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By Tom Lewis | Chronicling the collapse of the industrial age.

The Overlapping Crises Are Coming, Regardless of Who's in Power

<i>No leader can reverse the dynamics of mutually reinforcing crises.</i><p><b>Commentators seem split into three camps:</b> those who see Trump as a manifestation of …

Trump’s War on Terror Has Quickly Become as Barbaric and Savage as He Promised

The clarity of Trump’s intentions regarding the war on terror was often obfuscated by anti-Trump pundits due to a combination of confusion about and …

Foreign Policy

What Happens to the U.S. Midwest When the Water's Gone?

The Ogallala aquifer turned the region into America's breadbasket. Now it, and a way of life, are being drained away.<p>This story appears in the August 2016 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>"Whoa," yells Brownie Wilson, as the steel measuring tape I am feeding down the throat of an irrigation …

Agriculture

U.S. Electric Grid Could Cost $5 Trillion To Replace

Since Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse lit up Buffalo from Niagara Falls at the end of the 19th century, electricity has been an integral part of …

Renewable Energy

All drill, no frack: U.S. shale leaves thousands of wells unfinished

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. shale producers are drilling at the highest rate in 18 months but have left a record number of wells unfinished in the largest oilfield in the country – a sign that output may not rise as swiftly as drilling activity would indicate.<p>Rising U.S. shale output has rattled …

Oil

Scientists Have Some Wild Ideas for Solving Our Big Bee Problem

The world's bees are in big trouble — even more than you might have realized.<p>Last year the U.S. lost a mind-boggling 44 percent of its honeybee colonies. Certain bee species — including the rusty-patched bumblebee and Hawaiian yellow-faced bees — are on the brink of extinction. Even "Buzz the Bee" …

Bees

White Working-Class Death Rate to Be Elevated for a Generation - Bloomberg

Researchers who sounded the alarm on increasing white working-class mortality blamed the trend Thursday on economic upheaval that created a web of …

Trump the Destroyer

It's like the campaign never ended. It's the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse.<p>Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, …

Betsy DeVos

Who Killed the Finest Soybean Soil in the World?

As Randy Dowdy walked along muddy turnrows under pounding January rains, he knew part of the topsoil from the farm that birthed the highest soybean …

Soil

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware - Motherboard

To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America's heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that's cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.<p>Tractor hacking is growing increasingly popular …

Agriculture

Atlantic City and Miami Beach: two takes on tackling the rising waters

Sea level rise is making floods more common and as the New Jersey resort braces for the next Sandy, the well-heeled Florida city is throwing money at the problem<p>The Irish Pub near Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk doesn’t have any locks on the doors as it is open 24 hours a day. So when Hurricane …

Climate

Keystone XL Does Not Make Sense Anymore

Canada’s oil industry is facing a dilemma – three major proposed pipelines but perhaps only room enough for two of them. For years, the oil industry …

Oil

Mexicans Flood Into Canada As 2017 Border Detentions Surpass All Of 2016

A couple of days ago we noted that Mexican immigrants were suddenly flooding into Canada to avoid deportation from the U.S. The increase in northern …

Immigration

U.S. SHALE GAS INDUSTRY: Countdown To Disaster

The countdown has started as the demise of the great U.S. shale gas industry has begun. This will have a disastrous impact on the U.S. economy as …

Oil

More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk, study says

Tens of millions of people in Africa are facing a serious water crisis, scientists said Monday, after decades of humans altering the natural …

Water

You'll never want to buy synthetic clothing after watching 'The Story of Microfibers'

<b>The Story of Stuff's new film explains how polyester yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are responsible for rampant plastic pollution.</b><p>Earlier …

Sustainability

China Releases Human Rights Report on US: 'Terrible Problems'

On Thursday China’s State Council Information Office released a human rights report on the U.S., noting that while that country continues to act as …

U.S. Subprime Auto Loan Losses Reach Highest Level Since the Financial Crisis - Bloomberg

U.S. subprime auto lenders are losing money on car loans at the highest rate since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as more borrowers fall …

Loans

Alaska’s Big Problem With Warmer Winters - Bloomberg

The wind that comes off the mountains across Cook Inlet in southern Alaska still feels plenty cold in February. But lately it’s not quite cold …

Climate

Climate Denial Rides Trump's Coattails to a Roaring Comeback

On the brink of irrelevance just a year ago, the conservatives who out-and-out deny man-made global warming now have major roles in the Trump …

Climate Change

FT Confidential Research: Chinese manufacturing jobs vanish as robots take over

Rapidly growing appetite for industrial robots in China is set to hasten the decline in manufacturing jobs, according to the findings of an FTCR …

Robots

Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation Running Out of Cash, Millions Affected

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), an entity created to “guarantee” pensions of private corporations, is on the verge of …

Retirement

Active Measures

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?<p>1. Soft Targets<p>On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—<i>aktivniye meropriyatiya</i>—against the reëlection campaign of President …

Russia

Multidrug-resistant infections hitting kids hard—750% increase since 2007

Overall incidence still low, but researchers fear steep rise and community spread.<p>Dangerous multidrug-resistant infections are surging in children …

Public Health

Have The Majors Given Up On Canada’s Oil Sands

Canada’s oil sands could struggle to rebound, with potentially billions of barrels of oil being kept underground permanently.<p>Canada’s oil sands are …

Oil

The Fiscal Horror Show Playing Soon in Washington

[<b>Ed. Note:</b> To see exactly what this former Reagan insider has to say about Trump and specifically what he believes must be done, David Stockman is …

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass - Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Renewable Energy

The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook

Putin – like Al Qaeda terrorists and Soviet Communists before him – is everywhere. Russia is lurking behind all evils, most importantly – of course – …

Russia

Oops! The economy is like a self-driving car

Back in 1776, Adam Smith talked about the “invisible hand” of the economy. Investopedia explains how the invisible hand works as, “In a free market …