Study finds that pesticide exposure during pregnancy appears to pose risks equivalent to smoking

By Lynne Peoples / Huffington Post An expectant mother’s exposure to commonly used pesticides might pose risks to her developing fetus comparable to those long associated with tobacco smoking, new research suggests. In both cases, a fetus exposed to such chemicals during a mother’s pregnancy might result in childbirth taking place a few days earlier … Continue reading Study finds that pesticide exposure during pregnancy appears to pose risks equivalent to smoking

Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project

By Justine Hunter / The Globe and Mail The federal review of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline has hit another setback this week after a coastal first nation community withdrew from the process, saying the Harper government has predetermined the outcome. The hearings were temporarily derailed when the panel was greeted by protests in the … Continue reading Nuxalk First Nation abandons involvement with Northern Gateway pipeline, vowing to oppose project

Police in the United States routinely use cell phone signals to track citizens without a warrant

By Chris Arsenault / Al Jazeera For years, legal scholar Susan Freidwald has been raising alarms about police tracking the locations of average American cellphone users, without warrants or judicial oversight. But the extent of routine surveillance on the whereabouts of millions of people, outlined in a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) … Continue reading Police in the United States routinely use cell phone signals to track citizens without a warrant

Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one

By Maria Sanchez  / Upside Down World Tucked between sand dunes and the Pacific Ocean, perched on a small hill, is Xayakalan, home to members of the indigenous community, Santa Maria Ostula. Here, the sound of waves hitting the shore mixes with the cries of children playing among the wooden huts. Against this beautiful backdrop, … Continue reading Nahua community in Mexico seeing its land defenders killed off one by one

Poland to issue “complete ban” on Monsanto’s genetically modified maize

By Agence France-Presse Poland will impose a complete ban on growing the MON810 genetically modified strain of maize made by US company Monsanto on its territory, Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said Wednesday. “The decree is in the works. It introduces a complete ban on the MON810 strain of maize in Poland,” Sawicki told reporters, adding … Continue reading Poland to issue “complete ban” on Monsanto’s genetically modified maize

Sexual violence, breast cancer, and birth defects: how fracking impacts women

By Sara Jerving / PR Watch Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated widespread media attention this year. The process, which injects water and chemicals into the ground to release “natural” gas and oil from shale bedrock, has been shown to contribute significantly to air and water pollution and has even been linked to earthquakes. But … Continue reading Sexual violence, breast cancer, and birth defects: how fracking impacts women

Chile’s Supreme Court approves massive dam that would flood 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat

By Agence France-Presse Chile’s Supreme Court Wednesday removed the last legal obstacle to building a giant $2.9 billion hydroelectric complex in the Patagonian wilderness, rejecting a bid by environmentalists to block it. The highly controversial project, which environmentalists say will wreck a unique and pristine habitat in the southern tip of South America, sparked violent … Continue reading Chile’s Supreme Court approves massive dam that would flood 15,000 acres of wildlife habitat

Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees

By Ahni / Intercontinental Cry Two people have died and three others are injured following a confrontation between indigenous peoples and loggers of an endangered tree in Panama. The conflict began began on March 30, when a group of Wounaan attempted to burn logging equipment that was being used by a group of loggers working … Continue reading Wounaan people of Panama attacked, two killed, while defending endangered Cocobolo trees

Slow lorises being sold illegally, though openly, in Indonesian capital

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Defying Indonesian law, slow lorises are being sold openly in Jakarta markets for the underground pet trade, according to wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC. In the last two weeks, TRAFFIC has recorded fifty different individual slow lorises on sale in the Indonesian capital. “The openness of the slow loris trade … Continue reading Slow lorises being sold illegally, though openly, in Indonesian capital

UN reports 2.4 million people are victims of trafficking; 80% being exploited as sexual slaves

By Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press The U.N. crime-fighting office said Tuesday that 2.4 million people across the globe are victims of human trafficking at any one time, and 80 percent of them are being exploited as sexual slaves. Yuri Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, told a daylong … Continue reading UN reports 2.4 million people are victims of trafficking; 80% being exploited as sexual slaves

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