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by Bill McKibben This afternoon a draft of the next report from the world’s climate scientists to the world’s political leaders leaked to a few reporters. In the words of Justin Gillis at the NYT, it showed those scientists using even “blunter,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Bill McKibben | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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by Bill McKibben Well, sort of. News overnight that Australia’s prestigious Sydney University has announced its endowment will stop making any new investments in coal, and start reviewing its existing holdings. It comes after an intensive campaign...
From: The Atlantic | By: Bill McKibben | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The cost of limiting carbon emissions would pay for itself in human health benefits....
From: The Atlantic | By: James Hamblin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Sixteen Photos of the Things You Need to Make a Pot Farm Run Right by Dominic Holden Do you realize how onerous the state's rules are for pot farms? The requirements are dizzying—the surveillance you have to have, the fences you have to build to a...
From: The Stranger | By: Dominic Holden | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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John Hinderaker
From: Power Line | By: John Hinderaker | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New York: While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk rate, may be insufficient...
From: Natural Resources Defense Council | By: Vignesh Gowrishankar | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The Palo Alto municipal utility is carbon neutral.
From: Grist | By: John Farrell | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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In the wake of devastating floods that hit Serbia in May 2014, several local websites that published materials that criticized the government's relief efforts suffered technical attacks.
From: Global Voices | By: Global Voices | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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I was recently interviewed for an article on Medical News Today by David McNamee regarding Why is scientific literacy among the general population important? The topic, of course, is very important to me, as I have spent a great deal of my time attempting...
From: NeuroLogica | By: Steven Novella | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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My primary financial goal is what I call financial independence. Though financial independence can have a number of meanings, I define it as being a state in which I no longer have to actively work for money and my savings and investments cover all of...
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Trent | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Carbon emissions are making you sick and threatening lives.
From: Grist | By: Eve Andrews | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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This essay was originally written on the evening of August 29, 2013 with the title of 2920 Days Ago.  Since then, the essay has been updated to reflect the passing of an additional year since Hurricane Katrina.  The views represented in this essay...
From: Homeland Security Watch | By: Jerry Monier | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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By Mark Felsenthal CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought to make amends with veterans on Tuesday, announcing steps to expand their access to mental health care and an initiative with financial firms to lower home loan costs for military...
From: The Raw Story | By: Reuters | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The first small step I made the moment that TED video wrapped up was to contact Green School and offer to volunteer there as a writing or yoga instructor or a Reiki practitioner. It would only be short term, but I would be honored to contribute a part...
From: Elephant Journal | By: Erica Leibrandt | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Name: Kathryn O’Brien Location: Southern California Occupation: Author, blogger, educator Blog/site: Kathryn O’Brien Tell us one way you are simplifying your life. I’m simplifying my life by taking control of my technology, before my technology...
From: Simple Mom | By: Tsh | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Ferns look lovely indoors, but they can be fussy to grow. What's the secret of success?
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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British rose breeder David Austin introduces six new English roses for 2013.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Gaillardia, or blanket flower, is an easy-to-grow perennial for hot, sunny spots. Here's a new cultivar, Commotion Moxie, that has much to offer flower gardeners....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Corydalis ochroleuca, or yellow-white blooming corydalis, is a shade-loving perennial that begins blooming in spring and continues for months....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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When peonies bloom in spring, it's time to think about adding more next season. Singles or doubles may be the question.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Now's the time to plan a bee-friendly garden.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Fat flowers from mophead hydrangeas dry on the bush and are easy to transform into natural Christmas decorations for tree, mantle, or table.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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... and why we need it
From: The American Scholar | By: Josie Glausiusz | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Thousands of David Austin English Roses perfumed the Thames during Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee celebration. You can grow many of them.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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At the Naples Botanical Garden in sunny Florida, blossoms swirl as winter-weary bodies unfurl in the warmth and more than 150 acres of lush greenery....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Starting on August 27th through September 3, 2014, enter to win a gift basket from the coolest music awards show on TV. Check out the rules and the amazing prize below! Gift Basket Will Include: Ascot + Hart—Black Ascot …...
From: OK Magazine | By: Kaitlin Menza | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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On 5 August at http://onforb.es/1s83zEk, I posted a commentary about economist Dr. Charles R. Frank, Jr.'s Brookings Institution working paper from May, which came to wide notice when it was featured on a full page of The Economist in late July. Dr....
From: Forbes | By: Amory B. Lovins | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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I'm not sure it was the Pirates' biggest win of the season, but watching from afar it sure felt like it. It may not even have been Ike Davis' biggest pinch-hit home run of the season -- back on April 5, he hit a walk-off grand slam to beat the Reds --...
From: ESPN | By: David Schoenfield | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Buying carbon offsets and renewable energy credits (RECs) are two ways to lower the effective carbon emissions of a business or organization, but now, thanks to TerraPass, individuals can also purchase renewable energy credits for their households as...
From: Ecopreneurist | By: Derek Markham | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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On Monday, the Government Accountability Office announced it found no evidence that the Social Cost of Carbon was improperly developed.The post The Government’s Calculations Of The Cost Of Carbon Are Above Board, Says New Report appeared first on ThinkProgress....
From: Climate Progress | By: Jeff Spross | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow...
From: Washington Post | By: Puneet Kollipara | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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It’s not just vampires who can stay eternally fresh faced and lithe of limb, UK pensioner Jane Pesch believes there’s nothing stopping women with free bus passes and dentures from strutting into the nearest bar on a pair of skyscraper heels and turning...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Tim Butters | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Russia has seen its economy boom with the price of oil. But if the cost of crude falls, Moscow could struggle to make ends meet...
From: Time | By: Bryan Walsh | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His...
From: SlashFilm | By: Angie Han | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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St. Louis County Police officers confront a crowd in Ferguson after Brown's shooting. David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT/ZUMA Press   As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mark Follman | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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How Asher Brewing Company is building a better food system.
From: Grist | By: Eve Andrews | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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How to save ourselves from the gradual narrowing of our horizons.Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation...
From: Brain Pickings | By: Maria Popova | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Vicky and Ben chose a very unusual venue for their wedding, an old Victorian Railway station! Having somewhere so different meant that they could pretty much do what they wanted for their big day. They went all out adding personal, colourful touches.
From: Rock and Roll Bride | By: Kat | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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My cousin and I are in matching dresses with purple buttons, lavender yarn in our braids. Our mothers take us to Sears Portrait Studio, where we sit together in front of a marbled blue sky. I’m into it, all of it.
From: The Rumpus | By: Claudia Smith | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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I wasn’t the one smashing windows. I just watched as others did. With the other cameraphone spectators I stood beneath a windswept dystopia of sky-high brand names and chain stores while kids in hoods and balaclavas roamed around raiding and looting...
From: 3AM Magazine | By: K Thomas Kahn | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Much has been written in recent months about carbon-stranded assets – investments in fossil fuel projects that may turn out to be worth far less than investors or companies currently think they will because of measures to cut carbon emissions such...
From: Forbes | By: Mike Scott | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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A surprise departure, careful use of night-vision cameras, and several panic attacks make for an eventful episode...
From: Time | By: Melissa Locker | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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"This is an issue where I think we have an obligation to our kids and grand-kids to step up, and I take that responsibility very seriously."The post Gubernatorial Candidate From Keystone XL Battleground State Connects Pipeline To Climate Change appeared...
From: Climate Progress | By: Katie Valentine | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Money saved on health care spending related to carbon emissions could be 10 times what it would cost for policy implementation, according to research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and published in Nature Climate Change. Researchers...
From: Environmental Leader | By: Ken Jennison | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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This quick and easy hack will have your old AM/FM radio running on solar power.
From: TreeHugger | By: Megan Treacy | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Did you fall asleep during the 2014 Emmys? We don’t blame you. Award shows are really long and it was a Monday night, after all. Here’s the full winners’ list, so check to see if your favorites won! Lead Actor …...
From: OK Magazine | By: Kaitlin Menza | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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When you hear the word “cork” in Portugal you’re probably already picturing a nice glass of wine, but the Ecork hotel in the Évora region of the country has come up with an entirely different use for the material. By …Ecork Hotel by José Carlos...
From: High Snobiety | By: Alexander Gwilliam | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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By Alex Lenferna How much is a human life worth? How much is our future and that of our children worth? Well, the answer to both is “not too much” if Eskom and Sasol’s pollution-friendly tactics are anything to go by. Allow me to explain. On paper,...
From: Mail and Guardian Online | By: Mandela Rhodes Scholars | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Consider the size of your online presence—your Facebook account, which details your daily life and personal history; your email account, which contains a wealth of your personal and business communications; photos, music and documents you have stored...
From: Time | By: Doug Aamoth | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Toyota recently switched on a solar array at its Deeside engine factory in North Wales. The solar array, designed and installed by British Gas, can produce up to 3,475,000 kWh a year—enough electricity to build up to 22,500 engines. The...
From: Green Car Congress | By: Mike Millikin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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