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There's One Unspeakable Fix That Would Help Pay for the GOP's Tax Cuts

Paying for tax reform is easy—as long as the White House and Congress don’t mind fixing climate change at the same time.<p>That’s the counterintuitive …

Soviet submarine officer who averted nuclear war honoured with prize

Vasili Arkhipov, who prevented escalation of the cold war by refusing to launch a nuclear torpedo against US forces, is to be awarded new ‘Future of Life’ prize<p>A senior officer of a Soviet submarine who averted the outbreak of nuclear conflict during the cold war is to be honoured with a new prize, …

War

American Kakistocracy

There’s a case to be made that the United States is governed by the least scrupulous of its citizens.<p><i>Kakistocracy</i> is a term that was first used in the 17th century; derived from a Greek word, it means, literally, government by the worst and most unscrupulous people among us. More broadly, it can …

Donald Trump

Noisy, but that’s not all: the health threat posed by leaf blowers

Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat<p>Five years after starting his first job with a landscaping crew in the suburbs of Seattle, Fredi Dubon decided he had enough and called it quits. The work days were long, sometimes 12 hours, but a bigger problem was having to …

North Korea 'decoders' offer warnings about rogue nation's nuclear program

Thousands of miles outside the nation’s capital, a group of non-government experts are using North Korea’s propaganda to track the regime’s nuclear weapons program - and now they are offering a dire warning.<p>The analysts at the Middlebury Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation studies in Monterey, …

The Black Death helped reveal how long humans have polluted the planet

Before this 14th-century plague, there was lead in the air.<p>When the Black Death barreled through Europe in the 14th century, people had every reason to believe the end of the world was at hand. During the height of the pandemic, entire towns were felled. At least 75 million people met gruesome …

Pollution

To save the planet, scientists figured out how to fix cow farts

The secret to climate-friendly cattle.<p>Raising cattle contributes to global warming in a big way. The animals expel large amounts of methane when they burp and fart, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. U.S. beef production, in fact, roughly equals the annual emissions of 24 …

Biology

Barn owls don't lose their hearing with age, scientists find

Findings leave researchers hopeful that understanding hearing preservation in birds could lead to new treatment possibilities for deaf humans<p>If ageing humans had ears like those of barn owls they would never need hearing aids, scientists have shown.<p>The birds, whose sensitivity to sound helps them …

Birds

Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions

It wasn't that long ago that the effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act died once and for all in the Senate.<p>Or so many thought.<p>But like the killer robot in <i>The</i> <i>Terminator</i> or the undead fighters in <i>Game of Thrones,</i> the repeal effort has risen once again from the ashes in the form of a …

Health Care

As Poverty Surges in Italy, Populists Propose a ‘Citizens’ Income’

From his perch at a waterfront bar in the Italian port of Livorno, Marco Di Tanto sees far more despair than charm. Although the center of town—an …

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group

Why a loose network of militant activists is confronting fascists.<p>When Donald Trump used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last week, most people had no idea what he meant. I’m actually not sure he knew what he meant.<p>“What about the alt-left that came …

Democrats with dreams of impeachment should consider how Iran-Contra turned out

Watergate has emerged as the preferred historical scandal for understanding the Trump administration in its first sixth months. There are plenty of good reasons for this, but they come with an unfortunate side effect: The Watergate fixation feeds the fantasies of liberals and the left.<p>The Watergate …

Donald Trump

Past generations left Millennials and future youth facing a crisis — and the clock is ticking

Twenty-nine years ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA's Institute for Space Studies, told the US Senate that the question of the day — whether climate change was happening — was no longer in doubt.<p>"It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the …

3 reasons why America's massive nuclear arsenal actually makes the world safer

As a father of two young children, I am often perplexed when I hear senior leaders from the Department of Defense speak before civilian and military audiences and say something like, "If I could uninvent nuclear weapons, I would. But since we can't put the genie back in the bottle, we must maintain …

Top four ways to shrink your carbon footprint are often overlooked

Researchers in Sweden have identified the top four things people can do to reduce their carbon footprint, but warned on Tuesday these steps are …

Chinese Province Larger Than Texas Just Ran For An Entire Week On Only Renewable Energy

Qinghai province used only wind, solar and hydroelectric power to supply its population of 5.8 million.<p>While the U.S. flounders on environmental action and a growing number of cabinet officials out themselves as climate deniers, China continues to make waves as an emerging leader in this …

Renewable Energy

To keep cities cool, we need to green them right

With temperatures rising due to climate change, making our cities greener might seem to be an obvious solution. But without knowing what, where and …

Tiny houses give low-income Detroit residents a shot at home ownership

With a monthly rent of $1 per square foot, these dainty dwellings don't break the bank.<p>Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) is a Detroit-based …

The world’s largest floating solar power plant just went online in China

China has announced that the largest floating photovoltaic (PV) facility on earth has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. …

Renewable Energy

Find out what is true and false about climate change

The subject of climate change may or may not come up at a family gathering or a cocktail party. If it does, you might hear people debating some of the finer points of science, perhaps with little or no climate science background.<p>Skeptical Science is a science education group run by a global team of …

Climate Change

The Bad Grade That Changed The U.S. Constitution

Twenty-five years ago, the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified — nearly two centuries after it was written. The improbable story of how that happened starts with the Founding Fathers themselves and winds up at the University of Texas. And it's a heartening reminder of the power of …

Constitutional Amendments

New NOAA tool shows how climate change will affect your neighborhood

We’ve all seen the projections: Sea-level rises, hastened by a warming planet, will be nothing short of catastrophic for the world’s coastal …

Climate Change

A huge crack in a 1,000-foot-thick Antarctic ice block has taken an alarming turn

A slab of ice nearly twice the size of Rhode Island is breaking off a massive Antarctic glacier, and new satellite images do not bode well for the block's survival.<p>The giant ice block is part of the Larsen C ice shelf, which is the leading edge of one of the world's largest glacier systems. A …

Antarctica

Wilbur Ross Says Syria Missile Strike Was ‘After-Dinner Entertainment’ at Mar-a-Lago

Speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recalled the scene at Mar-a-Lago on April 6, when the …

‘They Thought the Man Had Gone Bananas’

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United States

This Chart Shows How Trump's Stock Market Gains Compare to the Last 13 Presidents

A look at the first 100 days under each.<p>Just days after Donald Trump’s inauguration in January, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed above the …

Dan Rather’s Second Coming

With millions of Facebook fans and the freedom to speak his mind, the 85-year-old journalist is back in the arena—facing the opponent he’s been waiting for his entire life.<p><b>One late morning on a recent rainy Saturday</b> <b>in</b> Austin, Texas, Dan Rather, dressed in a pressed dark suit and a crisp blue shirt, …

Journalism

Four climate change myths, debunked | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 21.04.2017

Some people are skeptical that human activity is driving global warming. We take a look at the most common arguments used by climate deniers, and set …

Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point …

Peer-Reviewed

Last stand: Nebraska farmers could derail Keystone XL pipeline | Reuters

Neligh, NEBRASKA (Reuters) - When President Donald Trump handed TransCanada Pipeline Co. a permit for its Keystone XL pipeline last month, he said the company could now build the long-delayed and divisive project “with efficiency and with speed.”<p>But Trump and the firm will have to get through …

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