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Burning down the globe: Climate change denial in Canada's house 23.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Environment You might think that even after virtually every scientist with expertise in the discipline agrees that human-induced climate change is not only real but a dire threat to the stability of our civilization and our environment; that after virtually every scientific academy on the planet concurs with this view; that after the phenomenal work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, arguably the most thorough and extensive international scientific enterprise of all time) has definitively established the causes and consequences of this danger; that after 174 countries on the planet put their signatures to the Paris Agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to undertake immediate action to try and halt this phenomenon; that after over a century of increasing global temperatures, and in recent years, record monthly and annual temperatures records; that after an increase in atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide by 42 per cent (from 280 parts ...
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These Students Are Adopting The Climate Goals That Trump Dismisses 23.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Two days after President Donald Trump ’s stunning election victory in November, about 80 high school students crammed into the classroom of a suburban Seattle science teacher for an emergency meeting. The students from Tesla STEM High School were worried that Trump, an occasional climate change denier , would follow through on his campaign promise to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement on reducing global carbon emissions, and cause irreversible harm to the environment. Rather than wait for the newly elected president to show a commitment to fight warming global temperatures and rising sea levels, the students opted for a more grassroots approach. The teens would hold their school to the same tough standards on greenhouse gas emissions that the accord had set for the U.S., even if Trump wanted to walk away from the agreement. With any luck, they figured, other schools and institutions would notice and follow their lead. Today, between 80 to 100 of the around 600 students attending the Tesla STEM High School ...
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Your Representatives Are Home This Week. Make Them Listen to You. 23.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Myrna Ivonne Wallace Fuentes, Ezra Levin

A month into the Trump administration, we can see the outline of Trump’s vision for America: An attorney general who prosecuted voting rights activists; a secretary of education devoted to dismantling our public education system; and a head of the Environmental Protection Agency who wants to dismantle environmental protections.

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Beware of Milo the Wounded Tiger 23.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Lacy MacAuley

Milo Yiannopoulos is like a wounded tiger right now. I have pity for him, but I still know that, given the chance, he would gladly strike me down.

 

 

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Researchers Gain Insight Into a Physical Phenomenon That Leads to Earthquakes 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Scientists have gotten better at predicting where earthquakes will occur, but they’re still in the dark about when they will strike and how devastating they will be.
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OFFSHORE WIND PUSH 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Researchers show US grid can handle more offshore wind power, cutting pollution and power costsInjecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry.
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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Discovery could lower cost and expand possibilities for building-integrated solar energy collectionResearchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles.The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key element of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy. When light shines through the surface, the useful frequencies of light are trapped inside and concentrated to the edges where small solar cells can be put in place to capture the energy.The research is published today in Nature Photonics, a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Nature Publishing Group.
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Science vs. the sea lamprey 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Of all the fishy predators in the Great Lakes, few are more destructive than the sea lamprey. There’s something of a horror movie in their approach: jawless, they attach to prey such as salmon, whitefish or trout with a sucker mouth and drain the victim of its blood and lymph.For years, scientists and policy-makers have been trying to devise strategies to curb this population, which first arrived from Europe through shipping channels in the early 20th century.
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How The 'Guerrilla Archivists' Saved History – And Are Doing It Again Under Trump 22.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Morgan Currie , University of California, Los Angeles and Britt S. Paris , University of California, Los Angeles On Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north side of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, against a backdrop of pelting rain. The group had organized in protest against the new U.S. administration. But, instead of marching and chanting, participants were there to learn how to “harvest,” “seed,” “scrape” and ultimately archive websites and data sets related to climate change. The need for such work quickly became palpable. Within hours of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, official statements on anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change vanished from governmental websites, including whitehouse.gov and that of the Environmental Protection Agency . The UCLA event was one of several “data rescue” missions that have cropped up around the U.S., supervised by the Environmental Data Governance Initiative , an ...
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Transforming restaurant waste into fuel 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
When most people look at discarded vegetable oil—browned and gritty from frying food—they likely see nothing more than waste.But to Ajay Dalai, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, the cooking process creates a byproduct that has newfound potential as a source of fuel and biolubricant. 
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The invisible clean-up crew: Engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants 22.2.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
University of Toronto engineering professor Elizabeth Edwards is internationally recognized for using biotechnology to clean up industrial solvents in soil and groundwater. Her technique earned her the prestigious Killam Prize in 2016 and has already been used to restore more than 500 sites around the world.
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More ways colleges are sowing seeds for a sustainable future 22.2.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
In week two of a 10-week series, schools create sustainable housing and celebrate social impact with a weeklong festival.
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The Movement Resisting Donald Trump Has A Name: The (Local) Democratic Party 22.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Local Democratic parties are confronting a problem in the Trump era that is as confounding as it is unexpected: space. All across the country, party meetings that had once been sleepy affairs, dominated by Robert’s Rules of Order and a handful of graying activists, have become standing room only. The overflowing crowds have sent stunned party regulars scrambling to find new venues, while the surge in interest, and the coinciding fundraising boost, is enabling local chapters to hire staff and build infrastructure in previously unthinkable ways. On the national level, Democratic politicians have been rushing to respond to the sudden outpouring. “I’m as busy this year as I was at any time last year in the heat of a huge election,” said Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party in Indiana.  Fraley said he received 65 emails in a single weekend from people requesting to become precinct chairs, a thankless job that normally requires begging and pleading to get someone to fill. The county ...
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Offshore Wind Push 22.2.2017 Environmental News Network
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry.
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White populist feminism makes intersectionality nearly impossible 22.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Feminism Over the past few years, populist politics have been on the rise across the western world. Few, however, have noticed the rise of populist feminism, a mainstream feminism that espouses to speak for and on behalf of all women, but essentially speaks for and on behalf of white, middle-class, cis-gendered and able-bodied women. As a feminist, critical race media scholar, populist feminism is, in my opinion, more detrimental to women than patriarchy. Where patriarchy, in a structural sense, is often defined in terms of (white) male domination, feminism is supposed to be geared toward the political, economic, cultural advancement of, and personal and social rights for, women. Populist feminism, however, tries to achieve this by either neutralizing any and all differences among and between women, or tries to speak for all women on matters related to their bodies, especially motherhood. When Iqra Khalid, a Liberal MP stood up in the House of Commons on February 16, telling the country's elected ...
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Researcher Unveils Tool for Cleaner Long Island Sound 21.2.2017 Environmental News Network
A new model released this week by UConn ecologist Jamie Vaudrey pinpoints sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it. Vaudrey presented her research Feb. 19 at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.Long Island Sound is an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean bordered by Connecticut to the north, New York City to the west, and Long Island to the south. The Sound is home to dozens of species of birds, 170 species of fish, and more than 1,200 species of invertebrates. Historically it has supported rich recreational and commercial fisheries for lobster, oysters, blue crabs, scallops, striped bass, flounder, and bluefish.
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Save the Bees? There's an App for That 21.2.2017 Environmental News Network
New mobile app to help farmers protect pollinators.
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Authentic Hope in the Twilight of Failed Neoliberal Capitalism 19.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Even as Trump continues to promote hatred and xenophobia through his appeals to an imagined past, growing civic movements in Europe and the Americas are looking toward a future of collaborative social-economic traditions to counter the destructive ethos of globalized neoliberal capitalism. Creating a strong civic life requires full political engagement of a kind that is very different from simply voting. Each group of speakers at the Open Labs fora on "Cities that Learn" in Mexico City explained their unique methodology and shared success stories for political organizing. (Photo: Michael Meurer) In the wake of the most backward-looking presidential campaign in modern US history, it is now clear that we live in what the late sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman described as a " retrotopia, " a society in which fear of the future has caused mass nostalgia for a past that never existed. The current retrotopian movement is a reaction to an institutional politics, on both the left and right, that for ...
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Protesters, True Patriots 19.2.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Pierre Tristam

One of the most noble protests in the history of protest was that of Thick Quand Duc, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk who doused himself in fuel and lit himself on fire on a Saigon Street in 1963 to protest Buddhists’ treatment at the hands of the corrupt American-backed regime, and by extension, to protest American involvement in his country. He never flinched until he collapsed, consumed by the flames. And he started a trend, as other monks followed.

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Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries 18.2.2017 Environmental News Network
USC researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries — small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars.
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