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India Blames Heat-Wave Deaths on Climate Change

Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May—and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.

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On Becoming Black, Becoming White and Being Human: Rachel Dolezal and the Fluidity of Race

When I think of the former NAACP official’s attempt to pass for black, I am reminded of my cousin Ernest, who successfully passed for white for four decades, and the fact that race in the United States—though a mutable social construct—remains more important than ever to the way we see ourselves.

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The Charleston Shooting: Holding Obama and the Presidential Candidates Accountable

Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshippers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

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What Do the Pope and ‘The Martian’ Have in Common?

The science fiction film starring Matt Damon is a timely cautionary tale for us fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. Pope Francis gets it, as his climate change encyclical shows. Will the rest of us?

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The Pope, the Saint and the Climate

Invoking his namesake, St. Francis—the patron saint of animals and ecology—Pope Francis says flatly that a “very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.”

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Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

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Climate Change Offers Rare Respite for African Farmers

Under the influence of greenhouse gases, changes in air temperature and wind patterns are increasing rainfall and crop yields in the drought-prone Sahel region.

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Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

The more I read about Dolezal and her life in “blackface,” the angrier I got. Here are 10 reasons her critics are on solid ground in denouncing her.

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The New Battle of Seattle

When the pope and paddlers unite, change cannot be far off.

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The Hoax of Climate Denial

It’s often claimed that environmental science done in federal agencies is “politically driven” and therefore suspect. While widely held, the idea is demonstrably false. It ignores the simple fact that most of the major contributions of the twentieth century, at least in the physical sciences, came from just such government science.

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