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Mike Huckabee, You Want Abortion to Go Away? Then Let's Work Together -- Here's How 4.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We humans have an abortion problem. The morality of abortion is unresolvable because the miracle of life doesn't apply to just the one in the womb, it extends to all life. In other words, if the crux of the issue is preserving the sanctity of life, that must include protecting the lives of those already here. More on that in a moment . . . The challenge with morality itself is how we define it continually draws new lines in the sand based on philosophical, religious, scientific, technological, etc. thought processes that continue to advance over time as we become more intelligent. Though our human rights record is still pretty dismal, most of the world is more civilized than we were even a hundred years ago. Believe it or not, morality is improving as we demand new protections for human life, animals and even the planet. It's been a struggle, but we are slowly maturing. Human consciousness varies widely throughout the world, even within our own hometowns. The bottom line is the less developed humans are, ...
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Here are the 17 new UN development goals for 2030 4.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 member states of the United Nations have agreed on 17 new development goals to be achieved by 2030.
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Packers TE Quarless loses daughter at birth 4.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless revealed Monday he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last ...
Long live sustainable housing! Tips on building to last. 3.8.2015 TreeHugger
Australian architect Ande Bunbury tells us how to build to last- one to two hundred years.
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Three Things You Need to Know About Carbon 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part II of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, managing principal of The Stone House Group You may recall learning about the carbon cycle in your school days, but did you know that understanding this cycle is imperative to understanding climate change and sustainability? You can think of carbon dioxide as the common currency used to determine our impact on the environment. The gas is an important factor to achieving long-term sustainability that we all need to consider. Here are the three things you need to know about carbon dioxide and climate change: 1. Carbon is concrete and can be measured. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is naturally present in the earth's atmosphere and is essential for the existence of life on Earth. CO2 is constantly being transferred between animals, plants, the ocean, the atmosphere, and the soil in a naturally occurring and self-sustaining cycle. CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Earth's atmosphere produce the greenhouse effect , where these gases ...
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How Schools Can Reduce Energy Costs and Promote a Sustainable Future 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part III of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, Managing Principal of The Stone House Group When you think back on your education, what experiences had the most impact on you? Many would cite team projects, fieldwork, and hands-on learning experiences as their strongest memories. Personally, my 8th-grade camping trip helped me retain more information about the environment than any previous classroom lecture ever did. All educational institutions share the goal of preparing their students for the future--but can they achieve this goal while they simultaneously compromise that future by harming the environment? I believe schools have an obligation to protect and enhance the world they're preparing their students for by being good stewards of the environment--and that the steps to get there aren't as difficult or expensive as many seem to think. In the United States, buildings alone consume 41 percent of our total energy , 65 percent of our electricity, and 5 billion gallons of ...
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Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care. Dakar-based Marie Suzanne Traore (MT) is the pressure group's Oceans Campaigner for West Africa, covering an area stretching from Cameroon to Mauritania. Brussels-based Justine Maillot (JM) is its Oceans Policy Adviser. We spoke about how international fishing in African coastal waters is governed, the differences between European, Chinese and Russian contractual approaches, the impact on ecosystems and local livelihoods, transparency and access to information in the sector, and the many loopholes and corruption risks in the sector. Note that I did not fact check any of the information or claims made by them in this interview. Can you briefly explain how foreign fishing in West African waters is regulated? JM: There are ...
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Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong 3.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum toward the transition to a renewable and sustainable economy and is worth pursuing. She would use tax incentives and other federal authorities to promote renewable energy. Clinton also supports the Obama Administration's effort to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. I assume she will continue to support the more stringent policy announced by the President today. In the New York Times story describing Clinton's climate plan, Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport reported that: Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, was the architect of Mr. Obama's signature climate change policy, a set of E.P.A. regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Mrs. Clinton's new plan appears explicitly designed ...
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Meatless Monday: Greens for Good 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
High prices, raging drought , SNAP cut threats -- sometimes it's tempting to think the world is conspiring against us. There are a few indications, though, that sometimes it conspires for good. Good News Item #1: We've been demanding more fresh produce and buying less processed food, to the extent food manufacturers and supermarkets are sitting up and taking notice. This is a happy, healthy trend I'd like to keep going. The question is, wil it be sustainable with rising food costs? We shouldn't have to choose budget over health. This brings us to Good News Item #2: The national nonprofit Environmental Working Group has just released " Good Food on a Tight Budget." This free downloadable shopping guide helps you fill your shopping basket and plate with foods that pack the most nutrition for the lowest cost and are clean and green in the bargain. Speaking of green, that's what many of the good food values are -- leafy greens from spinach to kale. They're cheapest and most abundant now, in season, when they ...
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Hillary Clinton is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times is Wrong 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33% of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum toward the transition to a renewable and sustainable economy and is worth pursuing. She would use tax incentives and other federal authorities to promote renewable energy. Clinton also supports the Obama Administration's effort to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. I assume she will continue to support the more stringent policy announced by the President today. In the New York Times story describing Clinton's climate plan, Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport reported that: Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, was the architect of Mr. Obama's signature climate change policy, a set of E.P.A. regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Mrs. Clinton's new plan appears explicitly designed to ...
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Summer-sipping Seville-style gazpacho 3.8.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
The texture is always smooth and light. It is not the watered-down salsa or grainy sludge often served in the United States under the name of gazpacho, but an emulsion of olive oil in vegetable juice and vinegar that is light and fluffy on the tongue.
40,000 attend NoLibs 2d Street Festival 3.8.2015 Philly.com News
Almost 40,000 festival goers came out Sunday to celebrate the Northern Liberties "7th Annual 2d Street Festival" taking place on North Second and Green Streets and Germantown Avenue.
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Facebook drones and giant slides 2.8.2015 Yahoo: Business
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. Tesla's Model S got a lot of press when Elon Musk unveiled ...
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It's Time for a New Story of Humanity's Place in the World 2.8.2015 Truthout.com
The prevailing perception of humans as inherently at odds with nature is not only false, it's counterproductive. (Image: Nature in mind via Shutterstock) June 3, 2015 - It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change , overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue that our capacity for self-interest, avarice and ecological shortsightedness make us inherently unsustainable as a species . Not only is this way of thinking built on long-disproven myths about human nature and human origins, it also constrains how we think about solutions and alienates us from the rest of the natural world. We need to abandon this belief and not allow ourselves to be defined only by our most recent history. The truth of the matter is that we belong here, and belonging is a much more powerful narrative for sustainability than isolation. In western ...
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Adriatic oil, gas exploration raises concerns for Croatia tourism 2.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country's islands and pristine coastline. The government in September is set to sign contracts with two energy groups which have been granted the right to explore and drill for oil and gas in the Adriatic for a period of up to 30 years. "It is a very important project for Croatia," Barbara Doric, head of the hydrocarbon agency told ...
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El Monte municipal water utility slow to impose drought restrictions 1.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The greenest lawn in El Monte may well be the patch of grass in front of City Hall.
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City's plastic bag ban could mean more potato chips in your cart 1.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
As Chicagoans switch to reusable grocery sacks due to a ban beginning Saturday on thin plastic bags, those reusable bags may cause psychological effects that make consumers spend extra money buying more organic food - and more junk ...
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An urbanist's dream: New MSP innovation district would create national standard for city building 1.8.2015 MinnPost
Imagine life science and IT startup clusters connected by  woonerf -like streets to vastly expanded University of Minnesota lab facilities; dense, live-work-play developments that spur further transit investments and draw ambitious people from across MSP and beyond; shared energy allocation, water management and parking facilities for thousands of residents and workers; bustling breweries, inspiring pocket parks, and vastly improved pedestrian and bike connections throughout. Sound like an urbanist’s idle daydream? Perhaps. But the  Prospect North Partnership  is serious about implementing this vision in the densely populated, already busy Green Line corridor between the U of M and Highway 280. The partnership’s target area, dubbed (for the moment) “University Avenue Innovation District,” covers parts of Prospect Park in Minneapolis and St. Anthony Park in St. Paul. “With the opening of the Green Line and continued growth at the U, the University Avenue Innovation District (UAID) area is going to develop ...
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Callina’s slow fashion sweaters preserve culture and nature 31.7.2015 TreeHugger
Designer Michelle Sheppard creates sustainable garments with a connection to cultural traditions.
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Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling 31.7.2015 AP National
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: Nearby urban trees going neglected and becoming diseased or dying....
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