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President Said to Be Planning to Use Executive Authority on Carbon Rule

WASHINGTON — President Obama will use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants by up to 20 percent, according to people familiar with his plans, which will spur the creation of a state cap-and-trade program forcing industry to pay for the carbon pollution it creates.Read more »

By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Reader Supported NewsRead more »

By Dominic Rushe, Guardian UK

Campaigners say 139 people arrested in Chicago in what is thought to be the largest protest McDonald's has ever faced

McDonald’s closed part of its corporate headquarters on Wednesday in response to a mass protest by workers and activists that campaigners say ended in more than 100 arrests.

Over 2,000 people calling for a hike in the minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation descended on the fast food giant’s suburban Chicago headquarters in what is believed to be the largest demonstration McDonald’s has ever faced.Read more »

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported News

Last night’s election results rocked Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley in celebration, as local non-GMO farmers won Measure 15-119, banning all GMOs from the Southern Oregon region of Jackson County. In the adjoining Josephine County, farmers also won their own initiative to ban GMOs.Read more »

By Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress

Sea level rise impacting naval bases. Climate change altering natural disaster response. Drought influenced by climate change in the Middle East and Africa leading to conflicts over food and water — as in, for instance, Syria.

The military understands the realities of climate change and the negative impacts of heavy dependence on fossil fuels.

The U.S. House does not.Read more »

By Ryan Koronowski, ThinkProgress


A group of retired American generals and admirals said that climate change poses a growing security threat and could be a start of a conflict in the arctic. (photo: Getty Images)

Sea level rise impacting naval bases. Climate change altering natural disaster response. Drought influenced by climate change in the Middle East and Africa leading to conflicts over food and water — as in, for instance, Syria.Read more »

By Bill McKibbon, Rolling Stone
When world leaders gather in New York this fall to confront climate change, tens of thousands of people (and maybe you) will be there to demand they take action before it's too late

This is an invitation, an invitation to come to New York City. An invitation to anyone who'd like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.Read more »

By Justin McCurry, Guardian UK

Tepco hails 'major milestone' in cleanup operation three years after earthquake and tsunami damaged reactors at nuclear plant.

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started pumping groundwater into the Pacific ocean in an attempt to manage the large volume of contaminated water at the site.Read more »

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By Zack Ford, ThinkProgress

A federal judge ruled Monday that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, and unlike in many other states, this may mean that marriage equality has permanently arrived in Oregon. Due to the precedent set in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case challenging California’s Proposition 8, only the state can appeal a ruling, but Oregon’s Attorney General is not defending the ban and thus will not likely appeal. The decision takes effect immediately, meaning couples can begin marrying immediately.Read more »

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

According to a report released last week in the widely-respected health research journal, The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.

To put it bluntly, for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.Read more »

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch
14 May 14

Regardless where you live, May 24 marks the annual opportunity to March Against Monsanto.

The event protesting the GMO (genetically modified organisms) giant will simultaneously take place in more than 400 cities in 52 countries that span six continents. That’s up from 36 cities in 286 countries last year. Among the marches is one in St. Louis, MO, which is home to Monsanto’s headquarters.

Click here for a full list of March Against Monsanto events.Read more »