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Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water Following Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River

Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Drinking Water Following Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River

Published on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Common Dreams by Sarah Lazare, staff writer The cancer-causing chemical benzene has been detected in the drinking water supply of a Montana town after a pipeline ruptured on Saturday, sending up to 50,000 gallons of Bakken shale crude oil into the partially-frozen Yellowstone River. The second Yellowstone River pipeline spill in less […]

Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined

Richest 1% Percent To Have More Than Rest of Humanity Combined

Published on Monday, January 19, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer In less than two years, if current trends continued unchecked, the richest 1% percent of people on the planet will own at least half of the world’s wealth. That’s the conclusion of a new report from Oxfam International, released Monday, which states that the rate […]

Don’t Buy the Hype: 20 Years of Data Reveals ‘Free Trade’ Fallacies

Don’t Buy the Hype: 20 Years of Data Reveals ‘Free Trade’ Fallacies

Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Fast-tracked international trade deals have led to exploding U.S. trade deficits, soaring food imports into the U.S., increased off-shoring of American jobs, and an “unprecedented rise in income inequality,” according to new data released Thursday by the watchdog group Public Citizen. The report, “Prosperity Undermined” […]

‘Something Momentous is Happening’: Hundreds of Stanford Professors Call For Full Fossil Fuel Divestment

‘Something Momentous is Happening’: Hundreds of Stanford Professors Call For Full Fossil Fuel Divestment

Published on Monday, January 12, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer Hundreds of Stanford University professors published an open letter on Sunday demanding that the university divest the entirety of its holdings from all fossil fuel companies. “If a university seeks to educate extraordinary youth so they may achieve the brightest possible future, what does it […]

In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’

In ‘Epic’ Chase, Sea Shepherd Vows to Pursue Poachers to ‘Ends of the Earth’

Published on Friday, January 09, 2015 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer The international marine wildlife conservation organization Sea Shepherd is engaged in “epic” pursuit of an alleged poaching vessel in the Southern Ocean, about 2,300 nautical miles from South Africa, or about 80 nautical miles outside of Australian Antarctic waters. The dramatic chase, which has gone […]

Texas Rattled by 11 Earthquakes in Less Than 48 Hours

Texas Rattled by 11 Earthquakes in Less Than 48 Hours

Published on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The Irving, Texas area experienced 11 earthquakes between Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting further speculation about the role of fracking in seismic events. The first, a 2.3 magnitude quake, hit around 7:30 AM on Tuesday; the last, a 2.7 magnitude quake, came Wednesday morning around 10. […]

Groundbreaking Study Confirms: We Must Leave Fossil Fuels “In the Ground”

Groundbreaking Study Confirms: We Must Leave Fossil Fuels “In the Ground”

Published on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 by Sarah Lazare, staff writer A groundbreaking new study is confirming what green campaigners have long argued: in order to stave off climate disaster, the majority of fossil fuel deposits around the world—including 92 percent of U.S. coal, all Arctic oil and gas, and a majority of Canadian tar sands—must stay […]

Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania

Enforcing the ‘Will of the People,’ Dozens of Pipeline Protesters Halt Operations in Pennsylvania

Published on Monday, January 05, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Developing… Dozens of people in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County brought work towards a natural gas pipeline to a halt on Monday, charging that the project threatens a Native American cultural site and their rural way of life. The protesters, who include area residents and a local […]

NASA: Tropical Forests Key to Fighting Greenhouse Gases

NASA: Tropical Forests Key to Fighting Greenhouse Gases

Published on Sunday, January 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Tropical forests have emerged as a crucial factor in the fight against climate change, according to a new NASA-led study published Friday which finds that they are absorbing carbon dioxide at a far higher rate than previously thought. As atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases have […]