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The Politics of Extinction

Maybe baby steps will help, but the world needs a lot more than either the United States or China is offering to combat the illegal traffic in wildlife, a nearly $20-billion-a-year business that adds up to a global war against nature. As the headlines tell us, the trade has pushed various rhinoceros species to the point of extinction and motivated poachers to …

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Expat Files – 03.15.15

-Expat Eddie checks out the proposed Nicaraguan Canal Zone himself- looking for new business opportunities. Being Eddie, along the way he strayed into a few bars and casinos (both legal and dodgy) and finally ended up getting scammed by a brand new gringo acquaintance and two young female con artists in Costa Rica.   -Another example of why in Latin …

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Make Your Own Chemical-Free Citrus Household Cleaner!

Sick of nasty chemical-laden household cleaners? Think you’re making the smarter, healthier buy with “green” cleaning products? You might still be using some nasty, environment-harming chemicals in your home. Many products that are supposed to be environmentally friendly still contain chemicals like 2-Butoxyethanol, which is linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and a host of other diseases. So if you can’t even …

6 Ways Big Pharma Exploits Our Worst Fears to Hook America on Drugs

Long before the Internet and direct to consumer advertising, the medical profession tried to reassure people about their health concerns. Sure, fatigue and headaches could be a symptom of a brain tumor; sure, a cough could be a symptom of lung cancer—but most doctors tried to assuage, not sow, fear.  Remember “take two aspirins and call me in the morning”? …

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Disease-carrying fleas abound on New York City’s rats

In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, rats in New York City were found to carry a flea species capable of transmitting plague pathogens. In research appearing March 2 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, lead author Matthew Frye, an urban entomologist with Cornell University’s New York State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, reported collecting more than 6,500 …

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Bee Die-Off

For years, honeybees were dying, and no one knew why. There have been some glimmers of hope recently. The number of bee deaths wasn’t as dramatic last winter. Studies began pointing the finger at pesticides. But a simple fact remains: Bees still are on the decline, and no one’s sure why. They’re dying in large numbers, and scientists are scrambling …