5 Right-Wing Outrages This Week: Trump Tries to Break His Own Record for Awfulness...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tea Party and the Right It was a bravado performance of hateful behavior. By Janet Allon / AlterNet Quite a week from America’s rabid right. After all these months of hateful bombast, the Donald is losing his ability to shock. Of course he bashes suffering Syrian refugees. Of course he says blatantly Islamophobic things. Of course he says a black protester deserves to be roughed up. Of course he backs the idea of a database of Muslims and fails to recognize the historical parallel with Nazism. Of course he falsely claims thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were cheering 9/11; he watched them do it, it must be true. He has the world’s greatest memory, numero uno; no matter how much actual evidence is presented to the contrary, the Donald is never wrong...

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Naomi Klein: Now Marches Are Banned at the Paris Climate Conference – What’s at Stake...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Hollande is silencing those facing the worst impacts of climate change and its monstrous violence. By Naomi Klein / The Guardian   VIA ALTERNET ‘The one that preoccupies me most is that core question of whose security is ultimately valued in our lopsided world.’ Photo Credit: Andrzej Krauze Whose security gets protected by any means necessary? Whose security is casually sacrificed, despite the means to do so much better? Those are the questions at the heart of the climate crisis, and the answers are the reason climate summits so often end in acrimony and tears. The French government’s decision to ban protests, marches and other “outdoor activities” during the Paris climate summit is disturbing on many levels. The one that preoccupies me most has to do with the way it reflects the fundamental inequity...

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France Uses Emergency Laws to Put Climate Activists Under House Arrest for Planning to Protest...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organizing protests during climate talks next week. By Arthur Neslen / The Guardian  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Oxfam International At least 24 climate activists have been put under house arrest by French police, accused of flouting a ban on organising protests during next week’s Paris climate summit, the Guardian has learned. One legal adviser to the activists said many officers raided his Paris apartment and occupied three floors and a staircase in his block. French authorities did not respond to requests for comment but lawyers said that the warrants were issued under state of emergency laws, imposed after the terror attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month. The author and climate change campaigner, Naomi Klein, accused French authorities of “a gross abuse of power...

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AUDIO: Robert Scheer Hosts Dennis Kucinich—an Unpredictable American Original...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]       Former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0) Read the transcript below. In the third episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer’s new KCRW podcast, eight-term Ohio congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich raps about the underbelly of U.S. politics going back to his days as Cleveland’s “boy mayor” in the late 1970s. Scheer and Kucinich recount how their early interview in Playboy magazine—which both admit may have cost Kucinich a mayoral re-election—led to a long friendship. In an illustration of how strange the political realm can be, Kucinich tells how former Republican Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, tried unsuccessfully to aid him when Ohio Democrats “working on behalf of certain interests” redrew the lines of his district to ensure his congressional defeat in...

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EDWARD SNOWDEN MEETS ARUNDHATI ROY AND JOHN CUSACK: ‘HE WAS SMALL AND LITHE, LIKE A HOUSE CAT’...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN The Indian novelist recalls an extraordinary encounter in a Moscow hotel with the NSA whistleblower Arundhati Roy with Edward Snowden and John Cusack. Photograph: Ole Von Vexhull Arundhati Roy     The Moscow Un-Summit wasn’t a formal interview. Nor was it a cloak-and-dagger underground rendezvous. The upshot is that John Cusack, Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war) and I didn’t get the cautious, diplomatic, regulation Edward Snowden. The downshot (that isn’t a word, I know) is that the jokes, the humour and repartee that took place in Room 1001 cannot be reproduced. The Un-Summit cannot be written about in the detail that it deserves. Yet it definitely cannot not be written about. Because it did happen. And because the world is a millipede that inches forward...

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RENEWABLES ARE CHANGING THE CLIMATE NARRATIVE FROM SACRIFICE TO OPPORTUNITY...

Nov 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN Oil-rich countries are choosing renewables as a means to create jobs, boost GDP and improve livelihoods – as well as reduce emissions The solar plant Shams 1 in the desert of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Dramatically falling solar PV costs and visionary commitments by governments in the Middle East and North Africa are changing the economic equation of renewables. Photograph: Xinhua/Xinhua Press/Corbis Adnan Z. Amin The author is Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency     Accelerating signs of climate change and rising global temperatures are perhaps more pressing here in the Middle East, where the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) is headquartered, than anywhere else on the planet. Record-breaking temperatures made global headlines this year and a recent scientific study predicts the region will face heatwaves “beyond...

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CONTAMINATING OUR BODIES WITH EVERYDAY PRODUCTS...

Nov 28, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] NYTIMES NICHOLAS KRISTOFF Activists in Paris protest the use in common household products linked to endocrine disruption in March 2014. Credit Bertrand Guay/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images breast and prostate cancer, genital deformities, obesity, diabetes and infertility.   “Widespread exposure to toxic environmental chemicals threatens healthy human reproduction,” the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics warned in a landmark statement last month. The warnings are a reminder that the chemical industry has inherited the mantle of Big Tobacco, minimizing science and resisting regulation in ways that cause devastating harm to unsuspecting citizens. In the 1950s, researchers were finding that cigarettes caused cancer, but the political system lagged in responding. Now the same thing is happening with toxic chemicals. The gynecology federation’s focus is on endocrine disrupters, chemicals that imitate sex hormones and often...

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BRAD PITT’S MAKE IT RIGHT DELIVERS FIRST 3 LEED PLATINUM HOMES TO FORT PECK INDIAN RESERVATION...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT Architecture by Lidija Grozdanic The first three homes designed by Brad Pitt’s nonprofit Make It Right  and five architecture studios and builders were just delivered to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Make It Right plans to build a total of 20 Cradle to Cradle-inspired, LEED Platinum homes for tribe members in need of affordable housing. The first projects to get built are pitch-roofed LivingHomes C6Ps, the first Energy Star-certified production homes with a LEED Platinum level environmental program and Cradle to Cradle inspired products. Make It Right partnered with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana to build sustainable homes on their reservation. The nonprofit pledged to build 20 Cradle to Cradle-inspired, LEED Platinum homes and developed a master plan for the entire reservation, which covers thousands of acres and is...

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HOW DO WE CREATE HEALING SPACES?...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Point of View /METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Nikos A. Salingaros A traditional courtyard is full of overlapping living patterns. Those combined give the subliminal message: “Linger here for pure enjoyment, and use this setting to catalyze interactions with other living beings.” Drawing by Nikos A. Salingaros An environment that embodies living structure allows us to live life fully. We are encouraged, not inhibited by architecture. Freed from anxiety and feelings of unease induced by hostile buildings, spaces, and surfaces, positive our emotions blossom in our subconscious. A building designed with sufficient attention paid to the natural rhythms of human neurobiology can result in conscious joy. Think of how the tectonics of the human body, our physical appearance, can trigger sexual excitement — or not. There are many examples of how physical form, properly attuned to natural...

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HERE’S HOW THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY COULD CUT ITS EMISSIONS IN HALF...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Nick Stockton   GRIST This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Fuel economy is hardwired into the airline industry’s DNA. After all, fuel costs money, and using less of the stuff is an easy way to beef up the bottom line. Well … maybe not easy, but certainly worth doing. Saving fuel, by reducing carbon emissions, can help save the planet. And those cuts could come at little to no cost to the companies themselves. At least, that’s what a bunch of researchers in the U.K. think. They estimate — in a new paper published today in Nature Climate Change — that airlines can cut emissions in half by the year 2050. Those savings would come in the form of things like new aircraft designs, fuel...

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CAN THIS GROUP OF KIDS FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE?...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Natasha Geiling THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Our Children’s Trust   Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez is not your average 15 year old. Speaking from his cell phone as he waits to board a plane for Los Angeles, Martinez fields questions with the aplomb of a seasoned activist, remaining sharply on message even as the conversation snakes and pivots around the gnarly issue of climate action. “Nothing else compares to climate change in the sense to take urgency as a global community,” he said. “It’s a human rights issue that affects people all over the planet.” Despite his young age, Martinez speaks like a veteran activist because, in a sense, he is one. His interest in climate activism began before enrolled in elementary school; he had his first public speaking engagement at age six. At...

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THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS A PONZI SCHEME: BLACK FRIDAY, THE POPE AND THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP   Black Friday has become an orgiastic celebration of unbridled consumerism. Last year, the Pope warned world leaders that “unbridled consumerism” was assaulting the natural environment “and this will have serious consequences for the world economy.” In his powerful June climate encyclical, the Pope went further, writing of “extreme consumerism” and “compulsive consumerism” and “an unethical consumerism bereft of social or ecological awareness.” The “pace of consumption,” the Pope asserts, “can only precipitate catastrophes.” Francis offered this blunt warning: “Obsession with a consumerist lifestyle, above all when few people are capable of maintaining it, can only lead to violence and mutual destruction.” Black Friday has become a sort of reverse “Hunger Games,” an annual ritualized competition, but one built around overabundance, rather than scarcity. It is...

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WHAT ISIS REALLY WANTS

Nov 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] AP/The Atlantic   Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal. “We have not defeated the idea,” he said. “We do not even understand the idea.” In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as “not Islamic” and as al-Qaeda’s “jayvee team,” statements that reflected confusion about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic errors. What to Do About ISIS? The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and...

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NINE NATIVE SITES TO VISIT INSTEAD OF CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING WITH TURKEY...

Nov 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] November is traditionally the month of cranberries, mashed potatoes and green beans in America, but there’s a growing movement to take a closer look at Thanksgiving, with some Native American activists arguing that it should be a Day of Mourning to mark the effects of colonialism, rather than a celebration followed by Black Friday excess. Some Americans are doing just that, taking advantage of the time for reflection. But why not take it a step further and use that traditional time off to visit a Native American site and celebrate the heritage of the people who have been inhabiting North America for millennia, and enjoy the living culture of numerous vibrant Native American tribes? Use this list to map out an all-November tour or a compilation of sites to visit over the coming...

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FIRST CITY TO IMPLEMENT CLIMATE CHANGE WARNING STICKERS AT GAS STATIONS...

Nov 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie ValentineCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Our Horizon   Drivers in one Canadian city will soon be getting a dose of climate reality when they go to the gas station. The city of North Vancouver, British Columbia passed a law this week that mandates climate change warning stickers be applied to gas pumps in the city. The vote makes the city the first in the world to implement such a law. The City Council still has to approve designs for the stickers, but a city staff report recommended including messages such as “Get $5,000 toward a purchase of a new electric car” or “Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting your engine” on the stickers. “The message is that burning fossil fuels causes climate change and … to...

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6 Vile Right-Wing Moments This Week, Islamophobia Edition...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Tea Party and the Right Who has won the race to the bottom when it comes to Muslim-bashing? By Janet Allon / AlterNet Republican politicians and presidential aspirants fell all over each other this week, trying to be as offensive, spiteful and Islamophobic as possible. Let’s review some of the lowest of the legion of low-lights. 1. Ben Carson’s truly offensive and clearly intentional metaphor. Reports of Ben Carson’s stupidity and inability to grasp foreign policy may (or may not) have been greatly exaggerated. But reports that he is an evil mother*cker have not. In his usual semi-somnambulant state, Carson compared Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs” this week in a piece of rhetoric that really does, no exaggeration, rival Hitler. “If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not...

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Incredible Infographic Shows How We Have Ruined Our Oceans — and Ourselves as a Result...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment From plastic trash and discarded fishing gear to oil spills and pesticide runoff, human beings have treated the oceans as a vast dumping ground. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Fotos593/Shutterstock.com The oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water. But they remain largely a mystery to us. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, less than five percent of the world’s oceans have been explored. It has often been said that we know more about the moon than we do the oceans. But one thing we do know about the oceans is that they are getting more and more polluted. From plastic trash and discarded fishing gear to oil spills and pesticide runoff, human beings have treated the oceans...

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THE NATIONAL SECURITY STATE’S INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAMIC STATE...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch     U.S. Marines fire a mortar during a live-fire training mission at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in October. (U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos / Public Domain Mark 1.0) This piece first appeared at TomDispatch. Honestly, I don’t know whether to rant or weep, neither of which are usual impulses for me.  In the wake of the slaughter in Paris, I have the urge to write one of two sentences here: Paris changed everything; Paris changes nothing.  Each is, in its own way, undoubtedly true.  And here’s a third sentence I know to be true: This can’t end well. Other than my hometown, New York, Paris is perhaps the city where I’ve felt most at ease.  I’ve never been to Baghdad (where Paris-style Islamic State...

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JDS ASSOCIATES EMBED SECLUDED CASA INTO THE ROLLING FRENCH LANDSCAPE...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   nov 19, 2015 JDS architects embeds secluded casa jura into the rolling french landscape all images by julien lanoo       this secluded family dwelling is embedded into the undulating landscape of bois d’amont, a small french commune on the swiss border. designed by julien de smedt architects, the privately commissioned project was completed on a relatively modest budget of just €200,000, (€213,220 USD). the home is situated in bois d’amont, a small french commune on the swiss border       the property comprises three distinct levels: a ground floor that houses three bedrooms, an intermediate storey offering open-plan living space, and an external roof terrace that overlooks the surrounding landscape. internal space within the residence has been maximized, with the lower level almost entirely contained within the natural topography....

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WHY IT MATTERS THAT YET ANOTHER STATE HAS CLEARED PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WRONGDOING...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Jess Colarossi THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee   After a four month long investigation, the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington State has been cleared of any allegations of wrongdoing or illegal activity. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Monday that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood performs so-called “partial-birth abortions,” or that any of the clinics sell fetal tissue for profit. His letter stated that his office “found no basis to believe that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue or profiting from fetal tissue donations,” and that procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are of a “legally authorized medical...

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THIS COUNTRY JUST PROMISED TO GET RID OF ALL OF ITS COAL PLANTS...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Tower Colliery in Wales, now closed, was the oldest continuously worked deep-coal mine in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world. The U.K. announced this week it would go off coal power in the next decade.   The United Kingdom will phase out coal-fired power plants by 2025, the country’s energy secretary announced Wednesday. This comes as welcome news to some — the U.K.’s electricity sector is responsible for a third of the country’s carbon emissions, and coal is a significant part of that. But Secretary Amber Rudd also emphasized the role natural gas would play in the country’s energy future, which disappointed environmentalists. “In the next 10 years, it’s imperative that we get new gas-fired power stations built,” Rudd said. “Gas is central...

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INFRASTRUCTURE ADVANCED IN THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL BLOW YOUR MIND...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By james321 REBLOGGED BY SciTech DK GreenRoots Climate Hawks While we’re “debating” torture, access to basic health care and the veracity of climate change, the rest-of-the-world is simply advancing transformational infrastructure like you would not believe. In Switzerland, the world’s longest rail tunnel — straight through the Alps — is about to open. At 57 kilometres, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will travel through the Alps between the northern portal of Erstfeld and Bodio in the south, will become the longest rail tunnel in the world once complete, stripping the title from Japan’s 53.85 kilometre Seikan Tunnel. Meanwhile, the ancient tunnels between New York City and New Jersey — dating from 1910 and about 4,400 meters long — are so old — and damaged from recent hurricanes — that they risk forced closure...

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THE ONLY SAFE PLACE FOR SNOWDEN...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

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START MAKING SENSE: WHERE DID ISIS COME FROM — AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT NOW?...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   In the first episode, Laila Lalami on Islamic extremism, Amy Wilentz on bad Bernie Sanders coverage, Charles Blow on growing up poor and black, and Terry Gross on Hillary Clinton. By Start Making Sense vigil in Place de la Republique A candle is placed during a vigil in Place de la République following the series of deadly attacks in Paris, November 15, 2015. (Reuters / Benoit Tessier) The world is a complicated place, and media outlets obsessed with quick takes and beating their competition sometimes do more harm than good. That’s why today we’re launching Start Making Sense, a new podcast from The Nation hosted by longtime contributor Jon Wiener. We’ll be taking a step back from the daily media maelstrom to provide you with some much-needed, well-thought-out perspective on the news...

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WASHINGTON JUDGE RULES GOVERNMENT HAS DUTY TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Sometimes you win by losing. Take the ruling issued late Thursday night by a judge in Washington state. King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill denied a petition from eight young people asking the state to combat climate change by reducing its carbon dioxide emissions. Advertisement Hill explained in her written decision that as the students’ original legal action was already bringing about government action, a ruling in its favor was no longer needed. That might seem like a big loss. However, Hill agreed with the children’s argument that the state “has a constitutional obligation to protect the public’s interest in natural resources held in trust for the common benefit of the people.” The “very survival” of the young people who brought the lawsuit “depends upon the will of their...

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CALIFORNIA’S FIRST OFF SHORE WIND POWER PROJECT FACES ENVIRONMENTAL HEADWINDS...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY The state wants more renewable energy, but environmental restrictions make getting projects off the ground difficult. The cruise liner Queen Mary 2 passes the Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm in the Irish Sea. (Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters) Nov 20, 2015 Editor, reporter, and radio producer Zachary Slobig has covered coastal issues for Outside, NPR, Los Angeles Times, and many others.   Pollution-free, renewable energy for some 300,000 homes could arrive on the California coast in the next decade if a new wind farm plan can navigate the contentious climate that thus far has derailed all offshore power projects in the state since 1969. Offshore wind development firm Trident Winds wants to put 100 floating wind turbines—tethered to the seafloor with a system of cables—15 miles off the coast from Morro Bay....

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS (NOVEMBER 1 – 15)...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   by J.R. Taylor Landscape Architects See Creations Evolve over Time – The San Francisco Chronicle, 11/3/15 “In our world that craves quick-draw drama, the most rewarding urban spaces can take years to show their stuff.” Daniel Bennett on Landscape Architecture and Liveable Cities – The Fifth Estate, 11/5/15 “The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ newly appointed president Daniel Bennett aims to arm the organization’s members with sound economic arguments for the importance of landscape in achieving livable and sustainable cities.” For Landscape Architect Kate Orff, Sunday Morning Means Having to Say ‘Sorry!’ – The New York Times, 11/6/15 “Kate Orff, a landscape architect, first captured the public’s attention in 2010 with her passionate promotion of a plan proposed by her firm, Scape, to bring oysters back to New York Harbor (the...

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DESIGN WITH EVERY BEE IN MIND

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Heidi Petersen The natural habitats of pollinators are increasingly fragmented. The overwhelming majority of American agricultural landscapes use chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These factors contribute to the declining health of bees. At the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Heather Holm, Holm Design and Consulting; Danielle Bilot, Associate ASLA, Kudela & Weinheimer; Laurie Davies, executive director of the Pollinator Partnership; and James Schmelzer, building operations and management, General Services Administration (GSA) showed how landscape architects and designers can better design for bees. As Holm explained, 81 percent of plants are pollinated by insects, birds, or mammals. Of those plants, 33 percent are food crops. Most people’s idea of a pollinator is the honeybee, a domesticated insect integral to modern U.S. agriculture. Hives of these bees are shipped throughout the country,...

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IOWA’S CLIMATE-CHANGE WISDOM...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By JEFF BIGGERS  NY TIMES Credit Josh Cochran   Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope. From Our Advertisers Recent polls show that 60 percent of Iowans, now facing flooding and erosion, believe global warming is happening. From Winneshiek County to Washington County, you can count more solar panels on barns than on urban roofs or in suburban parking lots. The state’s first major solar farm is not in an urban area like Des...

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THE PRICE OF FEAR

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By THE EDITORIAL BOARD   NY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD Photo Beverly Chen   After the attacks in Paris, the world is again challenged by fear. With every bombing, beheading and mass shooting, the dread spreads, along with the urgency of defeating this nihilism. But no less a challenge for the civilized world is the danger of self-inflicted injury. In the reaction and overreaction to terrorism comes the risk that society will lose its way. History is replete with examples of the power of fear and ignorance, to which even the great can fall prey. Franklin Roosevelt calmed a nation in bleakest days of the Depression, but he also signed the executive order imprisoning tens of thousands of American citizens for the crime of Japanese ancestry. In our time, disastrous things have been done in...

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