STAGGERED STARTER HOME PROJECT IN NEW ORLEANS...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] 0 OJT develops staggered starter home* project in new orleans all images © william crocker       developed as an opportunistic and affordable urban housing program by new orleans-based studio OJT (office of jonathan tate). ‘starter home*’ explores the relevant and increasing problem of entry-level homes, while pairing contemporary design and addressing environmental concerns.     the project, led by architect jonathan tate has been designed to cater to a range of buyers; from people buying for the first time; downsizing; densification through infill of overlooked odd or irregular vacant land. the first starter home* has been launched in new orleans, located in the irish channel neighborhood of the american city. the concept forms an opportunistic urban housing program created to develop affordable, entry-level homes       the designers sought out...

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MODULAR HOUSING UNITS POSITIONED ON PARIS ROOFTOPS...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   stéphane malka positions modular housing units on rooftops in paris all images courtesy of stéphane malka       discovering ways of gaining new perspectives of the city, stéphane malka architecture have designed a housing intervention in paris which effectively works with existing buildings. named ‘3box’, the units are suspended and raised in between two buildings on a corner plot. the modular structures are rectangular in shape and subtly highlights the contrast between old and new, while developed with sustainable technologies and topped with a green roof.   ‘we were able to propose green housing 40% below the real estate market price, built without any nuisance in workshops, in an extremely short time thanks to our patented panels and unique technique of prefabrication. these patents were achieved in collaboration with a team...

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YOUR PARENTING IS THE PROBLEM: WE SPENT MORE TIME AND MONEY ON PARENTING THAN EVER – BUT WE’RE GETTING WORSE...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Your kids only eat fries? Run the show at home? It’s on you: “Let kids decide” switched adult authority to children Leonard Sax  SALON.COM   Your parenting is the problem: We spend more time and money on parenting than ever — but we are getting worse (Credit: IAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV via Shutterstock) Excerpted from “The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups” Parents Adrift I knew what I wanted to say. But I didn’t say it. Al and Mary McMaster (all names have been changed, except where noted) have two daughters, Tara and Margo. Mom brought 14-year-old Tara in to see me. Mom was concerned about an irritated rash at both corners of Tara’s mouth. “I’ve tried some over-the-counter creams, but nothing has worked,” mom said. “What...

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FINE, GIVE THE GOP FOUR YEARS: THE LIBERAL CASE FOR EITHER BERNIE SANDERS, OR ELECTING A REPUBLICAN PRESIDE...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democrats can’t hold the White House forever. Losing in 2016 might make more strategic sense than losing in 2020 Walker Bragman  SALON.COM   Topics: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Elections 2016, Editor’s Picks, Elections News, News, Politics News Fine, give the GOP four years: The liberal case for either Bernie Sanders, or electing a Republican president Ted Cruz, Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/Tami Chappell/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon) Nobody is acknowledging it yet, but in all likelihood the next president, be it a Republican or a Democrat, will have just four years to get as much done as possible before passing the torch to the challenger in 2020. Republicans have little hope of a two-term presidency (let alone winning in 2016) due to changing demographics, and a narrative shift that favors acceptance and...

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THERE IS NO PLANET B: WE’RE NOT COLONIZING THE MILKY WAY ANY TIME SOON...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jenny McCarthy arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Forget what you saw in “Interstellar.” The odds of our successfully relocating to another planet are virtually nil Kim Stanley Robinson, Scientific American   There is no planet B: We’re not colonizing the Milky Way any time soon This article was originally published by Scientific American. The idea that humans will eventually travel to and inhabit other parts of our galaxy was well expressed by the early Russian rocket scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who wrote, “Earth is humanity’s cradle, but you’re not meant to stay in your cradle forever.” Since then the idea has been a staple of science fiction, and thus become part of a consensus image of humanity’s...

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“IT SCARED EVERYBODY”: HOW JENNY MC CARTHY AND ANTI-VAXERS HELPED AUTISM AWARENESS...

Jan 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Salon talks to the co-author of “In a Different Key” about autism history and the silver lining of controversy Scott Timberg  SALON.COM   (Credit: AP/Jordan Strauss) Autism has been in the news so much over the last few years that it’s amazing to think that a bit more than 80 years ago, it didn’t exist. Or rather, it didn’t have a name or identity of any kind. That changed when a Mississippi boy named Donald Tripplett took a train to Baltimore to meet the child psychiatrist Leo Kanner. Between then and now, autism has become better known and understood. Recent years have also seen a fascination with people who are “on the spectrum” and their mathematical and musical abilities (see this new Atlantic story). But there have also been strange episodes along the...

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DESERT TOWER RAISES CHILE’S SOLAR POWER AMBITION TO NEW HEIGHTS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   THE GUARDIAN Towering 200 metres above the desert, the Atacama 1 will harvest the sun’s energy from a surrounding field of giant mirrors. But the completion of the $1.1bn project, the first of its kind in Latin America, has been thrown into doubt by the financial difficulties of its Spanish owner Atacama 1 concentrated solar power plant being built by Spanish firm Abengoa in Chile. Photograph: Jonathan Watts for the Guardian Jonathan Watts in the Atacama desert Rising more than 200 metres above the vast, deserted plains of the Atacama desert, the second tallest building in Chile sits in such a remote location that it looks, from a distance, like the sanctuary of a reclusive prophet, a temple to ancient gods or the giant folly of a wealthy eccentric. Instead, this extraordinary...

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2016 — THE YEAR OF GREEN FINANCE, THE VIEW FROM LONDON...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nick RobinsCo-Director, UNEP Inquiry into a Sustainable Financial System Heading into the New Year, global financial markets are experiencing yet another bout of volatility and turbulence. Many political, economic and environmental uncertainties and threats cloud the year ahead. One thing is clear, however. From a strategic perspective, 2015 built a new set of policy foundations for the global economy, signaling new directions for the financial system. We now have the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the so-called SDGs, which, in essence, plot out an annual investment pipeline measured in the trillions to end poverty and also marry increased prosperity with social inclusion and environmental regeneration. And we also have the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which signaled the shift to a low and ultimately net zero carbon economy, stressed the urgency of improving...

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HEALTH IS WHERE THE HOME IS

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Susan Sered, Susan Sered’s Blog | Op-Ed VIA TRUTHOUT Maybe it’s because of the bitterly cold temperatures at night this week, or maybe it’s my own visceral response to overdosing on television shows with happy family Christmas scenes and neighborhood holiday lighting competitions, but I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to how housing and homes impact health. About a decade ago I traveled to the Mississippi Delta, Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, south-central Illinois, the mountains of northern Idaho and the cities of eastern Massachusetts to speak with individuals and families scraping by without health insurance. Most of these people worked in construction, retail, agricultural or service jobs. The details varied, but across the country I heard about spiraling poor health, declining employability and growing poverty. In 2015 I made...

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56 INDIGENOUS CORN VARIETIES AT RISK AS MONSANTO EYES MEXICO...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow  ECOWATCH Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country. In August 2015, a Mexican judged overturned a September 2013 ban on GMO corn, thus opening more business opportunities for Monsanto and other agribusinesses pending favorable later court decisions. Monsanto even announced in October 2015 that it was seeking to double its sales in the country over the next five years. Chef Pancho Ibanez of Mexico City-based restaurant Pujol. He joins roughly 80 other Mexican chefs who are speaking out against GMO corn. Photo credit: Financial Times The GMO corn ban remains pending a ruling on the appeal, but a final decision could end up in Mexico’s supreme court. Monsanto, which is seeking five permits to grow...

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DAVID BOWIE WAS THE INTERNET BEFORE THE INTERNET EXISTED...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Grist / Amelia Bates Our Bowies, Ourselves By Katharine Wroth   GRIST This is an environmental publication, so I can really only write this piece if I ask the following things: Did you know David Bowie was the headliner at the 1972 Friends of the Earth “Save the Whale” concert? Did you know the poster for that concert featured him perched on a harpoon? Did you know he donated (OK, deeply discounted the fee for) his song “Heroes” for use in “The Cove,” the 2009 documentary about dolphin hunting? Did you know he signed a petition urging climate action just this November? Used public transportation? Was compared to cicadas in a fabulously bizarre article in The Guardian? And did you know some creative individual manages a lyrics-powered Climate David Bowie account on Twitter? There...

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THE STUNNING IRRELEVANCE OF WING-NUT BILLIONAIRES: WHY BERNIE’S RIDING HIGH WHILE THE KOCH BROS COLLAPSE...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Wealthy conservatives are pouring billions into this years elections — yet their favorites continue to implode Gary Legum  SALON.COM   (Credit: AP/Cheryl Senter/Reuters/Brendan McDermid/Photo montage by Salon) Let us pour one out for the poor millionaires and billionaires bemoaning the lousy returns they are getting on their investments in presidential candidates this election cycle. This week The Hill ran a story entitled “Upset Republican donors: Have we wasted our money?” I dunno, fellas. Did you spend it on several million Powerball tickets? Advertisement Advertisement The thrust of the story is that despite all the money wealthy Republican businesspeople have shoveled into super PACs supporting their chosen candidates, many of said candidates are lagging in the polls or dropped out of the race early. Right to Rise USA, the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush,...

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TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT BERNIE’S HEALTH CARE STAND...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Money & Politics By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Chelsea Clinton, (C) daughter of democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaks at a roundtable discussion on early childhood education, with State Representative Mary Jane Wallner, (L) and Kelli MacIver Bruns, at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center January 12, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Chelsea’s visit to New Hampshire follows a visit by her father Bill Clinton a week ago. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images) The Clinton campaign just made a serious mistake. They sent Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea out on behalf of her mother to bash Senator Bernie Sanders on the issue of health care. What’s so wrong with that? Don’t all candidates use family surrogates when and where they can? The Kennedys, for example, deployed a horde of kinfolk for Jack’s campaign for...

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BIZARRE & DISTURBING HURRICANE ALEX FORMS IN ATLANTIC, HURRICAN PALI IN PACIFIC IN JANUARY...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By FishOutofWater  VIA DAILY KOS   Hurricane Pali Tues Jan 12, 2016 near EQUATOR SW of Hawaii. Pali was the earliest hurricane to form in the central & eastern Pacific. Hurricane Pali is heading where no hurricane has gone before, within 5 degrees of the equator in the north central Pacific. Forecasters have been stunned by Pali. Tropical storms generally don’t form near the equator because they can’t develop enough spin there but a phenomenal atmospheric wave moved eastward along the equator all the way from the Indian ocean to the eastern Pacific over the last month. That massive wave of thunderstorms on both sides of the equator built a strong surge of westerly winds on the equator as it moved east. When those west winds reached the central Pacific where the Northeasterly...

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FREEDOM CAUCUS PLOTS OVERTHROW OF HOUSE, ENTIRE GOVERNMENT...

Jan 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Joan McCarter  DAILY KOS   They ousted one House Speaker, John Boehner, and now the House problem children want to make sure that the new one, Paul Ryan, remembers that. They’re plotting their course to complete their takeover of the House and dramatically change government. “I’m hoping for something bold. Not only from the leadership but from the larger conference,” said Rep. MickMulvaney (R-S.C.). “The leadership cannot go bold if the conference does not want to follow, and the conference isn’t going to want to go bold if the leadership doesn’t want to lead the charge.”For starters, caucus members say they intend to keep a close watch in 2016 on whether Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) follows through on his promise to create a bottom-up leadership structure, including delegating more power to...

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IN MYANMAR, A WIFE’S WRENCHING DECISION...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Opinion Pages | Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof   NY TIMES Photo Jano Begum Credit Nicholas Kristof/The New York Times   SITTWE, Myanmar — How much should you sacrifice to save your husband’s life? And how much hardship do you inflict on your son to rescue your husband? Those are the questions Jano Begum faced. Jano, 22, and her husband, Robi Alom, 30, are among the more than one million Muslims who belong to the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, subjected to an ethnic cleansing that a Yale study suggests may amount to genocide. I’ve written several times over the years about the brutalization of the Rohingya, but I know that for some readers it seems obscure and remote. Why worry about a distant people when there are so many crises in our own backyard?...

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HILLARY CLINTON’S FATAL WEAKNESS EXPOSED AGAIN: WHY BERNIE SANDERS SURGE IS EXPOSING HER BIGGEST POLITICAL SHORTCOMING...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] When the going gets tough, Clinton goes on the offensive — and that’s where the problems really start Daniel Denvir    SALON.COM   Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (Credit: AP/Seth Wenig) It feels like September 2015 all over again, when the Clinton campaign, facing her first major shock from Bernie Sanders, decided on a course correction and apparently on purpose gave the New York Times a behind-the-scenes look at their “new efforts to bring spontaneity to a candidacy that sometimes seems wooden and overly cautious.” Clinton is a very wealthy former first lady, senator and secretary of state with expensive homes in Washington D.C. and Chappaqua, New York, who launched her campaign with an Uber-eque logo and a slogan—fighting for “everyday Americans”— that rendered actual humans into a plastic composite sketch. Clinton is unlikeable...

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DESIGN FORECAST

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Anti-ownership, holography, and revisiting hippie values: Curators, critics, experts, designers, and Metropolis editors share their predictions for the year ahead. Metropolis editors and contributors Drawings by Danielle Chenette ​ The End of Ownership Access is the new ownership. It’s been coming for years, but I think in 2016 we will actually see a major shift in this direction. Do we need to own a home, a car, a boat? Things that were once available only after years of saving can now be easily accessible through the collaborative. With the focus shifting away from ownership of consumer things, access to unique experiences is the new goal. Learning to make sushi from a revered chef in Japan or skiing the backcountry with an expert—access to these types of experiences is becoming more and more...

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DISRUPTIONS ARE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT by Jared Green “The Paris climate agreement didn’t create the commitments we need to limit global warming to a 2 degree Celsius increase,” said Laura Tuck, vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank at Transforming Transportation, a conference in Washington, D.C. “But it was an awesome achievement. All 190 countries — everybody — is in.” All countries are now focused on how to achieve a net-zero carbon world by 2050. For Andrew Steer, president of the World Resource Institute (WRI), the success of the Paris climate meeting, and the long-term movement towards the ambitious 2050 goals, signifies the “renaissance of moral imperative around the world.” Tuck and Steer called for undertaking “disruptive approaches” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the transportation sector, which accounts for the second largest...

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WHY A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS MIGHT ACTUALLY BE THE END OF THE WORLD...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Keystone XL may be dead for now, but it’s only one of several measures that would put the planet in grave danger Michael Klare, TomDispatch.com  VIA SALON.CO   The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota (Credit: Reuters) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill administration to take the last constraints off the development of North American fossil fuel reserves. The new Republican majority is certain to push their agenda on a variety of key issues, including tax reform and immigration. None of their...

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THE FEDS WANT TO GIVE $14 MILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY TO A KOCH BROTHER’S COAL MINE...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock/Kritchanut By Katie Herzog   GRIST Damn, it feels good to be a billionaire. Today in WTF News, we learned that billionaire industrialist William Koch — brother of arch conservatives Charles and David Koch — may be getting a $14 million royalty refund after his coal mine on leased federal property in Colorado shut down. And that $14 mil would come compliments of the American taxpayer. When coal is mined from underground on federal land, the federal government is entitled to an 8 percent royalty. But coal-mining companies can claim they face trying economic conditions and ask for a “royalty rate reduction,” Reuters reports. One of Koch’s companies did just that. It’s not a big surprise that a greedy fossil fuel billionaire would ask for an extra government handout. What’s crazy is that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to grant the request. Put another way, to...

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WE’VE FINALLY FIGURED OUT HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BENEFIT FUTURE GENERATIONS...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog When we talk about climate change, everyone is always going on about “saving future generations.” Well, what about the generations of 102,000 A.D.? Turns out we’re doing them a great favor! According to a study published in the journal Nature, climate change may have postponed the next ice age by as much as 50,000 years. Bloomberg reports: [R]esearchers in Germany were able to use computer models to replicate the last eight glacial cycles and provide predictions on when the next might occur. The scientists found that even without further output of heat-trapping gases, the next ice age probably wouldn’t set in for another 50,000 years. That would make the current so-called inter-glacial period “unusually long,” according to the lead author, Andrey Ganopolski. “However, our study also shows that relatively moderate additional anthropogenic CO2-emissions...

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THE SEVEN CHARTS YOU NEED TO FATHOM CALIFORNIA’S WATER PROSPECTS...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Nathanael Johnson   GRIST It’s finally raining in California — just when we’d begun to think that it would never rain again. But the state is deep in water debt. Traditionally, California has depended on snowmelt for about a third of its water. The recent storms have gotten California’s snowpack up to slightly above average for this time of year, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to refill reservoirs. First the good news: Snow! Compare the current snowpack (above) to this time last year. Why are we seeing more snow? Well, it got colder and wetter. Last year, average minimum temperature in the Sierra Nevada mountains was 32.1 degrees, which meant it just wasn’t cold enough to snow in most places. “Temperatures are getting warmer every year,” said Doug Carlson, an information officer...

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How the Koch Brothers’ ‘Bankers’ Snuck an Anti-Wind Op-Ed Past the New York Times...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Since 1997, the Kochs have given more than $79 million to groups that distort climate science and malign renewable energy. By Elliott Negin / The Huffington Post   VIA ALTERNET Charles and David Koch. Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey on Flickr In the run-up to the perennial debate in Congress over whether to extend a tax credit for the wind industry, The New York Times ran a provocatively headlined — and misleading — op-ed column denouncing it as corporate welfare. “Giving Billions to the Rich” was a broadside against Congress’ end-of-the-year tax extenders package, which renews temporary corporate tax breaks, and it singled out the wind production tax credit as one of the most egregious. The November 23 column was written by Marc Short and Andy Koenig, both from an organization called Freedom Partners. They...

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Shocker: Govt. Scientists Admit They Deceived the Public About Fracking’s Impact on Drinking Water...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion — and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face. By Justin Gardner / The Free Thought Project  VIA ALTERNET Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was commissioned by Congress to undertake a study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water. This newer method of oil and gas extraction involves the pumping of highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations. Fracking has driven the boom in U.S. oil production and contributed to the steep drop in gasoline prices, but the environmental impacts of this relatively new technique are not well understood. The EPA’s draft study—released in June to solicit input from advisers and the public—found  that fracking has already contaminated drinking...

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U.S. SOLAR CREATED MORE JOBS THAN OIL AND GAS EXTRACTION...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Ryan Koronowski CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jerry McBride Two of 105 solar panels are installed on the roof of a barn Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, north of Hesperus, Colo.   Over the last year, the solar industry added jobs twelve times faster than the rest of the economy, even more than the jobs created by the oil and gas extraction and pipeline sectors combined. The Solar Foundation released its annual Solar Jobs Census Tuesday, and found that for the third straight year, the solar workforce grew 20 percent in the United States. According to the census, the industry added 35,052 jobs, elevating its grand total to 208,859. That builds on the 31,000 jobs added the year before, and 23,600 added the year before that. “It’s incredible,” SolarCity CEO and co-founder Lyndon Rive...

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OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS SUE ENERGY COMPANIES OVER EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File This Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 file photo of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof at the home of Joe and Mary Reneau are pictured through a second-story screen window in Sparks, Okla.   Oklahoma has been hit by swarms of earthquakes over the last few years, and some residents have had enough. This week, a group of 14 homeowners in Edmond, Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against 12 energy companies, claiming that the companies’ fracking operations have contributed to this uptick in earthquakes. Specifically, the lawsuit targets the companies’ wastewater disposal wells, claiming that the injection of fracking wastewater into these wells “caused or contributed” to earthquakes and constituted an “ultrahazardous activity.” In the lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County court, the residents...

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: The FDA Has Only Banned Three Chemicals Out of Nearly 100 Known to Cause Health Risks, and More...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program | Video Report In today’s On the News segment: There are nearly 100 chemicals used in food processing and packaging that pose a serious health risk, but the FDA is only banning three of these type of chemicals, which are no longer even in use; Greenland is losing about 8,000 tons of ice sheet every second; Germany just opened a superhighway that is only open to bikes; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here – on the best of the rest of…. Science and green news…. You need to know this. There is a massive methane leak in California that you may not even know about. Since mid-October, a broken pipe located 8,000 feet below...

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CATTLE GRAZING IS A CLIMATE DISASTER, AND YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Max Whittaker By Ben Adler GRIST The rules governing cattle grazing on federal lands are so obscure that your average climate change correspondent hasn’t given much thought to them. But now that a gang of pathetic losers with guns has occupied a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon to gripe about the federal government’s audacity to set rules for how ranchers use publicly owned land, it’s worth taking a look at this policy. As it turns out, ranchers using federal land, like the Bundy family that is leading the occupation and the Hammond family in whose name they took up arms, are recipients of massive federal subsidies for activities that exacerbate climate change and damage sensitive ecosystems. It’s time the taxpayers stopped indulging these whiny welfare queens and kicked them off the dole. Why this...

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THE GREAT FORGETTING

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG   Hillary Clinton during a rally recently in Sioux City, Iowa. (Jae C. Hong / AP) America’s refusal to fund and sustain its intellectual and cultural heritage means it has lost touch with its past, obliterated its understanding of the present, crushed its capacity to transform itself through self-reflection and self-criticism, and descended into a deadening provincialism. Ignorance and illiteracy come with a cost. The obsequious worship of technology, hedonism and power comes with a cost. The primacy of emotion and spectacle over wisdom and rational thought comes with a cost. And we are paying the bill. The decades-long assault on the arts, the humanities, journalism and civic literacy is largely complete. All the disciplines that once helped us interpret who we were as a people and our place...

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