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US Lags Behind on Energy Efficiency, Study ShowsPublished CommonDreams  7/18/2014
Courtesy of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.The U.S. ranks near the bottom of the second annual International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released Thursday by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. read more
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Shortchanging Our National TreasuresPublished CommonDreams  7/16/2014
Jill Richardson Half Dome, Yosemite National Park (Photo: flickr/cc/Dhinal Chheda)Fabulous vacations don’t come cheap. Hotels often run at least $100 a night, if not higher. Add in airfare, a rental car, and restaurant meals, and a family vacation becomes a privilege for those
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Nurse Refuses Navys Force-Feeding of Gitmo PrisonersPublished CommonDreams  7/16/2014
Guantanamo force feeding paraphernalia. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons)A nurse in the U.S. Navy has refused to participate in the force-feeding of hunger striking detainees in what is the first widely-reported act of defiance on ethical grounds by a U.S. military service member at this
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Peoples March Against Fracking Demands Halt to Export PushPublished CommonDreams  7/14/2014
Roughly a thousand anti-fracking protesters rallied outside the officers of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sunday. (Photo: Erik McGregor via CCAN/cc/ Flickr)Over one thousand demonstrators marched to the office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington D.C.
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Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic CropsPublished CommonDreams  7/15/2014
A bean cleaning plant in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas. Credit: Courtesy of Secretaría de AgriculturaBean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is promoting.
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Detroit Must Do What Is Right—Turn the Water Back OnPublished CommonDreams  7/14/2014
Maude Barlow (Photo via Detroit Water Brigade)The brutal policy of shutting off access to drinking water has rightly drawn the world’s ire. Like the suspension of democratic rights via emergency management, mass water shutoffs are not a humane or viable response to
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Landmark Study Underscores Wide-Ranging Benefits of Pesticide-Free FarmingPublished CommonDreams  7/11/2014
Organics may be healthier, study finds. (photo: flickr / cc / Darren Wood)A meta-analysis of 343 previously peer-reviewed studies from all over the world has found that organic crops contain more antioxidants and fewer pesticides than their non-organic counterparts, according to reporting in the
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US Spending Billions to Dig Ourselves a Bigger Climate HolePublished CommonDreams  7/11/2014
An oil rig in North Dakota. (Photo: Tim Whitlow/cc/flickr)Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have reached levels not seen before in human history, and climate scientists have warned that the world is on track to exceed the warming threshold of 2 degrees Celsuis.
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6.8 Earthquake Hits Japan, Triggers Tsunami Near FukushimaPublished CommonDreams  7/12/2014
A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast Saturday near the Fukushima nuclear power plant crippled in the 2011 tsunami.Japan's Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-6.8 quake struck 6 miles below the sea surface just off the coast of Fukushima. The 4:22 a.m. local time quake rattled
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Defenders of Bees Celebrate Retreat of Corporate Pesticide PeddlerPublished CommonDreams  7/4/2014
In a victory for environmental campaigners fighting to prevent the use of bee-killing pesticides, the agrochemical giant Syngenta on Friday withdrew an emergency application seeking permission to use such chemicals in the UK this planting season.
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