Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Lauren McCauley is a staff writer for Common Dreams.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 2:45pm
Amid Gas Drilling Boom, Investigators Warn of Systemic Pipeline Safety Hazards
A day after a pipeline exploded in West Virginia sending flames "hundreds of feet into the air," a new report by federal investigators is raising concern that lax oversight of gas transmission pipelines may increasingly threaten people's lives and property. The study (pdf), issued Tuesday by the...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 12:30pm
Could Drilling Moratorium be 'Nail in Coffin' for Fracking in Scotland?
Citing public health and safety concerns, the Scottish government on Wednesday announced a ban against fracking until "the voices of the communities likely to be most affected are heard." Introduced by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, the new policy places an open-ended moratorium on granting permits...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 1:30pm
US Drone Kills Sixth Grade Boy in Yemen, says Human Rights Group
A sixth grade Yemeni boy was among the three victims killed by a U.S. drone strike on Monday, a human rights group has said. The alleged CIA strike, which marked the first reported U.S. drone strike in Yemen this year, came just two days after U.S. military officials announced that the drone...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 8:45am
Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet
As Nor'easter Juno clobbered much of the northeast United States with heavy snow, surging tides and hurricane-force winds on Tuesday, scientists have been quick to note that such increasingly intense weather patterns are simply part of the "new normal" living on a warmer planet. As of 6:32 AM EST...
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:15pm
Calling TPP a 'Death Pact,' Health Advocates Rally Outside Secretive Trade Talks
Braving snow and blizzard warnings, health, labor and environmental activists rallied outside a New York City hotel on Monday where industry leaders met with international trade representatives to commence the "final negotiations" over the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership . Leading the...
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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:45pm
Obama Move to Protect Arctic Refuge Called 'Step in Right Direction'
In a move many hope will stem Arctic oil drilling and protect some of the country's most pristine landscapes, the White House on Sunday announced a plan to designate large swaths of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness, the highest level of protection available to public lands...
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 11:30am
Blair Shrugs Off Blame for Chaos Fomented by Invasion of Iraq
Speaking at a World Economic Forum panel on religious conflict on Wednesday, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair ducked blame after facing accusations of provoking the current instability in the Middle East. During a panel entitled "Religion: A Pretext for Conflict?" held at the yearly gathering...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 2:45pm
CIA Torture Whistleblower Wants to Know: 'Where's the Prosecution?'
John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent and whistleblower who was jailed for revealing secrets about the CIA torture program, wants to know why there's been no accountability for the brutal crimes now-documented in the Senate Intelligence Committee report. In a phone interview from Loretto Prison in...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 1:00pm
Groups Demand Accountability as BP Faces Final Judgement
Gulf Coast residents and environmentalists demanded accountability on the part of BP as a New Orleans court on Tuesday commenced the penalty phase of the years-long trial for the worst environmental disaster in the nation's history. The oil giant faces up to $14 billion in fines for the "gross...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 9:15am
With MLK Day Blockade, Seneca Lake Protesters Declare: 'We Are Planting Our Flag'
"Clean Air and Clean Water are Civil Rights," was the message as dozens of protesters, taking up the call for civil disobedience in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, continued their months-long blockade of a natural gas facility near the shores of Seneca Lake in upstate New York...
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