Wind turbines ‘hit’ bat populations

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Wind turbines are killing many thousands of bats contributing to a population decline that may be costing farmers millions of pounds, say researchers. By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent 8:00PM BST 31 Mar 201129 Comments Scientists found the blades of wind turbines were a major threat to bats particularly when they are migrating. Bats are useful to farmers…

Organic Farmers, Dealers Sue Agri-Giant Monsanto over Patents

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More than 50 U.S. organic farmers and seed dealers have filed a pivotal lawsuit against the agribusiness giant Monsanto. The case centers around Monsanto’s practice of suing farmers it accuses of using the company’s genetically modified (“GMO”) seeds without permission. Monsanto has won damages from farmers whose fields were found to contain the company’s seeds.…

The Rise of Animal Law

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Greg Miller Summary Animal law is a relatively new area of study that examines—and often challenges—how the law treats animals. Some of those who teach animal law courses describe themselves as activists; others shy away from that label. But many take issue with a legal system that treats animals as property and provides few mechanisms…

2 Former Officers Sentenced in Post-Katrina Killing

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2 Former Officers Sentenced in Post-Katrina Killing By CAMPBELL ROBERTSTON   Published: March 31, 2011 Recommend Twitter Sign In to E-Mail Print Reprints ShareClose Linkedin Digg Mixx MySpace Permalink NEW ORLEANS — Two former New Orleans police officers were sentenced on Thursday in the killing of an unarmed civilian and the burning of his body…

In the dark over oil reserves

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Shell says we’re entering a ‘zone of uncertainty’ over oil supply – a frank admission it hasn’t a clue what’s going to happen   Share121   Comments (138) Andrew Simms guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 March 2011 13.00 BST Article history Energy companies are uncertain about how much oil remains, yet have largely abandoned research into renewables. Photograph:…

Japanese distrust official mediaust official media

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Soldiers cross a rail track destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Noribu, northern Japan March 31, 2011 Lack of clarity in Japan’s official news outlets about the nuclear crisis after the massive quake and tsunami, has driven people to find information on the internet. Reports by Japan’s official news agencies about the…

NRC: 3 U.S. Nuclear Plants Need Increased Oversight

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By MATTHEW DALY   03/31/11 12:38 PM ET   WASHINGTON — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says three U.S. nuclear power plants need increased oversight from federal regulators, although officials stressed that all are operating safely. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko (YAHT’-skoh) says the threeplants – in South Carolina, Kansas and Nebraska – need more intensive review…

Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?

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<!– –> Illustration by Victor Juhasz Share37K   <!–Mail–> By Matt Taibbi February 16, 2011 9:00 AM ET Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole…

BP investors may revolt over payouts

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Oil giant British Petroleum (BP) has come under pressure by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), ahead of a key meeting next month held over hefty bonuses handed out to two top BP executives. Following losses of billions of pounds the oil company suffered after explosions at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of…

UK ex-MP jailed over expenses scandal

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An appeals court has found former British Labor MP Jim Devine guilty for fixing his parliamentary expenses and sentenced him to spend 16 months in jail. “Mr. Devine also set about defrauding the public purse in a calculated and deliberate way,” Justice Saunders said at the appeals court that ruled against Devine. Devine is guilty…

Berlusconi to appear in court

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s attorney says his client is due to appear in a court hearing in Milan to face charges of embezzlement and fraud involving one of his media companies. The 74-year-old Berlusconi is expected to finally appear in court on Monday, after denying allegations of breach…

Greek protesters clash with police

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Greek protesters are confronted with police (File photo). Greek demonstrators, protesting government policies toward the medical community in the capital Athens, have clashed with riot police that used teargas to disperse them. Doctors were accompanied by university professors, teachers, students and other people in the mass demonstration in an effort to voice discontent with the…

NATO attack injures 5 in Pakistan

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An unmanned drone At least five civilians have been injured in a NATO missile attack in South Waziristan Agency in northwest Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani local media said two missiles were fired from Afghanistan’s Paktika province where NATO forces are stationed, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday. Pakistani local officials say the missiles hit…

US-led troops kill three Afghan civilians

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At least three Afghan civilians have been killed and four others injured when US-led coalition troops opened fire on them after a road accident in Kandahar province. Foreign forces stationed in south Afghanistan opened fire on the driver and the passengers of a vehicle after the driver lost control of the car near a check…

‘Japan nuclear crisis felt in US’

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A protester is detained by police officers in front of the head office of Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. The international community has become further alarmed over the dangers of nuclear woes, following the earthquake that caused Japan’s nuclear reactors to melt down. Press TV has interviewed editor of mediachannel.org Danny Schechter in New York,…

US drone goes down in Afghanistan

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An unmanned drone An unmanned US drone has crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, the latest in a number of similar coalition aircraft accidents in the war-ravaged country. Ruhollah Samon, a Paktia provincial government spokesman in eastern Afghanistan, confirmed Wednesday that the US surveillance drone crashed in Zurmat district, a Press TV correspondent reported. According to the…

Scientist at Work | David J. Brenner

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Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times David J. Brenner directs the Center for Radiological Research. By DENISE GRADY Published: March 26, 2011 As soon as David J. Brenner heard about the undersea earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated northern Japan on March 11, he checked a map of the region’s nuclear power plants.…

The truth about health drinks

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They’re big business, but not all consumers seem to be aware that some contain more sugar than a bottle of coke   Share62 Laura Barton The Guardian, Thursday 31 March 2011 Article history In January, the Advertising Standards Agency ruled that an ad for Vitaminwater was ‘misleading’. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP Earlier this month, the global…

Low Levels of Radiation Found in American Milk

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Tests of milk samples taken last week in Spokane, Wash., indicate the presence of radioactive iodine from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, but at levels far below those at which action would have to be taken, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Multimedia Interactive Feature Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Multimedia Related…

URGENT: Iodine-131 is 3,300 times HIGHER THAN NORMAL on East Coast USA

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“Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard” “EPA: Penn. and Mass. have seen elevated levels of radiation in rain — “Short-term elevations” not a health concern… “Radioactive seaweed found in Vancouver, CA — “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful” “Highest yet: 3,355 times legal limit…