Blair Anderson

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If Islamic State terror is not Islam, why is Israeli war not Judaism?

Israeli war is as about as representative of the Jewish faith as Islamic State terror is of Islamic values. Terror committed by both Israel and …

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5 startups that are reimagining the world

Walk [Your City], as the name suggests, wants people to showcase just how walkable their city is.<p>It's the brainchild of Matt Tomasulo, an urban designer and activist.<p>"A big obstacle to walking is this perceived barrier of a destination being 'too far,' when in fact it is a walkable distance," said …

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Ready, Set, Power Up—Can the U.S. Win the Race to Create a Superbattery?

The stakes are high for the nation that invents the battery of the future.<p>Ever since the Italian count Alessandro Volta invented the first electric battery in 1799, scientists have sought to ramp up its performance. Even though we have sent a robot to Mars and split the atom, it has proved …

BP says CO2 emissions unsustainable, warns on global warming

In its Energy Outlook 2035, BP predicts that CO2 emissions will exceed levels which scientists says pose a threat to climate change unless coordinated action is taken<p>BP has warned that carbon dioxide emission levels from burning fossil fuels are unsustainable unless the international community …

Power to the people: Dale Vince, green energy pioneer

Dale Vince, the founder and sole shareholder of Britain's largest green energy company, is a one-time hippie dropout whose business nous has impressed the Prime Minister<p>I thrive on adversity,' Dale Vince says with a grin. 'I like it when the chips are down. When nobody believes that something can …

Solar project brings affordable energy to Palestinian homes

We don’t often hear good news coming from Palestine, but solar energy advances for Palestinian households are something to celebrate. The Dead Sea …

U.S. companies pledge to build 20 GW of renewable energy in India

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S.-based SunEdison and First Solar on Sunday committed to build more than 20,000 megawatts of clean energy capacity in India by 2022, a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to meet ambitious renewable targets.<p>The companies announced the plans at the beginning of …

Renewable Energy

Bionic Leaf Can Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel: Better Than Solar Cells?

Close<p>Solar energy can be converted into a liquid fuel, utilizing a new bionic leaf designed by researchers at Harvard University and the Wyss …

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

It's official — benefits and high taxes make us all richer, while inequality takes a hammer to a country's growth

The sickening theory of laissez-faire capitalism finally died with the recent report from one of the West’s leading think tanks. The Organisation for …

UN: climate change costs to poor underestimated

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The cost to poor countries of adjusting to ever-hotter temperatures will be two or even three times higher than previously thought, …

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Anthropology and the Political Moment

We live in very troubled times -- welcome to the Anthropocene, a new epoch during which human activity (industrial production and consumption) has provided us unparalleled wealth but also an unmistakable path toward potential ecological devastation. As Naomi Klein powerfully demonstrates in her new …

Top 10 Effortless Ways to Support a Good Cause

Even the smallest actions can make a big difference. Turn things you might be doing anyway—from shopping to traveling—into good deeds that improve …

Personal Finance

Thomas Piketty is right: Income inequality is holding us back

<b>Thomas Piketty (Reuters/Charles Platiau)</b><p>Two leading economists examine how the wealth divide is especially harmful to the job market<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>November 27, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><i>Barry Z. Cynamon, currently Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve</i> …

Five Things President Obama Could Do to Stop the Killing

If my son - who is 14 years old, has Autism and is hearing impaired - were African-American I would be worried every time he left the house to walk to school or the library, worried that he'd have a failed encounter with a teacher, school administrator or police officer that would result in him …

Undercover as an “ex-gay”: Inside the sordid world of conversion therapy

Posing as a confused gay man, I sampled these religious conmen’s snake oil — and lived to tell the tale<p>Harmon Leon<p>November 26, 2014 11:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Conservative Christian ministries believe that homosexuality can be cured through therapy in which gay people …

Rula Jebreal: Why America is losing the war on terror — and the Islam debate is so flawed

<b>Rula Jebreal, Bill Maher (HBO)</b><p>EXCLUSIVE: Leading journo explains why killing Osama didn’t end the war — and why Bill Maher & co. get Islam wrong<p>Rula Jebreal<p>November 26, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>America is losing the longest war in its history. An enemy that had comprised a couple of hundred desperate men …

Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes ‘contrary to international law,’ UN experts warn

“All acts of violence require a firm response from the Israeli authorities, and those responsible should be tried before a court of law and sentenced …

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Reading Together Even While Reading Alone

I probably shouldn’t admit that I keep an Excel spreadsheet to track what books I’ve read in a given year. The file spans seventeen years, a book …

The Best Book I Read This Year

Staff selections from a year of reading<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p><b>The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II by Charles Glass</b><p>High school seniors this year were in kindergarten when the Twin Towers …

Israel destroys Bedouin village of Al-Araqib for the 78th time

<b>Israel razes Palestinian village for the 78th time</b><br>BETHLEHEM (PNN) 18 Nov — World Bulletin reported that Israeli forces on Monday razed the Bedouin …

Can Israel Really Deter Attackers by Demolishing Their Homes?

The country has resumed its controversial policy of destroying the houses of Palestinians accused of terrorism.<p>Just hours after a grisly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday that left four Jewish worshippers and a police officer dead, Israeli forces razed the home of a Palestinian man who had …

Where Inequality, Poverty, and Geography Meet

American is an economically unequal country. It is also plagued by a great deal of poverty, particularly by the standards of rich, developed nations. …

Stunning NASA Visualization Reveals Secret Swirlings of Carbon Dioxide

The new simulation tracks the invisible gas that's warming the planet.<p>NASA has released a striking visualization of how carbon dioxide flows around the world. In the simulation, plumes of the greenhouse gas gush into the atmosphere from major industrial centers, swirling from continent to continent …

5 things to know about income inequality

The top 1% is still doing better than everyone else.<p>Between 1979 and 2011, Americans at the top of the income scale saw their incomes grow 200%, while incomes for those further down rose between 40% and 67%.<p>That's one finding in a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office about …

How the Rich Get Richer – my Channel 4 documentary

(() - Inequality is rising up the political agenda right now, but the debate usually descends into clichés about wealth, bankers and tax. On Monday, I try to look at the subject more broadly in a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4 entitled How the Rich Get Richer (clip above). I write about it in …

The New Reign of the Top One Thousandth

Ever since Thomas Piketty's coming out party, debate has raged in America over the implications of inequality of wealth and income. A new research …

Three Israeli soldiers wounded in suspected West Bank terror attack

Three soldiers have been wounded in a suspected vehicular terror attack in the West Bank, just hours after one person was killed and 13 wounded in a …

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