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U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

The Age of Thirst in the American West

Consider it a taste of the future: the fire, smoke, drought, dust, and heat that have made life unpleasant, if not dangerous, from Louisiana to Los Angeles.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Nicolò Lazzati (CC-BY)

China’s Future Up in the Air

China has to find a way to continue its rapid growth without choking to death. Literally.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 READ MORE



Friends of the Earth International (CC-BY)

5 Questions for the Durban Climate Talks

How will nations finance the effort to slow and adapt to climate change? What role will the U.S. play? And will the countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol vote to renew it? These are some of the questions journalists are looking to answer during the U.N. climate talks under way in Durban, South Africa, this week. (more)

Posted on Dec 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Schalk van Zuydam

Cry, the Beloved Climate

The United Nations’ annual climate summit descended on Durban, South Africa, this week, but not in time to prevent the tragic death of Qodeni Ximba.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE


Keystone XL: Ring Around the Rose Garden

More than 10,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., last Sunday with a simple goal: Encircle the White House.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



Elvert Barnes (CC-BY-SA)

Investigators and Activists Target Keystone XL Pipeline

Friday, just two days before thousands of protesters encircled the White House, the State Department inspector general’s office said it would launch an investigation into the vetting process for a controversial oil pipeline that would snake its way from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



[casey] (CC-BY-ND)

The War Against the Poor

We’ve been at war for decades now—not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home. Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Charlie Riedel

BP Plans a Comeback in Gulf of Mexico

One might think that after the ecological apocalypse that British Petroleum visited upon the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding environs with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, BP might harbor a healthy sense of shame about returning to that scarred region. Yeah, no.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



WWF Greater Mekong

Extinction: Another One Bites the Dust

A subspecies of rhino native to Southeast Asia has been wiped out. There are now just 50 members of its parent species, the Javan rhino, left in the world. It’s a reminder that the danger in endangered is real, and we can’t just sit back and hope conservationists can keep human beings from annihilating Earth’s biodiversity. (more)

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



Poster Boy (CC-BY)

Global Warming Just Got Hotter

For the clueless or cynical die-hards who deny global warming, it’s getting awfully cold out there.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

A Movement Too Big to Fail

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE


Government by Death Panel

The White House’s reported “kill list” reminds us that government death panels in general are anything but rare—they are all around us, making blood-curdling decisions to kill people all the time.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


Why an Unusually Melty Arctic Means Trouble

Dr. Tom Wagner of NASA is remarkably cheerful as he explains how the historic melting of sea ice in the Arctic threatens to exacerbate climate change across the globe.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



OMI/Aura/NASA

Big Winter for Arctic Ozone Hole

Unusual weather ripped a sizable hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic last winter, exposing people in northern Russia, parts of Greenland and Norway to high levels of UV radiation. Human activity did not cause the hole’s sudden appearance, scientists said in a report released Monday. (more)

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 READ MORE



Mark Taylor (CC-BY)

Can the Left Stage a Tea Party?

This week, progressives will highlight a new effort to pursue the road not taken at a conference convened by the Campaign for America’s Future that opens Monday.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Jae C. Hong

Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

Tomatoes of Wrath

One of the most important battles in the history of migrant labor is taking place in the fields of Florida and in the produce section of Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE


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Siemens Drops Nuclear Power

The German conglomerate is getting out of the nuclear power business. Siemens built every one of Germany’s existing nuclear power plants, all of which were scheduled to be shuttered by 2022 following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



eutrophication&hypoxia (CC-BY)

Obama and Republicans: Champions of Smog

Bowing to pressure from anti-environment GOP candidates, President Obama has blocked new EPA rules limiting ground-level ozone—otherwise known as smog.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

June Gloom With Lewis Lapham

There is always smoke around Lewis Lapham, as if he’d just been conjured by some sorcerer suddenly enraged by the placation of the status quo.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 READ MORE    



hobvias sudoneighm (CC-BY)

A Come-to-Jesus Moment for American Religion

It now seems a necessary qualification for the Republican nomination, at least at the present primaries stage, to be a born-again fundamentalist Protestant. Yet in the United States the majority of the electorate is not fundamentalist, evangelical or Protestant.

Posted on Aug 30, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Election March of the Trolls

The trolls have gamed the system. There is no economic, political or environmental reform that can be implemented to impede the march of the corporate state.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Lowry (CC-BY)

Why Perry Hates Regulators: They’re Bad for (His) Business

When environmental regulators do their job properly, that can mean serious trouble for Rick Perry’s largest political donors.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



tarsandsaction (CC-BY)

D.C. Protests That Make Big Oil Quake

The White House was rocked Tuesday, not only by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, but by the protests mounting outside its gates.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


Google’s Amazon Adventure

Google may be taking its “street view” service too far, unless this is an off-season April Fool’s joke. The company has sent—what else?—camera-equipped tricycles down to the Amazon rain forest to capture the street-level view of a place without streets. The BBC has the story.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



theimpulsivebuy (CC-BY-SA)

The Vegetarian’s Dilemma

The next time you go shopping, imagine what a kid gleans from veggie burgers, veggie bacon, veggie sausage patties, veggie hot dogs, Tofurky and all the other similar fare that defines a modern plant-based diet.

Posted on Aug 18, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Will Be There

The Truthdig columnist pledges to join others in acts of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest in Washington on Oct. 6,  because, among other reasons, “we don’t have much time left.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



moregrumbinescience.blogspot.com

If You’re Under 35, You’ve Never Experienced ‘Normal’ Earth Climate

Physical scientist Robert Grumbine crunches some numbers to determine that “the last time the global mean was below the climate normal was March 1976.” Basically Grumbine is looking for “normal” climate, and he sees things diverging after 1940. So tell us, old-timers, what was it like before the planet started melting? (more)

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 READ MORE


The Obama Administration’s Changing Attitude on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: the politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s update on the debt; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man”; and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Obama Administration’s New Crackdown on Medicinal Marijuana

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: The politics of global warming; the ever more complicated fight to legalize marijuana; Robert Scheer’s debt update; the director of the new documentary “Honest Man,” and the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Posted on Jul 27, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Jeezny

The Tyranny of the Compact Fluorescent

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on a measure aimed at repealing part of a 2007 bill that calls for phasing out those inefficient, old-style light bulbs. If passed, it’s unlikely the proposal would clear the Senate. (more)

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Greg Baker

New China Will Be Red and Expert

Even in the midst of economic expansion, China is far from a model of unbridled capitalism.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to our clean energy future; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


The Power Behind a Clean Energy Future

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Why a battery breakthrough is the key to clean energy; how boosting the minimum wage could lift the economy; we check in with immigration; and Robert Scheer talks about the sinful love between the tea party and Goldman Sachs. Also: On the ground in Gaza. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Flickr/Venex_jpb (CC-BY-SA)

Autism Study Shifts Focus From Nature to Nurture

Research on autism in recent decades has emphasized the contributing role of genetics, but a new study out of UCSF and Stanford might prove to be a game-changer, ranking environmental factors (e.g., parenting) higher than biology in order of importance.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

One-State Solution

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Kids have a right to mock their teachers; Apple may be launching a preemptive strike against free speech; and the general’s son, Miko Peled, says Israelis and Palestinians must accept a one-state solution. Also, Tim DeChristopher, the hero who didn’t stand a chance.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


One-State Solution

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Kids have a right to mock their teachers; Apple may be launching a preemptive strike against free speech; and the general’s son, Miko Peled, says Israelis and Palestinians must accept a one-state solution. Also, Tim DeChristopher, the hero who didn’t stand a chance. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Basheer Tome (CC-BY)

Commencement Day for a Lost Generation

The country my generation is passing on to my son and his peers is a mean-spirited place of global warming, class warfare and diminishing expectations, where the top 1 percent of households own nearly 35 percent of all privately held wealth and the “bottom” 80 percent lays claim to less than half that.

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Japan’s Meltdowns Demand New No-Nukes Thinking

New details are emerging that indicate the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is far worse than previously known, with three of the four affected reactors experiencing full meltdowns. Meanwhile, in the U.S., massive flooding along the Missouri River has put Nebraska’s two nuclear plants, both near Omaha, on alert.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

This Hero Didn’t Stand a Chance

Tim DeChristopher is in prison for standing in the way of the corporate and governmental destruction of the ecosystem.

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



Center for American Progress Action Fund (CC-BY-ND)

Gridlocking the Lives of the Jobless

Welcome to the miserable world of no-way-out politics. The economy needs another jolt, but Congress is in gridlock.

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 9, 2011 ENLARGE


America’s Energy Ethos: Do, Regardless of Harm

I thought we would witness the recent Fukushima reactor meltdown or footage of Americans setting their tap water on fire and at least agree to stop pursuing energy policies that we know endanger our health and safety—if not out of altruism, then out of self-interest.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


Weiner’s No Longfellow

“The troubled sky reveals | The grief it feels.” Those two lines were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem “Snow-Flakes,” published in a volume in 1863 alongside his epic and better-known “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


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