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Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.<p><i>When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.</i><p><b>Unique Giraffe Beetle</b>, another biodiversity wonder, is threatened as Madagascar's forests continue to be destroyed. <i>Wikipedia</i><p><b>OO International Embargo On Exports Of Precious Woods Extended</b> - by the …

15 Things You Should Know About Trump's Tax Plan

<i>By Chuck Epstein, Contributor</i><p>Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump has shown he is politically controversial. His proposed tax plan -- which would affect almost every American taxpayer -- also is contentious.<p>As outlined in his book, "Time to Get Tough: Make America Great …

Dawn Spacecraft Slips Quietly Into Orbit Around Dwarf Planet Ceres

Space<p>NASA's Dawn spacecraft slipped into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres on Friday, in a manner as cool and quiet as the soft blue glow of its ion engines.<p>Eight years and 3 billion miles after its launch, the boxy probe was captured by Ceres' gravitational pull at 7:39 a.m. ET (4:39 a.m. PT), …

Astronomy

Nations Unite in Global Agreement on Climate Change

Accord for the first time binds rich and poor governments into reducing greenhouse-gas emissions<p>PARIS—More than 190 nations have agreed on a plan to limit climate change, ending a decadeslong search for an accord requiring the world’s economies to regulate the emission of gases that scientists say …

Climate

Charted: What the landmark Trans-Pacific trade deal really means

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam, came to terms Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a landmark free-trade deal that’s being described as the most ambitious in a generation. What exactly does it all mean?<p>If the participants all ratify …

Trade Pact

France-Total War?

The day after Kurdish forces with U.S. support expelled the Islamic State from the town of Sinjar in Northern Iraq; the day after the U.S. triumphantly announced that ISIS executioner "Jihadi" John had been "evaporated" by a missile fired from a U.S. drone--yesterday, on February 13th, ISIS boasted …

Pope delivers political message on immigration, tolerance to Congress

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pope Francis challenged America Thursday to embrace millions of undocumented immigrants and join a global campaign against climate change and poverty, wading undaunted into the nation's volatile politics in a historic address to Congress.<p>Francis also called for a fairer world …

Pope Francis

Who’s that with Pope Francis? The seven kinds of people you meet in a papal entourage.

By Dan Zak<p>Dan Zak<p>Feature writer<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The pope’s entourage is about 100 people, which makes it less of a flock and more of a herd. No, His Holiness is not trailed by a stylist and personal trainer, although there <i>is</i> a papal physician and a few attendants in charge of wardrobe. When you’re …

Pope Francis

Pope Francis Celebrates Mass in Holguin, Cuba: Pictures

Havana

Ben Carson's anti-Muslim comments are ahistoric but politically profitable | Scott Lemieux

The would-be Republican nominee’s statement reveal he’s unqualified for the presidency. But they reflect common feelings among his conservative base<p>As a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Carson was an admired and most admirable figure but, despite his avuncular manner, as a political …

Office 2016 arrives with features meant to take on Google (and everyone else)

Office 2016 is out of preview today, and in a sentence, it represents Microsoft's most obvious effort yet to catch up with Google Drive. Though the new release looks generally the same as the last version, it's designed for sharing and collaboration in a way that Office 2013 really wasn't. In …

Software

'Pope's U.S. visit can unite the fight against modern-day slavery'

<b>(CNN) —</b> After recently having the privilege of travelling to Vatican City to attend a summit hosted by Pope Francis about the intersecting challenges of modern slavery and climate change, I came away with renewed resolve to do my part as the Mayor of Birmingham and ambassador for Human Rights …

5 key questions about the Pope's trip to America

<i>Pope Francis is visiting Cuba until Tuesday when he heads to the United States. CNN will have full coverage online and on CNN TV.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> Pope Francis has not commented on the crowded field of U.S. presidential candidates. But after a similar situation arose in Argentina, he was not amused.<p>In 2007, …

Christianity, Heaven, and the State of the Dead

Certain scholars who have looked into the Bible and early church history have properly questioned the idea of Christians going to heaven:<p>(RNS) The …

The Cross as Early Christian Symbol

One of the long-standing presumptions often presented as established fact is that the cross wasn’t a Christian symbol until Constantine adopted …

Diversity and the Emergence of “Orthodoxy” in Early Christianity

I continue to see some scholars stating as unquestioned fact that “orthodoxy” and “heresy” really only emerged after Constantine, that only with the …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Study Skills

What the Iran-Deal Debate Is Like in Iran

The agreement has divided Iranians into camps that could shape the future of the country.<p>The nuclear deal with Iran has sparked a vigorous debate not only in the United States, but in Iran as well. The discussion of the agreement among Iranians at times echoes the American discussion, but is also …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Pew Research Center

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet

Little-known Evan McMullin finally takes up the mantle of anti-Trump conservative, three months before the election.<p>There are three months until Election Day, and anti-Trump Republicans finally have their man—even if they’ve never heard of him.<p>On August 8, Evan McMullin announced he is running as …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

What's in the Iran deal?

President Barack Obama said that the framework agreement announced Thursday between Iran and six world powers is a “good deal” that will increase Iran’s nuclear breakout time from around two to three months to more than a year.<p>But, of course, the devil’s in the details. Here they are, according to …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain

ISIS Wants a Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian …

Middle East

Aid Agencies Struggle to Reach Affected in Vanuatu After 'Monster' Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale says the tiny South Pacific island nation has lost much of its development due to the havoc wreaked over the …

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, a nice warm bowl of porridge, and staying away from men—at least that’s the explanation given by …

Medieval

After Netanyahu warnings, U.S., Iran resume talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.<p>Kerry said he …