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Americans DO Care About Climate Change!

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By Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. “Don’t Americans care about climate change?” I hear this question a lot. Sometimes it comes from students who arrive from elsewhere to study at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Sometimes it comes from other Americans. Environmental activists ask it. A few years back, when I was on […]

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What The Duck? Police Quack Home Intruder Case

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By Sebastian Murdock NORTH READING, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman’s home quickly quacked the case. A North Reading (REH’-ding) woman called police Saturday from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs and feared someone had broken into her home. Officers […]

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LA's Little Tokyo aims to become the country's first 'cultural ecodistrict' (written with Thomas Yee)

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By F. Kaid Benfield The Little Tokyo neighborhood in Los Angeles is one of the country’s most important Asian-American communities. Comprising roughly five large city blocks, it has been maintained over the generations with ups and downs – including substantial depletion of population during the Japanese-American internment during World War Two. But today it is […]

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How Did Earth's Tectonic Plates Form? Scientists Offer New Explanation

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By Macrina Cooper-White Earth’s tectonic plates may have taken as long as 1 billion years to form, researchers report today in Nature. The plates — interlocking slabs of crust that float on Earth’s viscous upper mantle — were created by a process similar to the subduction seen today when one plate dives below another, the […]

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Striking Photos Of What Your Bird Looks Like Before You Eat It

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By Alison Spiegel Whether it’s a turkey sandwich or turkey on the Thanksgiving table, roast chicken for dinner or chicken wings at your Super Bowl party, poultry is a huge part of the American diet. Americans are eating about 60 pounds of poultry per person each year, and chicken has surpassed beef in popularity in […]

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The Internet of Things: Monopoly Capitalism vs. Collaborative Commons

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By Jeremy Rifkin This post is excerpted from Jeremy Rifkin’s new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism, published today by Palgrave Macmillan. If I had told you 25 years ago that, in a quarter century’s time, one-third of the human race would be […]

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Facing the Climate Crisis without Hysteria

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By Steven Cohen The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability,” was released last week to the usual fanfare, hype and alarm. The New York Times headline summarized the report by stating, “the worst is yet to come”. According to the Times‘ Justin Gillis: The report attempts […]

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Meatless Monday: The Doctor Is In

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By Ellen Kanner “Eating is complicated,” says Dr. Annemarie Colbin. Or maybe it’s just us. Colbin, CEO and founder of Natural Gourmet Institute understands that.”Human beings are complex creatures. We have many levels, many details, many of which are contradictory.” One diet doesn’t work for everyone. Or even for one person during a whole lifetime. […]

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A Report on Climate Change and Flooding in the Northeastern U.S.

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By Sharon Kitchens As the planet warms, science has predicted flood warnings will increase. Two of the most recent papers published on the subject as it relates to the Northeastern United States, do not tell the apocalyptic tale shared by Noah director Darren Aronofsky. Rather, these studies are straightforward reminders — or subdued warnings — […]