The Story of Electronics

The story of  Electronics

This morning, we released our newest Story of Stuff Project movie The Story of Electronics – a look at the ‘design for the dump’ mentality so prevalent in the electronics industry. This movie couldn’t come at a better time:  this November, Americans are expected to spend over $8.5 billion on consumer electronics, motivated by enticements to buy gizmos we don’t really need or to replace gadgets that are still working with slightly newer versions. Continue reading The Story of Electronics

The End of an Era: ACORN Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Common Dreams

by Bertha Lewis

For over 40 years ACORN has fought the good fight. From a few initial neighborhoods in Little Rock, Arkansas, we grew to become a large, active, national organization of low- and moderate-income families, mostly people of color, working together to make their communities a better place. In working together, we helped families see that they can make a difference. Continue reading The End of an Era: ACORN Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Election Day Loss: ACORN Declares Bankruptcy

The Nation

Greg Kaufmann

On this Election Day, when Democrats stand to suffer at the polls, and fewer voters have registered than in previous midterm elections, it seems sadly ironic that ACORN has declared bankruptcy.  This is the final chapter in the long and winding rightwing witch hunt against an organization that stood for poor and working people on issue after issue. As Bill Moyers described the community-based group: “More than any group I’ve covered over my long career in journalism, ACORN was devoted to helping poor people become their own best champions.” Continue reading Election Day Loss: ACORN Declares Bankruptcy

Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists

The Telegraph

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

A conference organised by the Geological Society in London this week will bring together scientists from around the world to look at how the world coped with climate change in the past.  By studying rock sediments from millions of years ago geologists have been able to model how increases in greenhouse gases led to temperature change and extinction of species.  Continue reading Earth will take 100,000 years to recover from global warming say geologists

Brazil Leader’s Chosen Successor Is Elected

New York Times

Dilma Rousseff after voting on Sunday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Neco Varella/EFE, via European Pressphoto Agency

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Former guerrilla leader Dilma Rousseff won Brazil’s presidential election in resounding fashion on Sunday after promising to stick to policies that have lifted millions from poverty and made Brazil one of the world’s hottest economies.  The ruling party’s candidate won 55.96 percent of valid votes compared to 44.04 percent for the opposition’s Jose Serra, with 99 percent of ballots counted. Continue reading Brazil Leader’s Chosen Successor Is Elected

Vegetation loss threatens to push wildlife species into extinction

Daily Nation

By JEFF OTIENO

Part of the Mau Forest in Kiptunga, Molo, where Prime Minister Raila Odinga led a tree planting exercise on January 16. Destruction of vegetation cover for settlement has led to declining numbers of wildlife in the country. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

Before the Mau forestland rush, the dark- green rain forest was a showcase for the diversity of life. There was hardly a break in the canopy of giant trees, and virtually every acre was alive with all kinds of flora and fauna.   Then, in the mid-1980s came a horde of settlers, both legal and illegal, slashing and burning huge swathes of the forest to create land for farms and infrastructure. They came to enjoy a promised land, full of milk and honey, but in essence produced a trail of devastation. Continue reading Vegetation loss threatens to push wildlife species into extinction