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2 mentions19 hours ago
Text byBenjamin DODMANFollow bendodman on twitter You’d think the French would be quietly revelling in the humbling of their oldest foe – or at least hailing the prospect of independence for their “auld ally”. But among the Parisians basking in the long-awaited sunshine this week many had not ...

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

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12 mentions2 hours ago
Water flows through the Winooski One hydro-electric plant in Winooski, VT. The Burlington Electric Department’s recent purchase of the facility, located in the Winooski River between Burlington and the city of Winooski, enabled it to reach 100 percent renewable power. The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can ...

Study Links Water Contamination To Fracking Operations In Texas And Pennsylvania

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Faulty casing and cementing in gas wells has contaminated drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania, according to a new study. The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences but has not yet been made public, looked at cases of water contamination in ...

NASA: Hottest August Globally Since Records Began In 1880

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5 mentions8 hours ago
A Pakistani youth, cools off under a water supply pipe, during a sudden heavy rain fall after days of scorching temperatures due to a heat wave, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Last month was the warmest August globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA ...

7 Big Food Companies That Say Climate Change Poses A Threat To Their Products

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3 mentions11 hours ago
Back in March, popular burrito chain Chipotle made news when ThinkProgress reported that climate change could threaten its guacamole supply. That report was based on a statement Chipotle made in its annual report to its investors, filed with the Securities Exchange Commission. Chipotle took issue with the story,

In A Warmer, More Acidic Ocean, Algae Is One Organism That Will Be Able To Adapt And Survive

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4 mentions12 hours ago
An aerial view of an Emiliania huxleyi bloom off the southern coast of Devon and Cornwall in England in 1999. One ocean organism could end up being more resilient to climate change than previously thought, according to a new study. The study, published Sunday in Nature Climate Change,

The Supreme Court May Be About To Save—Or Destroy—Gay Marriage

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2 mentions7 hours ago
Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it ...

A Massive Hurricane Just Slammed Into Cabo

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2 mentions8 hours ago
Up until now, the records set by the stunning 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season have been mostly academic. The storms have been strong and numerous, but they've been out at sea off the west coast of Mexico, and haven't caused much damage. That changed today, however, with Hurricane ...

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

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2 mentions8 hours ago
The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons.

Obama Has Indeed Learned Some Foreign Policy Lessons, Just Not the Ones the Establishment Likes

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2 mentions8 hours ago
Over at FP, David Rothkopf has a long and critical examination of President Obama's foreign policy. Unfortunately, it starts with a biting assessment from "one of America's most dependable Middle Eastern allies," which is almost single-handedly enough to disqualify it as serious analysis. Anyone who still thinks that ...

U.S. to Assad: Beware of interfering with U.S. air power in Syria

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2 mentions4 hours ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Syrian military's air defenses would face retaliation if Syria attempted to respond to U.S. air strikes that are expected against Islamic State targets in Syria, senior U.S. officials said on Monday. President Barack Obama's authorization of the use of American air power against Islamic ...

What Will Survive in Hot, Acidic Oceans?

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7 mentions8 hours ago
An independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the American public. Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report ...

150,000 Stranded Kashmiris Face Disease Outbreak After Historic Floods

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5 mentions7 hours ago
An aerial view of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Flash floods have washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province and Kashmir the ...

Republicans Unanimously Block Equal Pay Bill

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10 mentions2 hours ago
After allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act to move forward last week, Senate Republicans turned around on Monday evening and unanimously voted to block the bill, which would ban salary secrecy and tighten rules to try to narrow the gender wage gap. The vote came weeks after the Republican ...

Meet the Democratic Candidates Backed By the Biggest Big Business Lobby in the Land

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4 mentions12 hours ago
The US Chamber of Commerce, the biggest big business trade group in the country, lobbies against things like Obamacare, regulation of Wall Street, and action on climate change. So it’s no surprise that the Chamber tends to support Republican candidates; this year, it has already thrown its weight ...

What Can Small Cities Do to Fight Climate Change?

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3 mentions14 hours ago
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Everyone should know by now that the US needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no,

State Republican Party Official Resigns After Suggesting Women On Welfare Should Be Sterilized

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Former state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) resigned his position as first vice chair of the Arizona Republican Party late on Sunday evening amid criticism of comments he made on his radio show about women on welfare. On a recent episode of his show The Russell Pearce Show, as ...

The Oil Industry Thinks The White House Will Raise The Biofuel Mandate To Win A Senate Seat

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2 mentions9 hours ago
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst fills out her ballot in Iowa’s Republican primary, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The oil industry accused the Obama Administration of using the country’s biofuel mandate as a political weapon last week — specifically, that the White House intends to hike up the ...

Report: Adrian Peterson Was Investigated In A Second Child Abuse Case

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges in Texas last week, was investigated in another child abuse incident last June, according to a report from KHOU 11 News. The investigation involved a second of Peterson’s sons, a four-year-old boy. Peterson allegedly hit ...

Apple receives record pre-orders for new iPhones

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2 mentions14 hours ago
(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it received record first-day pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with over four million in the first 24 hours, meaning many customers will have to wait for their new phones. Apple said a significant number of orders will be ...

California Rice Farmers Rent Crucial 'Pop-Up' Wetlands For Migrating Birds

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5 mentions1 day ago
With California’s enduring drought keeping more than four-fifths of the state in severe drought conditions, millions of birds starting their annual migration south will have a much harder than usual time finding rest and feeding stops. However a new, first-of-its-kind program from the Nature Conservancy is alleviating part ...

Some Fear Additional Utility Fees Would 'End Solar' In Wisconsin

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A recent move by Wisconsin utility We Energies to not only raise electricity rates on all consumers but also to add an additional charge on those who produce their own energy and sell it back to the grid has sparked outrage within the state and beyond. The plan ...

Rand Paul Changes Views On Foreign Policy Ahead Of Possible 2016 Bid

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6 mentions9 hours ago
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who led last year’s opposition in Congress to taking military action against President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, assured Fox News on Monday that he would vote in favor of war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) if President ...

Russian PM Medvedev says Western sanctions are testing country's strength

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2 mentions19 hours ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's strength is being tested by sanctions imposed by the West and the country must react in a level-headed way, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told members of the country's ruling party, United Russia, on Monday. "When a series of our partners, if they can be ...

Texas Sheriff Claims 'Quran Books' Found At Mexican Border May Mean ISIS Infiltration

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3 mentions7 hours ago
Federal officials say there is no credible information that known terrorists are crossing the southern border of the United States. But that hasn’t stopped one local Texas official from linking “Quran books” reportedly found on the border to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.

Kazakh Political Leader Wants To Identify Gay People With Blood Test For 'Degeneratism'

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2 mentions5 hours ago
Conservatives in Kazakhstan are advocating for a number of new anti-LGBT laws to be passed that mirror similar policies that have advanced in Russia, including a ban on “gay propaganda,” a ban on gay people serving in public office or the Kazkh army, and a ban on gay ...

Black Man Killed By Police In Utah Was Reportedly Carrying A Toy Sword

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3 mentions10 hours ago
On Wednesday, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot dead by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. For three days, police said nothing about the cause of the shooting while witnesses reported that he was running away as officers shot outside a Panda ...

New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It

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16 mentions6 hours ago
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted. Documents provided by NSA ...

Why Arizona Will Likely Be The Next State With A Marriage Equality Ruling

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4 mentions13 hours ago
Though many same-sex marriage cases are now awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration, the dominoes continue to fall in other states as district judges continue to consider challenges to bans on same-sex marriage. A limited ruling out of Arizona Friday recognizing one same-sex marriage suggests it’s the next ...

U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

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2 mentions1 day ago
1 of 6.Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands before a meeting in Cairo September 13, 2014. WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said ...

Hotel Chain Will Leave Envelopes In Rooms To Encourage Guests To Tip Housekeepers

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3 mentions13 hours ago
Everyone knows they’re expected to tip their cab driver and waiter. But few realize that they’re also expected to tip the people who clean their hotel rooms every day. That’s why Marriott says it’s launching its “The Envelope Please” campaign this week in partnership with A Woman’s Nation,

In Connecticut, African Americans Are Twice As Likely As Whites To Have Their Cars Searched By Cops

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2 mentions13 hours ago
"In Connecticut, African Americans Are Twice As Likely As Whites To Have Their Cars Searched By Cops" In Connecticut, African Americans are twice as likely to have their cars searched for contraband than white drivers during a police stop, even though the majority of contraband found in traffic ...

High Schoolers Protest Sexist Dress Code That's Landed More Than 100 Girls In Detention

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2 mentions13 hours ago
Students at a Staten Island high school are frustrated with a strict new dress code that’s landing girls in detention for wearing shorts, despite the fact that many of their classrooms don’t have air conditioning. After the school reportedly gave detention to 200 kids — 90 percent of ...

How Should the NFL Handle Domestic Violence Cases in the Future?

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2 mentions1 day ago
I was browsing the paper this morning and came across an op-ed by sports writer Jeff Benedict about Ray Rice and the NFL's problem with domestic violence. After the usual review of the league's egregious mishandling of the Rice incident over the past few months, we get this: ...

Inside the White House: The Medal of Honor

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2 mentions10 hours ago
The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor awarded by the United States. Take a look behind the scenes at what goes into the award presentation at the White House.

Treasury's Lew warned China on antitrust probes of foreign firms: WSJ

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2 mentions1 day ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has written to the Chinese government warning that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The newspaper said Lew sent a letter to Chinese ...

Alec Tyson on Twitter: "New report: majorities of Republicans (64%), Democrats (60%) back @BarackObama #ISIS campaign http://t.co/MCpC5AyLpB http://t.co/Qzsp1CrZx7"

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New report: majorities of Republicans (64%), Democrats (60%) back @BarackObama #ISIS campaign http://pewrsr.ch/1uDPc9mpic.twitter.com/Qzsp1CrZx7 @alec_h_tyson @BarackObama .. real 'bipartisan' number is % of Americans that even know where Iraq is on a map. #sharedIndifference When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off ...

U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading

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2 mentions1 day ago
1 of 6.Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Araby (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands before a meeting in Cairo September 13, 2014. WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said ...

Al Qaeda denies decline, acknowledges 'mistakes' by its branches

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(Reuters) - Al Qaeda dismissed as "lies" a U.S. assessment that it is in decline, but a defiant online message issued by the network on Sunday made no mention of the ultra-hardline Islamic State group widely seen as its rival for the leadership of global jihad. "Whatever slip-ups ...

High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of ...

Reimagining Union Station

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3 mentions2 days ago
According to urban legend, the opening of Verizon Center in 1997 was the catalyst for the revival of Washington’s old downtown. Ever since, a string of projects — National Harbor, Nationals Park, the Silver Line — have promised to “change the face” of the city or the region.

New Sanctions Against Russia Could Deal Big Blow To ExxonMobil

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6 mentions2 days ago
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation at their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Monday, April 16, 2012. On Friday, the United States and the European Union imposed a new round of ...

Fresh sanctions will freeze big foreign oil projects in Russia

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2 mentions2 days ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Fresh U.S. and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana. On Friday, the United States imposed sanctions ...

What Will the Utility Distribution Grid of the Future Really Look Like?

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5 mentions8 hours ago
There's been lots of talk lately about how utility business models need to change. And as the distribution end of the electric grid gets more complex, we're seeing a lot of interesting point solutions emerge for addressing some aspects of that complexity. But these various point solutions will ...

A Major Blow To Voting Rights In Wisconsin

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4 mentions9 hours ago
Late Friday afternoon, a panel of Democratic-appointed judges on the Sixth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction from a Democratic-appointed district court judge striking down Ohio’s cuts to early voting. Two hours earlier, however, a trio of Republican-appointed judges on the 7th circuit overturned an injunction from a Democratic ...

(2014/09/13) Citizen Radio explains the bible, Danièle Watts wrongfully detained after police mistake her for a sex worker

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Episode #1083: Allison gets mad at a film that’s been out for five years, Actress Danièle Watts wrongfully detained after police mistake her for a sex worker, Sam Harris and the other “Atheist Godfathers” need to shut up, Citizen Radio explains the bible, more on Ray and Janay ...

The NSA and GCHQ Campaign Against German Satellite Companies

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8 mentions1 day ago
“Fuck!” That is the word that comes to the mind of Christian Steffen, the CEO of German satellite communications company Stellar PCS. He is looking at a classified documents laying out the scope of something called Treasure Map, a top secret NSA program. Steffen’s firm provides internet access ...

Yingli Drops Q2 Solar Module Manufacturing Costs to Less Than 50 Cents per Watt

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4 mentions12 hours ago
The costs of manufacturing PV modules, not to be confused with selling price, remained relatively flat for major suppliers between the first and second quarter of the year, according to GTM Research's September PV Pulse. Yingli Green Energy was the one company to reduce all-in module costs by ...

Parking Meters In Pasadena Will Collect Donations For The Homeless

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2 mentions1 day ago
If giving money to panhandlers makes you queasy but refusing them makes you feel like Ebeneezer Scrooge, one California city thinks it has a solution for you. There are now 14 bright orange parking meters scattered around Pasadena that will collect money for organizations that help the homeless,

We Didn't Believe It. So We Fact-Checked It (Twice). Now Let's Talk About How To Take It Worldwide.

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5 mentions12 hours ago
A special Upworthy partnership with the UN Climate Summit 2014. Made possible by Unilever Project Sunlight. Read more.It's happening — what you've all been waiting for ... an #UpChat (on Twitter!) to talk about climate change, leading up to the United Nations 2014 Climate Summit. This is not ...
 

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