Brad Jacobson

Why We Should Be Afraid of Corporations Patenting Human Genes and Tissues

Editor's note: This interview was conducted in November 2011.

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The Battle Over True Energy Independence Heats Up

Recent news reports revealed global investment in renewable energy slowed over the last two years. Yet beneath these gloomy headlines, the cost of renewable technologies continued to plummet and capacity saw exponential growth over that same period. As a consequence, more and more Americans are relying on distributed, or decentralized, energy such as solar or wind to power their homes and businesses and have happily watched their electricity bills dwindle.

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How Shockingly Little We Know About How Oil Spills Affect Our Health

More than 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines currently snake through the U.S., overseen by only 135 inspectors from the Transportation Department’s regulatory agency—a safety system the top pipeline safety official recently described as “kind of dying.” That’s particularly alarming considering plans for new pipelines such as the Keystone XL, which, if approved, will increase the mileage of oil-bearing pipes in the U.S. by 1,700 miles and carry millions of gallons of particularly toxic tar sands oil right through the heartland of America. A spate of U.S. pipeline ruptures in recent years underscores how ill-prepared we are to address the health needs of residents following oil spills, and how poorly we document the health impacts so as to develop better responses to future spills.

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What the Cellphone Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Radiation Concerns

In her 2011 book Disconnect, National Book Award finalist, former senior White House health advisor and internationally regarded epidemiologist Devra Davis revealed that the cellphone industry is knowingly exposing us to dangerous levels of electromagnetic radiation. No small problem when you consider that of the roughly 7 billion people on this planet, about 6 billion of us now use mobile phones.

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Is Natural Gas the Next Bubble ? Has Fracking Promised More Than It Can Deliver?

This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.

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Conservative Folly: How the Right's War on Renewable Energy Could Doom Red States

This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.

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Whistleblower: 6 Ways Romney's Healthcare Proposals Enrich Insurance Companies and Sicken Americans

Our nation's healthcare system greatly impacts Americans' lives and livelihoods as well as the health of our overall economy. Yet Mitt Romney's healthcare proposals have received little substantive scrutiny in the media, especially during the presidential debates. He's promised to begin the process of repealing President Obama's Affordable Care Act "on day one," but what exactly would a President Romney replace it with?

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The Worst Yet to Come? Why Nuclear Experts Are Calling Fukushima a Ticking Time-Bomb

More than a year after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the Japanese government, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) present similar assurances of the site's current state: challenges remain but everything is under control. The worst is over.

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The Truth Behind Why High Calorie Chef Paula Deen Is Pushing Diabetes Drug

When saturated-fat-slinging Food Network star Paula Deen publicly revealed she'd hid her Type 2 diabetes for three years, then simultaneously announced she was endorsing pharmaceutical giant Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug Victoza, public cries of "hypocrite" and "opportunist" expectedly followed.

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