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7 Sustainability Secrets That Will Save the World 28.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In preparing to deliver the closing lecture to Hofstra University's Model United Nations Conference, I realized that I knew seven sustainability secrets that could save the world that I wanted to share with attendees. I came up with these secrets after reading almost every national sustainability plan ever written over the last few years. Each of the seven secrets emerged after getting a global picture of the state of our planetary sustainability. 1. We have plenty of resources. In the sustainability field we tend to focus on the lack of things -- food, energy, metals, etc. However, the lack is often caused by overconsumption, use of old technologies or poor distribution. For example, there are many renewable energy sources -- and we are using more and more of them all the time . Many countries, regions and cities are moving away from investment in dirty energy and focusing more and more effort on promoting green energy technologies. We also have plenty of food -- if we modify our diets . Certainly ...
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Protests Erupt Over UNC Board's Decision To Shutter Poverty Center 28.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
University of North Carolina students and faculty raucously protested the board of governors' vote Friday to disband a poverty-focused think-tank led by a critic of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the GOP-controlled state legislature. Approximately two-dozen protesters disrupted the meeting to voice their disapproval of the board's decision to close the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Some were escorted out by campus police at UNC Charlotte, according to the Associated Press . The proposal to close the poverty center incited controversy after a working group charged with reviewing the system's research centers advanced it last week. Closure supporters on the board argued that the center did advocacy and therefore was inappropriately associated with an academic institution and that it "did not provide a wide range of alternatives for addressing poverty." Since the center is privately funded, critics of the board's decision say that the process ...
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The Student Heroes of Newark 28.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sometimes, in the midst of powerful interests steamrolling communities, we are reminded that silence is a choice. One example was last November in the small city of Richmond, California where oil and gas giant Chevron put down $3 million to buy the city council election but were beaten back by a slate of candidates with only $50,000 to spend. Another example has been unfolding in Newark, New Jersey where state appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson has wreaked havoc upon the school system with her "One Newark" plan that was put into full implementation this school year. One Newark, the fruition of a partnership between Governor Chris Christie and the former mayor of Newark, Senator Cory Booker, and backed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg , throws open the entire school district to school choice and expanded charter school options. In practice, the implementation has spawned chaos and situations that would be intolerable to parents and students anywhere, but which have been forced upon the district ...
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Amid National Public Education Battle, Massive Turnout for LA Teachers Rally 27.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Moving Forward Together, North Carolina Is Leading the Next Civil Rights Movement 27.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In February of 1960, four young black college students in Greensboro, North Carolina, sat down at a whites-only Woolworths lunch counter and demanded to be served. The sit-in grew to 20 people the next day, and 300 the following day, eventually attracting over 1,000. After that, sit-ins at whites-only lunch counters were happening nationwide. A few years later, the movement for civil rights that began with Rosa Parks's defiant action on a Montgomery bus and carried over into lunch counters eventually resulted in the end of state-sponsored segregation. Today, a new civil rights movement is emerging that begs for a successful example like this on which to model itself. The #BlackLivesMatter protests that swept hundreds of U.S. cities after the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions revealed a large segment of the country that wants to engage in a movement for social change. But after the street demonstrations dissipated, many on social media questioned whether there was a grand strategy to ...
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All your wage gap questions answered 27.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Do women really make less than men? Women make less than men. In Canada. In the United States. In every country in the world. Belgium (yes, chocolate lovers, Belgium) has the smallest wage gap in the world. Women earn just 6 per cent less than men in Belgium. Canada comes in 25th among high-income countries, with women earning, on average, 20 per cent less than men. That's because women don't work as many hours as men, right? Nope. Working full-time, full year, women make 20 per cent less than men in Canada. Aren't women working less (and getting paid less) because: ...
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How One Community Is Kicking The Koch Brothers' Harmful Black Dust Out Of Their Neighborhood 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s not easy to take on a wealthy, multi-national corporation and win. Especially for residents of Chicago’s struggling southeast side. But that’s exactly what's happening on the banks of the Calumet River, where the steel plants that used to give residents of a mostly Hispanic neighborhood access to a middle-class lifestyle were replaced, nearly two years ago, with black dust called petroleum coke (“petcoke”) piled five or six stories tall. The piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- belong to KCBX Terminals, owned by the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers. The piles have been roiling area residents ever since the black dust of mostly carbon and sulfur began blowing into the backyards, playgrounds and neighborhood parks. It blackens skies and leaves behind a sticky residue, raising concerns about aggravated asthma and other health issues . This Aug. 30, 2013 cell phone image provided by Anthony Martinez, shows a dust cloud rising from piles of petroleum coke during a storm ...
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Headlines for February 27, 2015 27.2.2015 Democracy Now!
FCC Passes Historic Rules for Open Internet, Congress to Postpone DHS Showdown for 3 Weeks, CAGE: "Jihadi John" "Radicalized" by U.K. Security Agencies, U.N. Finds Torture at U.S. Military Facilities in Afghanistan, European Court: Iraq War Resister Must Give War Crimes Evidence for Asylum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Compares Labor Protesters to Islamic State Fighters, Argentina: Judge Rejects Late Prosecutor's Case Against President, U.S. Diplomats Samantha Power, Susan Rice to Attend AIPAC, Oxfam: Gaza Rebuilding to Take 100 Years Under Israeli Blockade
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Jim Inhofe Brings A Snowball To The Senate Floor To Prove Climate Change Is A 'Hoax' 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowball on the Senate floor Thursday as part of his case for why global warming is a hoax. Inhofe, who wrote the book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, took to the floor to decry the "hysteria on global warming." "In case we have forgotten, because we keep hearing that 2014 has been the warmest year on record, I ask the chair, 'You know what this is?'" he said, holding up a snowball. "It's a snowball, from outside here. So it's very, very cold out. Very unseasonable." "Catch this," he said to the presiding officer, tossing the blob of snow. Inhofe went on to list the recent cold temperatures across parts of the United States, which included 67 new record lows earlier this week according to the National Weather Service, as evidence that global warming claims are overhyped. "We hear the perpetual headline that 2014 has been the warmest year ...
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Chris Christie Defends Himself Against Critics: 'I'm Still Standing' 27.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had a grueling month. From the controversial comments on vaccines he made in London to new budget problems at home, and a slew of bad polls in between, the governor's viability as a potential presidential candidate has become one of the biggest open questions in a contentious Republican primary. Yet at an annual gathering of conservative activists and party leaders outside Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Christie rejected the notion that he was down for the count. "When you do things that I’ve done in New Jersey to take on special interests frontally that they support," he said of his critics, "they just wanna kill you." "Here’s the bad for them: Here I am. I’m still standing and I’m going to continue to do it," he said, speaking in a question-and-answer session at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Christie wasn't exactly in friendly territory at the conference, which tends to draw a younger and more libertarian wing of the ...
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Antifreeze protein from ticks fights frostbite in mice 26.2.2015 Environmental News Network
A protein that protects ticks from freezing temperatures also prevents frostbite when introduced in mice, a Yale-led study has found. The research is the first to demonstrate the protein’s ability to boost frostbite resistance in an adult mammal.
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Headlines for February 26, 2015 26.2.2015 Democracy Now!
Iraq: U.S.-Led Airstrikes Kill 20 Civilians, ISIS Militant "Jihadi John" Identified, ISIS Captures Up to 300 Christian Hostages, HRW Condemns Syria's Use of Barrel Bombs, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Targets NATO Envoy's Car, Avalanches Kill Over 200 amid Heavy Snow in Afghanistan, Bolivia: Thousands Displaced by "Unprecedented" Floods, Georgia: Extreme Weather Delays Execution of Woman, FCC Set to Pass Historic Net Neutrality Rules, 3 Brooklyn Men Arrested for Bid to Join ISIS in Case Involving Informant, Supreme Court Appears to Side with Muslim Woman Denied Job over Hijab, Snowden Docs Reveal Canada's Mass Collection of Email, Mexico Condemns 2nd Police Killing of Immigrant in U.S., Marijuana Becomes Legal in Washington, D.C., Despite GOP Threats, British MP Questions "Moral Authority" of HSBC Exec, Court Dismisses Lawsuit over Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest of Occupy Protesters, Dori Maynard, Media Diversity Advocate, Dies at 56
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Nearly All California Voters Think Water Shortage Is A Serious Problem, Poll Shows 26.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Nearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday. Winter storms that dropped up to a foot (30 cm) of rain on parts of California have modestly eased the dry conditions, according to U.S. drought experts, but the relief only put a dent in the drought entering its fourth year. Some 94 percent of polled voters said the shortage was serious, with over two-thirds describing the shortfall as extremely serious. Respondents in northern California, the Central Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area were more likely than their southern California counterparts to say the problem was extreme. About four in 10 voters said they felt the state's existing water storage and supply facilities could not meet the state's needs, a rate almost two times higher than when respondents were asked the same ...
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Russell Brand weighs in on 50 Shades of Grey and the mainstreaming of porn 26.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Adjunct Professors Protest 'Unstable' Work Conditions With A National Walk-Out Day 26.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As more institutions look to cut costs by hiring adjunct professors in lieu of those on a tenured track, the part-time instructors have started demanding better pay, and they did so Wednesday with the first-ever national adjunct walkout day . Adjuncts make up around three-fourths of U.S. faculty in higher education today. Adjunct professors typically make between $20,000 and $25,000 annually, while tenured professors can take home a six-figure paycheck. In addition, some schools restrict health benefits for adjuncts. They are also often left out of the decision-making structure , effectively leaving them voiceless at their institutions. Former adjunct professor Robert Craig Baum joined HuffPost Live to say he would support the walk-out due to the "unstable" conditions adjunct professors face. "There is absolutely no guarantee that work will continue. There's no way that we can plan our courses or advise our students as well as rely on any sort of sustainable income," Baum said. "Even though the income is ...
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Read The FBI's File On 'Radical Extremist' Anti-Gay Pastor Fred Phelps 26.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Federal Bureau of Investigation had an extensive file on the late pastor of a fringe Christian church that was notorious for its public anti-gay demonstrations across the country, including at the funerals of soldiers who died in war. Recently released FBI records on Fred Phelps, the head of the Westboro Baptist Church who died in March , show that the bureau considered him a "radical extremist" and had received complaints about Phelps and his church, as well as requests from his organization to investigate various threats. Phelps' FBI file was released by the bureau in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and was first reported by The Hill . The lengthy file on Phelps includes information from the website of the Westboro Baptist Church and even a printout of the Wikipedia page on the organization. One letter to the U.S. embassy in Denmark states that components of the FBI had launched several investigations into Phelps, although none had resulted in prosecution. The letter urged caution ...
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As Ranks Swell But Paychecks Dwindle, Adjuncts Hold National Day of Action 26.2.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Today, university adjuncts will feel their power 25.2.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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This Idea Has Kept Tens Of Thousands Out Of Emergency Rooms And Saved One State Millions Of Dollars 25.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. If your infant has a high fever or you’re experiencing an unusual pain in your abdomen and you live in New Mexico, you may want to call the NurseAdvice line before you do anything else. New Mexico is the only state with a 24/7 registered nurse call center that is free to all residents, whether insured or not. In operation since 2006, it has kept tens of thousands of New Mexicans out of emergency rooms and saved the state more than $68 million in health care expenses. It has provided a basic form of health care to thousands of uninsured people who have no other access to care. It also has relieved demand on doctors and hospitals in a sparsely populated state where all but a few counties have a severe shortage of health care providers. On top of that, the statewide call center has generated real-time public health ...
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Headlines for February 25, 2015 25.2.2015 Democracy Now!
Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Bill in order to Finish State Dept. Review, Dept. of Homeland Security Risks Shutdown Despite GOP Move for Separate Vote, ISIS Reportedly Kidnaps Dozens in Iraq after Capture of Christians in Syria, Eurozone Ministers Approve 4-Month Extension of Greece Rescue Package, Rebels Withdraw Heavy Weapons as Ukraine Truce Takes Hold, Kerry: Russia Lying "to My Face" on Ukraine, National Security Adviser Calls Netanyahu Visit "Destructive", Spy Cables Show South Korea Sought Surveillance of Greenpeace Head Kumi Naidoo, Chicago Mayoral Race Heads to April Runoff as Emanuel Falls Short of 50% Vote, Report: Chicago Police Detain, Abuse Prisoners at Secret Site; Ex-Justice Officials Call for Probe, Justice Dept. Won't Charge Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin's Killing
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