Articles of Interest

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 »

By Jane Ayers, Reader Supported NewsRead more »

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 »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Everywhere you look these days, you see Marxism on the rise. Well, O.K., maybe you don’t — but conservatives do. If you so much as mention income inequality, you’ll be denounced as the second coming of Joseph Stalin; Rick Santorum has declared that any use of the word “class” is “Marxism talk.” In the right’s eyes, sinister motives lurk everywhere — for example, George Will says the only reason progressives favor trains is their goal of “diminishing Americans’ individualism in order to make them more amenable to collectivism.”Read more »

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a new select committee to investigate Benghazi led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.Read more »

By Al Jazeera America and Associated Press

Wyoming, the U.S.'s leading coal-producer, has become the first state to reject new K-12 science standards put forward by national education groups after officials objected to the teaching of man-made global warming as a fact.

The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards needed more review after questions were raised over the treatment of global warming.Read more »

By Robert Redford, Reader Supported News

The art of storytelling is at our core. It's the lifeblood of how we communicate and how we decide what deserves our attention and what we are content to ignore as a passing fad. We've accomplished storytelling on the silver screen and the latest Internet meme, but is the art of storytelling dead when it comes to complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change?Read more »

By Burlington Free Press

Standing on the Statehouse steps before a legion of activists, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill Thursday that could make Vermont the first state to require genetically modified foods to be labeled — and the first state to be sued over it.

"Today, we are the first state in America that says simply, 'Vermonters have spoken loud and clear. We want to know what's in our food,'" Shumlin said, comparing the issue to other laws that were first in the nation, banning slavery and allowing same-sex marriage. "We are pro-choice. We are pro-information."Read more »