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TV News Misses Yet Another Opportunity To Cover Climate Change

Climate March in New York

The People’s Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.
All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of [...]

Watch California Dry Up Right Before Your Eyes In 6 Jaw-Dropping GIFs


California is drying up.
“This is a big deal,” California Governor Jerry Brown said at a ceremony Tuesday as he signed into law a trio of bills regulating, for the first time, the state’s groundwater use. As of Thursday, almost 60 percent of the state is facing “exceptional drought,” the most severe level of dryness measured [...]

Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People’s Climate March In New York City

Climate March

“Today I march because I want to behold a brighter future. We have destroyed ourselves. We have destroyed our health and I’m here because our political leaders have failed us,” Stanley Sturgill, a retired coal miner from Kentucky now suffering from black lung, said at a press conference before the march. “We know together we [...]

Rockefellers Divesting From Big Oil


The Rockefeller family is divesting some of its massive fortune from fossil fuels, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the family’s charitable arm, will announce the landmark move in a video conference on Monday along with 49 other foundations.
According to USA Today, the 50 groups will divest from 200 major [...]

Tackling Climate Change Presents A ‘Golden Opportunity’ For Public Health


For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn’t have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym and she saves money on gas.
And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a tailpipe for pedals contributes — at least in a small way [...]

Apple Will No Longer Unlock iOS Devices For Police

Views Of Apple Store Ahead Of Apple, Samsung Ruling

Apple unveiled a host of new privacy features Wednesday night and said it would not unlock encrypted iPhones and iPads for law enforcement under most circumstances. The move comes as tech companies struggle to manage public concerns that they have been too obliging to government requests for user data.
The new measures were announced on the [...]

How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World


One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. [...]

Court unseals secret documents in Yahoo challenge to government data collection

Yahoo Surveillance

In a historic move, a U.S. surveillance court on Thursday unsealed thousands of pages from once-secret files that document a leading Silicon Valley company’s unsuccessful effort to resist federal government demands for users’ communications and other information.
The files show that federal authorities threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day after the Internet company balked [...]

Fighting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense; Cities Should Take The Lead, Study Finds

2014 US Open - Day 8

Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.
The study, by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts, said the next 15 [...]

NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers

USAID Chief Rajiv Shah Testifies Before Senate Committee

James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance.
One year later, the embattled director of national intelligence is the unlikely bedfellow of the American Civil Liberties Union in backing an NSA reform bill that [...]

The Planet Just Had Its Warmest August On Record


This past August was the warmest since records began in 1881, according to new data released by NASA. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history.
Dr. Gavin Schmidt, a climatologist and climate modeler at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, [...]

Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s

Covered in Coal Dust, The miners pose after a day's work

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according to experts with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
In a letter published Monday in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the NIOSH scientists wrote that the [...]

Exclusive: DA Joins the Climate Activists He Declined to Prosecute, Citing Danger of Global Warming


Two climate activists were set to go on trial in Massachusetts on Monday for blocking the shipment of 40,000 tons of coal to the Brayton Point power plant, a 51-year-old facility that is one of the region’s largest contributors to greenhouse gases. But in a surprise move, a local prosecutor dropped the criminal charges and [...]

Nominate a hero for the Blue Frontier awards!

The Peter Benchley Ocean Awards are the world’s preeminent ocean honors, often called, ‘The Academy Awards of the Ocean.’  They recognize outstanding contributions to marine conservation across a full range of society.  Categories include national stewardship, policy, science, media, youth, ocean exploration, solutions, and the citizen activist ‘Hero of the Seas.’  Every category may not [...]

Beekeepers sue pesticide manufacturers

By Peter Menyasz
in Bloomberg BNA
Sept. 5 — Canadian beekeepers have filed a class action lawsuit against Bayer CropScience Inc. and Syngenta Canada Inc. claiming C$450 million ($414 million) in damages for negligence related to the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
The lawsuit, which also names the firms’ foreign parents—Germany-based Bayer AG and Switzerland-based Syngenta International AG—claims [...]