A government agency is currently weighing a controversial proposal to allow a biotechnology company to plant up to 3,200 acres of rice genetically modified to treat diarrhea.
As stolen identities undercut the assets and privacy of Americans, public-interest groups say the White Houseâ€™s new strategy to combat identity theft ignores core challenges of securing data in the Digital Age.
Environmentalists are calling for a boycott of bottled water in an effort to reduce the use of fossil fuels, protect the environment and protect local drinking supplies.
Small periodicals across the country will see their mailing costs swell thanks to new postage rates written by a major media conglomerate and adopted by the US Postal Service.
In reaction to a surge in home foreclosures, an anti-poverty group is attempting to organize low-income people to push for changes to the nationâ€™s lending laws.
Fresh ties are budding between public universities and a leading oil company, seeding fears that industry is profiting from climate-change research at the expense of scientific integrity.
Privacy advocates are attempting to thwart a merger between Google and an online marketing agency, fearing the deal could further erode Internet usersâ€™ privacy.
In light of news that government regulators have neglected their duties to review pharmaceutical commercials, their proposed fix involves crawling even deeper into bed with drugmakers.
It took four years for Taco Bellâ€™s parent company to agree to demands that the restaurant take responsibility for the wages and working conditions of migrant laborers who pick its tomatoes. It took another two years for McDonaldâ€™s to accept a similar deal.
Accusing a retail giant of wriggling out of over $2 billion in taxes, a watchdog group is pointing to a loophole in certain states that lets huge companies pay rent to themselves.
Environmentalists are reacting to a proposal to slaughter some sea lions in order to save the few salmon they in turn kill, pointing to deadly dams as the elephant in the room.
In an early round of bureaucratic wrangling, Michigan environmental officials have withdrawn their proposal to allow a sulfide mine in a relatively untouched part of the state.
As the science of tiny particles seeps into commercial markets, controversy is swelling over whether the nanotechnology industry can be trusted to regulate itself.
Although homeless people, community organizers and academics say the best way to end homelessness is to increase affordable housing, Los Angeles politiciansâ€™ most visible response to the cityâ€™s crisis has been a police crackdown on homeless people.
A report released this week documents a dramatic increase in greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States since 1990.
This year, Californians will live alongside over half a million pounds of newly hidden toxic waste, thanks to recent changes in the national system for reporting releases of hazardous chemicals.
Prisoners who allege being raped, beaten and otherwise mistreated have for years faced an additional burden: limited access to US courts. Now civil-rights groups are renewing efforts to undo litigation "reform" imposed on the nationâ€™s incarcerated population.
Dubbing them the Wall Street Seven, some environmentalists are putting pressure on major financial institutions for financing power plants that emit the most greenhouse gases.
While new rules will make it easier for some felons to regain certain rights they lost when convicted, civil-rights activists say the process is still far from libertarian.
A federal agency is accusing FedEx Home Delivery of cracking down on employeesâ€™ attempts to organize in Massachusetts by harassing workers, threatening firings and monitoring employeesâ€™ activities.
A so-called "nuclear renaissance" is budding in New Mexico with the construction of a major uranium-processing facility, but activists are waging a legal challenge in an attempt to stem the industryâ€™s resurgence.
President Bush is poised to install someone watchdog groups call an "anti-regulatory extremist" to a powerful government position.
Congress is set to reauthorize a Food and Drug Administration act that critics say gives drug companies too much influence over the agency, leading to hasty approvals of new drugs.
Twenty years after a landmark report documented environmental racism in the United States, new evidence shows that toxic waste is still being disproportionately dumped on communities of color.
The Maryland state senate recently passed a bill that would allow the nationwide popular vote â€“ instead of the Electoral College â€“ to determine presidential elections. The bill has been passed on to the stateâ€™s House of Representatives.
In response to corruption on Capitol Hill and the ballooning costs of running for federal office, public-interest groups and some lawmakers are pushing for a system of government-financed congressional election campaigns.
As the US Forest Service pursues a logging plan for the Tongass National Forest, conservationists are pushing for different economic priorities in Alaska.
Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would give back millions of workers the right to join unions.
As the Department of Energy wraps up a nationwide tour to collect public feedback on a nuclear energy program, environmentalists are urging the government to abandon the plan.
The latest round of legislative proposals to address waste from the agricultural industry would continue to give government breaks to factory farms, despite criticsâ€™ arguments that the large-scale operations are unnecessarily harmful to the environment.