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A New Ireland Has Been Born

We did it. In becoming the first country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage by popular vote, a new Ireland has been born. In this, our summer of love, we have awoken hope at a time when many Irish people are disillusioned by years of recession and the slow pace of political and cultural …


5 Incredibly Simple Secrets for Finding a Great Job After Graduation


Do what everyone else does and you won't stand out from the crowd. Be prepared, be different, and land the job of your dreams.

Although my daughter doesn't graduate from college for another year, we're already starting to think ahead to the kind of job she'll try to get after she does graduate, …


Same-sex marriage debate must be this year, Australian Liberal party figures say

Liberal parliamentarians pushing for a free vote on same-sex marriage have called for the issue to be debated before the end of this year.

Supporters are seeking to build fresh momentum for action in Australia after Ireland became the latest country to grant same-sex couples the right to marry in a …


California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are …


Protesters warn against using chemicals in Santa Barbara County oil spill clean-up

Dozens of protesters chanted "End Oil Now!" and hoisted signs alongside an inflatable mock pipeline on a Santa Barbara beach on Sunday, demanding an end to fracking and other forms of "extreme oil extraction" days after a spill sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean and onto …

Santa Barbara County

Gay couples awake to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

DUBLIN (AP) — Gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn, with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

This new reality was sinking in after the Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent "yes" to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country's …


Today a Bankrupt City Votes on Its Next Steps

“We’ve gotten used to gridlock and stalemate at the national level. This is what it looks like for a city.” What civic dysfunction has in common with excessive CEO pay, and why it matters.

Last week I mentioned that a civic-bankruptcy drama was about to reach a climax in the beleaguered city of San …


An Oil Spill Fouls the California Coastline

An oil pipeline burst yesterday, spilling an estimated 21,000 gallons (79,500 liters) of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California. The oil slick spread at least four miles along Refugio State Beach by sunset, as emergency response and cleanup crews converged on the scene. The …


Why Recent Graduates Don't Negotiate

It doesn't hurt to ask.

Graduation season—replete with lengthy ceremonies and their (sleep-inducing) commencement speakers—is in full swing. Across the country, recent grads have traded in their anxiety about getting their diplomas on time for new kind of stress: finding employment. And for the …

Salaries & Wages

Please, Please Stop Asking Me Questions About My Post-College Plans

Confessions of a recent graduate

I missed the window to buy the cap and gown for graduation.

I don’t know when this period of time started or ended, simply that the time started and has already ended, and I am no longer able to get a cap and gown. As it turns out, all of those emails that read …

College & University

The End of the Boy Scout Ban on Gay Adults?

On Thursday, Boy Scouts of America President Bob Gates said “the status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

On Thursday, Boy Scouts of America President Bob Gates called for the end to the organization’s ban on gay adults who serve as troop leaders or have other roles …


Pope Francis' Eco-Encyclical: Marriage Between Green Tech and Economic Growth?

One sign that Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change may be creating a small storm of controversy within the Vatican is that high level officials …

Green Living

The U.S. Navy’s brutal new war on the Arctic

This fishing season, the government plans to detonate thousands of pounds of toxic munitions in the Gulf of Alaska

I lived in Anchorage for 10 years and spent much of that time climbing in and on the spine of the state, the Alaska Range. Three times I stood atop the mountain the Athabaskans call …


Top 7 Climate Change Hypocrites

"Do as we say, not as we do!" That's the message of the climate change hypocrites who can't seem to practise what they preach:

Climate Change

Catholics Organize to Promote Pope's Climate Change Message

There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.

When Pope …

Climate Change

Coffee May Not Survive The Century: Global Warming May Wipe Out The Plant Species Or Alter Its Taste

Your beloved coffee may not survive this century. Rapidly-changing climates or global warming may wipe out the crops or, at the very least, …

Climate Change

When It Comes to Dealing With Illegal Immigration, the U.S. and Britain Couldn’t Be More Different

LONDON — Nick Evlogimenos came from Greece to Britain three years ago and now wants to see limits on both illegal and legal immigration into the country he now calls home.

“I understand the agony some people face but from my point of view, whoever wants to make a living in a country that is not his …


Ireland Set To Legalize Same Sex Marriage In Referendum

The largely Catholic nation held a popular vote on the issue Friday.

Ireland is on the brink of becoming the first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. A national referendum on the issue took place Friday and is leaning demonstrably towards yes, which would put Ireland at the …


Welcome to the Rainbow Republic: Ireland reacts to historic marriage equality vote

In a landslide victory on Saturday, Ireland became the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage through popular vote.

More than 3.2 million people turned out to vote on Friday in what was called an "unusually high" turnout, according to the BBC.

Ireland's Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, …


Ireland overwhelmingly approves same-sex marriage in historic vote

DUBLIN — Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by nationwide popular vote on Saturday.

Around 62% of voters who hit the polls chose to vote yes, while 38% voted no.

In total, 60% of Ireland's more than 3 million eligible voters turned out; of them, more than 1 million people …


Neil Patrick Harris, Hozier and other celebs praise Ireland's historic vote

Ireland became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a nationwide public vote today, and celebrities around the world flocked to Twitter to show their support.

People from Vice President Joe Biden to singer/songwriter Sam Smith praised the Irish electorate for passing the …

Neil Patrick Harris

Ice and the Sky review – powerful eco doc fronts up to climate change deniers

The Cannes film festival winds to a solemn close with this documentary from Luc Jacquet, previously responsible for one of the mega-hits of eco-cinema, March of the Penguins. There’s only a brief glimpse of a penguin this time around; here Jacquet returns to the Antarctic to tell the life story of …


Ireland has said 'yes' to gay marriage and 'no' to Catholicism

The Irish referendum on gay marriage was about more than just gay marriage. It was a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism

Whatever happened to Ireland? Its people used to be relied upon to reject social change – in previous referenda they have said no to …


On-Demand Parking Startup Luxe Grabs a Product Boss From YouTube

At YouTube, Phil Farhi helped advertisers get their messages in front of video viewers. Now he’s trying to help people park their cars.

Farhi, who worked at YouTube from 2008 until last month, has joined Luxe as the on-demand parking startup’s VP of product. At YouTube, Farhi headed up the product …


Al Gore Weighs In on a Long-Delayed Earth Observatory Launch

The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite will provide a much-needed perspective on our home planet


Saudi Arabia foresees fossil fuel phase-out

Oil minister says kingdom will switch to using and exporting renewable energy


How agriculture’s resilience to climate change benefits us all

81 percent of Americans live in cities, but rely on urban areas for everyday needs.

Traditionally, governments haven’t factored farms and ranches into …


Federal Judge Expands Alabama Marriage Ruling Statewide, But Puts Order On Hold

Although Judge Callie Granade expanded a marriage case to the whole state on Thursday, she also put the ruling on hold until the Supreme Court rules on its pending marriage cases.

WASHINGTON — U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade applied her marriage equality ruling statewide on Thursday, but …


Gay donor presses Rubio on same-sex marriage

In public and behind closed doors, 2016 Republican presidential candidates are being put on the spot on an increasingly tricky issue: same-sex marriage.

The issue has become a source of friction within the Republican Party, as more socially liberal donors and corporations clash with conservative …

Marco Rubio

Boy Scouts should end ban on gay leaders, President Robert Gates says

Robert M. Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Thursday that the organization's ban on gay leaders "cannot be sustained" and urged the group to end its national ban.

"I truly fear that any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement," the former CIA director and …

Boy Scouts of America