User: flenvcenter Topic: Sustainability-Independent
Category: Campus
Last updated: Sep 17 2014 21:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
1 to 20 of 14,560    
Headlines for September 17, 2014 17.9.2014 Democracy Now!
Dempsey: U.S. Ground Troops May Be Needed in Iraq, CodePink Peace Activists Interrupt Senate Hearing on ISIS, Syrian Gov't Airstrikes Kill 48; Islamic State Downs Syrian Plane, 34 Children Die in Syria from Tainted Measles Vaccine, Manning: Bombs Cannot Defeat Islamic State, ACLU: Chelsea Manning Denied Treatment for Gender Transition, Obama Unveils U.S. Military Response to Ebola in Liberia, U.S. Ebola Survivor Criticizes Lack of Global Response to Ebola, Hagel on Treatment of Hostages' Families: "We Could Do a Little Better", U.S. Delays Curbing Power Plant Emissions 1 Week Before U.N. Climate Summit, Bill Clinton Agrees Netanyahu "Not the Guy" to Reach Peace with Palestinians, Utah: Autopsy Shows Darrien Hunt Shot in the Back by Police, Vikings NFL Team Bars Adrian Peterson in Reversal of Stance, DOJ Nominee Withdraws After Rejection over Legal Defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, MacArthur Genius Grant Winners Include Joshua Oppenheimer, Ai-jen Poo
Also found in: [+]
These Are The School Districts Around The Country With Military Supplies 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A few states over from where Ferguson police used armored vehicles and weapons from the Department of Defense to quell protests after the shooting of an unarmed teen in August, a more surprising institution has its own stock of military supplies from the government: a school district. Pinellas County School District in Pinellas County, Florida, is one of over 20 districts around the country with a police force or public safety department in possession of former military supplies, thanks to the Department of Defense's Excess Property Program, or 1033 program. Since 1997, the initiative has provided excess military equipment to state agencies like local and public university police forces , but it has come under renewed scrutiny in the weeks following the Ferguson demonstrations. The 1033 program provides supplies ranging from extreme weapons, like grenade launchers, to everyday materials, like laptops. State agencies must apply in order to receive extra materials from the military, and all the equipment ...
Also found in: [+]
Pussy Riot Comes to Harvard and Gets an Incomplete 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Two members of the Russian protest/music group Pussy Riot came to the Harvard campus Monday night to describe their thinking behind the movement that captured the world's attention. The panel discussion at the JFK Jr. Forum at the Harvard School of Government drew a packed house of more than 150 Harvard students and faculty to see the women who had taken on the government of Vladimir Putin and spent almost two years in prison as a result. Why did they call the group Pussy Riot? And why did they name it in English? So that their protest movement would become international in scope, they explained. And they used the word "pussy" so that a lot a self-important, non-cat lovers would have to use it as well. The women were poised, thoughtful and light-hearted, which is no small thing considering what they've been through. If you haven't followed their story, they have put on various anti-Putin protests in Moscow, their most notorious a brief performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior on ...
Also found in: [+]
NYU Student Lucy Parks Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Dropping Out Of College 17.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A New York University has published the letter she personally wrote to school president John Sexton explaining her anger that she must drop out of college due to financial concerns, seeing it as the only way to avoid a life in education debt. Lucy Parks said she faced violence as a gay teen in rural Virginia, and wanted to go somewhere like NYU in New York City -- located blocks away from what some consider the birthplace of gay rights activism -- that's considered LGBT friendly . She further explained she came from modest means, with a middle school librarian as her mother and a father who made instruments and cabinets before passing away due to cancer. Parks, who would've graduated in 2016, said she told the financial aid office in fall 2013 she needed at least another $10,000 or she'd have to leave, but was only offered an increase of $2,000: After my college fund had been entirely depleted by the two years that I spent here, I faced the difficult choice of leaving without a degree or taking on an ...
Also found in: [+]
What's the buzz from the VERGE Salon NYC? 16.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Smarter cities and buildings took center stage at this GreenBiz event in the Big Apple. Here's what people are tweeting about.

What's the buzz from the VERGE Salon NYC?
Also found in: [+]
Hope, Voting and Creating the World You Want to Live In 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This article originally appeared at TheNation.com We live in a time fraught with bad news. From the toll of violence and poverty to the escalating march of climate change, every week brings temptations to despair. Hope may actually be more beleaguered in the wake of a president who won the office in part by branding himself with it. Many have concluded that political participation has become a futile game. For myself, I deal with potential despair by finding ways to act. And remembering that the doors to social change are never irrevocably closed, even in unimaginably difficult situations. Think of Nelson Mandela and his compatriots being told they would rot and die on Robben Island. Denied newspapers as a way of isolating them, they'd see a guard discard a newspaper he'd used to wrap his sandwich, and one of the prisoners would retrieve it, smuggle it under their shirt, and in a tiny coded script on toilet paper (the only paper they had), would circulate a story or headline that would give their ...
Also found in: [+]
Blue Cities Have a Sustainable Relationship with Oceans 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A fascinating new book by University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley argues that while cities must continue to merge with the "green" -- by adding more trees, green roofs, and green buildings -- they can't ignore the "blue," our greater marine environment. This is because we, as humans, have a deep, biophilic connection to the oceanscape, which makes up 70 percent of the face of the Earth and contain 97 percent of its water. That connection is essential to building a more "complementary, mutually sustainable relationship between city and ocean." Dive instructor with sea stars in the Wellington harbor Much of the inspiration for Blue Urbanism: Exploring Connections between Cities and Oceans came out of a fortuitous experience Beatley had in Perth, Australia. There, he witnessed how city dwellers, "under the right circumstances, can take on ocean conservation." A real estate developer wanted to build a massive hotel resort along the coast facing the vulnerable Ningaloo Reef. The spot proposed was ...
Also found in: [+]
Headlines for September 16, 2014 16.9.2014 Democracy Now!
U.S. Launches New Iraq Strikes as Part of Expanded ISIS Campaign, Iran Rejects "Self-Serving" U.S. Offer to Cooperate vs. ISIS, Obama to Unveil U.S. Ebola Response; Up to 3,000 Troops Planned, Ukraine Offers Concessions as Attack Threatens Truce, Hundreds of Migrants Feared Dead in Shipwrecks, Cameron Urges Scottish Voters to Reject Independence, North Korea Sentences U.S. Prisoner to 6 Years, August 2014 Warmest on Record; Study Shows Minimal Cost for Cutting Emissions, Senate GOP Blocks Paycheck Fairness Act, NFL Team Reactivates Player Accused of Child Abuse, Anti-Immigrant Bill Sponsor Resigns GOP Post after Backing Sterilization for Medicaid Recipients, Pope Francis: Global Conflicts Amount to "Piecemeal" World War III
Also found in: [+]
A Survivor's Burden: Columbia Student Carries Mattress on Campus Until Alleged Rapist is Expelled 16.9.2014 Democracy Now!
A Columbia University senior who says she was raped on campus by a fellow student has launched an unusual act of protest. Emma Sulkowicz has vowed to carry a dorm room mattress with her everywhere on campus until her rapist is expelled or leaves campus on his own. Sulkowicz says she was raped in her own dorm room in August 2012. That was only the beginning. After she reported her assault to Columbia, she appeared before a disciplinary panel, where she was forced to explain to a university official how the painful manner in which she had been raped was physically possible. Then the panel found her accused assailant not responsible. Two other students have accused the alleged perpetrator of sexual assaults, but he remains on campus. Sulkowicz joins us to tell her story.
Also found in: [+]
Public charging station powers mobile devices with footsteps and solar panels 16.9.2014 TreeHugger
The ENGO charging station uses kinetic tiles and solar panels to charge up to 14 smartphones at a time, and provides free WiFi access and an emergency phone.
Also found in: [+]
Chemistry Lab Mishap In Denver High School Injures Four Students 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Four students at a Denver high school were injured today, one seriously, when a classroom chemistry demonstration caught fire , according to the Associated Press. The students suffered burns on their faces and upper bodies, and were brought to Denver hospitals for treatment. The fire started at 7:54 a.m. MT at charter school SMART Academy's Lalo Delgado campus, a Denver Fire Department spokesman told the Denver Post . The fire burned itself out and did not spread to other classrooms nearby, the newspaper reported. "We're all obviously very concerned for their safety and their recovery," Chris Gibbons, chief executive officer of Strive Preparatory Schools, which operates SMART Academy and eight other charter schools in Denver, told AP. David Mathis, a 10th-grader who was in the classroom at the time of the fire, said their teacher was lighting methanol when it caught fire and shot up toward the ceiling, Denver's local news channel 7News reported. "I only saw one of the students, but his skin was peeling ...
Also found in: [+]
Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At Yale 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, especially Muslims, this time the critics include Ali’s fellow ex-Muslims and atheists. “We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her blanket statements on all Muslims and Islam.” Those statements include calling Islam “the new fascism” and “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She has called for the closing of Muslim schools in the West, where she settled after immigrating from her native Somalia, and is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls in Islam. The students’ statement continued: “We believe Ayaan Hirsi ...
Also found in: [+]
The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5) 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Where We Are (continued from Part 3 ) 15.) May - July: The New York Times channeled the shift of the zeitgeist with its editorial call to "End Mass Incarceration Now." It followed up, in July, with a six-part editorial calling for the legalization of marijuana. 16.) June: The Food and Drug Administration announced that it will evaluate marijuana for potential reclassification as a less dangerous drug, which, in terms of medical research and the drug policy reform debate, could have a significant impact . 17.) June: Bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation emerged from the office of Republican Senator Rand Paul (Co-sponsored with Democratic Senator and Majority Leader Harry Reid) to tackle the disenfranchisement of ex-felons (a "New Jim Crow" barrier). Though not as strong as previous ex-felon enfranchisement proposals (Democratic Senator Cardin's Democracy Restoration Act and Congressman John Lewis' Voter Empowerment Act , which, unfortunately, are both less promising, in this session of ...
Also found in: [+]
Fall is for reading 15.9.2014 Current Issue
HCN editors’ pick of the best new fiction and non-fiction.
Also found in: [+]
Headlines for September 15, 2014 15.9.2014 Democracy Now!
U.S. Claims Arab League Role for Anti-ISIS Strikes, White House Cites Iraq War Resolution for ISIS Strikes, Islamic State Beheads U.K. Aid Worker in New Video, U.S. Triples Estimate of ISIS Fighters, Obama Met with Prominent Journalists Ahead of ISIS Speech, Syrian Gov't Airstrikes Reportedly Killed Dozens Outside Damascus, Israeli Intelligence Vets Refuse to Spy on Palestinians, Sweden Elects Center-Left Coalition in Anti-Austerity Vote; Far-Right Makes Gains, Prominent Egyptian Activist Freed on Bail, New NFL Abuse Claim Emerges as Commissioner Faces Calls to Resign, Obama Admin Invokes State-Secrets Privilege to Dismiss Private Lawsuit, "Django Unchained" Actress Accuses LAPD of Racial Profiling, Cuba Sends Health Workers for Ebola Effort; Obama to Unveil U.S. Plan
Also found in: [+]
Investing in a Sustainable Food and Farm Future 15.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Also found in: [+]
Clouds of water found on "near" planet 14.9.2014 Environmental News Network
Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth-less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to the sun. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar system. The clouds shroud a Jupiter-sized object known as a brown dwarf and should yield insight into the nature of cool giant planets orbiting other suns. Kevin Luhman, an astronomer at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, recently discovered the nearby object by using images from NASA’s WISE infrared space telescope, which scanned the sky from 2010 to 2011. A brown dwarf is a failed star and has so little mass that it can't sustain nuclear reactions, so after its birth it fades and cools. This brown dwarf, named WISE J0855-0714, is the coldest known. Its temperature is slightly below the freezing point of water, so it's colder than Earth's mean temperature but ...
Also found in: [+]
The Clintons Return To Iowa 14.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were to headline Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry fundraiser in rural Indianola. Sunday's event is expected to draw more than 5,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa's presidential campaigns every four years. Following a summertime book tour, Clinton was making her biggest campaign splash in 2014 so far, opening a fall of fundraising and campaigning for Democrats who are trying to maintain a Senate majority during President Barack Obama's final two years. The event was serving as a farewell for Harkin, a liberal stalwart and former presidential candidate who is retiring after four decades in Congress. Obama defeated Clinton in the state's leadoff presidential caucuses in January 2008, and the former ...
Also found in: [+]
Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alison Hewitt, UCLA Newsroom Evolutionary biologists have news for anyone accustomed to thinking of evolution as a long-term proposition: Evolution also takes place on a day-to-day basis, and it's a tool we must use to keep drug-resistant diseases from spiraling out of control and to prevent mass extinctions. In a paper published Sept. 11, UCLA evolutionary biologist Thomas Smith and colleagues from seven other universities explain that pests and diseases are evolving too quickly, while people and endangered species are evolving too slowly. The article , which appears in the online version of the journal Science, calls for policy makers and industry leaders to use the principles of applied evolutionary biology to solve global challenges in agriculture, medicine, conservation and other fields. The paper had its roots in a 2007 conference at UCLA that was organized in part by Smith, who is director of the UCLA Center for Tropical Research , a member of UCLA's Institute of the Environment and ...
Also found in: [+]
Marco Rubio Stresses Border Security After Fallout With Conservatives Over Reform 13.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MIAMI (AP) — Two years ago, immigration activist Gaby Pacheco got a call from Marco Rubio. The Florida senator wanted advice as he tried to develop a plan to help people like her: immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children. Now, Pacheco is aghast that Rubio is taking a harder line on illegal immigration. The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate has abandoned the sweeping bill he helped write and is calling for an end to the Obama administration program that lets Pacheco stay in America. "It's another Marco Rubio that I just don't know," she said. After the first-term senator saw his political standing fall among conservatives who balked at his immigration advocacy, Rubio is now focusing on border security — more in line with the GOP activists who wield great influence in how a White House nominee is picked. Last month, Rubio urged President Barack Obama not to take actions that would shield from deportation millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally. Congress, Rubio ...
Also found in: [+]
1 to 20 of 14,560