Good News Headlines 9/15/15


Court Sides With The Bees, Overturns EPA Approval Of A Pesticide

by Margaret Badore, Treehugger

A federal appeals court has overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, citing the threat to already vulnerable bee populations…  Read more


Former MA State House Staffer First Openly Transgender Official Hired At White House

from Bay Windows/Associated Press

The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan's appointment on Tuesday as an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel…  Read more


Pine Street Inn Receives Award For Community Safety

from South End News

Kevin Smith, Pine Street Inn's Director of Security, was honored with a community service award at Boston's 2015 National Night Out…  Read more


World’s First Solar-Powered Airport Takes Off

by Pramila Krishnan, Climate News Network

The international airport at Cochin in southern India has blazed a pioneering trail by becoming the first to run all its ground operations on solar power…  Read more


Black And Afro-Indigenous Farmers Share 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize

from EcoWatch

In this moment when it is vital to assert that Black lives matter, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance honors Black and Afro-Indigenous farmers, fishermen and stewards of ancestral lands and water…  Read more


Right-To-Die Bill Passes In California

by Mollie Reilly, The Huffington Post

The bill, inspired by Brittany Maynard, passed in the state Senate Friday…  Read more


French Court Finds Monsanto Guilty Of Chemical Poisoning

by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

An appeals court in Lyon, France has upheld a 2012 ruling against Monsanto, in which the agribusiness giant was found guilty of the chemical poisoning a farmer named Paul François…  Read more


New York State Approves $15 Minimum Wage For Fast-Food Workers

from Truthdig

On Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his administration approved legislation that will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour…  Read more


Across Europe, Tens Of Thousands Rally To Welcome Refugees

by Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

Tens of thousands of Europeans took to streets in London and elsewhere across the continent Saturday in a massive demonstration of support and solidarity for those seeking refuge from the war and violence in the Middle East…  Read more


California Becomes First State To Label Monsanto’s Roundup As A Carcinogen

by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

In a first for the country, California’s Environmental Protection Agency has issued plans to list glyphosate—the toxic active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—as known to cause cancer…  Read more


Robotic Limbs Get A Sense Of Touch

by Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American

The U.S. Defense Department’s research division last week issued a press release touting a 28-year-old paralyzed person’s ability to “feel” physical sensations through a prosthetic hand…  Read more


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