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Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More! 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 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, the jetstream once again looks like it's bringing cold deep into the US, while the North Pole and surroundings (that big orange spot) are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our Arctic thermal shield of ice. California continues to dry, and 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 wind patterns, click here , and here , for the planet. (Clicking on "earth" ...
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New Jersey Residents Want To Reduce Coastal Risks, But They Don't Want To Pay 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New Jersey residents support efforts to protect coastal communities from the hazards of storms and flooding, but they don't want to pay for them, a new research paper concludes from public opinion polling. The study by researchers at Rutgers University looks at polling that found a majority of New Jersey respondents support building and zoning changes that would help mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The polling showed 62.5 percent said they strongly agree that local governments should be allowed to "require housing in some areas to be built in ways highly resistant to natural disasters." Another 22 percent said they somewhat agree with that statement. The article will be published in the journal Risk Analysis, and was posted online this month . Sixty-one percent of respondents said they strongly agree that the federal and state governments should "identify the areas to not be developed" because they would provide natural buffers from storms. And 53 percent of respondents said that they strongly ...
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Fighting Fracking: Where Moral Outrage Fails, Earthquakes Prevail 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In response to pressure from students, faculty -- and apparently alumni -- who oppose Harvard Endowment's refusal to divest its fossil fuel stocks, Harvard University's President Drew Faust's office issued her second statement on climate change and sent a an email link to Harvard alumni. (N.B.: I am one). Instead of divesting, Harvard will become a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and the Carbon Disclosure Project. Alumni are also asked to contribute to a $20 million Climate Change Solutions Fund . Harvard is chipping in $1 million. Meh... I was not alone in my reaction. My email was buzzing with disappointed environmentalists and sustainability investment managers. 100 Harvard faculty members posted a letter objecting to Harvard's failure to divest. Students who worked so hard for divestment must be crushed. But really, even Harvard's full commitment to fossil fuel divestment would be symbolic. Only $33.6 million of the fund's $33 billion is invested in fossil fuels. And even ...
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9 Pennsylvania Universities Targeted In Federal Gender Complaint 18.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A women's legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, alleging the schools have repeatedly failed to provide equal athletic opportunities for female students over several decades. The Title IX complaints by the Women's Law Project were submitted late Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. The group cites data from each of the universities showing significant gaps between enrollment of female students and their participation rates in athletic programs. Disparities at the schools on average ranged between 7 percent and almost 15 percent over the past decade. The complaints were made against nine of the 14 schools in the Pennsylvania State System: Bloomsburg, Cheyney, Clarion, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville and Shippensburg. "Despite the fact that Title IX has obligated them to achieve gender equality, after four decades these schools still are not providing equitable ...
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Prop 8 Lawyer's Views On Gay Marriage Evolving 17.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman. The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country's rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favor of allowing the unions. Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle. And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his ...
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44,000 Endangered Species Condoms Given Away to Celebrate 44th Earth Day 17.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

In honor of the 44th Earth Day celebration, the Center for Biological Diversity is distributing 44,000 free Endangered Species Condoms across the country. The condoms will be given away next week by more than 500 volunteers in all 50 states and at dozens of Earth Day events on college campuses nationwide and in major cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.

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Headlines for April 17, 2014 17.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Ukraine, Separatists Clash as Geneva Talks Begin, Regime, Rebels Trade Blame for Chlorine Gas Attack in Northern Syria, Al-Qaeda in Yemen Threatens to Attack United States, Reps for Detroit Public Workers Accept Pension Cuts, Report: Deportation Cases on Steady Decline Since 2009, Philadelphia Bars Transfer of Undocumented Immigrants Without Federal Warrant, Judge Overturns North Dakota Anti-Abortion Law, GM Seeks Court Protection From Ignition Switch Claims, Obama Unveils $600 Million Grant for Job Training, Placement, Bloomberg Launches New Gun Control Group With $50 Million Donation, Senate Intel Committee Probes Torture Probe Leak to McLatchy, Lavabit Loses Contempt of Court Appeal over User Info, Snowden Questions Putin on Mass Surveillance, Salsa, Bolero Singer Cheo Feliciana Dies in Puerto Rico Car Crash
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GreenBiz 101: What do you need to know about microgrids? 17.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Why all the buzz around microgrids? GreenBiz explains how distributed microgrids are transforming the energy system.

GreenBiz 101: What do you need to know about microgrids?
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New Methane Leak Data Adds Doubt About Future Of Natural Gas As 'Bridge' Fuel 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This story originally appeared on Climate Central: Natural gas as a means to produce electricity is being hailed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the fuel that can act as a "bridge" between carbon-heavy coal and zero-carbon renewables, helping to reduce humans' impact on the climate. The idea is that burning natural gas involves fewer greenhouse gas emissions than burning coal. The IPCC in its Working Group III report says natural gas as a bridge fuel will only be effective if few gases escape into the atmosphere during natural gas production and distribution. A gas flare rises near an abandoned building on July 22, 2013 outside Williston, North Dakota. But a study published Monday adds to the growing evidence those escaping gases, called "fugitive" emissions, are numerous, especially methane emissions while a well is being drilled, a phase of well development previously thought to emit little if any methane. Over a 100-year timeframe, methane is about 35 times as potent as a climate ...
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Testing Resistance Movement Exploding Nationwide 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Monty Neill Edy Chamness, a concerned parent in Texas, is just one of the millions of Americans now rising up against the standardized testing monster that critics say is destroying public education from coast to coast. (Photo: Texas Observer / Patrick Michels)This spring, the testing resistance movement has exploded across the nation. It will continue to grow as the testing season heads into the final ...
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Monica Jones, Transgender Woman, Convicted Of 'Manifesting Prostitution' 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Apparently you can be arrested and convicted for " walking while trans " in some parts of the country. Monica Jones, a transgender woman and activist, was found guilty of "manifesting prostitution" by a Phoenix, Arizona judge on Friday following her arrest by undercover police officers in 2013. The kicker? Jones did not actually engage in prostitution the night of her arrest. Rather, she accepted a ride to a bar in her neighborhood by two undercover cops. Jones' conviction stems from a law defining prostitution as act or action that " manifests an intent to commit or solicit an act of prostitution " -- with the keyword being "intent." This ambiguity puts the power within the hands of the state, who can define intent within their own framework. According to Policymic , the Arizona ACLU notes that "innocent" and "criminal" behavior is defined by how a person looks. Post by Support Monica Jones . Within the context of Jones' case, many have claimed that this boils down to " walking while trans ," since ...
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Headlines for April 16, 2014 16.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Ukraine, Pro-Russian Separatists Clash on Eve of Talks, 3 Afghan Civilians Reported Dead in U.S. Bombing, Iraq Shutters Abu Ghraib Prison over Militant Threat, U.N. Security Council Views Graphic Images from Syrian Defector, Report: Syrian Rebels Obtain U.S.-Made Missiles, Hundreds Missing in Sinking of Korean Ferry, Owner of Collapsed Bangladeshi Garment Factory Faces Murder Charge, NYPD Abandons Controversial Muslim Spying Unit, Detroit Pensioners Reach 1st Post-Bankruptcy Deal, Boston Marks 1st Anniversary of Marathon Bombing, Oklahoma Bars Local Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage, Arizona Enacts Law Authorizing Warrantless Inspection of Abortion Clinics
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Sayed Ishaq Gailani: "Our only demand is attention to education" 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sayed Ishaq Gailani is the leader of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan and current member of the Wolesi Jirga "House of Representatives" National Assembly of Afghanistan. He spent many years living in exile during the Soviet invasion and the Taliban civil wars. He obtained his Master's degree in Law and Political Science from Tehran University. During his political career, he has also cooperated closely with Amnesty International and has worked with the different U.N. representatives for Afghanistan. Photo : Armanshahr/Open Asia / Matthieu Hackière Have your rights ever been violated? The first time my human rights were violated was when I was forced to leave my homeland, together with my family, and begin a life in exile. It was when the communists took over: my family was forced to leave because of my own political and religious activities, as well as those of some other members of my family. What are some important achievements in Afghanistan today? One important achievement is the ...
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Why Hawaii Was The Sweetest Spot To See The 'Blood Moon' (PHOTOS) 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We know, we know: You've already seen several images of last night’s total lunar eclipse . But you haven't seen it like this yet. Due to its low light pollution, remote and idyllic landscapes, and a whole sub-population of people with a passion for astronomy, Hawaii may have been the Western Hemisphere's sweetest spot for observing the "blood moon." The state, which is home to the famed Mauna Kea observatories on the Big Island of Hawaii and the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii on Oahu, is affectionately known as “Earth's connecting point to the rest of the Universe.” Moreover, given Hawaii's history with expert navigators, "knowledge of the night sky is an integral part of [Hawaii's] culture and history,” according to the institute’s outreach coordinator and astronomer Dr. Roy Gal . The time difference helps too. While most stargazers across North and South America had to set their alarms in order to catch the stellar sight, astronomy enthusiasts and several staffers from the ...
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics 16.4.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

A Brazilian neuroscientist says brain-controlled robotics will let the paralyzed walk again.

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer’s 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums. At a laboratory in São Paulo, a Duke University neuroscientist is in his own race with the World Cup clock. He is rushing to finish work on a mind-controlled exoskeleton that he says a paralyzed Brazilian volunteer will don, navigate across a soccer pitch using his or her thoughts, and use to make the ceremonial opening kick of the tournament on June 12.

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In Plain Sight: The Rise of Corporate Democrats in California 15.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by Capital and Main as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Marin County is one of California’s most liberal regions and, with its iconic redwoods and stunning coastline, it is also a power center for environmental activism. And so, when a bill to give the state Coastal Commission authority to levy fines against shoreline despoilers came for a vote in the state Assembly in 2013, it was taken for granted that Marin’s new Assemblyman, Marc Levine, would vote for passage. That didn’t happen. Instead, the San Rafael Democrat sat out the single most important vote for his constituents that year – which helped doom the measure. But Levine was not finished. In Sacramento he would abstain or skip votes on bills helping farm workers and creating a bill of rights for domestic workers. He has also voted against legislation requiring economic impact reports for big box stores and requiring more rate-increase ...
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Westboro Baptists To Picket Kansas Shooting Victims' Funerals-- But 'Do Jewish' Counter-Protest Will Demonstrate Love 15.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The pain of the Kansas shootings that targeted innocents at Jewish community centers is still fresh, but that only serves as an invitation for the callous Westboro Baptist 'Church' to plan a picket of the victims' funerals . Three people were killed on Sunday, none of whom were Jewish, reports the Associated Press. Dr. William Corporon, 69, and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, 14, were at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City for a singing contest audition, and Terri LaManno, 53, was visiting her mother at the Village Shalom Retirement Center. The suspected shooter, Frazier Glenn Cross, has been identified as a former "grand dragon" of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and he reportedly shouted "Heil Hitler!" while being held by police. The attacks, which targeted a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, are being classified as hate crimes, according to The Washington Post . WBC wrote on its website , "WBC will picket the funeral of William Corporon and Reat ...
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Headlines for April 15, 2014 15.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Ukraine Says Anti-Separatist Operation Underway; U.S. Threatens New Sanctions on Russia, Nigeria Bus Bomb Toll Jumps to 71, 124 Wounded, Ex-Klan Member Charged With Hate Crimes in Kansas Jewish Center Shootings, Federal Agents Cede to Anti-Gov't Nevada Rancher After Armed Standoff, Army General Denies Chelsea Manning Clemency Bid, 9/11 Trial Suspended After Attorneys Claim Gov't Infiltration, Monitoring, Justice Dept. Won't Contest Ruling Clear Force-Feeding Challenges by Guantánamo Prisoners, Nebraska Landowners, Activists Unveil Anti-Keystone XL Crop Art, Report: Killings of Environmental Activists Surge Worldwide, Guardian US, Washington Post Win Pulitzer for NSA Reporting
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War Tax Resisters Mark April 15 With Call to Stop Military Spending 15.4.2014 Democracy Now!
Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spending. To voice their opposition, some Americans are taking a stand by personally refusing to pay their federal taxes. Lida Shao, a premed student at Columbia University, has been a war tax resister for three years with support from the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee. Shao joins us to discuss why Tax Day for her is a day of resistance.
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How She Leads: Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk Foundation 15.4.2014 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com

The Autodesk Foundation seeks to foster design that addresses some of the world's biggest challenges. Its director explains the opportunities.

How She Leads: Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk Foundation
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