Harsh: Europe’s cannabis died just as the first farmers arrived

Harsh: Europe’s cannabis died just as the first farmers arrived

Europe had to do without marijuana for millenniaMatias Planas matiplanas / Alamy Stock Photo By Colin Barras Cannabis – the source of the drug marijuana – grew wild across Europe at the end of the Stone Age, but by the time early farmers reached the continent it was vanishing. It seems Europe’s first farmers just […]

The real palm oil problem: it’s not just in your food

The real palm oil problem: it’s not just in your food

Growing palm has a huge impact on the Indonesian landscapeBay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images PALM oil has become a byword for environmental destruction. Found in food and cosmetics, its growing use is destroying rainforests and endangering species like orangutans. In an effort to turn things around, UK supermarket Iceland pledged last month to halt the use of […]

A Brazilian Judge Just Handed Facebook Censorship Powers

A Brazilian Judge Just Handed Facebook Censorship Powers

Marco Civil A new ruling also orders Facebook to provide Brazilian authorities with the names and IP addresses of users who share false stories, even if those users had subsequently deleted the posts. by Taisa Sganzerla Let’s block ads! (Why?) MintPress News fmsmnewsFMSMNews.com is a news aggregator and opinions blog. We aim to showcase news […]

Just half a degree less global warming would avert food shortage

Just half a degree less global warming would avert food shortage

Farmers gathering potatoes in Bangladesh, a country vulnerable to food insecurityZakir Hossain Chowdhury / NurPhoto / via Getty Images By Helen Thomson Sometimes it’s good to over-reach – particularly when it comes to stopping climate change. New evidence comparing the impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C rises in temperature reveal the unprecedented food shortages, economic inequality […]

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive

California’s Housing Crisis Is So Bad, Families Are Squatting Abandoned Homes Just to Survive

When I ask Christine Hernandez, a mother of four, slender in stature and bold in manner, how best to scout for abandoned homes—the bleak dwellings with the boarded-up windows and ripped-out drywall, their innards packed with leftover syringes, rotting debris, and the peculiar loot of previous dispossessed tenants—she says it’s best to send someone who […]

Voting Rights Advocates Just Won a Big Victory in Court

A conservative legal group’s crusade to purge voter lists across the country hit a setback Friday when a federal judge in Florida ruled that Broward County was already adequately maintaining its voter file. In doing so, the judge rebuffed the group’s efforts to force the heavily Democratic county to implement procedures that voting rights advocates say could have resulted in eligible […]

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