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Sailfish Bills Come In Pretty Handy When The Big Guys Go Hunting (VIDEO) 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The sailfish’s sword-like bill looks as if it was made to slash at prey. But a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals that the bill is actually a multifunctional killing tool , enabling the fish to perform delicate, as well as swashbuckling, maneuvers. By following throngs of predatory birds off the coast of Cancún, Mexico, the study’s authors were able to track Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) hunting sardines, says co-author Alexander Wilson, a behavioral ecologist now at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He and his colleagues made high-speed, high-resolution films in the open ocean over six days in 2012. Sailfish hunt in groups, taking turns to approach the ball of schooling fish. Their bodies darken and sometimes flash stripes and spots, perhaps to confuse the prey, or to signal to each other. “It’s a very orderly process,” Wilson says. “They don’t want to risk breaking their bills.” Although sailfish are among the fastest creatures in the ocean — they have ...
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Headlines for April 23, 2014 23.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Affirmative Action in Michigan Schools, Ukraine Ends Easter Truce; Biden Visits Kiev, Separatists Kidnap Vice News Journalist in Ukraine, U.S. Deploys Troops for Exercises in Poland, Baltic States, U.S. Resumes Military Aid to Egypt With Helicopter Shipment, Egypt Trial of Al Jazeera Journalists Adjourned to May, Monitors: Removal of Syrian Chemical Stockpile Nearly 90% Complete, Assad Regime Accused of Chlorine Bombardments on Rebel Areas, Abbas Threatens Dissolution of Palestinian Authority if Talks Fail, Muslim Plaintiffs Claim "No-Fly" List Retaliation for Refusing to Spy for FBI, Judge Orders Disclosure of CIA Secret Prison Secrets, Missouri Executes Prisoner After Drug Secrecy Challenge Fails; Oklahoma Gov. Overrides Court Stay, Obama Tours Washington Landslide Area as Toll Hits 41, Georgia Sued over Gay Marriage Ban, Utah Mother Accused of Murdering 6 Babies, Native Groups, Ranchers Launch D.C. Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline
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Cities Need Nature 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature.  The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck.  Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism – streets, buildings, and infrastructure – in sufficient density to achieve environmental and economic efficiency and nurture social bonds.  It is critical that we incorporate nature into cities, but we must do so in a way that supports urbanity rather than replaces it. (Today’s article is excerpted from the book People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities , by F. Kaid Benfield, distributed by Island Press, 2014).  At the neighborhood scale I remember a happy day in our neighborhood a few years back.  When I came home from work, three new trees had been planted on our block.  That’s a small thing, of course, just three street trees.  But their predecessors had been sorely missed for a few years.  When we moved into the neighborhood a little over ...
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The Cowboy Indian Alliance Rises to Protect Our Common Land and Water 23.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Zoltán Grossman Shane Red Hawk of the Sicangu Lakota band of the Rosebud Sioux and his daughter Tshina Red Hawk in a horseback ride in protest of the Keystone XL in Washington on Tuesday. (Credit: European Pressphoto Agency) “Indigenous sovereignty is all about protecting the land, the water, the animals, and all the environment we share.” —Idle No More co-founder Sylvia ...
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The New Abolitionism 23.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Chris Hayes

(Image via The Nation)Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” and “encroachments upon the reserved rights of the States.” But the brute, bloody fact beneath those words was money. So much goddamn money.

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Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of  TransCanada 's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. American Petroleum Institute (API)  deployed one of its paid consultants -- former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General  James "Jim" Jones  -- to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. James Jones used his time on the podium to promote the Keystone XL  tar sands pipeline, which another James -- retired NASA climatologist James Hansen -- once called a "fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet." "General James Jones... will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative, including more jobs, less dependence on foreign oil, and cheaper energy costs for Americans," explained an April 15 Drake University press release  promoting the ...
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The Civic Role of Higher Education 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Throughout American history, colleges and universities have provided leadership on the social and political issues of the day. One criterion of the health of our democracy is the active role of higher education in civic dialogue and as a catalyst for change based on prevailing values and advances in knowledge. The issue of our day is not simply an issue of the day, it is the greatest challenge to life on this planet in human history: climate change. The debate about fossil fuel divestment on higher education's campuses and boardrooms suggests that there is an illogical division between the academy's commitment to empiricism and the willingness of trustees and presidents to combat the forces that lead us to self-destructive action. Climate change, influenced by our dependence on fossil fuels and increased carbon in the atmosphere, is deleterious to the health of our planet and the future of humankind. In respectable halls of learning, we acknowledge that this is more than a theoretical assertion. To ...
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If We Don't Raise Our Voice About Climate Change, No One Will Do It For Us 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"The facts are known, but our leaders seem immune to them." CliMates is an international, student-led think-and-do-tank working on climate change. Since one of our strengths is to unite young people from very diverse places, we wanted to tell the same story from two different corners of the world: we are Aglaé Jézéquel, 22, a French climatologist-to-be and Noella Nsamwa, 23, a Congolese paralegal student currently living in the U.S. Both of us are committed to giving climate change the importance it deserves in international debates. For me, Aglaé, climate change was, at first, a physics story. During most of my life, it was stored in some corner of my mind as a vague, distant menace to humanity. It was not until I took a course on the subject - discovering the full and brutal magnitude of it -- that I understood how humanity became a geological force which could completely destabilize our environment. I also understood that I had my part to play in trying to tackle it. I decided to study climatology. In ...
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Antonin Scalia Seems Confused By HBO 23.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia may know a lot... but does he know about HBO? It appears not , according to a transcript from Tuesday's Supreme Court discussion over the case of ABC Inc. v. Aereo . Scalia apparently thought HBO is free over the airwaves. pic.twitter.com/db1YQSVBiO — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 22, 2014 Scalia lumped the pay-cable channel HBO in with over-the-air networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, which reach customers over broadcast signals. (Read more on the Supreme Court case from HuffPost's Gerry Smith here. ) Parker Higgins, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told HuffPost Live he thinks "in some cases, the sophistication isn't there" on the Supreme Court to properly rule on cases like ABC Inc. v. Aereo. Watch a video of the interview ...
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A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left 23.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are certain subjects that progressives tend to shy away from for their own ideological reasons. Concerned lest it provide ammunition to the right, the left downplays many retrograde practices associated with political Islam. In a sense, such a development is hardly surprising: for years the left has criticized U.S. foreign policy and American sponsorship of Israel, and doesn't want to encourage Washington to launch more foreign adventures. In light of recent history, including U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, such concerns are not altogether misplaced. However, by adopting such a rigid mindset, the left becomes a bit vulnerable and sets itself up for criticism. Recent controversy involving a woman speaker on the campus of Brandeis University, a liberal arts college in Massachusetts, underscores the left's dilemma. When Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women's rights and a fierce critic of Islam, was invited to speak at the university and to receive an honorary degree, a chorus of groups ...
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Farm to Fork Across America: Technology and Healthy Food for Emotional Well Being, Google and Adobe Style 23.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post is co-authored by Lee Glenn "We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human nature." -- John Naisbitt At least that is how he phrased the concept of High Tech/High Touch as a minor thought in his 1982 futurist manifesto Megatrends. By 1999, the idea had blossomed into a complete book, High Tech/High Touch, Technology and Our Search for Meaning, elaborating on the growing distinction between the two and its importance to our emotional well being. By 2014 we found the concept real and present at Adobe and Google on Seattle's Lake Union. We were there to meet to Buzz Hofford, District Manager for Bon Appétit Management Company (BAMCO) and Chef Seth Caswell, Executive Chef for Google's Kirkland Campus. The rain was incessant, drumming on the window panes, as we sat first with Buzz in Adobe's employee cafeteria. Bamco has been the manager of Adobe's food services since 2012. Setting them apart is a commitment to fresh and seasonal ingredients and ...
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Students Sit-In, Rally to Get Washington University to Cut Ties With Peabody Coal 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're looking for clean energy inspiration, we've had lots of it this past week, courtesy of a phenomenal group of Washington University (St. Louis) students who are holding a sit-in until the school cuts ties with Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company. For almost two weeks now, students have been holding a sit-in outside the school's admissions office, and then over the weekend more than 400 students , alumni, and community members rallied on campus as well . Here is a first-hand account from Caitlin Lee, a WashU student, in her own words: For the last week, a group of students at Washington University in St. Louis have challenged the presence of Big Coal on their campus and raised a critical question: "Can Wash U maintain its sustainability profile while being so closely affiliated with polluters like Peabody Energy?" In a true show of student power, Wash U Students Against Peabody have held a sustained demonstration outside of their schools' admissions office for the past week, calling ...
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5 Black Environmentalists Worth Celebrating On Earth Day 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Green is the new black. Environmentalists are true superheroes, literally saving the the world one sustainable cause at a time. In honor of Earth Day, here are five black environmentalists you can spread the word about today, and every day. Majora Carter When it comes to saving the planet, Majora Carter’s speciality, is urban planning. She has established two non-profit organizations, Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All , focused primarily on revitalizing infrastructure. She has received countless awards and honorary degrees for her dedication to bettering urban policy and unlocking the economic potential of impoverished communities. To learn more about her vision and passion, watch her Ted Talk “Greening The Ghetto” or check out her thoughts on sustainability . Beverly Wright Dr. Wright is the founder and director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) , and is also a professor of Sociology at Dillard University in New Orleans. She has veteran advocate for environmental ...
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Headlines for April 22, 2014 22.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Obama Admin to Widen Clemency Eligibility for Drug Offenders, Court Orders Release of Memo Justifying Targeted Killings, Toll from U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen Tops 55, U.N.: Hundreds Killed in South Sudan Rebel Attack, Ukraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups Remain, U.N. Warns Assad Against New Elections, Report: Admin Mulls Limiting Deportations for Immigrants Without Criminal Records, Plaintiffs Challenge GM Bid to Evade Liability for Ignition Defect, UAW Drops Challenge to Failed Unionization Vote, Intel Director Issues Broad Ban on Media Contact, Oklahoma Prisoners Win Stay of Execution over Drug Secrecy, Prison Officials Fired After Kentucky Inmate Starves to Death, Twin Memorials Held for Gabriel García Márquez in Mexico, Colombia
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Did the environmental movement start in the suburbs? (Book Review) 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
The Crabgrass Crucible by Christopher Sellers tells a different story than the one we usually hear on Earth Day.
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Momina Yari: "I am most worried about the lack of security" 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Momina Yari is a member of the Loya Jirga Commission for the US-Afghanistan Agreement and has also worked as a member of the Independent Elections Commission for the past seven years. Photo : Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA / Matthieu Hackière Can you share with us some memories of times when your rights have been violated? The main thing that comes to my mind for me is that we were forced to migrate to Pakistan because of the war, like millions of our fellow compatriots. The communists came to arrest my father. We were extremely lucky, because he was not home when they came. The next day, we fled to Pakistan. What are the important achievements of today's Afghanistan? I am pleased at the increasing role women are playing in society. We have female Members of Parliament, and nearly eight million female students. In some educational institutions, women make up 50% of the student population. We have never had so many female students. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech as well as women's participation in ...
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It's Earth Day and we should write something about it 22.4.2014 TreeHugger
Earth Day was such a big deal back in the day. What happened?
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Newark Clergy Members Demand Halt To Potentially 'Catastrophic' Schools Plan 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The hits just keep on coming for Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson and her plan to reorganize the district's public schools. On Friday, a coalition of 77 clergy members from Newark issued a statement calling upon Anderson, acting New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe and Governor Chris Christie to place a moratorium on the district’s One Newark plan . The clergy members said the plan is already “producing irreversible changes and fomenting widespread outrage” and has “caused unnecessary instability in the Newark public school system, as well as the lives of thousands of its families.” "The disruptive and divisive nature of the One Newark Pubic School Plan could have catastrophic and far reaching consequences for the children of Newark, the reputation of the State of New Jersey, and have implications for urban education nationally," said the letter. The statement comes after months of controversy surrounding One Newark, which was first proposed by Anderson (who is a Chris Christie ...
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Robert Musil's Rachel Carson and Her Sisters 22.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them. Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement. Fortunately, Robert Musil's new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters (Rutgers University Press, 2014), remedies this situation. Musil notes that, as the nineteenth century progressed, increasing numbers of American women obtained better education and the ability to travel, write, and take action. Hiking and botanizing, they observed the encroachment of manufacturing and urban life on the countryside. Eventually, they produced a flood of books, magazine articles, journals, and children's stories about nature. Susan Fenimore Cooper was particularly influential. Her Rural Hours (1850), a best-selling environmental book, underwent four decades of popular publication and revision, in the United States and ...
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Most Colleges Got a D+ or Worse on Sexual Assault Policy. Here's How They Can Change That. 22.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Working with students to enhance their schools' sexual assault policies can sometimes be trying and emotionally draining but it is certainly eye opening and, above all else, fulfilling. As the epidemic of campus sexual violence has taken the national spotlight, Students Active For Ending Rape ( SAFER ) has been inspired by the tireless work of anti-rape student activists. While this issue isn't new, it is pressing and students all over the country are frustrated by the failures of their administrators and college sexual assault policies. To combat the red tape and lack of transparency, student activists have called on their peers, allied faculty members, the federal government, and organizations like SAFER to speak out in support of survivors and demand stronger, survivor-oriented college sexual assault policies. Since SAFER's founding, we have worked side-by-side with students to strengthen their school's sexual assault policies because we know that students' voices are absolutely essential to the ...
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