Proposed Fracking Regs in Colorado, Industry Admits Dangerous Air Pollution

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 6:22 pm

With approval from major drilling and fracking companies, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proposed a set of regulations to reduce pollution from methane and other dangerous gases leaked by the oil and gas industry. The rules are focused on fracking wells, a mostly unregulated drilling technology that has allowed an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel extraction in Colorado and across the nation.

American Weapons Linked to Outbreak of Birth Defects and Cancer in Iraq

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 11:40 am

America’s war of aggression in Iraq produced many immediate casualties, but recent reports from the Iraq are citing another, longer term, cost of war.

Daily Commute Traffic Linked to Asthma, Anxiety, and Now Cancer

By: Friday April 12, 2013 11:31 am

There is no shortage of critiques of the suburbs. The most popular suburban critiques typically are cultural and revolve around disgust with Eisenhower era superficiality and antipathy towards white flight. There have even been some recent environmental additions to criticizing the suburban lifestyle with its long daily work commutes burning massive amounts of fossil fuel making the suburbs themselves unsustainable and wasteful.

But now there is a new critique of suburban living, health. Mental and physical.

Novartis Ruling In India Could Spark Larger Movement Against Patent Trolling

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 8:30 am

So let’s say you are a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and you have a blockbuster cancer drug. You patent the drug, make tremendous profits, but now the clock is ticking and the patent is set to expire. What do you do?

If you are Novartis and your blockbuster cancer drug is Gleevec you are going to engage in a common practice in the pharmaceutical industry – as well as other intellectual property dependent industries – known as evergreening. A few tweaks here, a few tweaks there, and voila reset the clock. The patent is back in effect and the money can keep rolling in. Why spend money on developing new drugs when you can spend just a fraction of that cost on legal bills defending your tweaked patent?

FDL Movie Night: Living Downstream

By: Monday November 5, 2012 5:00 pm

Diagnosed with bladder cancer in her twenties while her mother was living with metastasized breast cancer, author and biologist Sandra Steingraber is the subject of tonight’s film, Living Downstream, directed by our guest Chanda Chevannes. Sandra cannot help but notice a cancer cluster in both her family and in her hometown, including an aunt who died of the same type of cancer she had. But here’s the rub: Sandra is adopted, so the genetic cause is ruled out, leaving her to conclude that environmental pollution is at the root.

Barry Commoner, The First Guy I Ever Voted For, Dead at 95

By: Friday October 12, 2012 2:59 pm

Dr. Barry Commoner, scientist, activist, educator and one of the founders of the modern environmental movement, died on September 30 at his home in Brooklyn. He was 95.

I met Dr. Commoner in 1980, when he brought his third-party campaign for US president to my university. Running as the candidate of the Citizens Party, which he helped found, Commoner didn’t command an auditorium. Instead, Commoner sat in what I remember as a smallish classroom, discussing the state of the world with an egalitarian equanimity. He knew he wasn’t going to win the election, but he had things he wanted to explain, and a level of participation he wanted to motivate.

Cancer Finally Covered as 9-11 Related Illness

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 5:59 pm

Eleven years after the attacks on 9-11 and the subsequent Ground Zero volunteer cleanup that left thousands sickened, the federal government finally added cancer to the list of illnesses linked to the attacks.

GOP Senator: Employers Have Right to Deny Coverage to Cancer Patients – ‘Our Nation Was Based On Freedom’

By: Monday July 2, 2012 8:00 am

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson was asked about employer insurance covering those with cancer. He says now, because that just denies other people’s rights.

Susan Love: Think Before You Pink

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 5:55 pm

Barbara Brenner’s work Pink Ribbons, Inc. will feature on next Monday’s FDL Movie Night. It deals with well known cancern heroes who sometimes help corporations that create carcinogens “pinkwash” their products and images.

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