Environment and Health Archives

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Critics Blow Holes in Mass. ‘Universal’ Health Plan

4/12/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Megan Tady

Farm Subsidies Lead to Ocean Pollution, Researchers Say

4/12/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Economy

Jessica Azulay

An environmental watchdog group links agriculture policy in America’s heartland with a toxic wave that extinguishes more aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico each year.

Farming of GE Crops on Wildlife Refuge Challenged

4/11/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Law / Courts

Catherine Komp

Commercial farms operate on numerous national wildlife refuges. Genetically modified organisms are grown there. Legal activists are fighting these and other things you didn't even know.

Alaska Gold Mine Threatens Pristine Waters, Wilderness

4/7/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Indigenous Issues

Michelle Chen

The gold-mining industry is on the verge dumping waste in otherwise unpolluted waterways with government approval, but conservationists say regulators are letting corporations do an end-run around long-standing environmental protections.

Tex. Court Overturns Convictions Under ‘Fetal Rights’ Law

4/4/06

News Article

Gender / Sexism || Health / Safety

Michelle Chen

Drawing an unlikely consensus between opposing sides of the abortion debate, a Texas court has ruled that the state cannot criminalize a woman for drug-use that impacts her fetus.

Healthcare Advocates Unimpressed by Arkansas Initiative*

3/31/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Erin Cassin

Despite Gov. Mike Huckabee’s pride in a new program intended to enable small businesses to provide health packages when they could not or would not before, critics say its holes and limitations render it largely unhelpful.

‘Conscience Clauses’ Could Usher Healthcare Access Crisis

3/29/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Gender / Sexism

Catherine Komp

As legal loopholes that allow healthcare providers to refuse to offer services they deem “morally objectionable” crop up around the nation, their breadth and severity grow, raising concerns of broadening impact.

Logging Threatens Midwest Old Growth

3/29/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Business

Kari Lydersen

Workers, Activists Want DuPont Investigated for Pollution

3/24/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Health / Safety

Catherine Komp

Suspicious of DuPont after revelations that the company has contaminated other communities, Richmond-area activists are asking the EPA to look at the company’s use of a likely carcinogen in their own area.

Rhode Island Schools to Quit Abstinence-only Sex Ed

3/24/06

News Report

Age / Ageism || Gender / Sexism

Brendan Coyne

Recent Deaths Spark Re-evaluation of Abortion Pills

3/22/06

News Article

Health / Safety || Gender / Sexism

Michelle Chen

Planned Parenthood changes the advice it offers women taking RU-486, while religious groups opposed to legal abortions re-ignite the debate over whether the “medical abortion” regimen should be administered at all.

Gulf Coast Tribes Face Erosion, Lack of Aid

3/17/06

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Indigenous Issues

Andrew Stelzer

Native Americans in Southern Louisiana, still suffering from Hurricane Rita’s destruction, recount how wetland disappearance leaves them ever more vulnerable to storms.

EPA Under Fire for Inaction on Katrina Cleanup

3/16/06

News Report

Catastrophe / Crisis || Environment / Ecology

Jessica Azulay

Dirtier Side Betrays Promise of ‘Clean Coal’

3/15/06

News Article

Environment / Ecology || Energy

Kari Lydersen

Between the coal-rich Appalachian Mountains and coal-hungry energy consumers like the state of Ohio, critics say the concept of an eco-friendly use for the fossil fuel is far more misnomer than reality.

U.S. Senate May Gut State Healthcare Rights Acts

3/10/06

News Report

Health / Safety || Politics / Legislation

Brendan Coyne

Alaska Oil Spill Exposes ‘Gentle Drilling’ Problems

3/9/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Business

NewStandard Staff

Conservationists Rev Up Roadless Rule Campaign

3/7/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Politics / Legislation

Brendan Coyne

Rights Group Blasts 'Ex-Gay' Youth Programs

3/6/06

News Report

Gender / Sexism || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

A new report analyzes the ideology of the so-called ex-gay movement

Chicago Considers Banning Mistreated Elephants

3/6/06

News Article

Animal Rights || Environment / Ecology

Kari Lydersen

After all three of the Lincoln Park Zoo’s elephants met untimely deaths, wildlife experts urged the Chicago City Council to embargo captive elephants in the interest of sparing them physical and psychological misery.

Firms Settle Ohio River Pollution Charges for $3.25M

3/3/06

News Report

Environment / Ecology || Law / Courts

NewStandard Staff

Activists Clash over Govt. Gay Health Webpage

3/3/06

News Article

Gender / Sexism || Civil / Human Rights

Michelle Chen

Outraged by a right-wing group’s protests against gay health advice on a government website, queer-rights activists say they are victims of an information blackout.

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