Below are Ring of Fire’s top stories from the past week.

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Scientists Warn, Last Time CO2 Levels This High, Seas Rose 65 Feet

A study published in Nature Geoscience on the similarities between the Pliocene Epoch and today’s temperature, CO2 concentration, and sea level rise, may provide evidence of the impending fate of low-lying states like Florida and Louisiana. … Read more.


Corporate Interests Killed Detroit

It wasn’t quite a bad national economy or even the Detroit municipal pension program that threw the Motor City into bankruptcy, it was right-wing, pro-corporate fiscal policy that did it. So of course the right-wingers want to make it seem like it wasn’t their fault. … Read more.


Lipitor Linked to Development of Type-2 Diabetes

Women taking Lipitor have an increased risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) has been widely prescribed to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure since 1996. More than 29 million people in the United States have been prescribed the drug, according to Pfizer’s website. … Read more.

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Blowout in Gulf of Mexico Causes Second Natural Gas Leak This Month

Another blowout occurred on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, just 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The Associated Press reports that natural gas flowed uncontrolled from the well and 44 workers were evacuated from the drilling rig, but no injuries were reported. The well continued to burn on Wednesday, after it caught fire following the blowout. … Read more.


Wall Street Defends Greedy Use of 401k Investments

Financial firms like TD Ameritrade Fidelity, and New York Mellon Corporation, among many others, have been operating under the guise of being a fiduciary, but have instead been taking advantage of retirement investors. They are making a killing off of investors by knowingly pushing them into bad 401k investments peppered with ridiculous fees. … Read more.

Joshua is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire.