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How Will Human-Forced Climate Change Affect the Pacific Northwest?

Mankind has already changed the surface climate in our region in profound ways. We have massively irrigated parts of eastern Washington, reducing summer temperatures there (2-5F).

Source: Cliff Mass

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Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Implicated in Murder

Aformer Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia.

Source: The Nation

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Houston Wasn’t Built for a Storm Like This

Houston is in the midst of what appears to be the worst flooding to strike a major U.S. city since the levees broke in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Source: Slate

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HOUSTON IS DROWNING—IN ITS FREEDOM FROM REGULATIONS

We do value our freedom here in Texas. As I write from soggy Central Texas, the cable news is showing people floating down Buffalo Bayou on their principles, proud residents of the largest city in these United States that did not grow in accordance with zoning ordinances.
Source: Newsweek

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If we could talk to trees

Plants have language, plants have memory … plants even have memories of trauma that they repress.

Source: ABC

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Death toll from floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal crosses 1,200

The death toll from floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal has climbed above 1,200, officials said on Friday (Aug 25), as rescue workers scramble to provide aid to millions of people stranded by the worst such disaster in years.

Source: The Straits Times

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Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

The death toll continues to rise as massive amounts of rain from Hurricane Harvey flood Houston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana.
Source: Democracy Now

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Chemicals at plant near Houston degrading, explosion inevitable – CEO

The CEO of the Arkema plant in Cosby, Texas has said that volatile chemicals at the facility northeast of Houston are degrading, which is expected to lead to a fire or explosion within the next six days.

Source: RT

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Conservative groups shrug off link between tropical storm Harvey and climate change

Conservative groups with close links to the Trump administration have sought to ridicule the link between climate change and events such as tropical storm Harvey, amid warnings from scientists that storms are being exacerbated by warming temperatures.
Source: The Guardian

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Residents Near Texas Chemical Plant Evacuated Over Explosion Risk

All residents within 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of a chemical plant in southeast Texas were evacuated on Tuesday as a “precautionary measure” on Tuesday because of the rising risk of an explosion, the local fire marshal’s office said in a Twitter message.
Source: Huffington Post

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Houston Faces Another Threat: Damaged Refineries Spewing Toxic Fumes

Harris County, Texas, is home to around 4.5 million people and more than 40 percent of the nation’s petrochemical capacity.

Source: Huffington Post

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It’s a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly

There are certain climate change-related factors that we can, with great confidence, say worsened the flooding.

Source: The Guardian

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ALASKA’S PERMAFROST IS THAWING

YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska — The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high.
Source: New York Times

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Court rejects pipeline project on climate concerns

An appeals court on Tuesday rejected the federal government’s approval of a natural gas pipeline project in the southeastern U.S., citing concerns about its impact on climate change.

Source: The Hill

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It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

Despite conflicting messages about climate change from U.S. government leaders, sustainability is getting more and more attention at American companies.

Source: Harvard Business Review

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Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

Source: The Guardain

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How Arsenic Is Poisoning a Nation

Despite simple solutions, a fourth of Bangladesh’s population is still exposed to drinking water contaminated with the deadly element.

Source: The Atlantic

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‘The perfect Alabama candidate’: Republicans warm to Vladimir Putin – video

Could Putin’s rising popularity be explained through the Christian evangelicals backing Roy Moore, the famed ‘Ten Commandments Judge’ turned Senate frontrunner?
Source: The Guardian

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You can handle the truth: why political documentaries are storming the screens

If audiences are getting tired of the formulaic story arcs of blockbuster movies, then there’s a safe haven in political documentaries, which are enjoying a renaissance.

Source: The Guardian

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Brooklyn’s social housing microgrid rewrites relationships with utility companies

Residents of a social housing complex in Brooklyn, New York, can’t stop another tempest like Superstorm Sandy from crashing through their city, but they can feel secure that it won’t cause a power cut.

Source: The Guardian

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