Monsanto’s tobacco moment: Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

By Rene Ebersole, The Nation, October 2017 This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz …

Learning for all: millions attending school do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. Education standards and methods need to improve

By Catherine Benson Wahlén, Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US), 28 Sep 2017, World Bank Report Warns of “Learning Crisis” The World Bank’s World Development Report 2018 finds that millions of children, particularly in low and middle-income countries, attend school but do not achieve proficiency in reading, writing and doing math. At the same time, the report stresses that, …

Potential of evaporative power? Also, cooling for all, and low-tech air conditioner that uses terracotta tubes & water to naturally cool down air

Evaporation Power Could Supply 325 Gigawatts (70%) Of US Electricity Demand September 28th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica In what is believed to be the first analysis of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers from Columbia University have determined that US lakes and reservoirs could generate a whopping 325 gigawatts worth of clean energy, which would account for approximately …

Exercise outside

By Lloyd Alter All of us pasty-faced bloggers in our pyjamas should take note of a new study out of the University of Essex: Just five minutes of fresh air and exercise, no matter how moderate, makes a huge difference in mood and self-esteem. If you want an even bigger effect, add water, such as a lake or river. Study …

Government’s Role in Protecting Health and Safety

By Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Disease Control N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1857-1859 May 16, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1303819 What is the appropriate role of governmental public health action? Law and public opinion recognize protection of health and safety as a core government function, but public health actions are sometimes characterized as inappropriately intrusive. Such criticism has a long history, …

Toxic Emissions From 46 Petrochemical Sites, Flooding At 14 Toxic Waste Sites, & ~100 Hazardous Substance Spills — Hurricane Harvey’s Talley To Date

September 11th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica Now that a bit of time has elapsed since Hurricane Harvey tore a path of destruction along the coast of Texas, things have begun to get clearer as regards the fate of Houston’s many petrochemical facilities. The tally on that count, as it stands right now, is: flooding and/or damage reported at 14 toxic …

Etiquette and the Cancer Patient

By Ted Rheingold Wrestling with stage 4 carcinoma thanks to amazing researchers and oncologists. on Medium, 22 July 2017 Frustrated they couldn’t help in other ways, friends organized a big blood drive. And they dressed in costumes, DJ’d music and had a ball. Exactly how I would have wanted it. Rob Webb keeping blood between brothers and sisters. I’ve failed to complete this post a …

CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. healthcare companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion, when Affordable Care Act was passed

By Jake Johnson, Originally published by Common Dreams, 31 July 2017 While the Senate GOP’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was denounced as potentially devastating to the poor, the sick, women, people of color, children, and those with pre-existing conditions, a new analysis published last week finds that no matter what happens, the CEOs of large healthcare companies are …

Measuring transportation performance for diverse users

By Todd Litman, on Planetizen, 13 July 2017 To be efficient and fair, a transportation system must serve diverse demands, including the needs of people who for any reason cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. For example, it is inefficient if inadequate sidewalks and paths force parents to chauffeur children to local destinations to which they would rather …