Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Sixteen cattle were found dead after apparently ingesting a mysterious fluid next to a natural gas drilling rig in northwestern Louisiana throughout the last week of April 2009. A worker for the Chesapeake Energy Company reported that the gushing green fluids near the rig were being used in hydraulic fracturing, a process used to fragment […]
Over time, Alaska has been affected by global warming through shrinking glaciers, costal erosion, and melting sea ice in the Artic that impacts marine animals and sea life found in these waters. Recently, scientists discovered that Alaska’s waters are becoming less basic and more acidic as a result of global warming. Increased levels of carbon […]
Millions of pounds of toxic chemicals and millions of gallons of polluted water into state water were released as a consequence of frequent accidents at ten of Louisiana’s largest refineries between 2005-2008. According to a report released on December 7, 2009 by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, about one third of the 2,116 accidents occurring in […]
The group behind the creation of High Line Park in New York built all of the seating and decking with wood from the Amazon Rainforests. Ipe, the type of tree being used in the park, only grow around 1 or 2 trees per acre, forcing loggers to tear down paths to cut down these dispersed […]
The World Bank, funded by British taxpayers, has pledged an undisclosed amount of money to fund programs that avoid deforestation in the Amazon. However, it has recently been reported that the World Bank is also funding programs that are promoting the expansion of cattle ranching in the Amazon, which is the second leading cause of […]