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The climate struggle is real: 10 biggest global warming stories of 2016

<b>(AP)</b><p>2016 was the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore<p>Brian Kahn<p>December 29, 2016 12:59pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.<p>This year is likely to be remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon …

Climate Change

Snow-free images of Arctic polar bears show the harsh reality of climate change

When Patty Waymire headed to Barter Island, Alaska a few months ago, she expected to take lots of photographs of polar bears frolicking in freshly …

Global Warming

Think 2016 Was Bad? 2017 Will Almost Surely Be Worse

It was a bad year. The planet continued warming at an alarming rate. The civil war in Syria, which has now claimed about a half million lives, raged …

IPhone 7

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources is now pretending not to know about climate change.

The state agency charged with protecting resources endangered by climate change has quietly purged that very term from its webpage on the Great Lakes.<p>…

Dakota Pipeline Stoppage Is A Victory For Poseurs, Not The Environment

The government’s decision to halt the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline will hearten its many opponents, but will have no significant practical effect. If anything, this represents a victory of image over reality, despite the claims of native Americans, Hollywood stars and veterans. It seems …

Adding 1 million people along the Wilshire corridor could help L.A. create a sustainable city

What will Los Angeles look like in 2050?<p>Based on climate research conducted at UCLA, the answer to that question could potentially be very bleak. L.A. will be hotter, with more wildfires and less snow in the San Gabriels. As my colleague Mark Gold, UCLA's vice chancellor for environment and …

I feel for the straight white men who are being silenced by the mean girls of modern feminism

You would be forgiven for mistaking it for a <i>Daily Mash</i> headline – but no, it’s real. <i>The Guardian</i> has published a piece today under the headline “’I …

NASA images reveal extent of human impact on Earth

A new documentary made with the help of NASA is a stark reminder of just how big an impact humans have had on the planet, according to a former …

Human Geography

Warming of oceans could be humanity's 'greatest hidden challenge', report warns

The warming of the oceans may become the “greatest hidden challenge” of our generation, a major new report has warned.<p>The 456-page document, …

“America isn’t yours”: Jon Stewart took over Stephen Colbert’s show to slam Trump and his supporters

Comedian Jon Stewart emerged (literally) from beneath his friend and former colleague Stephen Colbert’s desk last night to do again what he did so well for 17 years on <i>The Daily Show</i>: rebuke the lunacy that is American presidential politics, namely Donald Trump and his advocates on Fox …

Stephen Colbert

These 5 Facts Explain Trump's Very Un-Republican Foreign Policy

Donald Trump is far more interested in winning over crowds than adhering to any kind of Republican foreign policy orthodoxy. These five facts detail …

Geopolitics

Black Lives Matter Responds to Trump's 'Dog Whistle' Speech

Activists — including civil rights groups and those working to bridge the gap between the police and the people they serve — swiftly rebuked Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.<p>As Trump accepted the party’s nomination for president, he proclaimed …

Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead?<p>That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.<p>The technique involves …

Pollution

A scientific guide to navigating the world of gendered toys without screwing up your kid

Developmental psychologists and parents worry about toys because toys matter.<p>“They are how children learn about themselves and the world around them,” said Christina Spears Brown, author of <i>Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes</i>.<p>Every toy teaches something: …

Kids

These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is …

Design

Congratulations To Bolivarian Socialism: 100,000 Venezuelans A Day Leave The Country To Eat

As I’ve mentioned before a reasonable measure of how well a government is doing in running an economy is how well the shelves are stocked with the basics of life. When people follow the idiot policies of planned socialism then it is the people who end up waiting in line for the food. When there’s …

Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court | Dana Nuccitelli

The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost<p>Investigative journalism has uncovered a “web of denial” in which polluting industries pay “independent” groups to disseminate misinformation to the public and …

Gardens in the sky: The rise of eco urban architecture - CNN Style

Written by By Matthew Knight, CNN<p>With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin …

Green Roofs

3 police officers killed, 3 wounded in Baton Rouge; gunman dead

A lone gunman killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning, less than two weeks after the death of an African American man at the hands of Baton Rouge police.<p>The shootings occurred when police responded to a 911 call that a man dressed in black and …

Law Enforcement

The unexpected: Cold snaps in the sub-tropics, drought in rainforests - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Cold snaps in sub-tropical ecosystems, life under cities in soils, drought in rainforests, and desertification in grasslands are among the topics …

5 Reasons We Need To Introduce Meditation Into Schools

When a child goes to school there is a lot that we teach them.<p>At first, we want them to learn to master reading, writing, and some basic arithmetic. Later, as their analytical skills develop we give them other areas; maybe geography, history, economics and social studies.<p>Depending on the school …

20 Examples of What It Would Look Like if White Privilege Really Existed

1) We’d see frequent discussions on whether bumbling white dads or negative portrayals of southerners on TV and in movies were unfair to white...

The US is poised to pass a new law making GMO labeling mandatory for food products

Food companies selling products in the US may soon be required to tell consumers if their goods include genetically modified organisms—better known as GMOs.<p>President Barack Obama is expected to sign a piece of bipartisan legislation that establishes nationwide rules for food companies. The …

Agriculture

Sustainable Living - Reduce Your Waste With The Five R's

Americans create over 5 billion pounds of trash a year. From production to storefront we have a huge problem with waste in America. The trash we create in every step of the process is massive. Raw material waste, fossil fuels, toxic waste, and harmful carbon emissions.<p>Activist and adventurer Rob …

Donald Trump’s weaponized platform: A project three decades in the making

<b>Donald Trump (AP/Randall Hill)</b><p>A conversation on dangerous radical-right connections with Talk To Action co-founder Bruce Wilson<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>July 16, 2016 12:00pm (UTC)<p>More than a full year after Donald Trump first threw his hat in the ring, the political establishment still doesn't know what to …

Political Science

Capitalism and Democracy [part 1]

Let’s begin with a discomforting fact often forgotten in recent years: ‘free market’ capitalism is not necessarily the best friend of democracy. …

All the Questions You Had About Climate Models but Were Afraid to Ask

A scientist explains<p>Climate scientists tell us it’s going to get hotter. How much it rains and where it rains is likely to shift. Sea-level rise is apt to accelerate. Oceans are on their way to becoming more acidic and less oxygenated. Floods, droughts, storms and other extreme weather events are …

Americans Are Becoming More Worried About Climate Change. Here’s Why.

Another major public opinion analysis confirms that Americans are growing substantially more “Alarmed” and “Concerned” about global warming, while at …

Will The Next Natural Disaster Doom The Nation's Energy Grid?

California is facing a power calamity. Not only does the state have the most expensive energy in the continental U.S., but also the least reliable. It's leading the nation with more than 470 power outages this year alone, and is expected to enact 14 planned blackout days throughout the summer as a …

How a Group of Asian-Americans Is Spreading Support for Black Lives Matter

After the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Christina Xu, 28, felt frustrated about what she sees as a widespread lack of empathy …

Black Lives Matter