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.
In April 2014, the Parr family was awarded $2.95 million in a lawsuit alleging that environmental contamination from nearby Aruba Petroleum’s hydraulic fracturing (gas fracking) sites in Wise County, Texas, sickened them and killed their livestock. Residents in Minisink, New York claimed to suffer from ailments similar to the Texas family. Such ailments included acute […]
In light of a growing population, climate change, and projected long-term water shortages, many cities are being forced to rethink water use. The city of Los Angeles currently imports more than 85 percent of its water, and yet every year LA drains billions of gallons of rainwater straight into the ocean. What if they valued […]
Most Americans are unaware of the factors driving political and social instability in Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allowed Mexico to be flooded with cheap American-farmed corn, which drove the price of corn down dramatically and eventually led Mexican corn farmers into a loss of livelihood. This further impacted related service industries […]
Research teams from the University of the West of England, University of Bristol, and activists from Oxfam have collaborated to make a prototype toilet that generates electricity from urine using microbial fuel cells (MFC). Designers hope to use the toilet in disaster zones where it is a challenge to illuminate inaccessible areas away from a […]
Fracking or natural gas production is as controversial as it is a boom in U. S. energy production. In July, 2014, injection disposal wells in central California were shut down after almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater laden with toxic materials — arsenic, thallium, and nitrates, all related to natural gas production — […]