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Dear engineers: Your decisions shape our energy future 19.1.2017 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
"Approach each design as if it could fundamentally change the way our world operates."
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Canadian campuses working toward reconciliation have their work cut out 19.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
rabble.ca and the  Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)  are teaming up to find Canada's next progressive student journalists. Generously funded by the CFS, Campus Notes will be running articles on Canada's critical post-secondary education issues. Have an idea? Pitch it  here ...
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Green Sahara's Ancient Rainfall Regime Revealed by Scientists 19.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year "Green Sahara" period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments, according to new research led by a UA geoscientist.What is now the Sahara Desert was the home to hunter-gatherers who made their living off the animals and plants that lived in the region's savannahs and wooded grasslands 5,000 to 11,000 years ago.
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 Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything 19.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Frances Fox Piven

A s many are saying, we woke from a nightmare to find it was our new reality. A gaggle of inflated far-right self-promoters and operatives, big businessmen and their toadies, and homegrown fascists will control the presidency and determine the Supreme Court majority, maybe for a generation or more.

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In LGBTQ 'Paradise,' This Transgender Activist Is Breaking Barriers 19.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thai transgender activist Nada Chaiyajit completed her undergraduate studies in August, and two months later, school officials told her 12 classmates - all men - that their graduation certificates were ready. But her college, the University of Phayao in northern Thailand, would not issue her documents because she submitted a photo in which she looks like a woman, even though her identity card says she is male. “They asked me, ‘Can you take a new photo - can you tie up your hair and wear a tie to make yourself look like a man?’ I said no,” said the 37-year-old, wearing rimless spectacles and simple stretch cotton sweater and trousers. “If I tie my hair back and wear a tie, then it doesn’t belong to me. This belongs to me,” she said, gesturing at her body and holding up the contentious portrait of herself in a black and lavender graduation gown. Nada refused to dress as a man or to petition to dress as a woman on grounds of gender identity disorder, as many Thai ...
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When Women Revolted 19.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Laura Tanenbaum , Mark Engler

Fifty years ago, feminist organizing in the United States entered a vibrant new phase of activity. While pinning down an exact starting date is a controversial endeavor, several major events in the late 1960s heralded the birth of what is often called second-wave feminism. The year 1966 saw the establishment of the National Organization of Women, or NOW, while 1967 featured both the introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment into the Senate and groundbreaking pickets at the New York Times opposing sex-segregated job ads.

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New MSU Research Addresses Gap Between Research and Practice in Sustainable Agriculture 18.1.2017 Environmental News Network
Michigan State University-led research has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared with the same practices in the small experimental plots ordinarily used to test them.
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E-waste is growing rapidly in Asia 18.1.2017 TreeHugger
As Asian countries buy more electronics, the piles of discarded devices are increasing and it's putting people in danger.
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Extreme Space Weather-Induced Electricity Blackouts Could Cost U.S. More Than $40 Billion Daily 18.1.2017 Environmental News Network
New study finds more than half the loss occurs outside the blackout zone.The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study.
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Empowering girls and young women in Nova Scotia 18.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
trr_rpn_jan16-20_2017_girls_conference.mp3 On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Susan Brigham and Cassandra McDonald. They are involved in organizing the Girls 2017 Conference, which will be happening in early March at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova ...
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Climate Change This Week: Nuclear and Congenital Climate Change Threats, China Leads On Clean Energy, and More! 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Credit Mike Luckovish at the Atlanta Journal Constitution 2013 OO Endangered Species Under GOP: Climate Change Information On The Web - A recent scrubbing of the words "climate change" on a Wisconsin government climate change website could be replicated under a Trump administration. * * HOT NEWS OO NOAA: Earth IS Heating Faster shows a new independent test of global warming data, which confirms a groundbreaking 2015 study that showed warming was faster than prior estimates. OO There Were A Crazy Number Of Record Highs In 2016 - many of them were heat. * * MELTDOWN Antarctica Is In Hot Water and it's dramatically melting the continent's glacial ice shelves. Source www.2luxury2.com OO Antarctic Past Points To Sea Level Threat says a new study. Takeaways: Nearly 15,000 yrs ago Antarctic ice sheets melted, raising sea levels by 10 feet; it could happen again, as current global heating is setting up the same conditions. Atmospheric conditions have changed the southern ocean: it now has a layer of warm water ...
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Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections 18.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
For decades, scientists have warned that we're on a dangerous path. It stems from our delusion that endless growth in population, consumption and the economy is possible and is the very purpose of society. But endless growth is not feasible in a finite biosphere. Growth is not an end but a ...
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Decisions 18.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On January 9, 2017, the NY Times ran a vitally important piece, "Women's March on Washington Opens Contentious Dialogue About Race. " The piece begins with a telling incident: "Many thousands of women are expected to converge on the nation's capital for the Women's March on Washington the day after Donald J. Trump's inauguration. Jennifer Willis no longer plans to be one of them. Ms. Willis, a 50-year-old wedding minister from South Carolina, had looked forward to taking her daughters to the march. Then she read a post on the Facebook page for the march that made her feel unwelcome because she is white. The post, written by a black activist from Brooklyn who is a march volunteer, advised 'white allies" to listen more and talk less. It also chided those who, it said, were only now waking up to racism because of the election. "You don't just get to join because now you're scared, too," read the post. 'I was born scared.' Stung by the tone, Ms. Willis canceled her trip." What this lays bare are important ...
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Rethinking revolution on the centenary of the Russian Revolution 18.1.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and about a hundred real, existing socialists turned up at Toronto's Lula Lounge to celebrate the launch of this year's issue of Socialist Register, dedicated to critical but positive reflections on the significance of the processes unleashed by that historic ...
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Activists Say Betsy DeVos' Nomination Puts Kids' Civil Rights On The Line 18.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. secretary of education would threaten children’s access to equal education and is unfit to head the Department of Education, civil rights groups said ahead of Betsy DeVos ’ Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. A billionaire philanthropist and a long-time advocate for school choice, DeVos has funneled millions to conservative causes and candidates. She helped clear the way for the rise of charter schools in her home state of Michigan ― which has the most for-profit charters in the country ― and is a proponent of voucher programs that let students use public dollars at private schools. DeVos appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Tuesday afternoon. “We cannot support a nominee who has demonstrated that she seeks to undermine bedrock American principles of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and public education itself,” said Wade Henderson, president and chief executive of The Leadership Conference on Civil and ...
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New US seafood rule shows global trade and conservation can work together 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Matt Burgess , University of California, Santa Barbara and Rob Williams , University of St Andrews The United States is the world's largest seafood importer, purchasing about US$20 billion worth every year. It is also a global leader in seafood sustainability, with some of the world's strongest laws and policies designed to prevent both overfishing of target species and incidental harms to other species. One of the major global challenges to harvesting seafood sustainably is that marine mammals like dolphins, whales and sea lions are often killed incidentally in fishing operations. This problem is called "bycatch." Bycatch is known to affect at least two-thirds of the world's marine mammal species . It was largely responsible for the recent extinction of the Yangtze river dolphin in China , and it is pushing the vaquita porpoise toward extinction in Mexico. On Jan. 1 the United States started enforcing a new import rule , which requires fisheries exporting seafood to the United States to protect ...
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4 Looming Flashpoints Facing President Trump 17.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation. Not since the end of the Cold War has a new chief executive been confronted with as many potential flashpoints involving such a risk of explosive conflict. This proliferation of crises has been brewing for some time, but the situation appears especially ominous now given Trump’s pledge to bring American military force swiftly to bear on any threats of foreign transgression. With so much at risk, it’s none too soon to go on a permanent escalation watch, monitoring the major global hotspots for any sign of imminent flare-ups, hoping that early warnings (and the outcry that goes with them) might help avert catastrophe. Looking at the world today, four areas appear to pose an especially high risk of sudden crisis and conflict: North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region, and the Middle East. Each of them ...
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NLG Preparing Legal Support for #J20 Inaugural Protests 17.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating with the DC NLG Chapter in preparation for anticipated mass protests at the upcoming 58th Presidential Inauguration and related protests taking place January 19-21, 2017.

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The Distracted, Dysfunctional Presidential Transition and the EPA 17.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Watching the presidential transition from what I hope is a safe distance, I continue to find the process to be the strangest I have ever seen. Despite Russian hacks, FBI interference, and a three million vote loss in the popular vote, Trump won the Electoral College and that makes him president. While his birther nonsense was designed to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency and the attacks on Trump's legitimacy are a little ironic, the attacks on legitimacy miss the point. Trump will soon be the president, and that is a simple fact. The odd part is that I suspect he knew that the legitimacy of President Obama's election was established. He knew Obama was born in the U.S.A. These are distractions and deceptions. His tweets are not random and it's time that we learn the strategy behind his messages. His misguided and ill-informed attack on Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis on the eve of the King Holiday is the kind of head fake we should be getting used to from our soon-to-be ...
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These Teachers Have A Plan To Fight Back Against Donald Trump 17.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Some teachers in California are ready and willing to fight back if President-elect  Donald Trump  does anything to harm their students.  As part of a group that calls itself “Educators in Resistance,” teachers in San Francisco and Oakland have pledged not to cooperate with or normalize an administration that they think emboldens white supremacy. In meetings, which have had anywhere from 10 to 100 attendees, they’ve planned ways to fight back ― such as organizing student-teacher protests outside of San Francisco’s city hall and instating committees to organize resistance movements across local schools. And on Friday, the day of Trump’s inauguration, some plan to walk out of school with their students. The goal, according to several educators who spoke with The Huffington Post, is to create a long-term foundation for struggle against Trump and the policies he may put in place. These teachers work with immigrants and students of color who have expressed fears that the president-elect has emboldened racism ...
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