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CRAIG, CO - MAY 29:  Coal miners look on durin...CRAIG, CO - MAY 29: Coal miners look on during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Alice Pleasant Park on May 29, 2012 in Craig, Colorado. Mitt Romney will campaign in Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
CRAIG, CO - MAY 29:  Veterans look on during a...CRAIG, CO - MAY 29: Veterans look on during a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Alice Pleasant Park on May 29, 2012 in Craig, Colorado. Mitt Romney will campaign in Colorado and Las Vegas, Nevada. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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Gergis hockey stick withdrawn. This is what 95% certainty looks like in climate science.
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In Memoriam: George McGovern, 1922-2012
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Volcanic Activity Rising Worldwide
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ZOA Seeks to Manipulate Global Jewish Communities
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Episode 247 – Requiem for the Suicided: Vince Foster
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Interview 547 – Deadline Headlines with Jack Blood
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Five Wishes for the Clean Water Act on Its 40th Birthday
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Get things straight.
An absurd decision for an absurd institution.
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Reclaiming Pakistan
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The Second Presidential Debate
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Television Journalism Is A True Oxymoron
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Are you better off today than you were four years ago?
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Disrespecting the Vice President is unamerican.
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Some in Pakistani Social Media Give an Incorrect Image to Western Media
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In These Times
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Mothering Hypes
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A Heathcliff We Haven’t Seen Before
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Rich Deserts
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Was It Something I Said?
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Governments make good progress on marine, slow on finance at Hyderabad biodiversity meet
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WWF Urges Oil Company SOCO To Abandon Exploration Plans In Congo National Park
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Protection needed for critical East Antarctic marine habitats
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WWF: Agreement on finance key to success at Hyderabad biodiversity meet
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Summarizing the key challen

Obsidian Wings
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Welcome to the future
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Talking POPs in Geneva
PAN and our partners have been on the ground in Geneva this week, participating in the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC8) Here at this annual gathering of scientists and policymakers from around the world, chemicals are considered for addition to the Stockholm Convention. This international treaty bans or restricts use of chemicals deemed to be "persistent organic polluta
GE labeling: The world wants it
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For Christians & food, the devil is in the details
This is a global Week of Food Action, and as part of the push, a broad alliance of Christians from around the world has released a set of recommendations for ending world hunger.  Despite best attempts by the chemical industry to use "feeding the world" as moral justification to sell pesticides and proprietary, genetically engineered (GE) seeds to farmers worldwide, members of the Ecumen
PAN Partners launch nationwide report
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According to filings released by the California Secretary of State last week, the world’s six largest pesticide corporations are now the six largest funders of opposition to Proposition 37.
Collectively the "Big 6"  have contributed more than $20 million to oppose the measure that would label genetically engineered food, including an intensive advertising campaign over the past two weeks.
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