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Superbugs

Superbugs

Donald Trump cited a frightful list of anti-American threats in his 4300-word nomination acceptance speech: terrorism, immigrants, crime, violence, gangs, drugs, lawlessness, government regulation, media elites. He had nothing to say about multidrug-resistant superbugs.

Room for the River

Room for the River

Rising seas linked to climate change pose a major threat to coastal cities around the world. Dutch engineers are designing nature-based flood control systems that are cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe

We use lots of items in our daily lives. We use them and then throw them away, or perhaps recycle them when they wear out or get damaged. Then again, some of us prefer to repair for re-use — at a Repair Cafe.

Toxic Load

Toxic Load

Bacteria and fungi, Earth’s quintessential biochemists, are famous for the odd molecules they produce. But human beings are no slouches. According to one estimate, global commerce swells with thousands of industrial chemicals, many completely novel, some very toxic

Belize in the Balance

Belize in the Balance

Thirty-five years after gaining independence, Belize, Central America’s youngest nation, stands on a cusp of development that will either protect crucial wildlife habitat or gradually lose it to wide-scale agriculture.

Corporate Food Chains

Corporate Food Chains

For those who thought that corporate concentration in the food industry couldn’t get tighter, wake up and smell the coffee. The Big Six seed and farm chemical producers are now on the verge of coalescing into three. Amazon may soon be the world’s biggest supermarket.

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Two-State Delusion

Two-State Delusion

In seven days Donald Trump will be President of the United States. Among the most tantalizing prospects for this new epoch: the radical transformation of US policy on Israel and Palestine.

Rule of Law

Rule of Law

In international relations, it’s the law of the jungle. The five most powerful countries on Earth get to pick and choose which international laws they’ll abide by, doling out slices of impunity to allies and clients.

Global Palestine

Global Palestine

Israel plays a host of key roles in today’s troubled world: Jewish homeland. Bastion of peace and democracy in the troubled Middle East. Clever “start-up nation” the world can turn to for smart solutions. Israeli-American activist Jeff Halper pinpoints a darker niche.

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Physical abuse, assassination, bribery, the use of human shields, looting … These are among the acts former Israeli soldiers describe to Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence in the course of interviews about their service in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Cole Gately

Cole Gately

I’ve always hung out on the margins, with all the other misfits, freaks and queers; on the edge, the border between femininity and masculinity, between brownness and whiteness, a standpoint that offers me a unique worldview.

Shuhada Street

Shuhada Street

Checkpoint 56, in Israeli-occupied Hebron, is a fearsome sight to behold. Flashed before your eyes in a Rorschach test, it could be taken for a high-voltage substation, or an industrial meat grinder.

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The Green Blues Show – Edition 12

The Green Blues Show – Edition 12

A Palestinian village that resists military occupation, and its most renowned citizen; a conversation with one of Canada’s most distinguished ecologists, and an online game that lets you do more than just procrastinate.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 11

The Green Blues Show – Edition 11

Nothing is as constant as change. A historian speaks about how it happens. Ninety years after the execution of Italian-American anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti, one of America’s most notorious jury trials is commemorated. And neutron stars … When these hardest of celestial objects collide, watch out!

The Green Blues Show – Edition 10

The Green Blues Show – Edition 10

Carbon taxes, cap-and-trade emission reduction systems … What are they all about? Democracy in chains: An American academic speaks about her Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. And, on the hundredth anniversary of the First World War, a Belgian town commemorates the days of its ravaging.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 9

The Green Blues Show – Edition 9

Two stories about land and people in Palestine: squeezing olive oil for markets around the world, and promoting cultural and biological diversity — a future single state in mind. And on a completely different note, on the other side of the Mediterranean, some plants were born to play Jazz.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 8

The Green Blues Show – Edition 8

Canadian mining companies misbehave and get taken to court, a Canadian singer-songwriter pays homage to Johnny Cash, and humanity at the crossroads. One scientist calls for time out and careful thought.

The Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands

Tell a friend you’re traveling to the Marshall Islands, in the central Pacific. Paradise in mind, they may beg to come along. The Marshalls are certainly remarkable. Not just because they’re so beautiful, but because of what happened here.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 6

The Green Blues Show – Edition 6

As sea levels rise on a warming Earth, urban engineers defend coastlines in innovative ways. Another look at plastic pollution, and scary microbes on the loose. Are multi-drug resistant bacteria a greater threat to humanity than global terrorism?

The Green Blues Show – Edition 5

The Green Blues Show – Edition 5

In this edition of the The Green Blues Show: Microplastic fibers in our drinking water, in our food, falling from the air. Cause for concern? Good old-fashioned sleep, and how it makes our brain more plastic. And Israeli Apartheid. An eminent academic says it’s real.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 4

The Green Blues Show – Edition 4

In an idyllic Pacific atoll vaporized by atomic bomb tests, seventy years ago, marine life returns. Genetically modified apples and potatoes raise eyebrows — and a few concerns — and barcoding the millions of creatures in the tree of life, for instant identification.

The Green Blues Show – Edition 3

The Green Blues Show – Edition 3

Precarious employment – the new normal; Venezuela struggles to chart its own path, the international community breathing down its neck; prairie heat – visions of a future where summers are very hot and health fails. And the ‘Forever Legacy’ of climate change. Forget about life in 2050. What will life on Earth be like in 500 years?

The Green Blues Show – Edition 2

The Green Blues Show – Edition 2

Killer Robots. A chorus of voices from the AI and robotics community call for a ban. Computer-brain interfaces reveal music in the mind. Land Defenders in Muskrat Falls, Labrador, oppose hydro dams. And thoughts from Canada’s emeritus ecologist.