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In a March 2016 article for Truthout, Dahr Jamail reports that, “people who consume average amounts of seafood are ingesting approximately 11,000 particles of plastic every year,” due to the extensive amount of plastic that humans have been dumping into the ocean. Plastic pollution not only affects humans around the world, but also marine life […]
Audi has made a new fuel for internal combustion engines that has the potential to make a big dent in climate change. The synthetic diesel is made from just water and carbon dioxide. The German company Sunfire in Dresden been working with Audi to create the fuel. They use a process called reverse electrolysis to […]
Yanis Varoufakis, previous finance minister for Greece, offers insights as an economic insider about the current workings of global finance. He suggests the key challenge of our time is a lack of democracy to balance today’s unchecked capitalism. Capitalism without democratic oversight can become a very uncivilized system—brutish and destructive. This current imbalance threatens the […]
Has anybody heard of the black and brown people uniting to stop deportation raids? Writing for Truthout, Kelly Hayes reported on a massive protest in Chicago on February 15, 2016 at the regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office. The protest took place as presidential candidates including Donald Trump were in town for Super […]
In the “Last Mexican of Venice,” Rip Rense reports for This Can’t Be Happening! on the story of Dr. Jeannine Mendoza, a substitute teacher in Venice, California who lost her home. Before gentrification transformed Venice, Mendoza and her family had the American Dream in their grasp, Rense reports: She and her late husband were the […]