THE SECRET TO MAKING CONSERVATIVES CARE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY New research says environmentalists should frame their arguments in ways that will appeal to other people’s values. (Photo: George Rose/Getty Images) Richard Conniff is the author of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth, and other books.   Environmentalists are, by and large, idiots when it comes to talking with the people who disagree with us. We go on (and on) about fairness, about injustice, about caring. We are outraged. We are gloomy. Everything is going extinct, and it’s because of that company you work for or that hamburger you’re eating. And, sure, everything does seem to be going extinct, and there is plenty of blame to go around. But people just tune us out. Is there a better way? A way that might...

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THESE DAYS OF MILD U.S. WEATHER WILL NOT LAST...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG Scientists warn that the current pleasures of warmer weather will pale for Americans as climate change brings extreme temperature increases and unhealthy levels of atmospheric ozone.     Temperatures in the United States could become too hot to handle, scientists say. (Marcos Vasconcelos via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—There could be good reasons why US citizens face the prospect of dramatic and potentially catastrophic global climate change with seeming calm. Right now, and for four-fifths of the people, the changes make their seasons more comfortable. But scientists warn that this benign effect could be only temporary. A separate group of researchers has warned that as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, unhealthy “high ozone days” could increase in...

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DROUGHTS ARE GIVING TREES “HEART ATTACKS”...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Around 12 million trees have perished in California in the last year. (NoIdentity via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Scientists in the US have identified the factors that make a tree more likely to perish in a drought, after conducting an exhaustive examination of 33 separate scientific studies of tree mortality involving 475 species and 760,000 individual trees. The answer they come up with is that the deciding factor is how efficiently trees draw water from the ground to their leaf tips. This is not a surprising conclusion, but scientists don’t trust the obvious: they like to check these things. And William Anderegg, assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, and colleagues report in the Proceedings of...

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“DEMO:POLIS” ASKS WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PUBLIC SPACE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   George Kafka  METROPOLIS  MAGAZINE The Pallet Theatre in Granby Park, Dublin, was designed by Seán Harrington Architects. ©Seán Harrington Architects, ©Alice Clancy Two questions had been preoccupying me on my way through the well-tended lawns of Berlin’s Tiergarten to see Demo:polis, an exhibition on the right to public space at the Akademie der Künste: how does one exhibit public space in the white (or concrete gray) cube of a gallery? And what, exactly, are we talking about when we talk about public space? Upon entering the show, my qualms were immediately quieted. The former was made clear from the intelligent layout of the exhibition, whose arrangement echoes the visual language of the subject matter at hand. Pseudo streets, squares, and city blocks are formed by a grid of chipboard panels and encourage the...

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YOUR STUFF OR YOUR LIFE

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander   LIFE EDITED There are millions of reasons to stop over-consuming. It’s simpler, it’s greener, there’s less to dust. But as former Uruguayan president José Mujica–aka “the world’s poorest president”–reminds us, stuff costs money. For those of us not independently wealthy, our money has a pretty direct correlation with our labors. And unless your name is Tim Ferriss, our labors have a direct correlation with time. So each time we spend money, we are spending time. And once our time is spent, it’s gone. No refunds, no exchanges. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy stuff. We might decide that the things that are used, loved and add value to our lives are worth our time. This doesn’t mean that time spent working is bad either. If you love your work, knock yourself out....

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SIMPLE IS AS SIMPLE LIVES

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Friedlander  LIFE EDITED Architecture Sure, high tech micro apartments are pretty nifty, but never underestimate the power of good design even with the most meager means. Case in point is Vila Matilde by São Paulo’s Terra e Tuma Arquitetos. Ms Dalva, the owner of the home, has lived in the same location for decades.  When her previous structure started crumblilng down around her, she was faced with two options: buy an apartment that would exhaust all of her savings and put her further from her family, or build a new structure. Ms Dalva’s son reached out to Terra e Tuma to help design the structure we see here. The house took only 10 months to construct, four of which were spent tearing down the previous structure. Time was of the essence because...

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NOT A PRETTY PICTURE: CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH IN FOUR INFOGRAPHICS...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT The White House released a groundbreaking new scientific assessment on the impact of climate change on public health in the United States. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murphy said, “The changes are happening right now… Climate change is going to impact health, and it’s not a pretty picture.” This might seem like old news. But the Climate and Health Assessment connects the dots between climate change and its consequences for American public health more clearly than ever before. The new report (which is the product of three years of research by 13 federal agencies) emphasizes that climate change will continue to exacerbate existing threats to health as well as give rise to new ones. But like many scientific reports, it can get a little dense. So with some help...

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HOW TO TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THE PARIS AGREEMENT...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT You don’t have to be a policy wonk to understand what’s happening with the Paris Agreement. When a record-breaking 175 nations attended the UN ceremony on April 22 to sign the Paris Agreement, Earth Day 2016 officially became one for the history books. But with a whole bunch of technical and official-sounding terms flying around, it’s not always immediately clear what exactly is happening or why. Here’s how to answer common questions your friends – on the internet or IRL – are probably asking about what’s going on. 1. In one sentence – what’s the big deal? On April 22 – Earth Day – the Paris Agreement became one step closer to having legal effect around the world, as the 195 countries that adopted the agreement in December began...

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VIDEO: AL GORE & NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON TALK “SPIDER GOATS” — AND THE FATE OF OUR CLIMATE...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT When former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sit down to talk about the future of climate solutions, the conversation gets real, fast. When many people think about the top science communicators, two of the first names that come to mind are former Vice President Al Gore and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Watch this never-before-seen interview as the two discuss “spider goats,” old cell phone technology, plummeting renewable energy prices, how technology will continue to change the world, and why good science teachers are key to our climate future. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD THIS EARTH DAY Add your name and demand that world leaders join the Paris Agreement signing ceremony in New York on Earth Day. First Name * Last Name * Email * Country * Yes, I...

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ONE MILLION POINTS OF LIGHT: TOP FIVE REASONS WE LOVE SOLAR...

Apr 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] GLOBAL PANORAMA Find out what the one-millionth solar installation in the US means for the future of renewable energy. Today, the future of solar energy is looking especially bright. That’s because the US reached a renewable energy milestone recently when the one-millionth solar installation came online.To help celebrate this new record, we’ve joined the #MillionSolarStrong campaign with our friends at the Solar Energy Industries Association. #MillionSolarStrong is not just a celebration of the progress the world has made in advancing solar energy, but also a look into a future built on clean, renewable energy where every day, we’re one step closer to putting an end to climate change. In this post, we’re celebrating this remarkable moment in solar and counting down the top five reasons we love solar energy. 5. Solar is booming. Consider...

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REFORMING DEMOCRACY FROM THE GRASSROOTS UP...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government Frustrated by a somnolent Congress, a bipartisan group is tackling campaign finance reform one city at a time. By Charlotte Hill Represent.Us, a bipartisan group, is trying to build momentum for campaign finance and lobbying reform by pushing legislation at the state and local level. (Photo: Christopher Huang/Represent.Us) Following the April demonstrations in Washington for campaign finance and voting rights reform, BillMoyers.com has invited activists — some of whom participated in the protests and some who did not — to describe what they are doing to continue work on these issues. This essay from Represent.Us is part of that series. America is in the midst of a grassroots revolution. Ordinary people are standing up to big money and denouncing the culture of corruption that permeates our political system. Just this...

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Celebrate Earth Day With Photo Ark’s Amazing Documentation of Species—Before They Go Extinct (Video)...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment National Geographic project aims to create portraits of over 10,000 species. By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark Due to the rapid disappearance of many of Earth’s creatures, the National Geographic Photo Ark seeks to document every animal in captivity. The Ark also focuses on funding on-the-ground conservation projects for prioritized species. “We’re supposed to lose half of all species by the turn of the next century and lot of times these pictures I do are the only national coverage these animals will ever get before they go extinct,” said Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer and founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore explained, “The goal of the project is to get the public to turn their eyes away from everyday distractions and to think about the...

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Watch: Amy Goodman Reveals How the Media Ruins Elections...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 “We need a media that covers power, not covers for power.” By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: Democracy Now! Can you really tell the difference between mainstream media channels when they all basically cover Trump nonstop? Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, was featured in a video for AJ+, a social media and mobile channel run by Al Jazeera. In it, she said, “I see the media as a huge kitchen table that stretches across the globe that we all sit around and debate the most important issues of the day. War and peace. Life and death.” Goodman believes that “Anything less than that is a disservice to a democratic society.” How much does this disservice affect our decision-making, particularly when it comes to voting? “It is critical in an election year to...

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CDC ADMITS FLU SHOTS FAIL HALF THE TIME...

Apr 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] NATIONAL VACCINE INFORMATION CENTER By Barbara Loe Fisher To activate and view hyperlinked references, please click here once and then click any superscripted number below to access a hyperlinked reference, or scroll down to the bottom of the article to view all hyperlinked references. Americans have never been big fans of flu shots. During the 2009 “swine flu” influenza A pandemic, only about 40 percent of adults bothered to roll up their sleeves. 1 Last year, flu vaccine rates were still just 47 percent for adults but pediatricians had vaccinated 75 percent of children under two years old. 2 Perhaps it is because parents are being thrown out of pediatricians’ offices if they don’t give their children every federally recommended vaccine – or maybe it is just because adults can talk about how...

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How a Virginia Nonprofit Is Helping Veterans Launch Careers in Farming...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food The innovative program tackles two issues: the aging population of farmers and military veterans looking for new careers. By Lani Furbank / Food Tank  VIA ALTERNET Old farmer displays his American pride by holding the U.S. flag Photo Credit: Brocreative/Shutterstock A nonprofit organization in Virginia has designed a potentially beneficial solution to two looming social issues in American society: the aging population of farmers and military veterans looking for new careers. The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture’s Veteran Farmer Program aims to develop a new cohort of farmers by providing opportunities and support to veterans. The Center excels at community-focused programming that provides access to healthy food and establishes connections between local farms and consumers in the D.C. metro area. These programs include a Mobile Market that distributes produce to underserved communities and...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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FAILING BACKWARD

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Metropolis Magazine A new book treats the architectural failures of a radical past as a learning opportunity for an apathetic present. Anna Khachiyan Buckminster Fuller’s giant dome for Expo 67 in Montreal presents a harmonious vision of high technology nestled in nature. All images courtesy Verso “Nothing dates faster than people’s fantasies about the future,” scoffed art critic Robert Hughes in 1980, referencing Oscar Niemeyer and Lúcio Costa’s pop-up capital Brasília. The quote originally appeared in The Shock of the New, the last hurrah in a string of politically aware television documentaries on art history and visual culture that also included Kenneth Clark’s Civilization (1968) and John Berger’s Ways of Seeing (1972). So it’s fitting that it appears again in Last Futures: Nature, Technology, and the End of Architecture (Verso, 2016), by architect and writer Douglas...

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BUCKY’S BIOSPHERE GETS A FRIEND...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Vanessa Quirk  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE All images courtesy of Dror To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the New-York based design studio Dror has announced a proposal for the world-famous site: to give R. Buckminster Fuller’s Biosphere, which has served as a landmark monument on Montreal’s Île Sainte-Hélène for decades, a long-awaited companion. The studio has designed another dome, an 150-meter wide aluminum sphere covered by natural vegetation, that would serve as a site for festivals and events. The structure, still speculative at the moment, is meant to suggest an alternative to Parc Jean-Drapeau’s development plan and could feasibly be built within two years. Read on for Dror founder Dror Benshetrit’s statement on the project’s inspiration. From studio founder Dror Benshetrit: In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the studio developed a new cultural landmark for Montreal’s Île Sainte-Hélène, the original site of the monumental World Fair that took place...

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Why NATO Has Become One of the Most Destructive Forces on the Planet...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] World Actions in Afghanistan, Europe, and Libya have created insecurity rather than order. By Vijay Prashad / AlterNet Photo Credit: David Axe/Flickr Creative Commons In May 2012, in the warm Chicago sunshine, I sat with journalist Jim Foley who had just returned from Syria. Jim and I had come for a large demonstration against a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). War reporting in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria had not been easy on Jim, who was an easy-going man. “You can’t get what the Afghan people really think,” he said, when you travel with US troops and rely upon a US-military translator. Nearby sat a group of Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans who had planned to return their medals to their commanders. Jim had a great deal to say about warmongers,...

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The Best Reason for Bernie Sanders to Fight On: Hawkish, Neoliberal Clintons Need a Watchful Eye From Progressives...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Yes, Sanders needs to play it smart from here. But let’s not forget that we need a check on Hillary’s deep failings. By Jim Sleeper / Salon   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: White House, via Wikimedia Commons Because Bernie Sanders didn’t do nearly as well in three of the five “the Acela primaries” — so named because Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island are all on the route of Amtrak’s high-speed Washington-to-Boston Acela route—as he did in heartland primaries and caucuses last month, the wise and the mighty of the Democratic Party and the press who regularly travel that route will now call more loudly than they already have for him to stand down as a candidate and to focus his and his supporters’ energies instead on helping Hillary Clinton to discredit Donald Trump or any Republican opponent. But it’s...

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VAXXED, THE MOVIE COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK!...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]              THE CONTROVERSIAL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE CDC WHISTLEBLOWER–        VAXXED: FROM COVERUP TO CATASTROPHE-IS COMING TO SAN DIEGO, SANTA ANA, SAN FRANCISCO AND BERKELEY THIS WEEK! “VAXXED” opens with special Q&A with the filmmakers- Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree and Polly Tommey – Tickets now on sale. For more info: www.vaxxedthemovie.com Landmark Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… Landmark California Theatre 2113 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704 https://www.landmarktheatres.com/…/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-… .. EXCLUSIVE SAN DIEGO ENGAGEMENT STARTS – 4/22 Angelika Film Center (San Diego, CA) –11620 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92128 TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/film/vaxxed-from-cover-up-to-catastrophe Group Ticket Sales: https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com/sandiego/events/group-ticket #  #  #  #     PRESS CONTACT: Dawna Shuman, Lighthouse Public Relations  PH: 818.789.1077; dslighthousepr@aol.com                                        LightHouse PR LightHouse...

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THIS FLORIDA TOWN WANTS TO BECOME THE MOST SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY IN AMERICA...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: d3 Creative Studio   When Florida real estate developer Syd Kitson began conceptualizing Babcock Ranch, a planned community located some 20 minutes from Florida’s Fort Myers in 2006, he had a singular goal in mind: prove that a new development could exist in harmony with the environment around it. A decade later, Kitson’s initial vision is about to become a reality. Coinciding with Earth Day, Babcock Ranch had its official reveal on Friday, April 22, with construction on the community’s homes set to begin this summer. If all goes according to plan, Kitson expects that residents will begin moving into the community sometime next year. When the project is completed, it will pull all of its energy needs from a neighboring 74.5-megawatt solar power plant, which will...

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SO YOU’VE RUINED A TOWN AND POISONED ITS CHILDREN — WHAT NEXT? BILL THEM FOR YOUR LEGAL COSTS...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Devil’s Tower By Mark Sumner  VIA DAILY KOS     Darnell Earley was appointed as emergency manager of Flint, Michigan, by Gov. Rick Snyder. As emergency manager he had expansive powers including control over the city’s public works, and while it was yet another Synder-appointed emergency manager who signed the contract to start pumping water out of the Flint River, Earley was the man in charge when the switch over actually happened and lead started leaching into the water delivered to homes. Earley is, with some justification, under criminal investigation as part of the ongoing Flint crisis. So it’s not surprising that he’s hired a lawyer. What is surprising is what he did with his legal bills. Former Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley tried to bill the cash-strapped city $750 an hour for an attorney to sit with...

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TEMPERATURES IN 2016 APPROACH LIMIT SET AT PARIS CLIMATE CONFERENCE...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report The first three months of 2016 have been so warm that global temperatures are already nearing the limit set at the COP21 climate conference, whose international commitments haven’t even been ratified by its signatory countries yet. (Photo: francediplomatie / Flickr) On April 22 (Earth Day), US Secretary of State John Kerry, with his granddaughter in his lap, signed the international commitment that is supposed to slow the pace of anthropogenic climate disruption. The commitment, which was the result of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference last fall, was signed by more than 150 countries at the UN. Its aim was to limit global temperature increases to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial baseline levels. The problem is, three days before Kerry made his symbolic signature, NASA...

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NEPAL DISASTER: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE TRIGGERS EARTHQUAKES...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]                                                            Nepal_Earthquake_2015_002 Image by Nirmal Dulal and courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. One year ago, Nepal was rocked by a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. In conjunction with a major aftershock one month later, the April 25 disaster claimed around 9,000 lives, injured tens of thousands more, and reduced holy sites like the Dharahara tower and Vatsala Durga to rubble. Relief Web The quake was not entirely unexpected. Residents in this seismically active part of the world have collected records of seismic activity for hundreds if not thousands of years. Earlier earthquakes have done far more damage. An 8.1-magnitude quake in 1934, for example, resulted in the deaths of 19,000 in Nepal and neighboring India. But as world leaders lined up at the United Nations on Friday to commit their nations to greenhouse gas reductions intended...

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WARNING: TPP REARING ITS UGLY HEAD...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dave Johnson  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) went dormant in Congress after election season began. It became clear that the public despises our country’s corporate-dominated “trade deals” that let companies just lay people off and close factories here to take advantage of conditions in countries that allow people and the environment to be exploited. Candidates who could sense which way the wind was blowing told voters they oppose TPP, and Congress dropped it — for now. But now people who follow these things are hearing more and more talk behind the scenes that indicate corporate America is going to try to push TPP through in the “lame duck” Congressional session after the elections. This is a session in which the old Congress consisting of the ones who might have...

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DAYS OF REVOLT: CHRIS HEDGES, TIM DE CHRISTOPHER DISCUSS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Tim DeChristopher on ‘Days of Revolt’ In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center. The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference. DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war. Still, DeChristopher says, “I don’t think it’s inevitable...

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THE NORTH POLE IS MOVING, AND NOW WE KNOW WHAT’S CAUSING IT — US...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Hard Science FUTURISM NASA/JPL-Caltech In Brief Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, scientists at NASA have figured out what’s going on…and humans are behind it. You might not feel it personally, but Earth’s rotational spin axis—is shifting. Around the beginning of the 21st century, scientists started noticing that the North rotational pole was moving eastward. Now, scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe they have a plausible reason as to why. Human Disturbances Earths rotational axis is constantly shifting – that’s nothing new. It’s because Earth (and any other planet in existence) isn’t a perfect sphere. It’s imperfect, cover with bumps and chasms. “If you take a chunk of material from some area, you are breaking...

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THIRTY WAYS CHERNOBYL AND THE DYING NUCLEAR INDUSTRY THREATEN OUR SURVIVAL...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     (Photo: Fi Dot)HARVEY WASSERMAN OF ECOWATCH FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT Article reprinted with permission from EcoWatch April 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. It comes as Germany, which is phasing out all its reactors, has asked Belgium to shut two of its nukes because of the threat of terrorism. It also comes as advancing efficiencies and plunging prices in renewable energy remind us that nukes stand in the way of solving our climate crisis. And it makes us remember the second and third biggest lies told us by the atomic power industry: that no commercial nuke could explode, and that no one would be harmed by reactor fallout. Prior to the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, there was at least one minor explosion (on March...

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PREVENTING THE NEXT FLINT WITH TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME...

Apr 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] How do we know the water flowing from our taps is safe and free from contaminants? For the most part, we trust that regulators and inspectors have done their jobs, and we likely don’t think about it much. We just fill our glasses, take our showers, and brush our toddlers’ teeth. But then Flint happens, or the 2014 Elk River spill in West Virginia that left 300,000 people in nine counties without water for weeks. In West Virginia, a group of students, ecologists, and public radio journalists have hatched a DIY pilot project they hope will keep another Flint or Elk River from happening. They placed six simple, low-cost sensors—developed by Public Lab and the MIT Media Lab—in the Monongahela River to show that ordinary citizens can collect and interpret water-quality data in...

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