Project Censored does a great job of drawing attention to overlooked, but very important, news stories. We've flagged, in bold, items from Project Censored's latest top-25 list that have direct environmental components. (Number one potentially affects the future of TreeHugger so we bolded it as well.) The detailed links under each story from the Project's website are worth your reading time; as would be the Project's book, which covers each story in detail. #1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media; #2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran #3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger; #4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US; #5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo; #6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy; # 7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq; #8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act; #9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall; #10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians; #11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed; #12 Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines; #13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup; #14 Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US; #15 Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner; #16 Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court; #17 Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda; #18 Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story; #19 Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever; #20 Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem; #21 Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers; #22 $Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed; #23 US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe; #24 Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year; #25 US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region.Note: TreeHugger has previously posted on #'s 3, 15, 19, 20, and 23. Number 20 stems from a lifestyle choice we make every day. Number 3, ocean acidification and polymer bit pollution, is linked closely to number 20, in that all those water bottles require fossile fuel combustion to manufacture, cool, and distribute. Subsequently some portion of all empty water bottles turn into flotsam that jams up marine ecosystems. That makes the water bottle a serial killer application. No amount of re-design will hide that 'MO.'
Let us know which of the environmental stories you think we should follow more closely in 2007.
Note: Project Censored 2007 Edition can be ordered direct from the Project's website. Earlier versions are available from Amazon.