ELECTRIC FLOORS COULD GENERATE RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM WALKING...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Chuck Coker / CC BY-ND 2.0 LONDON—US scientists have found a new way to generate energy at home: the tribo-electric floor. Tread on it and it will convert the kinetic energy of a footstep into a current of electricity. And it’s made from the waste wood pulp that already serves as cheap flooring throughout the world. Xudong Wang, an engineer and materials scientist, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues report in the journal Nano Energy that they have taken cellulose fibres from forest waste material and chemically treated them in a way that creates an electric charge when they come into contact with untreated wood pulp fibres. The result: a patented, tribo-electric nanogenerator floor covering that can harness the energy of any footfall, and turn it into...

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SIX MIRACLE DRUGS BIG PHARMA NOW REGRETS...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet Shutterstock Are you depressed? It may have less to do with your mood than your birth control pills, high blood pressure pills, antibiotics or even anti-hair-loss drug according to new research. New risks have also emerged with popular gastroesophageal reflux disease medicines and even the top-selling painkiller Tylenol. There are two reasons the risks associated with popular drugs seem to trail their aggressive promotion. Certainly, as millions use brand name drugs, dangerous side effects and adverse events are seen that did not emerge in much smaller clinical trials. Who knew? But also, as AlterNet has noted before, dangerous side effects that might be considered major drawbacks to prescribing the drugs often emerge only when drugs have gone “off patent” and all their profit potential is realized. For...

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WE MUST TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jodie Evans / AlterNet Ewan McIntosh / CC BY-NC 2.0 “The only silver lining of the Brexit vote is that it will reduce medium term attention on Chilcot – though it will not stop the day of publication being uncomfortable,” former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the previous U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in a July 4th email obtained by the Intercept. As it turns out, these words would be prescient. The Chilcot Report, a damning 12-volume, 2.6-million-word inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq War, did not get much attention on either side of the pond upon its July release. The probe was overlooked at a time that the Iraq War was still raging even though everyone thought it was over, and the millennials I talked to had little...

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FUKUSHIMA — THE UNTOUCHABLE ECO-APOCALYPSE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Widespread Denial and Willful Ignorance The media, politicians and the world at large seem to be engaging in extreme denial regarding Fukushima. A survey of mainstream media coverage of the fallout of this event reveals the trend of covering this story as a human interest affair, not as the immediate threat it truly is. The effects on nature are already being seen, yet even among the environmentalist factions of media, there is strong denial of the damage already done and of what is to come...

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AMERICA’S POISONED POLITICIZED PATH...

Oct 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Fareed Zakaria, Host Story highlights Fareed Zakaria: The power to use the state to put someone in jail should not be used in partisan ways The United States has gone too far down the road of criminalizing public policy, he says Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” which airs Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN. The views expressed are his own. (CNN)There are so few details provided by FBI Director James Comey that it is impossible to know what to make of his decision to inform Congress about new emails relating to Hillary Clinton’s server. The timing is unfortunate, since Justice Department guidelines expressly advise its officers to be careful not to do anything through action or announcement that could interfere with elections or the...

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Exclusive: EPA’s top official commits to doing right by communities of color...

Oct 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Justice for All? By Ben Adler and Aura Bogado  GRIST The fundamental facts of environmental justice — that communities of color face disproportionately higher rates of pollution — have been known for decades. It’s been more than 20 years, for instance, since President Bill Clinton signed an executive order directing federal agencies to provide environmental protection for poor and minority communities. Yet in all that time, the government has routinely fallen short of its civil rights obligations, sometimes with deadly results. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unveiling an effort to try again, expanding its environmental justice efforts with a four-year plan to tackle lead poisoning, air pollution, and other problems. The effect would be to take environmental justice considerations into account at every step in the EPA’s rulemaking and...

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Clear Evidence Emerges of Outrageous Militarized Police Collaboration With Oil Companies at Standing Rock Against Protectors...

Oct 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Police departments around the country are sending reinforcements to North Dakota to support mining companies. By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet Photo Credit: Cempoalli Twenny/Screenshot Today’s militarized crackdown on water protectors in Cannonball, North Dakota stems from high levels of coordination between the extractive industry, state officials and police departments. It was waged against a frontline camp seeking to block the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which would cross beneath the Standing Rock Sioux reservation’s main drinking water source and bisect the community’s burial grounds. The attack took place under cover of a media blackout, with reports emerging that police were disrupting cellular phone reception. Water protectors have already endured dog attacks, military-style checkpoints, low-flying surveillance planes, invasive strip searches, national guard deployments, and mass arrests. “What’s happening today is a travesty on the...

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Sustainable Tech: Recycling, Photosynthesis Charging and Energy Star...

Oct 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Did you know that it takes 530 pounds of fossil fuels, a whopping 48 pounds of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water just to manufacturer one single computer and monitor? And when that computer is no longer of use, where does it go? Shockingly, only 12.5 percent of the world’s e-waste is recycled, and 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste is tossed away annually. Moreover, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, recycling one million laptops could save the energy that it takes to power 3,657 American homes each year. While we’ve made great strides in making technology easy to use and efficient, we still have a long way to go to make it more sustainable. That being said, here is some of the top sustainable tech on the...

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OIL SPILL HITS PERU’S AMAZON — AGAIN...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] News > Latin America Demonstrators organized by groups from Loreto protest against oil exploitation in Peru’s Amazon, in Lima, Sept. 3, 2015. | Photo: Peru’s state oil company, PetroPeru, has been accused of failing to keep its oil infrastructure in good repair, sparking repeated pipeline leaks. Peru’s state-owned oil company, PetroPeru, faces renewed scrutiny following another reported another oil spill in the Amazon, the eighth leak this year alone. OPINION: Shell’s Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and the Limits of Capitalism The spill hit the community of 6 de Julio in Peru’s northernmost region of Loreto Friday, and was disclosed Saturday by the Environmental Assessment and Control Agency, known by the Spanish  acronym OEFA. The leak is under control, according to the organization, but will continue to be monitored. According to a statement...

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THE U.S. JUST BOMBED YEMEN, AND NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT IT...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The US just bombed Yemen, and no one’s talking about it Moustafa Bayoumi   THE GUARDIAN.COM We need answers from the candidates on how they would deal with a deadly conflict in one of the Middle East’s poorest countries. We’re not getting them Fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site believed to be one of the largest weapons depots on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Friday. Photograph: Hani Mohammed/AP What if the United States went to war and nobody here even noticed? The question is absurd, isn’t it? And yet, this almost perfectly describes what actually happened this past week. While many Americans, myself included, were all hypnotized by the bizarre spectacle of the Republican nominee for president, a US navy destroyer fired a barrage of cruise missiles...

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ELON MUSK HITS BACK AT COAL BARON WHO CALLED HIM A ‘FRAUD’ OVER GREEN SUBSIDIES...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  THE GUARDIAN Elon Musk Trump backer Robert Murray claimed Tesla had received $2bn from taxpayer Musk tweets that the real fraud is ‘denial of climate science’ Elon Musk: ‘As for ‘subsidies’, Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?’ Photograph: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EPA Nicky Woolf in San Francisco   Tesla founder Elon Musk has hit back against the CEO of a coal power company who accused him of fraud. Robert Murray, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter and the CEO of the Murray Energy Corporation – America’s largest coalmining company – went after Musk on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Monday and called Tesla “a fraud”. Tesla fights back as Michigan goes to new lengths to shut company out Read more “[Musk]’s gotten $2bn from the taxpayer, has not...

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AMY GOODMAN IS FACING PRISON FOR REPORTING ON THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE. THAT SHOULD SCARE US ALL!...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Journalists and Journalism Environmental Activism Native Americans The charges against Goodman are a clear attack on journalism and freedom of the press. By Lizzy Ratner  THE NATION.COM Amy Goodman. (Aditya Ganapathiraju, CC BY-SA 2.0) This Monday afternoon, as the sun hits its peak over Mandan, North Dakota, the award-winning journalist, and host of Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman will walk into the Morton County–Mandan Combined Law Enforcement and Corrections Center and turn herself in to the local authorities. Her crime: good, unflinching journalism. Related Article The Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline Is a Threat to Democracy—and the Planet Josh Fox Goodman had the audacity to commit this journalism on September 3, when she was in North Dakota covering what she calls “the standoff at Standing Rock”: the months-long protests by thousands of Native...

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3 SIMPLE WAYS TO KICK-START COMMUNITY CLIMATE SOLUTIONS...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] However, getting your city on the path to sustainability is a worthwhile pursuit. Investing in climate solutions has proven to grow local economies, and provide stable, well paying jobs for residents. Cleaner air and water make cities healthier places to live and raise families. Climate-wise infrastructure and investments can help decrease commute times for workers, connect neighborhoods, and provide new options for getting around. And finally, climate action is a political winner—with a growing number of Americans reporting that they want and expect their leaders to commit to more environmentally conscious policies. Fortunately, there are some initial first step any mayor can take to bring these benefits to their community and residents. Here are just a few: 1: Identify Needs One of the most challenging hurdles in developing a climate action plan is...

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Noam Chomsky Unveils America’s Deplorable History of Playing Footsie With Fascism...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 “In 1937, the State Department described Hitler as a kind of a moderate.” By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Jeremy Danger/Flickr At the second presidential debates, GOP nominee Donald Trump utttered a horrifing remark never before heard in a televised presidential debate. “You’d be in jail,” Trump told Hillary Clinton as he described what he would do to her, should he become president. His remarks were widely criticized post-debate, and even Fox News pundits agreed the comments reeked of fascism. But while Trump’s admiration of dictators is a clear aberration in modern American politics, it also brings back a sentiment deeply rooted in our history, notes lifelong activist Noam Chomsky. “[Franklin Delano] Roosevelt himself had a mixed attitude,” Chomsky explained in his new series “Reexamining History” when asked about the U.S....

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President Obama, Here’s How to Cement Your Climate Legacy...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The president has established a strong environmental legacy. But there’s more he can do to help the climate. By Annie Leonard / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Wednesday started the last 100 days of Obama’s presidency. So rather than speculate on who our next leader will be, let’s focus on what our current one still has the power to do on behalf of our climate. With an election season as inconceivable as this one’s turning out to be, it’s easy to forget that Barack Obama is actually still our president—and he still holds the power to take the bold action on climate change we need. There’s no question President Obama has moved the needle when it comes to taking action on climate change. More so than any other U.S. president to date, he has...

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Paul Krugman: Why the Future Lies in the Hands of Suburban Women...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A mere victory for Clinton may not be nearly enough. By Janet Allon / AlterNet Photo Credit: YouTube With poll-based models put ting Hillary Clinton’s odds of winning the election at nearly 90 percent earlier in the week, it is still no time to gloat, Paul Krugman cautions in Friday’s column. But if she does win, what then? is the question he devotes the rest of his piece to. What will the first female U.S. president really be able to accomplish? The answer is not nearly enough if Democrats don’t at least also retake the Senate. The evidence of the destruction Republican obstruction can wreak is all around us now. This is not to say that averting the catastophe of a Trump presidency is not cause to celebrate. One bonus to it, besides depriving...

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KIDS AND ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THESE 9 STATES SPEND A SCARY AMOUNT OF TIME NEAR FRACKING...

Oct 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Samantha Page Climate Reporter at @ThinkProgress. New report shows that 650,000 children nationwide spend their days within a mile of an oil or gas fracking operation. Fracking takes place too close to communities, activists and health reports say. CREDIT: AP Photo/David Zalubowski While the impact of fracking operations on the health of people living nearby was once uncertain, several studies in recent years have found that living near fracking sites — which are known to release carcinogenic compounds, as well as greenhouse gases — heightens the risk of asthma and other respiratory ailments. Children are more sensitive than healthy adults to chemicals and particles in the air, but across the United States at least 650,000 students from kindergarten to high school spend their days within a mile of a fracking facility, according to a new report from...

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A FOOD FOREST GROWS IN BROOKLYN...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART Swale aims to turn public art into public service by providing free fruits and vegetables to all. (Photo: Swaleny.org) Sarah McColl has written for Yahoo Food, Bon Appétit, and other publications. She’s based in Brooklyn, New York.   In the spring of 2010, The New York Times made a mistake that required more than a sidebar correction. “On Second Thought, Don’t Eat the Plants in the Park,” read the City Room blog headline. The story retracted earlier advice to pick the delicious day lily shoots in Central Park. It’s illegal, for starters—but there was something else.   “It’s like the old adage here,” Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, told the paper. “If 15 people decide to go harvest day lilies to stir-fry that night, you could wipe out the entire...

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THE CLINTON AGENDA

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Paul Krugman   NYTIMES Photo Hillary Clinton at a rally Tuesday in Miami. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times It ain’t over until the portly gentleman screams, but it is, as intelligence analysts say, highly likely that Hillary Clinton will win this election. Poll-based models put her chances at around 90 percent earlier this week — and that was before the campaign turned totally X-rated. But what will our first female president actually be able to accomplish? That depends on how big a victory she achieves. I’m not talking about the size of her “mandate,” which means nothing: If the Obama years are any indication, Republicans will oppose anything she proposes no matter how badly they lose. The question, instead, is what happens to Congress. Consider, first, the effects of a minimal victory: Mrs....

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THE WEST COAST’S LARGEST ESTUARY IS BEING STARVED OF WATER...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A report warns the decades-long diversion of rivers that feed San Francisco Bay has put the vital ecosystem on the verge of collapse. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) TAKE PART DAILY John R. Platt covers the environment, technology, philanthropy, and more for Scientific American, Conservation, Lion, and other publications.   California’s vibrant and biodiverse San Francisco Bay, the biggest estuary on the West Coast of North America, is running out of freshwater. In some years, as much as two-thirds of the freshwater that would normally reach the bay—an estuary where freshwater and ocean water mix—is diverted for urban and agricultural use, effectively starving the ecosystem, according to a new report from the Bay Institute, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the local watershed. “When you alter the hydrology of a major aquatic...

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THE PRINCIPLES OF ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Isis Ferguson   COMMON EDGE.ORG Where does creativity live? Can the highest level of cultural production come from down the street? What does it mean to be a good neighbor, a good steward? How does that look when there are so many forces at work keeping people isolated? How do you see value in what others discard? Can we learn to talk about moments of success in our struggling neighborhoods, not as random and magical, but as sophisticated flexibility? What is civic empathy? These are some of the questions Place Lab, a University of Chicago partnership between Arts + Public Life and the Harris School for Public Policy, is exploring in an ongoing exercise: it’s the articulation of a set of nine principles collectively called Ethical Redevelopment. Rooted in artist-led, neighborhood-based development work...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS UPON US. HOW ARE WE PLANNING FOR IT?...

Oct 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Steve Cochran, Steven Bingler   COMMONEDGE.COM In his 1972 science fiction novel The Gods Themselves, which takes place a century after an ecological and economic collapse that reduces the world’s population from six billion to two billion people, Isaac Asimov wrote: “The easiest way to solve a problem is to deny it exists.” For too long now, that has been the collective mindset toward climate change of too many. But the escalating rise of sea levels that might one day have been imagined as science fiction is now a reality. The result is that solutions that could once be addressed through mitigation may now require profound adaptation – and in many cases, at a massive urban scale. For decades, the scientific community has been sounding a clarion call for greater attention to carbon...

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A FLOOD DISASTER IN NORTH CAROLINA: SATELLITE PHOTOS BEFORE AND AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Capital Weather Gang By Angela Fritz THE WASHINGTON POST Fuel tanks are seen after floodwaters rose from Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, N.C. (Chris Keane/Reuters) The flooding in North Carolina hasn’t ended — far from it. Water will continue above flood stage in many cities and towns through next week, and we’re finally getting a chance to see exactly how much these rivers have grown since Hurricane Matthew swept through on Saturday. Princeville Princeville, N.C., has a tormented history with hurricanes. In 1999, the town was decimated when the Tar River came pouring over the city’s levee and filled its streets with up to 20 feet of water. The flood was caused by Hurricane Floyd’s heavy rainfall on saturated soil, which is exactly what happened again this month during Hurricane Matthew. Floyd left the city abandoned and devastated. Top:...

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SEN. WARREN CALL FOR REMOVAL OF SEC CHAIR FOR REFUSING TO DO HER JOB...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson   OUR FUTURE.ORG The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is supposed to regulate Wall Street. But it has become a “captured” agency, using its power to block regulation of Wall Street instead of enforcing regulation of Wall Street. Now Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is fed up and has asked President Obama to remove the current chair because of her “extraordinary, ongoing efforts to undermine the agency’s central mission.” Mother Jones reports the story in “Elizabeth Warren Asks Obama to Remove His Top Financial Regulator“: Sen. Elizabeth Warren demanded Friday that President Barack Obama demote his top financial regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White, who’s held the position since 2013. The Massachusetts Democrat raised numerous objections in a letter to White’s tenure atop the SEC, narrowing in on White’s resistance...

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‘This Is Unimaginable’: Hurricane Matthew’s Devastation Includes Tens of Thousands of Farm Animals...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Officials are tracking down farm animals who desperately need assistance. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet New aerial imagery captured by the Waterkeeper Alliance is an eye-opening view of the massive clean-up North Carolina faces post Hurricane Matthew. Rising flood waters have devastated farming communities and from the air one can view entire towns engulfed in the aftermath of the storm. “This is more water than we could ever imagine,” North Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner remarked after viewing the footage, “…crops that are flooded out, farms surrounded by water and flooded poultry houses.” In addition to the multi-million dollars in damages caused to farms, agriculture groups are reporting animal deaths in the tens of thousands. Gov. Pat McCrory has recommended the carcasses be composted. “You can do it right there on the farm, without...

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COULD THE AMAZON RAINFOREST BE SAVED AS A ‘BIOLOGICAL FACTORY’?...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Jan Rocha / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     The berries of the açaí palm have anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. (Kate Evans / CIFOR via Flickr) SÃO PAULO—Brazilian scientists, alarmed at the ongoing destruction of the Amazon rainforest, have proposed a radical plan to save it. This would ally the forest’s incredible biodiversity with the new technologies being developed as part of the 4th Industrial Revolution—the name coined for the fusion of technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. The technologies include biomimicry (production of materials by imitating nature – such as solar panels in the pattern of a leaf), gene editing and genomics, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, the internet of things (where embedded software enables cars, buildings and other inanimate objects to communicate), and 3D...

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WIKILEAKS SHOULD BE APPLAUDED FOR REMOVING THE MASK OF U.S. POWER...

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Eric Ortiz  TRUTHDIG.COM   Editor in Chief Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006. (Elekhh / CC BY-SA 3.0) The latest chapter of WikiLeaks’ courage is exposing the cowardice of the United States political system. Julian Assange should be praised for having the guts to stand up to power and reveal how the sausage gets made in Washington, D.C. His journalism—and that is what WikiLeaks is doing—is a public service. Instead, the Podesta emails have reconfirmed a sad truth: There are more characters on Mahogany Row than character. Right about now, many of them are looking for the real-life Winston Wolf. Of course, the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party want inconvenient truths to remain in the shadows. The emails released by WikiLeaks may not show they have done anything illegal, but their...

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Sanders is going all-out against the Dakota Access Pipeline, while Clinton is dodging the issue....

Oct 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GRIST REUTERS/Eric Miller On Thursday, Bernie Sanders and four other senators sent a letter to President Obama asking him to require a full environmental and cultural assessment of the controversial pipeline project, which would carry fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The letter calls for a halt the pipeline’s construction while the review is carried out, arguing that the project is “a violation of tribal treaty rights” and would “have a significant impact on our climate.” It doesn’t call for an outright rejection of the pipeline, but it does call for a stringent review and approval standards that would make rejection pretty darn likely. Sanders himself has been calling for a complete rejection of the pipeline for months, starting as far back as January, when he was running for the Democratic nomination — long before pipeline protests...

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WHEN IT COMES TO BUILDINGS AND CLIMATE CHANGE, COLORADO MATTERS...

Oct 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Victor Olgyay, AIA Principal Kelly Vaughn Marketing Manager Colorado regularly tops the list of most active and “fittest” states in the U.S. We love to hike, bike, ski, and really do anything outdoors. So do more than 77 million tourists who come to our state each year to visit national parks, ski and snowboard, and hike our lovely mountains. All of these activities rely on blue, pollution-free skies, open, natural spaces, and, of course, snow—all of which are being threatened by a warming planet. Buildings have an enormous impact on earth’s climate. Globally, they consume 35 percent of all energy and 60 percent of all generated electricity, making them the largest end-use energy sector, followed by industry and transportation. Buildings’ appetite for electricity—most of which is produced by fossil fuels—threatens...

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