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Lawmakers Are Again Fighting Over Drilling In The Fragile Arctic Wildlife Refuge

“To suggest that we would despoil our environment for short-term gain is offensive,” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a supporter of the drilling, said during a hearing Thursday.

Source: The Huffington Post 

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A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work

Mark Zuckerberg, Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk back the idea. And trials suggest it can liberate jobless people from a life of humiliation.

Source: The Guardian

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Angry Al Franken hammers Facebook lawyer at hearing over Russian ads

Senator clashes with Colin Stretch over how tech giants apparently missed posts coming from Russia: ‘How could you not connect the dots?’

Source: The Guardian

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Human rights groups condemn Trump’s ‘warm rapport’ with Philippine leader

The US president is being criticized for his eagerness to meet with Rodrigo Duterte, who is accused of presiding over mass killings in Philippine war on drugs.

Source: The Guardian

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‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists decry Facebook experiment’s impact on democracy | Technology | The Guardian

Media professionals in countries such as Guatemala and Slovakia fear for effect Facebook’s news feed changes will have on their already fragile politics.

Source: The Guardian 

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

Source: The Guardian

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World’s witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn

Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few.

Source: The Guardian

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Workers Who Help Make Haribo Gummies Kept In ‘Slave’-Like Conditions, Says Report

The company says it’s launching an investigation after a disturbing documentary about its practices.
Source: The Huffington Post

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Video shows U.S. border officers telling Mexican teen to drink the liquid meth that killed him

The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying, court records say.
Source: The Washington Post

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Turbulence On American Airlines Flight Injures 10 Passengers And Crew

According to passenger and ProPublica reporter Jessica Huseman, flight attendants had just served a final round of drinks when the plane unexpectedly “lurched through the air.”
Source: Huffington Post

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Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

A recent study published in Nature outlines research by a team of Yale University and University of Southhampton scientists. The team found evidence that Arctic ice loss is potentially negatively impacting the planet’s largest ocean circulation system

Source: Global Ocean Circulation Appears To Be Collapsing Due To A Warming Planet

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Trump To Forgo Environmental Laws To Expedite Border Wall Construction

The Trump administration says it will bypass 37 environmental and other laws to expedite construction of a 15-mile-long section of President Donald Trump’s planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border ― seemingly removing any doubt about whether the the wall will harm the environment.
 
Source: Trump To Forgo Environmental Laws To Expedite Border Wall Construction

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What Growing Up Is Like In One Of The Worst Countries To Be A Kid

Sitting at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index, the children in the former French colony grow up within an infrastructure crippled by decades of misrule, corruption, and coups.

Source: What Growing Up Is Like In One Of The Worst Countries To Be A Kid

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Chernobyl Site Now Offers Overnight Stays (Video)

Stuck for vacation ideas? You could head to the first hotel inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone since the deserted Ukrainian city’s infamous nuclear reactor went into meltdown in 1986.
Source: Chernobyl Site Now Offers Overnight Stays

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Must read article on how our lives will change dramatically in 20 years.

The following points are taken from Udo Gollub, the CEO of 17 Minute Languages Facebook post…
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Here’s Elon Musk’s Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk — whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division — reminded more than 30 state governors at the National Governors Association meeting this weekend exactly how much real-estate is needed to make sure America can run totally on solar energy.

Source: Here’s Elon Musk’s Plan to Power the U.S. on […]

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07/07/2017 06:50 pm ET ‘Half The City Is Burning’: Hamburg Rocked By Violent, Anti-G-20 Protests

As G-20 leaders gathered at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, Germany for a live performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony on Friday evening, police moved to disperse thousands of protesters during a second day of violent clashes.
Source: ‘Half The City Is Burning’: Hamburg Rocked By Violent, Anti-G-20 Protests

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Ivanka Trump Stepped In For Her Dad At The G-20 Summit, And Folks Weren’t Happy

Ivanka Trump sparked accusations of nepotism after she stepped into her father Donald Trump’s shoes for a brief period at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday.

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This Pavement Generates Renewable Energy With Each Step You Take

The strip of cutting-edge pavement, which lines London’s “Smart Street,” harvests kinetic energy from the footsteps of pedestrians and creates five watts of power per step.
 
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France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced.
Source: France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

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