Kidney disease linked to air pollution

There is no safe level of air pollution, according to a new study. LIU LIQUN / GETTY Even low levels of particulate matter correlate with kidney damage, writes Dyani Lewis. by DYANI LEWIS is a freelance science journalist based in Hobart, Australia. Next time you go for a jog with traffic roaring past, spare a thought for your kidneys. A US-based study has found that breathing fine particles of pollution – such as those found in car exhaust – increases the risk of developing kidney disease. The World Health Organisation estimates that air pollution is responsible for around seven million premature … Continue reading Kidney disease linked to air pollution

Capitalism and Happiness: Who’s Having Fun?

Posted By: Rob Marsh It is my contention here that Capitalism is a fatal delusion, and adherence to it without question is tantamount to willingly signing a species-wide death warrant. Capitalism as we know it in the modern world is based on the assumption that there must be infinite growth, which on a finite planet means total consumption, total exhaustion of all resources that can be monetized. Under a capitalist system, the highest goal of man is to increase his desires infinitely, in order to produce the desired goal of infinite growth. By increasing his desires infinitely, man also increases … Continue reading Capitalism and Happiness: Who’s Having Fun?

Viral Image Shows the Impact Oil Drilling is Having on the Amazon’s Waterways

by Anna Hunt, Staff Waking Times When you hear about the impact that industry is having on the Amazon, deforestation is one of the first things to come to mind, however oil development is making a huge impact in terms of biodiversity loss, indigenous conflict and widespread air, soil and water pollution. Amazon’s Waterways Turn Black The image below makes a shocking point about the magnitude of the devastation that oil companies are bringing to the Amazon’s waterways. It shows unbelievable contamination where the waters have turned completely black. It shows indigenous people working to clean up oil spilled by Petroperu’s Northern Peruvian Pipeline in … Continue reading Viral Image Shows the Impact Oil Drilling is Having on the Amazon’s Waterways

There Are No Terrorists? Counterterrorism = Supporting Terrorism? Western Governments Are Supporting Terrorist Organizations Which They are Allegedly Combating

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky The Western media in chorus is accusing the Syrian government and its allies including Russia and Iran of “crimes against humanity” for having liberated Aleppo from the clutch of Al Qaeda terrorists. “Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria” according to the Washington Post.  In the media coverage of  Aleppo, the Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists are casually described as opposition “rebels” waging a “revolution” against the government of Bashar al Assad, who is portrayed as a “dictator”.  The media propaganda campaign has gone into high gear. The words “Al Qaeda”, “Al Nusra” or “terrorists” are simply not … Continue reading There Are No Terrorists? Counterterrorism = Supporting Terrorism? Western Governments Are Supporting Terrorist Organizations Which They are Allegedly Combating

This is the Man Militarized Police at Standing Rock are Working For

By Isaac Davis, Staff Writer, Waking Times The months long Dakota Access Keystone XL pipleine protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation by Native Americans and those sympathetic to protection of our water supply has been met with heavy-handed and brutal clamp down by police and national guard. Militarized goons in battle dress have stormed protector camps with LRAD sonic weapons, attack dogs, tear gas, tazers, and even live ammunition (killing horses), while politicians and mainstream media do their best to ignore this growing atrocity, hoping to wait it out until the protestors give up. But, as the saying goes, Water Is … Continue reading This is the Man Militarized Police at Standing Rock are Working For

Citing environmental risks, scientists back tribes in Dakota access fight

Meanwhile, a Reuters investigation finds pipeline spill detection system severely flawed By Deirdre Fulton Close to 100 scientists have signed onto a letter decrying “inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments” for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and calling for a halt to construction until such tests have been carried out as requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Lead signatories Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Anne Hilborn, Katherine Crocker, and Asia Murphy drew attention to the missive in a letter to the journal Science published Friday. “The DAPL project is just one of many haphazard approaches to natural resource extraction that overlook broader consequences … Continue reading Citing environmental risks, scientists back tribes in Dakota access fight

Why Corporate Media Won’t Tell You What’s Being Done to the Amazon

by Dylan Charles, Editor ,Waking Times Some 90% of the world’s media is controlled by a mere six corporations. The business model of this industry is dependent on advertising revenue, which means that the content they produce must serve well the bottom lines of advertisers, or more significantly, content cannot be of detriment to the profits of corporate advertisers. This is the reason why so much of the most important news in our times goes un-noticed and under-reported on, most notably environmental news, for if our attention was sufficiently directed to these issues then we would certainly change our attitudes, priorities and behaviors, potentially harming … Continue reading Why Corporate Media Won’t Tell You What’s Being Done to the Amazon