5 Black Women Have Been Found Dead in Jail in the Last Month...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Civil Liberties With Sandra Bland’s death, is the conversation finally shifting? By Terrell Jermaine Starr / AlterNet Officials found 44-year-old Raynetta Turner dead in a Mt. Vernon jail cell in New York State Monday morning, making her the fifth black woman to die in jail—that we know of—this month. ABC news affiliate Channel 7 reports that Turner was arrested on a shoplifting charge Saturday and taken to a local hospital after notifying officials of various health issues. She was returned to her cell Sunday and fingerprinted at 2am Monday. She was found unresponsive in her cell at 2pm that day. Turner’s death is under investigation. “All I know is my wife is dead and no one is saying anything,” said Herman Turner, Raynetta’s husband. Four other black women have been found dead in...

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Alec Baldwin: I’d ‘Love to See Trump Win’ (VIDEO)...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The actor told Howard Stern this week that Trump is “exactly” what Americans deserve . By Colin Gorenstein / Salon  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: via YouTube Perpetually perturbed actor-producer Alec Baldwin sat down with Howard Stern Tuesday to formally announce his endorsement of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Or, rather, to formally announce that the entire political system is broken. Asked what his thoughts were on the business magnate and vibrant Twitter personality, Baldwin said that, if Trump snags the nomination — or worse, wins the entire presidency — it will be  “exactly what we deserve right now with the system we have.” The “system,” Baldwin went on to explain, is one that is entirely run on money. “All of them across the board are owned by somebody,” he said, pointing the finger back at Democrats. “You’ve got to...

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AGAVE, THE PLANT THAT GETS YOU DRUNK OFF TEQUILA, COULD ALSO HELP DROUGHT-PROOF OUR FOOD SYSTEM...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock just give it a shot By Grist staff The humble cactus! Wellspring of tequila, source of nopales tacos, and … our ticket out of fuel and food insecurity? The secret sauce of these succulents is a nifty photosynthesis process unique to species like agave, prickly pear cacti, pineapple, and vanilla orchids, known as crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM. Plants that rely on CAM require less water to survive — and scientists are hoping they can learn how to engineer non-CAM plants to have the same water-savvy practices. Climatewire has the story: Re-creating an entire metabolic pathway in a plant is far from a simple task. Once scientists figure out all the genes associated with its basic function, as well as its regulation, they then have to find a way to add that genetic material into the target...

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THESE CARBON-HUNGRY BLOBS COULD HELP FIX OUR OCEANS...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TED / Edith Widder Goo Riddance By Ana Sofia Knauf  GRIST Hey, beachgoers: Have you ever ventured into the ocean on a steaming hot day, eager to splash around in the cold waves, and found yourself entirely surrounded by a bunch of translucent gooey blobs? Have no fear – you’re probably not being swarmed by tiny jellyfish or swimming in the remnants of a sea turtle’s messy meal. In fact, you most likely found some harmless salps, which are washing up along the coastal United States, National Geographic reports. Salps are barrel-shaped ocean invertebrates that belong to a group called tunicates, and they also feel extremely gross against your legs. But you’ll just have to deal with that squishy sensation, because salps are also tiny climate-change fighters! National Geographic has the details: Salps’ cloning tendencies also let them take advantage of algae blooms....

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FISH FARMING BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock   By Amelia Urry   GRIST Aquaculture is booming: As of 2012, we produce more farmed fish than beef worldwide, some 66 million tons. And while fish farming has a bad reputation, the mangrove-plowing, antibiotic-dosing, overcrowded and under-regulated shrimp- and salmon-farms of the 1980s are — like Members Only jackets and crimped hair — largely relics of those times, with a few heinous exceptions. The New Aquaculture(TM) is sleek and clean, with always-advancing science and technology on hand to help producers keep an eye on sustainability, as well as the bottom line. And it’s working: According to a report from U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization, aquaculture will grow by 50 percent over the next 15 years, while fisheries will probably only grow by a couple billion tons. That means, by 2030, we will...

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PROTESTERS FORM HUMAN CURTAIN TO BLOCK ARCTIC-BOUND SHELL OIL ICEBREAKER...

Jul 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace activists dangle from a Portland, Oregon, bridge in a bid to derail plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. Activists opposed to Arctic oil drilling blocked an icebreaker’s route out of Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. (Photo: Courtesy Steve Dipaola/Greenpeace) Jul 29, 2015 Emily J. Gertz is TakePart’s associate editor for environment and wildlife. Bio Just before 3 a.m. PT on Wednesday, 13 protesters dropped climbing ropes over the side of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Then they launched themselves into space, descending the ropes until they were dangling about 100 feet above the darkened nighttime waters of the Willamette River. KPTV – FOX 12 The result was a “human curtain” that a coalition of groups—including Greenpeace, Rising Tide, Climate Action Coalition, and 350 PDX—hope will block...

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Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander  LIFE EDITED Architecture Anyone Up for a Trip to Iceland? A reader sent me this Airbnb listing featuring three identical tiny cabins available to rent out. Located in the roaring metropolis of Sunnuhlíð, Iceland, these tiny houses look like the perfect place to read, use as a launching pad for sheep shearing tours, and staring out into the distance. HT to...

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THE FED JUST INCHED CLOSER TO RAISING INTEREST RATES...

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[Translate]   The announcement alarmed left-leaning activists concerned about slow wage growth. Daniel Marans Reporter, The Huffington Post   The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it will keep interest rates at or near zero for now, but implied it would soon raise them, alarming left-leaning activists and economists concerned about stagnant wages. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), which is the central bank’s body responsible for managing key interest rates, said in a statement that its decision was based on the conclusion that interest rates of zero to 0.25 percent — known as the “zero lower bound” — were still needed to “support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability.” The statement refers to the Fed’s dual mandate to both pursue full employment and keep inflation low through its control of the...

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ON GREEN ENERGY, ETHIOPIA LEAVES U.S. IN THE DUST...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Juan Cole   TRUTHDIG   President Obama waits to deliver a speech to the African Union on Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Evan Vucci / AP) President Obama’s state visit to Kenya and Ethiopia has involved a good deal of scolding of those countries by Western pundits. On some matters, the chiding should go in the other direction. On the issues of green energy and climate change, Ethiopia has announced initiatives that put the United States to shame. The U.S. commits an annual crime against the earth by emitting 5.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, whereas these African countries live cleanly in this regard. They are intent on growing economically in an environmentally friendly way. On the most important environmental and economic issue of our day, the U.S. is an unrepentant...

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NORWAY PUMPS UP ‘GREEN BATTERY’ PLAN FOR EUROPE...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Paul Brown, Climate News Network     Dams create huge reservoirs for hydropower plants in Norway. (Statkraft via Flickr) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Norway is hoping to become the “green battery of Europe” by using its hydropower plants to provide instant extra electricity if production from wind and solar power sources in other countries fade. Without building any new power stations, engineers believe they could use the existing network to instantly boost European supplies and avoid other countries having to switch on fossil fuel plants to make up shortfalls. Norway has 937 hydropower plants, which provide 96% of its electricity, making it the sixth largest hydropower producer in the world—despite having a population of only five million. Europe already has 400 million people in 24...

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THIS SKYSCRAPER OF THE FUTURE WILL CONTAIN A DESERT, JUNGLE AND GLACIER...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Basically, a true secret garden for the 21st century. Priscilla Frank Arts Writer, The Huffington Post   “I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one,” Mexican architect Luis Barragan once said. We doubt, however, that even Barragan could possibly have predicted his poetic words would one day manifest themselves so literally. Poland-based urban architecture collective BOMP has crafted a futuristic vision for the next generation of skyscrapers, one that merges the classic symbol of urban power with the boundless forces of nature. Architects Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan and Jakub Pudo are the minds behind ESSENCE, a skyscraper comprised of 11 natural landscapes including the likes of a desert, a jungle and a glacier. The bold concept recently took home first prize at eVolo’s 2015 Skyscraper Competition, a contest based...

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‘UNUSUALLY LARGE’ OIL SLICK OFF CALIFORNIA COAST SPOTTED NEAR SITE OF MAY SPILL...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Firefighters responded to reports of smell of oil off Goleta pier Seepage in Santa Barbara Channel is normal but origin of slick unknown A sample of oil scraped off the side of a kayak after two kayakers encountered a large oil sheen and called the Santa Barbara County fire department to investigate. Photograph: Mike Eliason/AP Associated Press in Goleta, California   A large oil slick mysteriously appeared on Wednesday off the southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May. The sheen was initially reported as about 50-60ft wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said coast guard petty officer Andrea Anderson. But county fire captain Dave Zaniboni said it was “very large” and...

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THE SCIENCE OF WHY YOU ARE SO UPSET ABOUT CECIL THE LION...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Judd Legum CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP   The brutal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist has been met with a torrent of anger worldwide. Many celebrities, including Judd Apatow, Mayim Bialik, Olivia Wilde, and Ricky Gervais, have weighed in to express their disgust. The deceased lion was trending on Twitter. In a now-viral video of Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was so upset he nearly broke down in tears. Intuitively, the uproar over the lion’s murder makes sense. The story is awful. But it does raise a tricky question: Why, exactly, are people so upset about the death of this specific animal? To answer this question, ThinkProgress consulted Ernest Small, a Ph.D with the Canadian government...

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SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES STRIKES OKLAHOMA NEAR WASTEWATER DISPOSAL WELLS...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari Phillips CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Two relatively large earthquakes struck northwest of Oklahoma City midday on Monday within a span of about 20 minutes. The 4.0 magnitude and 4.5 magnitude quakes were accompanied by another 4.1 quake about seven hours later around 8:20 p.m. Two more smaller earthquakes also rattled the region throughout the day. The largest ever earthquake in Oklahoma was a 5.6-magnitude jolt in 2011. While there were no reports of damage due to Monday’s quakes, they could be felt as far across five states — Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas — according to the Weather Channel. The high level of seismic activity, especially in these closely linked swarms, follows a recent trend in fossil fuel-rich Oklahoma in which a dramatic spike in quakes has been tied...

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Noam Chomsky: ‘What Exactly Is the Threat of Iran?’ – Video...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] News & Politics Chomsky challenges all the big assumptions and myths around this deal. Al Jazeera America  via ALTERNET Interviewed by Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America about the Iran deal, Noam Chomsky asks, “The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?”...

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PROBLEM SOLVING ARCHITECTS GIVE VENETIAN APARTMENT A FLOOD-PROOF UPGRADE...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT     <p>Your browser does not support iframes.</p> The ground floor of the apartment spans 40 square meters, which could easily be damaged should the canal waters creep inside. The team of designers, comprised of Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, and Erika Gaggia, evaluated sea level data from 1870 to 2000 and calculated the need for the concrete structure to rise 160 centimeters above its current level to protect the home’s interior.   The ground floor of the apartment spans 40 square meters, which could easily be damaged should the canal waters creep inside. The team of designers, comprised of Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, and Erika Gaggia, evaluated sea level data from 1870 to 2000 and calculated the need for the concrete structure to rise 160 centimeters above its current level...

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THE CHICAGO BUNGALOW

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED Architecture In the early part of the 20th Century, the United States experienced a surge of housing demand from upwardly mobile first and second generation immigrants. Fueled by incomes that exceeded their previous subsistence levels, these people were after something more comfortable than their previous cramped urban quarters. At this point in history, cars hadn’t quite hit saturation levels (in 1930 there were 2 : 10 cars/people versus 8 : 10 today). As such, these new, comfortable homes had to be densely laid out so people could get to work via bus and streetcars. One supply solution to this demand came in the form of the Chicago Bungalow–a modest, solidly-built, densely laid out single family house that spread throughout the midwestern city’s borders. Between 1910-1940, 80K bungalows were constructed in...

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MUSK, WOZNIAK AND HAWKING URGE BAN ON WARFARE AI AND AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] More than 1,000 experts and leading robotics researchers sign open letter warning of military artificial intelligence arms race terminator Over 1,000 leading experts in artificial intelligence have signed an open letter calling for a ban on military AI development and autonomous weapons, as depicted within the Terminator sci-fi franchise. Photograph: Moviestore/REX Shutterstock/Moviestore/REX Shutterstock   Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” and calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”. The letter, presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was signed by Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis and professor Stephen Hawking along with 1,000 AI and robotics researchers. The letter states: “AI technology has...

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HILLARY CLINTON REFUSES TO TAKE A POSITION ON KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian Candidate tells New Hampshire crowd she will not ‘second-guess’ Obama’s pending decision, citing conflict of interest from her tenure at State Department Clinton takes a question on the pipeline.   Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes president, citing her work on the issue as secretary of state. Analysis Is Hillary Clinton’s ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch – for renewables to provide 33% of the nation’s electricity by 2027 – is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution Clinton told voters in New Hampshire on Tuesday that she will not “second-guess” Barack Obama’s pending decision on the pipeline. She said that would not be the “right...

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS INVITE ARCHITECT OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OVER FOR ADVICE...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]  by Alan Pyke THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/L.M. Otero Former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) with his wife and their son in 1996   Five years after the passage of a sweeping Wall Street reform package in the wake of the worst financial crisis in generations, lawmakers opposed to strict government policing of the financial industry are inviting two prominent deregulators back to the scene of the crime. When the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) hears from former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) and longtime conservative analyst Peter Wallison on Tuesday, the pair will have their laissez-faire perspectives on the money business elevated once again. Gramm will blast Dodd-Frank’s reforms as not just “shackling economic growth” but “imperiling our freedom,” according to a draft copy of his prepared testimony. Gramm’s central theme is the idea...

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OBAMA PROPOSES SWEEPING BAN ON U.S. IVORY SALES...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha GeilingCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   During a visit to Kenya on Saturday, President Obama announced sweeping bans to the United States’ ivory trade in the hopes of protecting the increasingly endangered African elephant. Created in response to what the Fish and Wildlife Service called “the alarming rise in poaching of the [African elephant] to fuel the growing illegal trade in ivory,” the new proposed measures ban the sale of ivory across state lines — with specific, limited exceptions for certain pre-existing items like musical instruments or furniture — and further restrict commercial exports. Prior to Saturday’s announcement, ivory regulations in the United States have mostly targeted commercial import and export of the material. Legal ivory — found in various antique items or imported to the United States before 1990 and obtained...

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JAMES HANSEN SPELLS OUT CLIMATE DANGER OF THE “HYPER-ANTHROPOCENE” AGE...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP/Dennis Cook   James Hansen and 16 leading climate experts have written a must-read discussion paper on what humanity risks if it can’t keep total global warming below 2°C (3.6°F). The greatest risk they identify is “that multi-meter sea level rise would become practically unavoidable.” This is warning everyone should heed — not just because Hansen’s co-authors include some of the world’s top sea-level rise experts, such as Eric Rignot and Isabella Velicogna, but also given Hansen’s prescience on climate change dating back more than three decades. In 1981, Hansen led a team of NASA scientists in a seminal article in Science, “Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide.” They warned: “Potential effects on climate in the 21st century include the creation of drought-prone regions in North...

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ONE SIMPLE CHART EXPLAINS THE CLIMATE PLANS OF HILLARY CLINTON AND BERNIE SANDERS...

Jul 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photos/CHARLIE NEIBERGALL/DENNIS VAN TIN From left to right: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). All three have different plans to fight climate change if elected to the presidency.   When Hillary Clinton released a fact sheet detailing her plan to fight climate change on Sunday night, her presidential campaign characterized it as “bold.” Indeed, the goals outlined in the plan are significant — a 700 percent increase in solar installations by the end of her first term, and enough renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years. But not everyone thought Clinton’s plan was as bold as her campaign made it out to be. That seemingly included the campaign of her Democratic...

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WE MIGHT AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE WITH THIS ONE RADICAL CHOICE...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says. (Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters) TAKE PART BY Emily J. Gertz   We have about a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising dangerously higher than those of preindustrial times—if we leave most of the world’s remaining supply of oil, gas, and coal unearthed and unburned between now and 2050, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. Globally, about one-third of oil deposits must enter the no-burning zone, along with 88 percent of known and mineable coal supplies and about half the world’s unused natural gas. Advertisemen It adds up to about $6 trillion worth of fossil fuels, suggesting a revolutionary shake-up of the global financial and energy economies. Among them,...

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WAVING, NOT DROWNING: HOW SOME CORAL REEFS WILL SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Now, a new study offers hope that some coral reefs will survive rising temperatures and oceans. As water temperatures increase and the oceans become more acidic, coral reefs around the world are dying. Others face death by drowning as sea levels rise. But scientists studying coral reefs surrounding Palau, an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean, have found that they are managing to grow at a rate that keeps pace with sea-level rise. As long as sea-level and temperature increases remain moderate, the coral reefs, also called micro atolls, are likely to survive until the end of the 21st century, the researchers concluded. So, Why Should You Care? The oceans are absorbing growing amounts of carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels, and the resulting acidification could cost the global economy $1 trillion a year by...

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DESIGNING OUTDOOR PUBLIC SPACES IS VITAL TO THE FUTURE OF OUR CITIES...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Metropolis Magazine The vice president of design and marketing at Landscape Forms calls on the outdoor-furniture industry to build the collaborations that will shape the metropolitan experiences of tomorrow. Kirt Martin The MultipliCITY collection designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject Images courtesy Landscape Forms All of us treasure our time in outdoor spaces. So why do we devote so little of our attention to their design? As a designer in the site-furniture industry, I am always curious about the value people place on the outdoors. I like to ask people I meet to describe a great city like New York, Chicago, or Paris and what they most remember about being there. Or I ask them, if they won $25,000 to spend on a dream vacation, where they would go and what they would do....

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SAVING LIVES WITH SMART URBAN DESIGN...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Liz Camuti Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. Traffic-related incidents are the eighth-leading cause of death worldwide, and the number-one leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15-29. A response to the United Nations’ declaration to create a “Decade of Action” on improving traffic safety, Cities Safer by Design, a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, offers urban design best practices and real-world case studies both developed and developing world cities can use to put an end to traffic deaths and injuries. Cities Safer by Design presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments: block size, connectivity, lane...

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DETROIT IS GROUND ZERO IN THE NEW FIGHT FOR WATER RIGHTS...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Detroit Water Crisis illustration (Illustration by Curt Merlo) As many as 25,000 families are at risk of having their water shut off. These activists are fighting back. By Laura Gottesdiener   THE NATION     As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive innovation. Cities Rising is The Nation’s chronicle of those urban experiments. * * * On the morning of July 3, as dozens of people flocked to the center of Detroit to begin a seven-day, 70-mile walk from the Motor City to Flint, Michigan, Mona Stonefish, an indigenous elder with gray-streaked hair, blessed the group with the...

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FROM OPIUM WARS TO DARWIN’S FINCHES: A BRIEF HISTORY OF GREAT BRITAIN...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] History has shown us time and time again that we are only human. By Eduardo Galeano   THE NATION 1886 Map of the British Empire (Photo Courtesy of The British Library) EDITOR’S NOTE: The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books). Origin of Freedom of Oppression Opium was outlawed in China. British merchants smuggled it in from India. Their diligent efforts led to a surge in the number of Chinese dependent on the mother of heroin and morphine, who charmed them with false happiness and ruined their lives. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates fromTomDispatch.com. The smugglers were fed up with the hindrances they faced at the hands of Chinese authorities. Developing...

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An Epic Earthquake Is Predicted to Hit the Pacific Northwest — and It’s Totally Terrifying...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The “mother of all earthquake faults” is overdue for a megaquake. By Julia Troute / Environmental Protection   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: isoga/Shutterstock.com In late 2004, an undersea megathrust earthquake occurred off the west coast of Indonesia when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis along most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean. The earthquake and subsequent tsunamis killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries, plowing through coastal communities with waves up to 100 feet high. With a magnitude of 9.1–9.3, it was the third-largest earthquake ever recorded. In 2011, another undersea megathrust earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, producing powerful tsunami waves that reached over 130 feet. With a magnitude of 9.0, the earthquake and tsunami that followed caused 15,891 confirmed deaths, 6,152 injuries, and left...

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