- In a disappointing milestone, measurements taken at an observatory in Hawaii indicate a consistent concentration of 400 parts per million of carbon in the atmosphere. Scientists say that at no point in the last 3 million years has the atmospheric concentration been so high. Carbon dioxide is heat-trapping gas that contributes to global climate change. Climate change means regular extreme weather, the rise of sea-levels, as well as stresses on agriculture and water supplies.
- The government of Bangladesh has eased restrictions on trade unions, following the public outcry over the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse near Dhaka, which last month killed over 1,000 people. The move will allow the country’s 4 million garment workers to unionize. This weekend, the government also raised the minimum wage for garment workers. Wal-Mart’s got to be pissed, right?
- Gunmen opened fire on a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans yesterday, injuring 19 people, including two children.
- Yesterday marked the anniversary of the Philadelphia police’s 1985 bombing of the MOVE headquarters, which resulted in the death of 6 adults and 5 children. The resulting fire from the blast destroyed 61 surrounding homes, making 250 people homeless.