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Article 11: Right to strike and insecure workers – Lauren Godfrey

Two different bodies in the last week have reflected on issues concerning the fundamental imbalance in the employment relationship. This provides an opportunity to reflect on what, if any, role human rights principles have in redressing that imbalance: (1)    The Article 11 Case of RMT -v- UK (Application No 31045/10): The European Court Human Rights […]

Fracking and the Environment

There are a lot of unanswered questions about natural gas and fracking.  A recent report by Resources for the Future sheds light on some of the answers.  RFF is unusual among Washington think tanks — an honest broker that uses expertise to try to answer hard questions.  The report reaches three important conclusions. The first […]

After Over a Decade of Fracking, Oversight of Industry's Radioactive Waste Still Lacking

It has been roughly twelve years since fracking launched the great shale rush in the U.S. and the biggest problem with the technology — how to safely dispose of the enormous quantities of toxic waste generated — remains unsolved. InShow More Summary

Ask Umbra: How do I know if my local swimming hole is safe?

A reader wonders if it's OK for her kids to dip into a nearby river. Umbra gets testy.

Is climate change the new slavery?

When a volcanic eruption threw the global climate into chaos two centuries ago, slavery surged. We can expect more such humanitarian crises in our climate-changed future.

Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report

      Guest post by Brigitte Knopf             Global emissions continue to rise further and this is in the first place due to economic growth and to a lesser extent to population growth. To achieve climate protection, fossil power generation without CCS has to be phased out almost entirely […]

No-till farming’s Johnny Appleseed — in a grimy Prius

Jeff Mitchell rides up and down California's Central Valley bearing a message: Farming without plowing saves soil and money.

IPCC Report Highlights Need for Rapid Shift to Renewable Energy; Delay Will be Costly

According to the newest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) mitigation report, only a few decades remain to halt the worst effects of global climate change. To meet climate goals, globally we will need to reduce emissions to 40 to 70 percent below today’s levels, by mid-century. Delaying action will be enormously costly from an […]

How to Build a Keyhole Garden

Want to maximize your gardening space with a raised bed? Consider a keyhole garden. This African-style kitchen garden puts everything you need for successful vegetable gardening right in front of you The post How to Build a Keyhole Garden appeared first on Sustainablog.

New Study Shows Link Between Climate Change And California Drought

A study published by Geophysical Research Letters sheds new light on the connection between California's epic drought and human-induced climate change. The study carries the decidedly wonky title, “Probable causes of the abnormal ridge...Show More Summary

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by The Editors Today's blog posts: Embryo value debated in Europe too - Wesley J. Smith Another healthy UK woman flies to Switzerland for euthanasia - Wesley J. Smith Illinois abortion clinic closes after pro-life campaign - John Ja...

Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality

by Kirsten Andersen WAKEFIELD, RI, April 16, 2014 ( – Another controversy has erupted at a Roman Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis “Rocky” Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout…

This insane cycling video will make you hold your breath for two minutes

Grist cannot be held responsible for the peeing of your pants while watching this.

Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic drops funding lawsuit against New Brunswick gvmt

by Colin Kerr FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, April 16, 2014 ( – The only private abortuary in the Maritime Provinces has made the news again this week, announcing that it is dropping its lawsuit against the Province of New Brunswick. The suit was started by infamous abortionist Henry Morgentaler,…

Meet the 1.5-Pound 26-Week Preemie Who Took on Pro-Abortion Wendy Davis and Won

John Mark weighed 1 lbs, 4.8 ounces when he was born at 26 weeks.  His mother, Chief of Staff for Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock, Mia Garza McCord delivered John Mark on April 10, 2013. More than two months later, Wendy Davis would propel herself into national abortion stardom with her filibuster of Senate Bill 5.  […]

How to Read Body Language for the Internet Age

Mon April 14, 2014 How to Read Body Language for the Internet Age Or, What’s That Supposed to Mean? By Susie Moloney As adults spend extended amounts of time in online socializing, we are losing our ability to decipher the subtle information given in body language. Show More Summary

Arizona Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill for Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a pro-life bill that the state’s pro-life groups were pressing for her to sign after approval by the state legislature. HB 2284 would make sure that abortion clinics are treated the same as other medical facilities by allowing for unannounced inspections. Here’s what Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi […]

Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism”

Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism” Earlier this year, Patricia Hill Collins spoke at Grand Valley State University (Michigan).  Her talk, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism,” was sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center and LGBT Resource … Continue reading ? Feminist Law Professors

Dad’s Heartbreaking Letter After Miscarriage Features Picture of Baby’s Hands Touching His Fingers

Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Tommy Riles, father, audience warm-up comedian on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and founder of Life of Dad, a social network for fathers, recently shared a beautiful goodbye letter to his son who died at 20 weeks gestation. His words are accompanied by a picture of his son’s tiny, perfectly formed hands. […]

The Perfect Encapsulation of Impotent Rage

Earlier this month, I was watching Pretty in Pink, because it was on and I needed to look at James Spader's glorious 80s hair. Naturally, I was texting Deeky about it, because we were both awake and still breathing, and I told him: "I...Show More Summary

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