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Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a "safe operating space" for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …

Barack Obama to make climate change case to weather forecasters

Barack Obama has signed up for eight interviews with TV meteorologists on Tuesday to defend a landmark report against those who deny climate change.<p>The interviews were scheduled as part of a carefully co-ordinated rollout of the National Climate Assessment.<p>The exhaustively detailed account of the …

Federal report: Warming disrupts Americans' lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans are already feeling man-made global warming, from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons. And it is …

Strongest sandstorm in decades sweeps China

Sand envelopes Gansu Province in northwest China reducing visibility to less than 65ft, in the strongest sandstorm since 1996<p>A strong sandstorm swept Gansu Province in northwest <b>China</b> on Wednesday, reducing visibility to less than 65ft, according to the provincial meteorological center.<p>The …

Devastation Persists in Tacloban Six Months After Typhoon

A man stands in front of a large ship grounded by Typhoon Haiyan on April 18, 2014 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines,<br>Chris McGrath—Getty Images<p>1 of …

Natural Disasters

New York City Flood Risk Has Risen 20-Fold Since Late 1800s, Study Says

The odds that New York City will be flooded by a storm, such as a winter nor'easter or a summer hurricane, is now at least 20 times greater than it …

Violent video games leave teens 'morally immature'

<b>Playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers, according to a study in Canada.</b><p>In-depth research into the behaviour of about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others.<p>More than half were found to …

NBC TODAY Show

NBC’s TODAY is the news program that informs, entertains, inspires and sets the agenda each morning for viewers across America.

Andy Carvin, a pioneer in using Twitter for real-time journalism, joins Omidyar’s First Look Media

First Look Media — the new media entity that eBay (s ebay) founder Pierre Omidyar is building and has promised to fund to the tune of at least $250 …

Snipers took down major grid systems in California last year and it could have been a dress rehearsal

One of the most significant acts of domestic terrorism involving the power grid took place last Spring in Northern California and you probably didn’t …

Verizon denies throttling Netflix traffic after net neutrality ruling

A suggestion by a Texas engineer that Verizon may be throttling some internet services following last month's net neutrality ruling has quickly been denied by the company. In a post earlier today, iScan Online engineer David Raphael noted that he discovered issues with performance on his Verizon …

Critics say Facebook is erasing pieces of history by deleting pages about the war in Syria

As we discussed in a recent post on “viral” content, Facebook’s (s fb) power and reach as a media platform has eclipsed even that of Google (s goog), …

Obama Administration Has Told Egypt To Release Al Jazeera Reporters

"We have strongly urged the government to drop these charges and release those journalists and academics who have been detained," White House spokesperson Jay Carney said Tuesday. He wouldn't say if aid would be in jeopardy if detention continues.<p>WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told the …

Associated Press News

Senators Launch Climate Task Force To Break Through 'Special Interest Lies'

WASHINGTON –- A group of Senate Democrats is planning a new offensive on climate change, one that members hope will galvanize congressional colleagues.<p>Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Thursday the group will be "going on the offensive" on climate change to "wake up Congress." Boxer and Sen. …

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.<p>The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4C by 2100, twice the …

Climate: Cloud Mixing Means Extra Global Warming

Doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide points to the higher end of warming estimates.<p>A decline in ocean cloud cover projected in climate models points to more than 5.6°F (3°C) of global warming coming in this century, on the high end of past global warming estimates, warn climate scientists in a …

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story

Two years ago, on a gorgeous November day, 12,000 activists surrounded the White House to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Signs we carried …

Fossil Fuels

Climate Change: The State of the Science

What The U.S. Government Asks Google To Censor [Infographic]

Not hard to see: more takedown requests are coming every year.<p>If the government wants Google to remove content, officials can file a removal request with the tech giant. Google, for transparency, releases data on those takedown requests, there for any interested party to peruse.<p>Designer Sebastian …

The Army Has Partially Blocked Access to The Guardian

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Army has responded to a series of stories from the <i>Guardian</i> revealing the extent of NSA …

You'll Never Know if the NSA Is Breaking the Law — or Keeping You Safe

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>What if the NSA's surveillance isn't legal? What if its collection of phone records and its …

U.S. Companies Lobbying Furiously To Save Corporate Tax Loopholes: Study

Corporate America worked hard to build massive loopholes into the tax code for itself, and by golly it is working just as hard to keep them.<p>U.S. companies, along with their lobbyists and trade groups, are treating Washington, D.C., like a big, swampy strip club, showering it with cash in an effort …

One American Who Isn't For Sale

So it's true, as filmmaker Michael Moore once warned us, the Carlyle Group is Big Brother. That's the $176 billion private equity firm that once employed former President George H.W. Bush, his Secretary of State James A. Baker III and a host of political luminaries that would put any other list of …

Tsarnaev Friend Unarmed When Killed by FBI

Mars One astronaut applications near six-digit mark

About a month ago, a rather ambitious plan was unveiled – to colonize Mars with astronauts who will never return to Earth. With such a harsh reality …

Arctic ice loss amplified Superstorm Sandy violence

Researches report that the severe loss of summertime Arctic sea ice appears to enhance Northern Hemisphere jet stream meandering, intensify Arctic …