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Leid Stories—Pastor-Activist Revs Up Fight to Save Michigan City from Illegal Corporate/Gov’t Takeover—08.01.17

Leid Stories updates the story of the Rev. Edward Pinkney, who years ago took on a battle to save the predominantly black and poor city of Benton Harbor from a corporate/government conspiracy to rid the city of its “undesirable” population by hiking taxes, and give the vacated land to Whirlpool corporation for a golf course and related amenities. Download this …

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Richard Schiffman – How Can We Make People Care About Climate Change?

Per Espen Stoknes, a Norwegian psychologist and economist, has been doing a lot of thinking about a question that has bedeviled climate scientists for years: Why have humans so far failed to deal with the looming threat posed by climate change? That question is the focus of his recent book, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About …

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Dimock, PA Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County – Steve Horn

A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed what many fracking critics have argued for years: drilling operations associated with hydraulic fracturing (“fracking) for oil and gas can contaminate groundwater. For the study, researchers examined groundwater contamination incidents at three homes in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale basin in Bradford County. As The New York Times explained, the water samples showed …

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Insufficient Data and Loose Regulations Worsen Fracking’s Impact, Studies Find

A slew of studies released this week, each examining different aspects of the fossil fuel extraction method known as ‘fracking,’ provide new evidence of problems with the practice. The first, an investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the FracTracker Alliance into oil and gas company violations, found that information about such transgressions is only publicly accessible in three …