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Coastal Cities Face $1 Trillion Floods by 2050

Less than 40 years from now the cost to the world’s biggest coastal cities from flooding is expected to rise to $1 trillion—0.7% of the value of the world economy in 2012.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Laura Poitras

Documentary filmmaker and government surveillance reporter Laura Poitras is a model for a new generation of investigative journalists bent on protecting their sources while uncovering government wrongdoing.

Posted on Aug 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Earth’s Inner Heat Melts Greenland Ice

Greenland’s icesheet is melting, at the surface and at its base, due to the normal warmth of an active rocky planet.

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Climate Change Boosts Disease Spread

We sometimes forget that one consequence of climate change is likely to be new ways for diseases to propagate between organisms.

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When Schools Become Dead Zones of Imagination

Like the dead space of the American mall, the school systems promoted by billionaire un-reformers and titans of finance such as Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, the Walton family and Michael Bloomberg offer the empty ideological seduction of consumerism as the ultimate form of citizenship and learning.

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Stop-and-Frisk: The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Teenagers in Space

In the 1970s, those in a position to produce movies, TV shows, comics, novels, or memoirs about Vietnam were convinced that Americans felt badly enough without such reminders. It was simpler to consider the war film and war toy casualties of Vietnam than to create cultural products with the wrong heroes, victims, and villains.

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More Heatwaves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

Heatwaves will inevitably become fiercer and more frequent over much of the planet by 2040 because of the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, climate scientists say.

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A Lack of Spine on Egypt

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE


A Civics Lesson From America’s Education Debate

Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here’s one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE


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