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Within a year of eight coal- and oil-fired power plant retirements, the rate of preterm births in mothers living close by dropped, finds new study on air pollution.
Within a year of eight coal- and oil-fired power plant retirements, the rate of preterm births in mothers living close by dropped, finds new study on air pollution.
greenEconomy  healthcare  win 
yesterday by joeybaker
China-US agree to abandon trade war and threatened tariffs: Beijing
Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media has reported.
trumpStupidity  trumpIncompetence  globalGameOfThrones  win  economics  globalization 
3 days ago by joeybaker
EFF Wins Final Victory Over Podcasting Patent
Back in early 2013, the podcasting community was freaking out. A patent troll called Personal Audio LLC had sued comedian Adam Carolla and was threatening a bunch of smaller podcasters. Personal Audio claimed that the podcasters infringed U.S. Patent 8,112,504, which claims a “system for...
judicialStupidity  intellectualProperty  win 
10 days ago by joeybaker
Wildlife poachers in Kenya 'to face death penalty.'
Wildlife poachers in Kenya will face the death penalty, the country’s tourism and wildlife minister has reportedly announced. Najib Balala warned the tough new measure would be fast-tracked into law. Existing deterrents against killing wild animals in the east African nation are insufficient, Mr Balala said, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.
win  governmentIncompetence  popularStupidity 
11 days ago by joeybaker
Pakistan's parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination. The law bans discrimination against transgender people by employers and business owners as well as outlawing harass
Pakistan’s parliament has approved a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people in a country which sees prevalent discrimination. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) act was passed by a majority in the National Assembly in Islamabad. The law bans discrimination against transgender people by employers and business owners as well as outlawing harassment in public places or at home.
racism  mesopotamia  governmentIncompetence  win  authoritarianism  religion 
13 days ago by joeybaker
Brexit: Support for Ireland staying in the EU hits record high of 92%, latest poll shows
Support for Ireland remaining in the European Union has reached near-unanimous levels in the Republic, with a solution to the Brexit border problem looking further off than ever. A full 92 per cent of the Irish population now support staying in the EU, according to a new survey by pollsters Red C, with just 7 per cent supporting a theoretical “Irexit” and 1 per cent saying they don’t know.
globalization  popularStupidity  win 
15 days ago by joeybaker
The Alaska State Senate has called on Congress to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. Now demand that Sen. Murkowski do the same.
In a major win for net neutrality in Alaska, the State Senate has formally called on Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to…
netNeutrality  localizedGovernment  popularUnrest  win 
29 days ago by joeybaker
Electric Buses Are Hurting the Oil Industry
Electric buses were seen as a joke at an industry conference in Belgium seven years ago when the Chinese manufacturer BYD Co. showed an early model.
greenEconomy  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal
Even where coal is king, demand from companies like Apple, Google and Amazon for renewable energy has pushed utilities to ink solar and wind power deals.
greenEconomy  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Sessions told White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too
The attorney general made his position known in a recent phone call with White House counsel Donald McGahn.
trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional
Indiana’s ban on “selective abortions,” which was signed into law in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence, is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.
religion  judicialStupidity  win  trumpAristocracy  authoritarianism 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
The U.K. Just Went 55 Hours Without Using Coal for the First Time in History
Coal, which fueled the world’s biggest economies for more than a century, is increasingly losing out to renewables.
greenEconomy  win 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Canada's Liberal party considers decriminalization of all illicit drugs
The push towards decriminalization comes as the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives on both sides of the 49th parallel
drugProhibition  win 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
'Here I stand': Rosenstein tells confidantes he's prepared to be fired
Under fire, the deputy attorney general has invoked a Martin Luther quote to say he stands by his actions.
trumpAuthoritarianism  governmentIncompetence  win 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
The Colombian government has been ordered to take urgent action to protect the Amazon rainforest by its own supreme court. In a historic ruling, the country's most senior judges said the state had not done enough to tackle the destruction of the environme
The Colombian government has been ordered to take urgent action to protect the Amazon rainforest by its own supreme court. In a historic ruling, the country’s most senior judges said the state had not done enough to tackle the destruction of the environment. The court recognised the Amazon as an “entity subject of rights” - meaning it has the same legal rights as a human being - and ordered action plans to be drawn up within four months.
judicialOverreach  climateChange  win 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Gov. Kate Brown will sign Oregon's net neutrality bill Monday
Oregon and other states will require companies to abide by the principles of net neutrality to win government contracts.
localizedGovernment  netNeutrality  win 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Former Korean president Park Geun-hye gets 24 years in prison
Former President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison and 18 billion won in fine on Friday in a massive corruption scandal that toppled her from power early last year.
governmentIncompetence  judicialImpotence  corruption  corruptedPolitics  win  oligarchy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Colorado Kills A Crappy, Anti-Competitive Law Bought by Comcast
News: For two decades now we’ve noted how more than 21 states have passed laws, quite literally written by giant ISP lobbyists, preventing towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. In m
corporateIndemnity  ISP  corporateConsolidation  localizedGovernment  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Saudi Arabia to build world's largest solar power project - 100x the size of any solar project ever announced before and costing $200bn
Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.
globalGameOfThrones  globalization  greenEconomy  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Where marijuana is legal, opioid prescriptions fall, studies find
As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, doctors may be replacing opioid prescriptions with suggestions to visit a local marijuana dispensary.
drugProhibition  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Egypt will build the World's largest Solar Park
Benban Solar Park targets to reach somewhere between 1.6-2.0GW of solar power by the mid of 2019. Benban Solar Park’s land was originally placed out with 41 unique plots extending from 0.12mi2 to 0.39mi2. The total plot area of the park is roughly 14.4mi2.
greenEconomy  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Rhode Island Backs Off Ridiculous Plan to Block Porn, Charge $20 to Bypass Filters
The Act is the pet project of an anti-porn crusader known as Chris Sevier, best known for trying to marry his computer.
governmentOverreach  netNeutrality  censorship  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Dutch voters say 'no' to new spy law - Voters in the Netherlands narrowly rejected a proposed law granting authorities sweeping powers to spy on their data. The referendum was non-binding, but the government has said it will take the results seriously.
Voters in the Netherlands narrowly rejected a proposed law granting authorities sweeping powers to spy on their data. The referendum was non-binding, but the government has said it will take the results seriously.
surveillanceState  popularStupidity  win 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
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