Philippines footwear factory fire leaves at least 72 dead

May 17, 2015 by  
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Outside of Manilla last Thursday, a slipper factory erupted in flames and trapped many workers inside in a thick cloud of smoke from burning rubber and chemicals. At least 72 people died and scores more were injured. The factor’s second floor was where most of the victims perished, according to officials, and family members of workers have reported that the windows there were covered in fencing wire and iron grills, making escape impossible. Working conditions in the Philippines have been scrutinized for some time, and this most recent tragedy focuses that spotlight, prompting the country’s leaders to promise a full investigation. Will it be enough? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clothing factories , factory fire , factory workers , human rights , manilla factory fire , Philippines , southeast asia working conditions , working conditions

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Who Would Steal Spot? Pet Thefts Are On The Rise

August 16, 2011 by  
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photo via flickr /CC My beloved dog, Betsy, has been taken from me on three occasions. Twice ruffians took her when she was tied outside of a café; and a well-intentioned Whole Food’s staffer took her, thinking Betsy was abandoned outside her store. I was lucky enough to get her back each time, but the same cannot be said for other victims of pet theft, the rate of which is on the rise. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Meet the Machines Destroying Our Forests Faster Than Ever Before (Videos)

August 16, 2011 by  
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Modern technology is a wonderful thing, except when it’s not. That ol’ grump Karl Marx had a hunch that businesses would be forced to harness technology to stay competitive, resulting in machines that were more and more efficient and that required fewer and fewer human jobs to operate them. And he was right! (I better watch my back; I don’t think you can type ‘Karl Marx was right’ in any context in America without landing yourself on the terrorist watch list or getting your house burned down by Tea Partiers) Nowhere is this more evident than the timber industry. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that it took a team of lumberjacks to cut down trees with saws, by h… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Gabrielle Giffords a Champion of Green Causes

January 10, 2011 by  
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Image: AFE The shooting that rocked Tucson was an atrocious act of violence, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and innocent bystanders were the victims of a terrible deed.

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Katrina Victims Seek to Sue Shell, Exxon, Other Carbon Emitters

March 4, 2010 by  
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More than four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit the south, and many residents still suffer today.

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Bioluminescent Lamp Made From Living, Glowing Hamster Cells

March 4, 2010 by  
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It may sound like something cooked up in Frankenstein’s lab, but Joris Laarman has created an incredible living lamp made out of (get this) bioluminescent , living, glowing hamster cells. Called the “Half Life,” his lamp produces a soft, ambient glow using cells from a Chinese hamster enriched with firefly genes (which are what make it light up). Biochemistry , meet interior design .

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One Third of Scotland’s Sheep May Freeze to Death

January 8, 2010 by  
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One Million Sheep May Freeze You’ve almost certainly heard about the cold snap that sweeping both the US and Northern Eurasia (while it’s uncharacteristically warm in other parts of the world)–record cold temperatures are being set, and many tragedies are unfolding. In Scotland, the victims are the sheep: one million of them, a whole one third of Scotland’s sheep, may freeze to death during the current cold spell

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Thinking About Art at COP16

January 8, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good For better or worse, COP15 is over. It’s just in time, Good is saying, to start thinking about COP16 …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Dried Vulture Brains Rolled Into Cigarettes, Then Smoked for ‘Good Luck’

December 27, 2009 by  
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Another human superstition driving a protected species closer to extinction: Vulture brains are believed to increase luck in the lottery and at the race track. Africa’s protected vultures are becoming the victims of a growing trend: According to a popular superstition, smoking dried vulture brains will result in “visionary” powers.

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The Great CRT TV Massacre: Berlin Victims Speak (Slideshow)

December 2, 2009 by  
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Photo courtesy of Gerrit Sievert . In Berlin, countless e-murders take place every day

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