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npr:

Indian School Deaths: A Village’s Pain Compounded By Poverty

Above: Chandra Devi lost two of her children last week when they consumed a free school lunch in Gandaman village, India. They were among 23 children who died in the tragedy.

Below: The empty classroom where the students were served meals tainted with pesticide.

"We are small people. What can we really do about this?" asks Surendra Prasad, perched on the steps outside the Patna Medical College and Hospital in the state capital of Bihar in eastern India.

Inside, two of his young children are recovering in the intensive care unit. His wife has also been admitted, in shock after another child, their 10-year-old daughter, Mamta, died along with 22 other children who ate a free school midday meal in their village last Tuesday. Authorities say the food was tainted with high concentrations of toxic insecticide.

Mamta’s grandmother breaks down describing how the little girl slipped away.

"She was saying to me, ‘Don’t worry — everything will be all right,’ then suddenly she died," says the elderly woman, her face etched in grief.

Read the rest of the story on NPR’s Parallels blog.

(Photos: Anoo Bhuyan/NPR)

reuters:

People take part in a group yoga practice on the morning of the summer solstice in New York’s Times Square, June 21, 2013. The “Solstice in Times Square” event on Friday brought out thousands of participants to celebrate the year’s longest day in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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People take part in a group yoga practice on the morning of the summer solstice in New York’s Times Square, June 21, 2013. The “Solstice in Times Square” event on Friday brought out thousands of participants to celebrate the year’s longest day in New York. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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emergentfutures:

Green Mountain College to Divest From Fossil Fuels
 
Kudos to Green Mountain College for its announcement this week that it is committing to divest its $3.1 million endowment from companies profiting from fossil fuels. GMC is the fifth college nationwide and the second in Vermont to commit to divestment as part of a nationwide campaign that has spread to over 300 colleges and universities and more than 100 cities and states across the country.
 
Full Story: The Nation

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emergentfutures:

Green Mountain College to Divest From Fossil Fuels


 

Kudos to Green Mountain College for its announcement this week that it is committing to divest its $3.1 million endowment from companies profiting from fossil fuels. GMC is the fifth college nationwide and the second in Vermont to commit to divestment as part of a nationwide campaign that has spread to over 300 colleges and universities and more than 100 cities and states across the country.


 

Full Story: The Nation

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emergentfutures:

Sugar is behind global explosion in type 2 diabetes, study finds


Researchers say link between consumption of sugar and diabetes is independent from obesity

Full Story: Guardian

Diabeetus

emergentfutures:

Sugar is behind global explosion in type 2 diabetes, study finds

Researchers say link between consumption of sugar and diabetes is independent from obesity

Full Story: Guardian

Diabeetus