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Cowboys vs. Indians Redux Over the Dakota Access Pipeline

That classic American narrative is back big time, only the Indians are now the good guys and the cowboys are on a warpath, trying to grab 640 million acres of public lands that they can plunder as if it were yesteryear.

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Human Population Growth Continues to Threaten Biodiversity

Scientists find that impacts of population growth on the planet’s biodiversity aren’t generally as bad as has been feared—but are intensifying rapidly in species-rich areas.

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Empire of Things

“Instead of warriors or workers, we are more than ever before consumers,” a new book declares. “In the rich world—and in the developing world increasingly, too—identities, politics, the economy and the environment are crucially shaped by what and how we consume.”

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Coalition to Wage War on Food Waste

A new global group says food that fails to reach consumers or is dumped as waste could instead save lives and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035

The amount of fresh water needed to produce energy for the world is set to double within the next 25 years as civilization’s reliance on coal and biofuels increases, the International Energy Agency projects.

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Growth Sputters in the Second Quarter

The marginally growing U.S. economy reduced speed in the second quarter of the year after months of lackluster job creation, threatening the financial well-being of ordinary Americans and deepening the challenge for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Fed Changes Growth, Employment Forecast for the Worse

Back in June, the Federal Reserve predicted a sunnier economic future for the U.S. than it did Wednesday, when the Fed released revised figures for both growth (it’ll happen more slowly) and unemployment (it’ll continue to hover around 9 percent) through 2012. But the news wasn’t all gloomy.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Don’t Count on Us

In the face of the stereotypical image of Americans as free-spending consumers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told his international finance colleagues that G20 countries should not rely on American buyers for their products as they travel the road to economy recovery.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Ohio’s Unemployed Getting Smashed

While seemingly intuitive, it’s bit frightening to see the correlation so clearly illustrated: A graphic, covering a 12-year period, shows the tie between Ohio’s unemployment rate and the amount of alcohol purchased. With unemployment and booze consumption at their contemporary highs, many are wondering about the public health effects of unemployment on those out of work.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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‘To Health’?

A study published in The Lancet medical journal concludes that the effects of alcohol should be viewed in the same light as the effects of smoking. Alcohol consumption is linked to one in every 25 deaths worldwide, the study said.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Chavez to Mall: Váyase!

Nothing says full of yourself like ordering a Venezuelan mayor to halt construction of a near-complete shopping mall after passing by it in a car. Obviously, President Hugo Chavez has a bit of a ego, though his suggestion to use the facility as a university or hospital, not as a monument to consumption and capitalism, does seem a bit more just.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Pope: ‘Insatiable Consumption’ Depleting Earth’s Resources

Pope Benedict XVI hit a green note Thursday, pontificating (har har) about the environment to a crowd of pilgrims at the Roman Catholic Church’s youth festival in Sydney, Australia, and making good on his eco-friendly nickname, “the green pope.”

Posted on Jul 17, 2008 READ MORE


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