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Karen Graham

Editor-at-Large based in Richmond, VA, United States. Joined on Sep 22, 2013
Expertise in Unemployment, Women's health, Health, Environment & green living, Politics,   see all» Pharmaceuticals, Government, Education, Ethnic cultures, Science & space, Charity & volunteer work

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Op-Ed: Mexico being pressured to drop glyphosate ban by Bayer and U.S.

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup.

Trudeau: Canada — U.S. border to remain 'closed for now'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday that it is too early to make a decision on reopening his country's border with the U.S.

Monarch butterfly numbers plunged 26 percent in one year

The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico's forests to hibernate this winter fell 26 percent from a year earlier, the country's Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday.

Giant crack in Antarctica's Brunt ice shelf frees massive iceberg

A giant iceberg, more than 20 times the size of Manhattan, split off from Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf on Friday, almost a decade after scientists with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) first detected growth of vast cracks in the ice.

CDC imposes travel restrictions for Ebola-hit countries

Atlanta - Travel precautions will be imposed for individuals coming to the US from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo - two countries fighting recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday.

Op-Ed: Statue of Trump is a real 'Golden Calf' of biblical proportions

Twitter users have reacted with mockery after a video emerged showing a golden statue of Donald Trump being wheeled around at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida.

Amazon Rainforest plots are being illegally sold using Facebook

Plots of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being illegally sold on Facebook Marketplace, and include national forests and land reserved for indigenous peoples. Some of the plots are as large as 1,000 football pitches.

Canada's CPP boss Machin quits after overseas trip for COVID shot

Ottawa - The head of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Mark Machin, has resigned after traveling to the United Arab Emirates to be vaccinated against COVID-19, flouting the Canadian government’s travel advice and drawing criticism.

Landmark LGBTQ rights bill faces fierce opposition in Senate

Washington - The Democratic-led US House passed a bill Thursday that would enshrine LGBTQ protections in the nation's labor and civil rights laws, a top priority of President Joe Biden's, though the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

Former Michigan Governor confirmed as energy secretary

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Joe Biden's nominee for energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The final vote was 64-35.

Biden stepping in to address semiconductor shortage

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to review the U.S. supply chains of products in key industries, including semiconductor chips that are used in various electrical components for cars, personal electronics, and other equipment.

SEC — Rules for disclosure of climate-related risks being updated

Washington - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it will update its guidelines on how publicly traded companies should disclose climate change-related risks to investors.

California COVID-19 strain may be more infectious—and lethal

San Francisco - A new strain of the pandemic coronavirus first identified and now spreading in California, may not only be more contagious but may also cause more severe disease and death.

ERCOT board members resign after deadly power outages in Texas

Five members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors, including the chair, resigned from their positions Tuesday, following public outrage over the deadly power outage last week.

Financial risk from flooding in U.S. rising due to climate change

Brooklyn - The cost of federal flood insurance will need to increase significantly in much of the country to meet the growing risks of climate change, new data suggests, creating a political headache for the Biden administration.

USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program under review

With President Biden in the White House, many policies enacted by the previous administration are being targeted for extinction. But farmers groups and anti-hunger advocates are ready to fight to keep the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program.

How long can loss of sense of taste and smell last with COVID?

Toronto - A preliminary study involving 813 Quebec health-care workers who tested positive for COVID-19 has shown that people with the coronavirus could lose their sense of smell and taste for up to five months.

Virginia lawmakers approve bill ending capital punishment

Richmond - State lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to legislation that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people than any other, dating back to Colonial times.

Tons of toxic air pollutants released from oil refiners in Texas

Houston - The largest U.S. oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this past week, according to figures provided to the state, as refineries and petrochemical plants in the region scrambled to shut production during frigid weather.

As U.S. reaches 500K deaths — Biden to hold 'Moment of Silence'

Washington - With the nation expected to surpass 500,000 coronavirus deaths on Monday, President Joe Biden will hold a moment of silence this evening for the Americans who have died of coronavirus, the White House said.
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