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Professor of Chemistry Turns India’s Plastic Trash into Useable Roadways
Christina Sarich
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Scenes from the movie Slumdog Millionaire accurately depict India’s latest consumer-influenced economy. Tree groves are littered with a rainbow color of plastic bags like some kind of ominous carnival wreckage. Plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and other ‘garbage’ liters the streets in a land where city officials have long forsaken their duties of providing a pristine infrastructure to its inhabitants, but a professor of chemistry in Madurai, India ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted every day as ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Are Solar Roadways Next on Our Clean Energy Horizon?
Christina Sarich
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Do you remember the last time you stepped out on some hot asphalt or concrete on a sweltering summer day? You likely felt a tinge of the intense energy of the sun compacted into the over 4 million miles of roads that stretch across the United States. The US transportation system is vast, and it could just be ready for an enormous green facelift utilizing solar technologies.

 

This doesn’t include the millions of square miles of parking lots that go wasted ...

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Biotech Bullying: French Government Withdraws from Long-Term GMO Study
Christina Sarich
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Has the biotech industry successfully scared another government silly, so much so that they are unwilling to carry out true scientific research on the long-term damage that GMOs could cause animals, people, and the environment? With the latest formal withdrawal of the CRIIGEN organization from a previously planned long-term GMO risk study, it seems so.

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Cargill’s Integrity-Free Soybean Oil
Jim Hightower
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Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

I don’t think so. But Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to invalidate the old admonition that eating your cake today means not having it tomorrow.

As a leading producer and user of ingredients that contain genetically manipulated organisms, the food conglomerate with $136.7 billion in yearly sales faces a marketing problem: By huge margins, consumers here and around the ...

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Vibrations in Vegetables: Energetics in Process of Photosynthesis Could Boost Solar Power Efficiency
Christina Sarich
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For all those who think the adage, ‘everything is vibration’ is a bunch of bunkum, check this out: biophysics researchers have discovered that molecular vibrations deep within our vegetables help them to process light for photosynthesis, the primary way a plant metabolizes energy from the sun. This discovery could lead to more efficient solar arrays and better energy storage.

 

Utilizing short pulses of light to peer inside spinach leaves to see how the ...

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Monsanto Hides Toxicity Test Results on RoundUp, Calling them ‘Commercial’ Secret
Christina Sarich
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Talking about Monsanto’s latest attempt to obstruct justice, halt transparency, and prevent people from stopping their seed and herbicide businesses from spreading is starting to seem redundant, but the company just keeps acting in increasingly objectionable ways. Now, the company is refusing to release to the public lab tests conducted in St. Louis, Missouri, which gave them authority to use glyphosate in China.

Just months ago, Chinese food safety volunteers ...

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Hope for Fukushima? New Technology Offered for Mere Dollars to Remove Radioactive Particles
Christina Sarich
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The Keshe Foundation, registered in the Netherlands as a non-profit organization interested in promoting world peace, is offering the regular farmer and others near the Daiichi plant and around the world a new technology to remove radioactive contamination for mere dollars. A video explaining the means to decontaminate radioactive particles is being ...

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Are Nature Conservancy and Corporate Profits Reconcilable?
Thomas Magstadt
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If you were, say, a Colorado cattle rancher and a friend called to tell you that Harlan Vegan (“all hat and no cattle”) has just been named the new head of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), you might wonder what Vegan knows about cows.

 

If you dug deeper and learned that Vegan is best known as an outspoken critic of “greedy, inhumane beef growers who confine animals to filthy feedlots and pump them full of growth hormones,” ...

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Hillary Clinton Cheerleads for Biotech and GMOs
Christina Sarich
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Who has the next famous face to convince the world that GMOs are safe? How about a former first lady, and once U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton? Clinton recently attended the BIO International Convention on Wednesday, June 25 and leaked press snippets to confirm what most sustainable food movement supporters already know: she’s ...

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Don Sahong Hydropower Project is a Death Trap for Irrawaddy Dolphins
Ashley Curtin
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Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. Plans are already in motion to build a new hydropower dam upstream from the dolphins’ habitat in the Mekong River at the border of Laos PDR and Cambodia. With just 85 Irrawaddy dolphins left in the river, these animals can’t withstand the construction of the dam and the World ...

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Brazil Announces Dengue Fever Emergency in GMO Mosquito Trial Areas
Christina Sarich
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Natural Society reported back in February that a UK company was planning to release GMO mosquitoes in Panama in order to reduce the populations of dengue fever, but now civil society groups in a town in Brazil where GMO trial mosquitoes were released are expressing alarm at an increase in dengue incidence, leading them to declare an emergency ...

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18 Million Americans Suffer from GMO and Gluten Intolerance
Christina Sarich
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Gluten intolerance is a hot issue these days. Research estimates that over 18 million Americans now have a gluten sensitivity. These new gluten sensitivities are likely due to genetic alteration of crops, and while there is no GMO-wheat, per se, GMOs and modern wheat are killing us. Wheat’s mass production turned into toxic junk food, and ...

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Sacred Ponca Indian Corn Planted in the Pathway of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Christina Sarich
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Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and their allies are sending a profound message to the owners and supporters (such as the Koch Brothers) of the Keystone Pipeline. They have gathered at the farm of Art Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska, to hand sow sacred Ponka red corn seeds along the proposed route of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Just over a dozen volunteers planted at the Tanderup farm which is crossed by both the historic Ponca Trail of Tears and the Keystone XL ...

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Uber is the Future
Froma Harrop
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As dawn creeps over New York's Jamaica Bay, flocks of wide-bodied red-eyes — overnight flights from the West Coast — land at JFK International Airport. The minute the wheels touch, cellphones click into action.

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Not Much to Lose in Move From Coal
Froma Harrop
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Barack Obama need not ask how well he's doing in coal country, because the answer is always the same: Not well.

A cerebral black man never had much of a chance in poor, rural white ...

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The 95 Percent Doctrine
Tom Engelhardt
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Who could forget?  At the time, in the fall of 2002, there was such a drumbeat of “information” from top figures in the Bush administration about the secret Iraqi program to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and so endanger the United ...

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Koch Brothers Rev Up High-Octane Hypocrisy
Jim Hightower
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Hypothetical conundrums can provide valuable learning experiences for students of corporate management and ethics.

Consider this one: Suppose you’re a corporate chieftain who’s a free-enterprise fundamentalist, despising government regulation, taxation, and intervention in the purity of the holy marketplace. But — whoopsie daisy — suddenly a new competitor to your old-line product pops up, and more and more of your customers are ...

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No Sense of Urgency: Obama’s New Solar Energy Commitments Are Still Just Baby Steps
Juan Cole
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President Obama has long expressed concern about climate change and its impacts, and was mocked by Mitt Romney for saying he wanted to stop the rising of the seas.  But climate change activists have been dismayed that the president nevertheless spoke of an “all of the above” energy policy, urging further oil and gas exploitation, talking about unicorns like clean coal, and generally doing little to tackle the enormous problem. 

The US ...

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FROM AROUND THE WEB

Water

Fracking-chemical spill in Monroe County, Ohio

State officials say the water is safe to drink now but environmentalists are skeptical - Would you drink it?

Climate Change

U.S. Scientists Urge ‘National Vision’ Dealing with Coastlines

A group of top scientists recently called for an essential change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Food Health

Slaughter-Free Milk: Great for Cows, Not the Environment

While the movement is an upward trend, it might play a significant role on the environment.

Drought

California’s Drought to Cost the State Billions of Dollars

The state is in a severe drought and the economic terms of the disaster are crippling.

Water

Nestlé is Hurting California’s Drought

The company is exporting a seriously limited resource with no oversight.

Environment

The Average American Home Size is an Embarrassment

Our homes dwarf those in every country on Earth. We can’t control our environmental impact until that changes.

Big Oil

Energy is Fueling War

Where there is fossil fuel, there is intensifying conflicts brewing.

Environment

El Niño Will Have a Negative Effect on the Great Barrier Reef

This and other warming events will ravage the Great Barrier Reef.

Health

Epidemiologists Blame Humans for Spread of Ebola Virus

The epidemic is out of control and soon to spread to neighboring countries in Africa and humans are to blame for the outbreak.

Food Health

Why are We Importing Our Own Fish?

The U.S. needs to rethink its fish.

Water

Water is the Key Outcome of Iraq and Syria Conflicts

Security analysts in London and Baghdad say control of rivers and dams has become a major tactical weapon for ISIS.

Environment

A lot Less Plastic Covers the Ocean than Expected, but that’s Bad

Ninety-nine percent of the expected pollution turns out to be missing. Where did it all go?

Politics

Leading Politician’s Son Hired by Energy Corporation of America

What’s worse: In many cases, these politicians hold sway over decisions critical to leading gas companies.

War

US Vows to Stop Buying Landmines

Statement signalling intention to join Ottawa Convention banning landmines coincides with Maputo review meeting.

Environment

Environmental Crime is Out of Control

And a lot of it is being used to bankroll armed conflicts.

Climate Change

US Supreme Court’s Mixed Ruling on Greenhouse Regulations Exempts Small Proportion of Facilities

The Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to President Obama’s greenhouse regulations, which will exempt some facilities from a federal air pollution program.

Water

Report: Forest loss starves fish

Up to three-quarters of the biological makeup of freshwater lake fish comes from land vegetation, study finds

Big Oil

Oil Drilling in National Park in Africa Might be Prevented

An agreement between a London-based oil company and a wildlife protection group bans exploratory drilling in Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Weather

El Niño Could Make 2014 Hottest Year on Record

As the odds on El Niño keep rising, so does the chance of a disturbing new global temperature high.

Science

Conservatives Try to Discredit Science

Religious conservatives have some ridiculous explanations to try and hijack and discredit science.

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