination.com http://vaxxedthemovie.comPublished on Apr 20,...

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THE BATTLE OVER PUBLIC DRINKING WATER HAS JUST BEGUN...

May 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Don Ryan An initiative to block Nestle from bottling water in Cascade Locks, Oregon, shown here, passed with 70 percent of the vote this month.   It’s easy to hate Nestle’s bottled water business. The multinational behemoth recently fought a case at the Maine Supreme Court to continue filling Poland Spring bottles — at the same rate the locals pay for tap water. Environmental groups and locals had challenged whether the water company had the authority to sign a 25-year, 603,000 gallon/day contract for public water. The groups lost. Then the company announced it would build a bottled water facility in Phoenix, of all places, which prompted local outcry and a change.org petition to get Nestle out of the desert city, which pipes nearly all its water...

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FARMING’S DIRTY NEEDS HAVE A DEADLY EFFECT...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network     Fertilizers are a major contributor to air pollution in the United States, Europe, Russia and China. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Farming is a dirty business—so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that kind of pollution. These particles are calculated to cause around 3.3 million deaths a year worldwide—and most of this lung-penetrating murk is from fertilisers. Back in 1950, the world produced 20 million tons of artificial fertilisers, but farmers now spread on their fields every year around 190 million tons. Ammonia from the nitrogen-based compounds gathers in the air, and combines with the...

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POWERFUL VIDEO: VACCINES ARE HOLOCAUST FOR BLACK BABIES...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Gary Barnes   TRUTH KINGS Vaccine   A powerful speech in Compton details decades worth of experimentation being performed on the black community. Now vaccines are a part of a large global holocaust against the black and Muslim community. This is powerful...

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SCIENTISTS JUST DISCOVERED EXACTLY WHAT AIR POLLUTION DOES TO YOUR ARTERIES...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Amel Emric A Bosnian man covers his mouth as he walks on the street during heavy smog in the northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, 140 kms. north of Sarajevo.   Air pollution has been linked to heart disease for years, prompting concern as well as some skepticism, as the physiological steps showing a cause-and-effect have gone less understood. But now, a multi-year study has for the first time documented that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, a condition that causes cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes. “What’s new here is the linkage between air pollution and actual evidence of progression of atherosclerosis, the underlying disease process that leads to most [heart] attacks and strokes,” Joel Kaufman, lead author and University of Washington professor,...

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HOUSE PASSES ZIKA BILL THAT WON’T FIGHT THE VIRUS BUT MAY PUT MORE PESTICIDES IN YOUR WATER...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Despite the fact that Congress has yet to pass a fully-funded Zika emergency bill, the House of Representatives passed the Zika Vector Control Act Tuesday evening, a bill ostensibly aimed at helping to fight the potential spread of the Zika virus throughout the United States. But House Democrats and environmental organizations are crying foul, arguing that the bill uses the threat of Zika as a cover for rolling back crucial EPA regulations that protect bodies of water from pesticides. “The reality is that the majority has been pushing this legislation for years under whatever name is convenient at the time,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) said during the floor debate Tuesday. “This bill has nothing to do with combating Zika.” Opponents of the bill noted that...

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Theory Used to Force Vaccination of Children is Not Always True...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Rev. Jim Hetzer | Guest Writer Parents remain concerned about the side effects of the various immunizations, including sometimes fatal reactions and questions as to whether these immunizations are a cause in the exponential growth of autism spectrum disorders. There is increasing pressure to force vaccinations on children, and increasing marketing of vaccines for adults, including pneumonia and shingles. Children cannot attend daycare or school without proof of vaccinations. The theory behind these requirements is that if everyone is vaccinated, the probability of any individual contacting the disease is reduced. 41 students at Harvard University were infected with mumps, and all 41 students had been immunized for mumps. It is likely that all or nearly all of the students at Harvard had been given one or more MMR inoculations that should have...

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What’s the True Cost of Fracking? This Eye-Opening Infographic May Surprise You...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment There are significant pros and cons, making fracking a highly controversial issue. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 26, 2013: Pumpjacks extract oil from an oilfield in Kern County, CA. About 15 billion barrels of oil could be extracted using hydraulic fracturing in California. Photo Credit: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Concerns about the process have been mounting, as studies have linked it to a host of environmental and public health problems, from increased infant mortality and low birth weight babies to the release of cancer-causing radioactive gas, contamination of drinking...

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DR. ANDREW WAKEFIELD DEALS WITH ALLEGATIONS – VIDEO...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dr. Andrew Wakefield Deals With...

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DESIGN ADVOCACY AND MATERIAL SUSTAINABILITY...

May 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dora Vanette   METROPOLIS MAGAZINE The Downtown Houston Childcare Center, designed by Kirksey Architecure with the goal of providing flexible learning spaces and utilizing natural materials and textures Photo by: Slyworks Photography Throughout 2015, Metropolis’s publisher and editor in chief, Susan S. Szenasy, led the Metropolis Think Tank series of conversations on the seismic cultural shifts reshaping our society and the importance of injecting a new humanism into design and architecture in order to better deal with emerging challenges. As part of these ongoing discussions, Szenasy engages key industry leaders and gives a voice to different knowledge groups that participate in these processes—from architecture firms and clients to researchers and consultants. On August 26, she talked with the principals of Houston-based Kirksey Architecture about architects as design advocates, master builders, and how material sustainability and building codes...

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LONG BEACH FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST MONSANTO...

May 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG posted by emma niles   The Port of Long Beach. (via Flickr) Following the lead of six other West Coast cities, the city of Long Beach on Thursday filed paperwork to sue Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical giant is responsible for chemical contamination of its water sources, including the Port of Long Beach. The Long Beach Post reports: According to the complaint, PCBs find their way to Long Beach waters when they leach, leak, off-gas and escape their intended applications, causing runoff during naturally occurring storm and rain events, after being released into the environment. … The city said it continues to “incur significant costs related to PCBs in its storm water and the sedimentary deposits in the Port of Long Beach and adjacent ocean floor areas,” according to a release. In...

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LAKOTA LEADERS WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST ‘LIQUID GENOCIDE’...

May 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Belief The successful fight to block the invasion of alcohol. By Evelyn Nieves / AlterNet Photo Credit: Sopotnicki/Shutterstock The horse riders arrived at the Oglala Lakota tribal headquarters from the near and far corners of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They were bundled against rain, cold and cutting winds. Obviously, this was no joy ride. Not at first—the joy came later. The members of the Horse Spirit Society, a Pine Ridge non-profit dedicated to teaching and practicing Lakota traditions, along with their supporters, stood outside tribal headquarters to oppose a referendum on allowing alcohol on the reservation. The vote set for Tuesday was the second in three years, after the first, which barely passed, was tossed for wording that was non-legally binding. This time, those opposed knew what to do. One after another,...

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CONGRESS IS OVERHAULING AN OUTDATED LAW THAT AFFECTS NEARLY EVERY PRODUCT YOU OWN...

May 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has helped to lead efforts to overhaul the nation’s chemical safety laws. (Win Mcnamee/Getty Images) By Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears Congress has reached agreement on the most sweeping overhaul of U.S. chemical safety laws in 40 years, a rare bipartisan accord that has won the backing of both industry officials and some of the Hill’s most liberal lawmakers. The compromise, which lawmakers unveiled Thursday, will provide the industry with greater certainty while empowering the Environmental Protection Agency to obtain more information about a chemical before approving its use. And because the laws involved regulate thousands of chemicals in products as diverse as detergents, paint thinners and permanent-press clothing, the result also will have a profound effect on Americans’ everyday lives. The Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not...

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VACCINES DO CAUSE AUTISM. HERE’S HOW....

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] < Problem: How to explain the issue of synergistic toxicity in vaccines… Importance of the problem: There are many who believe “The Problem” is Thimerosal. There are many who believe “The Problem” is the MMR vaccine. It’s neither. It’s both. And SO MUCH MORE. A baby is born. On day one, that baby receives the Vitamin K shot (not a vaccine), which contains quite a lot of alcohol and many times the level of vitamin K that any infant would take in during a 24-hour period naturally. Alcohol is detoxified by the liver. On that same day, that baby receives the Hepatitis B vaccine – which contains 250 micrograms of aluminum. The FDA safety limit for aluminum in other injected medications (not vaccines – never been studied) is 5 micrograms per kilogram (2.2...

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THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED KIDS CAN NOW ENROLL IN HEALTH CARE COVERAGE...

May 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Esther Yu-Hsi Lee THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, speaks at a rally where health care and immigrant rights advocates celebrated the expansion of Medi-Cal to children and teens illegally brought to the United States, held at the Capitol Monday, May 16, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.   This week, more than 170,000 undocumented children became eligible to enroll in state-funded health insurance plans in California, going beyond Obamacare to allow more immigrants to have access to comprehensive health services for the first time in the state. The “Health4AllKids” health care expansion allows low-income children under the age of 19 to receive affordable care under Medi-Cal, the name for California’s Medicaid program, regardless of their immigration status. This will allow undocumented kids to access the full scope...

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HOW TO LEGALLY AVOID UNWANTED IMMUNIZATIONS OF ALL KINDS...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Erin Elizabeth – By Dr Mercola As you read this work and put its principles into practice, there are two basic axioms you never want to forget. They are the rock upon which all your actions are based. Nobody, anywhere or any time and under any circumstances has the right or power in this country to immunize you or your children against your will and conviction. If they attempt to do so, you can legally charge them with “assault with a deadly weapon” and have the full resources of our laws behind you. At all times in attempting to avoid unwanted immunization, you have the Law of the Land behind you. Those who would try to vaccinate you against your will are on very shaky ground. Into every compulsory immunization law in...

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AS IT PREPARES FOR WAR, PLANNED PARENTHOOD IS TRAINING A POLITICAL ARMY...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster Planned Parenthood and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supporters looks to the stage during the National Anthem during a Clinton campaign event at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.   PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA — For Planned Parenthood, this election season means war. And you can’t win a war without an army. So Planned Parenthood is building one: An army of pro-choice advocates trained in how to win political campaigns. On Friday, the women’s health organization held its biggest-ever volunteer training event in Pittsburgh, where nearly 1,000 activists from 48 states were taught how to build grassroots political support for reproductive health and abortion rights. The training is just one part of what Planned Parenthood says will be the most expensive electoral...

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“CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR” ON VACCINES? NOT!...

May 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Marco Cáceres  NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER According to many doctors, medical schools teach almost nothing about vaccines, other than the federally recommended schedule of when they are to be given and that vaccines are “safe and effective.” There exists a general belief among the public that medical doctors are “experts” with regard to vaccines. Newspaper and magazine articles and medical and public health websites frequently advise that, when it comes to vaccination, people should “consult your doctor.“1 2 3 4 The counsel is the equivalent of the “ask your doctor” to which TV viewers have grown accustomed to hearing at the conclusion of advertisements for prescription drugs. The underlying assumption is that doctors have received considerable vaccine education and training when they attended medical school—so much, in fact, that they merit the public’s belief...

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CHILDREN IN FARM COMMUNITIES PAY A STEEP PRICE FOR THE FOOD WE EAT...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Civil Eats About the Writer Elizabeth Grossman is a senior reporter for Civil Eats focused on environmental and science issues. She is the author of Chasing Molecules, High Tech Trash, Watershed and other books. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Scientific American, Environmental Health Perspectives, Yale e360, Ensia, High Country News, The Pump Handle, Chemical Watch, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, The Nation, and Mother Jones. Photo courtesy of Bread for the World. Children in Farm Communities Pay a Steep Price for the Food We Eat The evidence linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancers and learning and behavioral problems has grown increasingly strong. By Elizabeth Grossman on May 10, 2016 Filed Under: Food Justice, Pesticides Subscribe  993  268 Tumblr1 Google +2  15 If you’re an urban parent, you might...

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WELCOME TO 1984

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG         Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP) The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly. “Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.” This moment in American...

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Doctors Agree With Sanders on Universal Health Care...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Physicans warn that the risks of continuing the ACA will leave millions uninsured indefinitely. By Viji Sundaram / New America Media  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr CC Presidential hopefuls have their own ideas on what to do with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature legislation, when they move into the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks it should be replaced with a single-payer health plan of the kind Europe and Canada have. This federally administered universal health care program would eliminate copays and deductibles. There’s currently a move afoot in Colorado to have such a plan. Secretary Hillary Clinton would like to keep the ACA, with a few fixes. Donald Trump says he will uproot the ACA, get Congress to allow the sale of health insurance across state...

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SCIENTISTS JUST PINPOINTED ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FRACKING’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT...

May 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: BILL DICKINSON/FLICKR View of the New River bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia. Wolf Creek, a tributary of the New River, has traces of fracking waste chemicals that are affecting the local ecosystem, according to a new study. Researchers discovered the chemicals near a fracking fluid waste site. The New River is a local water source.   A dumping site for fracking fluids long suspected to be leaching into Wolf Creek, a West Virginia waterway with ties to a county’s water supply, has indeed contaminated the creek with multiple chemicals, a new U.S. Geological Survey study has found. The “study demonstrates definitively that the stream is being impacted by [unconventional oil and gas extraction] wastewaters,” Denise Akob, USGS scientist and lead author of the study,...

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