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Carbon Levels Could Hit Pre-Human, ‘Palms in the Arctic’ State by Mid-Century

Carbon Levels Could Hit Pre-Human, ‘Palms in the Arctic’ State by Mid-Century

Published on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and could reach a level unseen in millennia if their rates continue at this pace, a new report out Tuesday warns. Research published in Nature Communications finds that if fossil fuel use continues unabated, […]

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

In This Passionate Anti-Fracking Town, Civil Disobedience Just Became Protected Civic Duty

Published on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer For one community attempting to stop fracking wastewater injection wells, civil disobedience just became a sanctioned civic right. The community is Grant Township, Pa., which, in November 2015, had fought off the Pennsylvania General Energy Company (PGE) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association […]

Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

Super PACs and Trump’s Wife: How a Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

by Robert Faturechi ProPublica, March 31, 2016, 8 a.m. There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Ted Cruz played a role in a super PAC’s attack on his wife. But federal rules barring coordination between candidates and the super PACs that support them have been so rarely enforced that even if Trump were […]

Turning Point in Climate Fight as AGs Unite to Target Exxon Crimes

Turning Point in Climate Fight as AGs Unite to Target Exxon Crimes

Published on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer n a move many are hailing as a “turning point” in the climate fight, 20 state Attorneys General on Tuesday launched an unprecedented, multi-state effort to investigate and prosecute the “high-funded and morally vacant forces” that have stymied attempts to combat global warming—starting with holding […]

New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators

New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators

Published on Friday, February 26, 2016 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Pollinators worldwide, from bees and butterflies to beetles and bats, are facing a grim state of affairs. Factors such climate change and land use changes are driving many pollinator species—including 16 percent of vertebrate pollinators—towards extinction. For invertebrate pollinators like bees and butterflies, over 40 […]

About Time! FDA Will Begin Testing Foods for Toxic Weedkiller Residue

About Time! FDA Will Begin Testing Foods for Toxic Weedkiller Residue

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Amid growing international concern over the health risks posed by Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will reportedly begin testing for the herbicide this year. After speaking with FDA officials, Civil Eats reported Wednesday that the agency will begin testing for […]

Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Democratic Primary Makes Clear: A Populist Revolution is Coming

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The influential economist Thomas Piketty is the most recent trans-Atlantic observer to note that the “incredible success of the ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders” is indicative of a deeper, populist movement that’s brewing across the United States. In a column published in the French newspaper Le Monde […]

Report Warns that Plastics Will Soon Outweigh Fish in World’s Oceans

Report Warns that Plastics Will Soon Outweigh Fish in World’s Oceans

Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The weight of plastic waste clogging the world’s oceans threatens to exceed all fish by 2050 if the world’s seemingly insatiable appetite for the material continues at the current explosive rate, warned a new report presented on Tuesday. In fact, according to the study by […]

This NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL Proves “Free Trade” Deals Kill Democracy

This NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL Proves “Free Trade” Deals Kill Democracy

Published on Thursday, January 07, 2016 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer Canadian pipeline company TransCanada announced Wednesday afternoon it is suing the Obama administration under NAFTA provisions for the U.S. decision last November to reject the unpopular Keystone XL pipeline. The climate justice movement that successfully pressured the president to reject the mammoth pipeline project responded […]

EPA Confirms Longstanding Fears About Impact of Neonics on Bees

EPA Confirms Longstanding Fears About Impact of Neonics on Bees

Published on Wednesday, January 06, 2016 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday confirmed longstanding fears that a widely-used pesticide can pose a significant risk to honeybee populations. The first risk assessment released by the agency on the long-term impact of neonicotinoids focused on the most popular class of the insecticide, […]

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