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Temperatures are higher in Australia than the global average, and although half the country is experiencing a severe drought, the other half has already accumulated a year's worth of rainfall.  Additionally, 15 out of 20 of Australia's hottest years have occurred since 1980.

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) attributes the drought to natural climate variability

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Food, Inc.
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Are you curious about where your food comes from?


MANOHLA DARGIS of the NY Times writes: "Forget buckets of blood. Nothing says horror like one of those tubs of artificially buttered, nonorganic popcorn at the concession stand. That, at least, is one of the unappetizing lessons to draw from one of the scariest movies of the year, “Food, Inc.,” an informative, often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy."

 
The Real Victor in Iraq: Monsanto
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   

Five years of occupation, more than $558 billion spent, 4,182 U.S. soldiers and 655,000 Iraqi civilians dead, and it now looks like Monsanto (NYSE.MON - $71.95) is going to be the real victor in Iraq thanks to a postwar document known as Order 81.

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I Can Live with Peak Oil, but Peak Coffee is a Dealbreaker
Written by Jeanne Roberts   
News from Green Options Media via the blogspot EcoWorldly suggests that coffee addicts in Western nations may soon face shortages.
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In a Warming World Coastal Forests Are the Only Defense
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   
As the world warms and oceans rise, coastal forests of mangrove, beach grasses, tupelo and bald cypress help protect coastlines from the ravages of hurricanes and typhoons.
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FDA Approvals and What They Mean to You
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Written by Jeanne Roberts   

FDA Approvals and What They Mean to You
Photo: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, Creative Commons, Flickr
I recently wrote an article on a Supreme Court ruling that limits the ability of patients to sue over defective medical devices if the item has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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