2014 Was the Worst Year for Human Rights

2014 Was the Worst Year for Human Rights

 

A.w.N. | I find that people often think the lack of major 'world wars' means that society is 'progressing', possibly to some utopian end, but in reality we are still quite often barbaric. It is time to grow up.


 

2014 Was the Worst Year for Human Rights

Written by Jolene Latimer

In 2014, innocent people around the world experienced such severe human rights violations that the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, called it a “catastrophic year.”

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Is Human activity is leading to "a major extinction event" for sea life?

Is Human activity is leading to "a major extinction event" for sea life?

 

A.w.N. | If you continue doing what you are doing, eventually there will only be pollution. It is hard to see any other way. And yet we continue, business as usual. What can you do different tomorrow?

 

Human activity is leading to "a major extinction event" for sea life

NaturalNews | Though previously thought to be impervious due to its massive size, the collective of the world's oceans may be on the verge of a wide-scale extinction event, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB) warn that, if human activity continues on its current trajectory, we could be seeing a whole lot more sea animal deaths, and possibly collapses of entire oceanic ecosystems...

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How a “Gangsta Gardner” Changed How Los Angeles Polices its Sidewalks

How a “Gangsta Gardner” Changed How Los Angeles Polices its Sidewalks

How a “Gangsta Gardner” Changed How Los Angeles Polices its Sidewalks

As Ron Finley tells it, he was just doing something good for his community when he planted his first garden in 2010. South Central is one of the thousands of neighborhoods in the United States that are known as a food deserts. It’s particularly galling considering that just a few miles away in several directions, more affluent neighborhoods are overrun by grocery stores filled with organic produce and farmers markets happening several days a week.

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Does France Have a Legal Solution to the World’s E-Waste Problem?

Does France Have a Legal Solution to the World’s E-Waste Problem?

A.w.N. | It is good to see that some people are still working on the every day mundane threats to the ecosystem. Recently New York has banned electronic waste in the regular trash, and if you haven't learned where this waste usually ends up, and whom it screws, you can look here at this report from PBS

...A newly proposed law in France aims to change all that

"A new French law is trying to push manufacturers to start designing products that are easier to fix. Under the new directive, manufacturers will have to label products with information about how long spare parts will be available. Next year, manufacturers will also be required to offer free repair or replacement for the first two years after purchase." -Fast Company reports

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Indigenous Peruvian Tribe Takes On Big Oil and Wins Unprecedented Victory

Indigenous Peruvian Tribe Takes On Big Oil and Wins Unprecedented Victory

The Achuar Tribe’s Unprecedented Victory

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported how Peru’s Achuar tribe sued and won against the oil giant Occidental Petroleum of Los Angeles. The case was settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.

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Mountaintop Removal: It’s Time to Bring This American Tragedy to an End

Mountaintop Removal: It’s Time to Bring This American Tragedy to an End

Mountaintop Removal: It’s Time to Bring This American Tragedy to an End

An escalating series of lawsuits, government rulings, banking decisions and breakthrough health studies has brought the fate of devastating mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia to the doorstep of state and federal decision-makers this week.

Mountaintop removal is not just on the ropes—it’s down for the count—and several fronts carry the same knockout message: Given the urgent health crisis from the reckless mining operation, the federal government and the states can no longer wait to act.

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The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights

The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights
Photographer Andrew Testa accepted the assignment right away. “As soon as I read ‘camel racing’ and ‘robots’ in the same sentence, I was in,” he says.

The post The DIY Robots That Ride Camels and Fight for Human Rights appeared first on WIRED.

Original author: Pete Brook
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Don't Abolish State Protections Against Toxic Chemicals

Don't Abolish State Protections Against Toxic Chemicals

Don't Abolish State Protections Against Toxic Chemicals

Unless we act now, we could lose our best chance in a generation to protect consumers from toxic chemicals. For decades, companies have been allowed to sell consumers toys and household products that are linked to cancer, birth defects, and learning disabilities. These companies don't have to prove that the chemicals they use are safe before exposing millions of people to them. Congress is considering a new bipartisan bill that's the first viable chance to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. But the current bill, sponsored by lawmakers who received lobbying money from the chemical industry, includes loopholes...

 

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