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Two main components of coffee cups and carry out containers identified as cancer-causing agents

NY Daily News – The widely used preservative formaldehyde and the coffee-cup component styrene were added to a list of known and suspected carcinogens by the feds. Formaldehyde, linked to leukemia and a rare type of nasal cancer, is “known to be a human carcinogen,” according to a report by the National Institutes of Health. Read article

With Police Absent, Protests Surge in Syrian City

NYTimes – Tens of thousands of protesters poured Friday into the streets of Hama, a Syrian city abandoned by the military and security forces, gathering in the country’s biggest demonstration in nearly four months of unrest and staking a festive claim to a region that bore the brunt of a ferocious government crackdown a generation ago. Read article

Lebanon: UN ruling needs ‘evidence’

PressTV – On Thursday, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in a televised speech that “indictments, despite of their source, are not conclusive and that any accusations need solid evidence that cannot be doubted,” Reuters reported. “Every individual accused is innocent until proven guilty,” he asserted. Read article

U.S. drone targets two leaders of Somali group allied with al-Qaeda, official says

The Washington Post – A U.S. drone aircraft fired on two leaders of a militant Somali organization tied to al-Qaeda, apparently wounding them, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation said Wednesday. The strike last week against senior members of al-Shabab comes amid growing concern within the U.S. government that some leaders of the Islamist group are collaborating more closely with al-Qaeda to strike targets beyond Somalia, the military official said. Read Article

U.S. Wars Leave 225,000 Dead, Cost $4.4 Trillion: Study

Agence France Presse – U.S. wars launched since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have left 225,000 dead and cost up to $4.4 trillion, according to a new study by university researchers. The study published by Brown University this week focused on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and counter-terrorism campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen, which came in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The authors argued that governments almost always go to war underestimating the potential duration and costs of a conflict while overestimating “the political objectives that can be accomplished by the use of brute force.” Read Article

Since 2009, 88 Percent Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, Just One Percent Went To Wages

CENTER FOR LABOR MARKET STUDIES, Northeastern University – The U.S. economy entered an economic recession following December 2007 that lasted through June 2009 according to official estimates of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of business cycle dating in the U.S. The so-called “Great Recession” of 2007-2009 lasted for 18 months, the longest in post-World War II history, and the nation’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by 4.2% between the fourth quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, the largest relative decline in GDP since the national recession of 1945 as the U.S. began its demobilization from World War Two.

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Drought displaces Somalis

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Dutch Animal Slaughter Law Irks Religious Groups

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US: Food Stamp Use on the Rise, 44.5 million & rising

The Wall Street Journal – Growth in the food stamp program continued in the U.S. — with 27 states providing benefits to at least 1 in 7 people. The number of food stamp recipients increased 0.1% in April, the most recent month available, compared to March, with 44.5 million people receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Food stamp numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted though, meaning a variety of factors could influence the monthly tallies. Read Article

India: Rajasthan in ‘cars for sterilisation’ drive

BBC – Health officials in the Indian state of Rajasthan are launching a new campaign to try reduce the high population growth in the area. They are encouraging men and women to volunteer for sterilisation, and in return are offering a car and other prizes for those who come forward. Read Article

Rupert Murdoch a step closer to BSkyB takeover

The Telegraph – Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given opponents one final week in which to raise objections. However, he has provisionally agreed to beefed-up proposals that will see Sky News as an independent company to allay fears that the deal would give Mr Murdoch’s News Corporation too much control of the media. Read Article

China manufacturing at lowest in 2 years

Financial Times – Chinese manufacturing growth has fallen to its lowest level in more than two years and soft data from India and South Korea have added to the picture of a slowdown in Asia after a battery of government moves to tame inflation. With price pressures still high, though, economists said policymakers would be able to shift only gingerly from fighting inflation to supporting growth. Read Article

N.Y. Eyes Gas Drilling Ban In Watersheds, State Land

Associated Press – New York environmental officials have proposed a ban on drilling for natural gas with hydraulic fracturing in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds and on all state-owned lands. They’d permit it on private land only under “rigorous and effective controls” codified into state law. The Department of Environmental Conservation will give its revised recommendations to Gov. Read Article

Europe’s E. coli outbreaks linked to Egyptian seeds

Reuters – Imported fenugreek seeds from Egypt may be the source of highly toxic E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France that have killed at least 48 people, according to initial investigations by European scientists. More than 4,000 people across Europe and in North America have been infected in the deadliest outbreak of E. coli so far recorded, which started in early May. Almost all of those affected lived in Germany or had recently traveled there. But they said there was still “much uncertainty” about whether these seeds from Egypt were “truly the common cause of all the infections” as there were currently no positive bacteriological results. Read article

French-German E. coli link seen in sprouted seeds

Reuters – Dutch and British health officials advised people to avoid raw salad shoots and seeds on Monday after scientists linked an outbreak of E.coli in France to a highly toxic one in Germany that has killed 43 people. A British health safety expert said it was very unlikely to be pure coincidence that sprouted salad seeds have been identified as the probable source of both outbreaks. Read article

France bans UK garden firm’s seeds in E.coli scare

Reuters – At least two people suffering from E.coli in the French city of Bordeaux have the strain that caused scores of deaths in Germany, French authorities said, and they halted sales of vegetable seeds from a British gardening firm. The firm, Thompson & Morgan, based in the eastern British town of Ipswich, said Saturday it did not believe its seeds were the cause of the outbreak. A British member of the European parliament said the French authorities should be careful not to damage businesses by hastily assigning blame. Read article

German officials see no E.coli fault at organic farm

Reuters – Officials investigating an organic farm in northern Germany said on Saturday they do not expect to take legal action against it for causing an E.coli outbreak that has killed at least 31 people. Authorities link the epidemic, the deadliest in modern history, to contaminated bean sprouts and shoots grown at the farm that made their way to restaurants and kitchens across the country. Read article

Leader: Regional revolts anti-US in core

PressTV – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei insists that the core of recent uprisings in regional countries has been anti-US and anti-Israel and quite different from foreign-based armed unrest in Syria. Read article

Revealed: British government’s plan to play down Fukushima

Guardian – British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known. Read article

NATO airstrike kills insurgent

Reuters – (0:32)  NATO aircraft kills an insurgent leader linked to a deadly hotel attack in the Afghan capital, coalition says. View Video

North Korea shuts down universities for 10 months

The Telegraph – Pyongyang has told the North Korean people that the nation will have achieved its aim of becoming “a great, prosperous and powerful nation” in 2012, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founder of the reclusive state, Kim Il-sung. In addition, Kim Jong-il will turn 70 in February and the “Dear Leader” hopes to be able to transfer his power and an economically stronger nation to his son and heir-apparent, Kim Jong-Un. Read Article

Monsanto Raises Forecast as Net Gains 77% on Herbicide Sales

Bloomberg – Monsanto Co. (MON), the world’s largest seed company, raised its full-year profit forecast and posted third-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ estimates on higher sales of Roundup weed killer and genetically modified seeds. Net income climbed 77 percent to $680 million, or $1.26 a share, in the three months through May 31, from $384 million, or 70 cents, a year earlier, St. Louis-based Monsanto said today in a statement. That beat the $1.10 average estimate of 17 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. Read Article

Climate Fact Of The Day – Which Causes which, out of Atmospheric Temperature and CO2 content?

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Over very long periods of time as ice ages come and go, it has been found that temperature leads atmospheric CO2 content by about 800 years. This seems to contradict the IPCC and other views that CO2 causes change in temperature.

Aluminum Panels Set To Take On Pollution As ‘Smog Eaters’

NPR – In the witch’s brew of gases and particles that make up smog in most cities, nitrogen oxides are a plentiful ingredient. The pollutants also help create ground-level ozone, a nasty irritant for lungs, and bothersome fine particles. The family of chemicals, called NOx in shorthand, can inflame people’s airways and trigger asthma attacks, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Reducing emissions is one way to curb NOx pollution. But aluminum giant Alcoa has another idea for taking on NOx: a building panel with an special coating, called EcoClean, that the company says can turn buildings into smog eaters. Read Article