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28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:47

This Friday, April 26th, is the 28th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine.

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28 Years After Chernobyl: ‘Ecological Collapse’?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:47

This Friday, April 26th, is the 28th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion at Chernobyl, Ukraine.

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New Demos Study Reveals Fast-food Industry with Greatest CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity in Economy

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:41

As shareholders prepare for annual meetings, Demos released a new study today that finds that the fast-food industry has the greatest CEO-to-worker pay disparity in our economy, with ratios exceeding 1,000-to-1. The study finds that the growing disparity within fast-food threatens economic growth and shareholder investment.

READ THE REPORT: http://demos.io/1twtwMq

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New Demos Study Reveals Fast-food Industry with Greatest CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity in Economy

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:41

As shareholders prepare for annual meetings, Demos released a new study today that finds that the fast-food industry has the greatest CEO-to-worker pay disparity in our economy, with ratios exceeding 1,000-to-1. The study finds that the growing disparity within fast-food threatens economic growth and shareholder investment.

READ THE REPORT: http://demos.io/1twtwMq

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Senator Bernie Sanders Statement on Earth Day

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:51

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate environment and energy committees, said today’s observation of Earth Day is a reminder that dramatic action is needed to curb the carbon and methane emissions responsible for the planetary crisis of global warming.

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Senator Bernie Sanders Statement on Earth Day

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:51

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate environment and energy committees, said today’s observation of Earth Day is a reminder that dramatic action is needed to curb the carbon and methane emissions responsible for the planetary crisis of global warming.

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Center for Food Safety and Animal Legal Defense Fund File Legal Brief In Support of Country of Origin Labeling Laws

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:42

Yesterday, Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The nonprofits argue that USDA’s rule is constitutional, otherwise legally valid, and good for consumers.

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Center for Food Safety and Animal Legal Defense Fund File Legal Brief In Support of Country of Origin Labeling Laws

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:42

Yesterday, Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. The nonprofits argue that USDA’s rule is constitutional, otherwise legally valid, and good for consumers.

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Expansion of FMLA to Small Firms would Cover Additional 34 Million Working Americans

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:53

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees job-protected, unpaid leave. While the FMLA covers about 60 million private sector employees, roughly two-in-five private sector workers are not covered because firms with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the FMLA.

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Expansion of FMLA to Small Firms would Cover Additional 34 Million Working Americans

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:53

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives eligible employees job-protected, unpaid leave. While the FMLA covers about 60 million private sector employees, roughly two-in-five private sector workers are not covered because firms with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from the FMLA.

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Friends of the Earth Statement on Nuclear Loan Guarantee

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:49

Yesterday, E&E News reported that the Department of Energy’s loan guarantees for the first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years were awarded without making the recipient companies pay a project subsidy cost.

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Friends of the Earth Statement on Nuclear Loan Guarantee

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:49

Yesterday, E&E News reported that the Department of Energy’s loan guarantees for the first new nuclear reactors in more than 30 years were awarded without making the recipient companies pay a project subsidy cost.

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U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court, Rules Michigan’s Proposal 2 is Constitutional

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:40

In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan. It specifically barred students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

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U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court, Rules Michigan’s Proposal 2 is Constitutional

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:40

In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan. It specifically barred students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

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Ikea Introduces Meatless Meatball, Highlights Need for More Corporate Action to Help Cut Meat Consumption

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:35

Following the latest United Nations report on climate change, retail giant Ikea says it will introduce “lower carbon alternatives” to its popular Swedish meatballs, including a vegetarian version. This is one of the first times a major retailer has introduced a meatless menu item explicitly to combat climate change.

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Ikea Introduces Meatless Meatball, Highlights Need for More Corporate Action to Help Cut Meat Consumption

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:35

Following the latest United Nations report on climate change, retail giant Ikea says it will introduce “lower carbon alternatives” to its popular Swedish meatballs, including a vegetarian version. This is one of the first times a major retailer has introduced a meatless menu item explicitly to combat climate change.

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Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:41

Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.

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Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:41

Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.

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Reject & Protect: Farmers, Ranchers, and Tribes Protest Keystone XL with Week-Long DC Encampment

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:18

This April 22-27, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week’s worth of “Reject and Protect” actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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Reject & Protect: Farmers, Ranchers, and Tribes Protest Keystone XL with Week-Long DC Encampment

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:18

This April 22-27, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, will host an encampment on the National Mall for a week’s worth of “Reject and Protect” actions against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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