Eco-News Roundup: Friday November 5

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Posts on health, the environment, and climate from our other blogs.

No Fun Zone: San Francisco bans including toys with high-calorie, high-fat foods like Happy Meals.

Political Climate: Why climate scientists can’t ignore politics, even if they want to.

In the Black: Even after paying for the Gulf spill, BP still posted a profit.

Ivory Towers: An academic breaks rank, calling for more climate scientist accountability.

Bad to the Bone: US health care is expensive, but at least it works… right?

Unhealthy End: Bad news for Democrats who supported health reform at the last moment.

Obamacare Scare: A scary cartoon about Obamacare, with animation.

 

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

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It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

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Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

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