Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

August 2, 2015 by  
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In India , the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are blaming the deaths on Monsanto , the multinational corporation that has the market cornered on the insecticide-infused crop known as Bt Cotton. The genetically modified cotton contains Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, from which it gets its name, and Monsanto ‘s fierce restrictions concerning the saving and selling of seeds has put an enormous stress on farmers. Read on to learn more about the controversy between Monsanto and environmental activists in India. READ MORE >

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How clothing makers can step up to ensure worker safety

July 10, 2013 by  
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Some businesses and activists are taking action to prevent more garment factory tragedies, yet the work has just begun.

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Student Activists Take the Lead Down the Path Away From Coal

September 9, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Sierra Club One big reason for optimism that America will rise to the occasion and make the transition away from coal is the movement taking place on college campuses around the country. Student activists are organizing, rallying, working with local communities, and putting pressure on university administrators to phase out coal power from their energy portfolios. Above, student activists rally at Penn State University. Helping lead the way is the

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Stockbox Drops Popup Shipping Container Groceries Into Food Deserts

September 9, 2011 by  
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Many parts of urban America are food deserts, defined as “a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.” (see a map of them here ) Stockbox is a clever attempt to ” fix the grocery gap in a neighborhood near you.” They repurpose shipping containers into popup grocery stores, and plan on dropping them in parking lots…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Oxfam Takes on Land Grabs — Rich Investors: "They’re Not Countries, They’re Commodities"

September 9, 2011 by  
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Despite years-old warnings against the increasing trend of land grabs by rich countries in poorer countries, the practice continues with little notice. Oxfam says that “in many cases, the land sold is actually being used by poor families: for homes, to grow food to eat, or to make money off in o… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Low Carbon Revolution is Everywhere. And Visibility Matters.

September 9, 2011 by  
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From massive solar warehouses to stunning urban wind turbines, I have made the case before that visibility is almost as important as productivity in these early phases of the low carbon revolution. We need to make the technological and cultural break that are undoubtedly happening tangible for the majority of the population—and we need to make the case for why they make the world, and our economies, safer, better and more stable. In a great piece over at Business Green, James Murray reminds us that the

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Electric Hearses as the Perfect Early EVs? Bury Me By Battery.

September 9, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Brahms Electric Vehicles I’ve argued before that electric vehicles (EVs) do not have direct “gasoline equivalents” , and that EVs are actually looking like increasingly viable every-day modes of transport for many of us. But there are a few applications where the advantages of EVs really come into their own—and one of them has got to be the funeral industry. After all, whoever wanted a noisy hearse?… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Take Back the Streets! It’s PARK(ing) Day

September 17, 2010 by  
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A parking spot transformed into a park in Munich.

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