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A jury awarded 15 people $500,000 in damages in the latest in a string of victories against GE seed corporations in Kaua'i.
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ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Total and BP pour funding into projects to unlock oil reserves – despite scientists warning they will lead to climate change disaster
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Our Soil Is Bad. Are We Doomed?

"Leading soil scientists conducted a large review on the quality and condition of today's soil, and the results are not encouraging. In fact, the quality of our soil could become a huge threat to our food supply in the next century."

Why composting is important for your garden.

"A new review published in the journal Science from top soil scientists paints a pretty dire picture of the condition of the world’s soil. The leaching of vital nutrients and erosion, both partly due to industrial agriculture, are seen as so severe that the review claims we may be reaching a plateau of just how much food our planet can produce. Without significant change to the way we treat our soil, this might be as good as it ever gets.

"Soil isn’t a particularly sexy thing to investigate, but for the vast majority of farmers (excluding those using, say, hydroponics), soil is everything. And the review indicates that we haven’t been great stewards. “Ever since humans developed agriculture, we’ve been transforming the planet and throwing the soil’s nutrient cycle out of balance,” says the paper’s lead author, Ronald Amundson, a professor of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley, in a press release.

"One of the more devastating problems arising from industrial agriculture is that of nutrient depletion. Soil used for farming naturally contains various chemicals necessary to produce a high yield in crops. The most important are phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. Nitrogen can be produced artificially to some degree, though its creation uses an awful lot of energy. Phosphorous and potassium are mined, and soon, say the paper’s authors, the most valuable raw materials in the world might not be oil anymore. Amundson goes so far as to suggest “phosphorous cartels” may pop up in the future to control their sale."
The solution might be recycling chemicals the same way we recycle soda cans.
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Or go back to having animals on the land which put phosphorous back into it....  But unfortunately we need to dedicate all the land to big-agro farming to allow everyone to become vegetarians.  I'm sure big-ag will invent some magical solution that costs a fortune.

Or there is always soylent green...
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Bill restricting abortion bypass for minors passes TX Senate; No exceptions for girls with unwanted pregnancies for rape and incest.

"The bill extends the time period in which judges must make a ruling from two days to five business days; if the judge doesn’t rule, the minor’s application is presumed denied instead of approved, as it is today.

"Abortion rights and child welfare advocates say judicial bypass is a rarely used last resort for vulnerable girls with unwanted pregnancies, many of whom have either negligent or abusive parents.

"The bill also narrows the number of counties where pregnant girls can apply for a judicial bypass and requires that they provide “clear and convincing evidence” to a judge that they would be endangered if they informed their parents."
By a 21 to 10, party-line vote, the Texas Senate tentatively passed a bill Monday that further restricts a judicial bypass process for minors to get abortions without parental consent in rare cases.
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Some folks (Hi! Senator McCain) can't seem to adjust to a no ground war America.
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The High Cost of Dirty Fuels

"A new report from the International Monetary Fund makes a compelling case for why countries should end subsidies for fossil fuels: It would save millions of lives."
Ending subsidies for fossil fuels would save many lives, a report from the International Monetary Fund makes clear.
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Are phosphorous wars in our future?

"Unlike nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous come from rocks and minerals, and the authors point out that those resources are not equitably distributed throughout the world. The United States has only 1 to 2 percent of the world's potassium reserves, and its reserves of phosphorous are expected to run out in about three decades.

"This could create political challenges and uncertainties," said Amundson. "Morocco will soon be the largest source of phosphorous in the world, followed by China. These two countries will have a great deal of say in the distribution of those resources. Some people suggest we will see the emergence of a phosphorous cartel.""
Scientists warn that humans have been depleting soil nutrients at rates that are orders of magnitude greater than our current ability to replenish it. They say that fixing this imbalance is critical to global food security over the next century.
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Paul Krugman points to an interesting problem today: we all know, because we can see it with our very own eyes, that there's vast technological change going on. And yet when we look at the economic numbers if just isn't actually there. We seem to be stuck, as Krugman says, [...]
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WI GOP lawmakers to fast track another abortion ban

This one comes with penalties of up to $10,000 and 31/2 years in jail for anyone who is convicted of performing an abortion after 20 weeks.

"Similar laws in Georgia, Arizona and Idaho have been blocked by courts."
The bill includes penalties of up to $10,000 and 31/2 years in jail for anyone who is convicted of performing an abortion after 20 weeks.
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US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York on Monday, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded.
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A little 4 yr-old girl was shot in the head Friday night. Luckily she is alive and improving.
The 4-year-old South Side girl shot in the head Friday night in a drive-by shooting in West Englewood has been upgraded to fair condition, hospital officials said Monday.
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Here's the Josh Duggar Police Report
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The report was said to be destroyed Thursday.

Abortion fight returning to the Legislature on Sunday
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AUSTIN - Texas Republicans are planning to force another vote Sunday on a controversial proposal to eliminate a provision allowing late-term

The Disappearing Colorado River
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It’s the most important river in the West—and it exemplifies everything wrong with water use in America.

Oklahoma Oil Executive Told OU Dean He Wanted Earthquake Scientists Fired
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Harold Hamm, the billionaire founder and CEO of Continental Resources told a University of Oklahoma dean he wanted scientists dismissed who

Updated List of Bills The Republicans Have Blocked
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Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President: Tax on Com

Wild animals dying for a drink in drought-stricken West
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As the baking Western landscape becomes hotter and drier, land animals are being forced to seek water and food far outside their normal rang

The Elephant Watcher
www.newyorker.com

As poachers grow bolder, Andrea Turkalo studies the behavior of a vanishing species.

Always-On Devices May Cost Americans $19 Billion Annually When We're Not...
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As much as $19 billion worth of electricity may be wasted in U.S. homes by devices when they're not being actively being used. This represen

Greenhouse gas benchmark reached
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For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenho

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Story by The Associated PressPANAMA CITY, Fla. AP -- Police say a 7-year-old Panama City girl died a

Bees may be getting addicted to insecticides the way humans get addicted...
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New studies strengthen our understanding of neonicotinoids' harmful impact on bees

EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Create Quarter-Million Jobs | InsideClimate ...
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The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to crack down on carbon pollution from power plants would create more than a quarter of a mil

Report: Silence and denial surround Oklahoma’s “frackquake” problem
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Why isn't Oklahoma doing more to address its massive uptick in seismic activity?

Nicaragua's Grand Canal: No Indigenous Consent, and Probable Environment...
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The Nicaragua Grand Canal could cause environmental havoc and was approved without indigenous consultation, scientists and Natives say.

FEMA won’t give money to states that don’t plan for climate change
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Climate deniers like Rick Scott just may be forced to reconsider their anti-science opinions

“Dozens of threats to execute grade-school kids”: Madness of a 9/11 truther
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How a father with a Twitter account stopped a homegrown terrorist in his tracks

BioEdge: US states tying psychiatrists’ hands over guns
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The debate over psychiatrists’ confidentiality in treating people with mental illness has revived.

Study: Oklahoma's Daily Small Quakes Raise Risk of Big Ones - ABC News
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Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger

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