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Moore: Obama should be mad at himself

Before heading down to the Occupy Wall Street protests, Michael Moore appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight and said President Barack Obama shouldn’t complain about anyone else for the country’s current political environment. “He should be mad at himself first,” the filmmaker said. “This is like a quarterback who pisses away…

Moore: Obama should be mad at himself

Before heading down to the Occupy Wall Street protests, Michael Moore appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight and said President Barack Obama shouldn’t complain about anyone else for the country’s current political environment. “He should be mad at himself first,” the filmmaker said. “This is like a quarterback who pisses away…

Studies: Autism may be triggered in the womb

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Environmental factors may play a greater role in autism than previously thought, tipping the scale away from a strict focus on genetics, two studies released on Monday suggest. In one, a team at Stanford University compared cases of autism in identical and fraternal twins…

Revealed: Pollution kills more in Afghan capital than war

KABUL (AFP) – War may kill thousands of civilians a year in Afghanistan, but choking air pollution in the capital Kabul is more deadly, experts say. Signs of the silent killer — pollutants emitted by old cars, poor quality fuel and people burning trash — are everywhere on the city’s…

U.N. study: $40 billion annual investment needed for global carbon reduction

NAIROBI (AFP) – Investing $40 billion annually in the forest sector is needed for the world to transition into a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy, according to a UN report released here Sunday. The additional investment “could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140…

China in no mood to listen in U.S. rights talks

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s increasingly tough line against dissent suggests it will be in no mood to bend to U.S. demands to soften its approach when the two begin talks on human rights on Wednesday. Analysts said the gulf between the two sides looks especially deep ahead of this year’s…

Mexico makes major raid on exotic animal traffickers

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Hundreds of police raided illicit markets to crack down on the lucrative trade in wild animals and rare flowers, arresting 15 traffickers across Mexico this weekend in one of the biggest swoops of its kind. Rich in flora and fauna, Mexico is a major hub for animal…

Thousands of toads killed in annual Aussie hunt

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s annual cane toad cull was Monday declared a success by organisers who said that more than 14,000 of the noxious pests had perished as a result. North Queensland’s “Toad Day Out” saw volunteers in Townsville, Charters Towers and Cairns collect the pests in plastic bags on…

EU court deals blow to French-led anti-GM crops lobby

BRUSSELS (AFP) – France broke the law when it halted cultivation of genetically-modified crops without first asking the EU to impose emergency measures, the legal advisor to Europe’s top court said on Tuesday. Advocate-general Paolo Mengozzi’s opinion represents a major blow to France, Austria, Greece and Poland, all of whom…

Pollutants threaten giant aquifer under Mexico

WASHINGTON – Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, chemical run-off from highways and many other pollutants infiltrate the giant aquifer under Mexico’s “Riviera Maya,” a new study shows. The report published in the journal Environmental Pollution argues that the waste contaminates a vast labyrinth of water-filled caves under the popular tourist destination on the…

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