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Jailed, Some Mentally Ill Inmates Land In Solitary Confinement 21.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on. Locked inside, alone, for months, Jan Green — a 52-year-old computer technician with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — rocked on a bench for hours, confiding in an imaginary companion. "I would talk and hold conversations just in my little crazy world, I guess you would say, just to keep me company," Green says. Though isolated, Green was, in a sense, far from alone. In jails around the country, inmates with serious mental illnesses are kept isolated in small cells for 23 hours a day or more, often with minimal treatment or human interaction. Some states have moved to curb long-term "solitary confinement" in prisons, where research shows it can drive those with mental illnesses further over the edge. But there has been little attention to the use of isolation in the country's 3,300 local jails, the biggest mental health facilities in many communities. Unlike prisons, jails hold those ...
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Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More! 21.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 20, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought. The North Pole and much of the areas surrounding it are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. Hotter than usual temperatures continue to dominate human habitats. (Add 0.3-0.4 C to have these anomaly values calibrate with those of NASA.) Daily updates of can be seen here for both the temperature anomalies map, and the jetstream map. For real time animated US surface ...
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Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown 20.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on.
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Dealing with rising tide of inmates with mental illnesses, jails send some to lockdown 20.9.2014 Star Tribune: Health
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Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown 20.9.2014 AP National
Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on....
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Can 'Prescriptive Evolution' Help Save Our World in the Anthropocene? 20.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Karla Renschler Is evolution about to get even more controversial? In an article in Science Express , the journal Science's forum for rapid publication of timely articles, a team of researchers makes a forceful argument for the use of "applied evolutionary biology"-the conscious manipulation and guidance of evolutionary processes in plants and animals -- in order to mitigate the negative impacts of human activity on the environment. With a growing population of over 7 billion, it is widely understood that human beings are significantly altering the global environment. Some scientists believe we've entered a new geological era -- the Anthropocene -- in which Earth is now dominated by human impacts. One of the most important and dangerous of these impacts is how human influences drive rapid evolutionary changes, in species ranging from bacteria and pathogens to plants, insects, and other animals. These changes are giving rise to enormous challenges in the fields of health, agriculture, natural resource ...
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Is Modern Technology Killing Us? 19.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

An exploration of the social, cultural and environmental pitfalls of modern technology culminates in a proposed neo-Luddite framework for evaluating the risks and benefits of existing and emerging technologies.

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Breaking Down the President's Plan on Combating Antibiotic Resistance 19.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC: Today, the President announced some initiatives to deal with antibiotic resistance. The White House released an Executive Order to create a taskforce to develop a national plan. They also released a national strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. And finally, released...
An Extreme Congressional Attack on Americans' Right to Breathe Healthy Air 19.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Some conservative members of the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation this week bent on abolishing the 44-year-old health foundation for the Clean Air Act and eliminating Americans’ right to breathe safe air. Senator John Thune (R-SD) co-sponsored the...
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The 10 Most Progressive Colleges 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Meaghan Healy English and Communications Junior at Boston College Imagine a college where protests break out on the quad as often as the on-campus wind turbine produces electricity. At each of these schools, open-minded students feel at home in the company of peers who aren't afraid to voice their opinions. They care about the environment, LGBT equality, vegan-friendly dining, sustainable practices, gender-neutral dorms, access to sexual health resources and transparent administrations. In turn, these universities have shown their support. 10. Brandeis University Flickr: dhilowitz The facilities at Brandeis University create the ideal "go green" environment. Check out the water runoff-reducing pavement, solar panels, solar trash compactors and rooftop garden on the Mandel Center, one of the most environmentally friendly university buildings in the world. Brandeis' liberal reputation continues with its active GLBTQA student group, Triskelion. The group branches off into TransBrandeis (transgender ...
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Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions 18.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Mark Brownstein Source: Tim Evanson Flickr Today sixteen leaders of the nation’s largest environmental and conservation groups, including EDF’s president Fred Krupp, came together to call for urgent federal action to curb methane emissions from oil and gas development. This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions , where he announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. The Strategy builds on the commitment from his 2012 State of the Union Address that the development of oil and gas resources must not put Americans' health and safety at risk. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority that requires the Obama administration to follow through on its commitment: 1.      Methane and associated air pollution from oil and gas operations is heating up the climate and hurting our health. Methane is a super pollutant, more than 80 times as powerful as ...
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World Investors Urge Leaders To Act On Carbon Pricing Ahead Of UN Climate Summit 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - More than 340 institutional investors representing $24 trillion in assets on Thursday called on government leaders attending next week's United Nations climate summit to set carbon pricing policies that encourage the private sector to invest in cleaner technologies. Firms signing a joint letter include BlackRock, Calvert Investments, BNP Paribas Investment Partners and Standard Bank. They want countries to set a price tag on pollution by taxing carbon emission or implementing cap and trade emissions policies to create incentives for investing in cleaner technologies. "Stronger political leadership and more ambitious policies are needed in order for us to scale up our investments," the investors' statement said. The UN climate change summit on Sep. 23, devised and led by Secretary General Ban-ki Moon, will bring heads of state and senior officials from more than 125 countries, including U.S. President Barack Obama, to New York to mobilize ...
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State, tribe and environmental groups fight over mercury in St. Louis River 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Critics say state is choosing industry over kids’ health by not going after sulfate discharged into the St. Louis River and North Shore.
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California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Victoria Rome, California Legislative Director, San Francisco and Sacramento: As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, NRDC and our partners celebrated breakthroughs on policies we’ve been advocating for years. Our state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean...
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Three things we need to stop the downward spiral with antibiotics 18.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Washington, DC: At dinner the other night, my four-year old son was listening to my husband and me talk about my day at work. He asked what we were talking about, and I explained that there are people who want to feed...
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How cities can save trillions, curb climate change, and improve public health 17.9.2014 THE CITY FIX
No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area. Reducing this environmental impact may ...
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How Cities Can Save Trillions, Curb Climate Change, and Improve Public Health 17.9.2014 WRI Stories
No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2 percent of global land area. Reducing this environmental impact may seem daunting, but a new report, Better Growth, Better Climate , finds that there are several actions city leaders can take that can reduce emissions while driving economic growth. The report finds that connected, compact cities could save $3 trillion in infrastructure investments over the next 15 years. Not only that, but they can also curb global climate change and yield immediate local benefits for air quality, health, and quality of life. Unstructured Urbanization: Bad for the Planet, Bad for Economies Urbanization is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace, with about 60 percent of the global population expected to live in cities by 2030. It took 150 years for the urbanization rate in European ...
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Climate change expected to raise U.S. wildfire costs by $10-60 billion per year in just four decades 16.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Climate change expected to raise U.S. wildfire costs by $10-60 billion per year in just four decades
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Climate Change Expected to Raise U.S. Wildfire Costs by $10 Billion- $60 Billion per Year in Just Four Decades 16.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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National Association of Manufacturers: Thin Air 16.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) published a report last week showing a purported cost of $2 trillion per year to the economy caused by federal regulations. The audacity of the release was impressive. For the most part, it essentially...
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