The Ghost in the GMO Machine

While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i's GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA ; by Paul Koberstein The bodies and minds of children living on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i are being threatened by exposure to chlorpyrifos, a synthetic insecticide that is heavily sprayed on fields located near their homes and schools. For decades, researchers have been publishing reports…
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THE CONTAMINATION OF NATURAL KAUA`I

The rare plants and wildlife of Kaua`i are put at risk by the toxic chemicals used on the island’s GMO test fields Viewed from the top of the Waimea River Canyon, a series of micro-ecosystems have carved niches into the landscape from the mountain to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, just 12 miles away. Four giant agribusinesses operate GMO test fields on the lowlands in between. Photograph by Elsa Flores Almaraz.   By Paul…
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The Kaua`i Cocktail

Highly toxic pesticides are being applied to GMO test fields on Kaua`i at a much higher rate than on most US farms, an analysis of new data reveals Stiff trade winds blow chemicals and dust from GMO test fields across the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i. Photo by Klayton Kubo   By Paul Koberstein/Cascadia Times WAIMEA, HAWAI`I – The Hawaiian island of Kaua`i has become Ground Zero in the intense domestic political battle over genetically modified crops.…
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Part 1: The Long Tragic Trail of Defective General Electric Nuclear Reactors, from Hanford to Fukushima

Troubled throughout its entire history, the Columbia Generating Station nuclear power plant at Hanford, Wash., will turn 30 years old in 2014. The plant’s opening in 1984 was marred by the failure to complete four of its sister plants in what at the time was the biggest municipal bond default in the history of US capital markets, not to mention serious flaws in plant design, construction and plant management. Plant managers say these early defects were…
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Remembering Kathie Durbin

The passing last week of Kathie Durbin hit me hard. We lost not only a great journalist. She was a friend to the fragile forest ecosystems that give life to the Northwest and set them apart from the rest of the planet. To me, she was a friend and mentor. I worked alongside Kathie for many years, first as an environmental reporter for The Oregonian, and later at Cascadia Times, where she was a co-founder…
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Unskewing the climate math

As you recall, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and the Republicans had trouble making their budget numbers add up. As Bill Clinton pointed out at the 2012 Democratic convention, Republican policies simply “defied arithmetic.” On Election Day, Karl Rove threw a fit on Fox News because the vote counts being reported out of Ohio didn’t add up the way he and the Romney campaign thought they should. It was all part of a pattern.…
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