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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Author Annalee Newitz is convinced that humans will survive a mass extinction, “because the world has been almost completely destroyed at least half a dozen times already in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, and every single time there have been survivors.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


The Creative Destruction of Misguided Ideology

What happens when the insurance industry so touted by the conservative movement starts saying things that wholly contradict that movement’s talking points?

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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California’s Civil War Is About Water, and the South Doesn’t Seem to Care

Southern Californians get much of their fresh water from the northern part of the state and they don’t seem to care that the system that supplies that water is in danger of collapse.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



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New Technologies Boost Renewables

In encouraging news for proponents of renewable energy, scientists say they can produce high-quality biofuel cheaply, and another team has found a more economical way to make hydrogen from water.

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Drowning in Denial

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Chris Hedges on How to Move Forward

After a series of interviews discussing such issues as corporate control of America and the grim realities facing the economy and environment, the Real News Network’s Paul Jay asks the Truthdig columnist what he thinks is “the key link for what’s next.”

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Plants Wilt as Heat Increases Ozone

Plants are significantly less able to absorb low-level ozone during a heat wave, researchers have found, with implications tied to more than 2 million deaths worldwide by air pollution from human causes.

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 READ MORE



Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Confirmed: Fracking Triggers Quakes (Video)

A study published in the journal Science on Thursday shows that major earthquakes can trigger reflex temblors thousands of miles away in areas where fluids used in fracking and other industrial operations have been injected into the ground.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE


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EPA’s Abandoned Fracking Study One Retreat of Many

In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana—the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.

Posted on Jul 7, 2013 READ MORE


Nuke Waste Storage

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Heat Wave

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Obama Outlines Climate Change Plan, Weiner Leads Comeback Race, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact considers possible outcomes for Wednesday’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver takes aim at the media and the government over whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Talks With Ronnie Kasrils (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed Ronnie Kasrils in New York during a visit there by the author, former South African government official and onetime warrior against apartheid. Among other things, they talked about what it means to be a rebel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 READ MORE


Climate Change Summit

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Posted on Jun 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

A vast, globally important river basin in Canada five times the size of France is at great risk from a potential catastrophic oil spill from the mining of tar sands.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



Macmillan

The Race for What’s Left

It’s dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible or safe to obtain.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


World Environment Day

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Exxon Lied About Oil Pipeline Rupture, Documents Show

According to newly released documents, Exxon Mobil—the world’s most profitable corporation—knew that contamination from a tar sands crude oil spill in Arkansas this year was dangerous and yet, the company downplayed it anyway.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


To Fracking!

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Posted on May 31, 2013 READ MORE


Era of Extreme Weather

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A Mission on Climate Change

President Obama should spend his remaining years in office making the United States part of the solution to climate change, not part of the problem.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Everything We Know About What’s Happened Under Sequestration

Among other effects, cancer clinics in March began turning away thousands of Medicare patients being treated with expensive chemotherapy drugs, which the clinics say they can no longer afford.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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The Real Obstacle to Halting Climate Change

In case you missed the news, humanity just spent the Earth Day week reaching another sad milestone in the history of catastrophic climate change.

Posted on May 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Ripped From Tomorrow’s Headlines: Brian Wood, Comic Book Futurist

Brian Wood is a best-selling comic book writer whose body of work expresses a political and social awareness that ranks with the best in speculative fiction.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, Dr. James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during his long and distinguished career.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



Terror in the West, Texas, Night

The Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath has dominated the nation’s headlines. Yet, another series of explosions that happened two days later and took four times the number of lives, has gotten a fraction of the coverage.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



NASA

Did Earth Day Blow It?

With apologies to the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who is widely credited as the founder of Earth Day, I don’t really feel like celebrating.

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE


Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Michael Hudson on Obama, Social Security and Mean Mrs. Thatcher

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Economist Michael Hudson attacks Obama’s proposed cuts. Also on the program: the fight to keep Monsanto from polluting Hawaii’s natural wonders, a college degree ain’t what it used to be, and a new movie documents the legal showdown over medical marijuana.

Posted on Apr 14, 2013 READ MORE



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I’m a Republican, Not an Idiot

Pioneering Lancaster, Calif., Mayor R. Rex Parris wants his city to generate more power from renewable energy than it consumes. In fact, he wants the dusty, desert town to be the solar power capital of the universe. And he’s a Republican.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Keystone XL Pipeline: The ‘Stonewall’ of the Climate Movement?

Why take a look at the history of gay rights in the context of the climate struggle? Because the hardest part of the Keystone pipeline fight has been figuring out what to do about the Democrats.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Jeannie Nuss

Exxon Threatens to Arrest Reporters for Entering Arkansas Oil Spill Site

The oil giant is sure doing its best to prevent journalists from covering the recent oil spill from its Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower, Ark., reporters say. And unfortunately for them, a pliant county sheriff’s office has shown it’s all too willing to help Exxon Mobil out.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 READ MORE


Big Oil

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More Than Half of U.S. Rivers in Trouble

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, a survey of nearly 2,000 locations by the Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Ecosocialism: One Man’s Vision for a Green Economy

According to activists such as Chris Williams, capitalism is designed for infinite growth, but the planet is not.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Environment Unprotected From Sequester

Thanks to the dreaded sequester cuts, the nation’s habitat will take a sizable hit as the development of clean energy is set back and 8,400 meat inspectors are furloughed. The oil industry, however, emerges as a victor as it gets to keep its billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies while the EPA sees its funding for monitoring and cleanup reduced, Mother Jones reports.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE


What Climate Change

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A Power to Act on Warming

The test of President Obama’s seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It’s whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants—one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions—to the ashcan of history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



United States Department of Energy

Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Two 2016 Prospects Spotlight Democrats’ Identity Crisis

Despite its success in recent elections, and despite the image of unity it projects, the Democratic Party is in the throes of an epic identity crisis pitting its corporate money against its stated principles.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


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Climate Activists Hold Major Rally, Demand Obama Reject Keystone Pipeline

Organizers of Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” rally and march claim the estimated 35,000 activists who descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the Obama administration take action on the critical issue of global warming constitute the largest turnout ever for a climate rally.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE



Historic Tar-Sands Action at Obama’s Door

For the first time in its 120-year history, the Sierra Club engaged in civil disobedience, the day after President Barack Obama gave his 2013 State of the Union address.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Green Talk Is Cheap at the State of the Union

If President Obama reprises the environmental theme in Tuesday night’s speech, “he’ll join a long list of predecessors to warn that we’re leaving a mess for future generations. And if past is prologue, the green talk and pageantry may be the only things delivered on the president’s lofty words,” writes Peter Dykstra, publisher of The Daily Climate.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE


Pollution in China

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Fracking

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Is the U.S. Polluting Drinking Water?

Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer. The effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: Water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Julio Cortez

Global Warming Is a Domestic Crisis

It is vital for the president and his allies in Congress to remember that those Americans most defenseless against extreme weather and natural disasters form the backbone of the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE


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