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Monday, June 26, 2017

environmental news stories sunday

ok, monday. it was far too hot to do some typing yesterday. (thanks climate change.)

video: franken vs perry climate science. franken vs. perry on climate science sen. franken schools rick perry on the reality of climate change, but perry remains defiantly ignorant. - cspan

tangier island is hurt both by erosion and climate change. tangier island about a dozen miles from the coast in the middle of the chesapeake bay, could be considered Ground Zero for the effects of sea-level rise in the region - hampton roads virginian pilot

murray energy sues john oliver, hbo over coal-industry story. john oliver, hbo and time warner have been sued for defamation for allegedly executing a "maliciously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation" of an ohio coal company and its boss during a long-form story about the industry on last week tonight's june 18 episode - usa toady

epa staffers, trump official clashed over new chemical rules.the trump administration appears poised to cement key rules that were heavily shaped by an expert who was a top official for the chemical industry's lobbying group - politico

no one has the data to prevent the next flint. the lead crisis in america is a data crisis - wired

california sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave. the heat wave hitting southern california this week is one for the record books- latte times

cedric the entertainer sues socalgas over well leak. the comedian’s 48-page lawsuit carefully outlines the history of the oil well fields in aliso canyon and alleges the field was poorly maintained and regulated - san jose mercury news

these yoga pants are reincarnated from coffee grounds and crab shells. the yogawear company rumix makes every piece of clothing it sells from materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill or the ocean - fast company

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monday delay

the cause of the opiate epidemic

russia tried to hack elections in 21 states

the top 20% are pulling away from the rest of us

hiding the ugly business of torture

emergency rooms are incredibly unfair to the poor 
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

that sunday that summer

republicans are only opposed to redistribution that goes downward

how the theory of broken windows was born, and went terribly wrong

how conservatives broke air traffic control

the ghost of climate change future

the persistence of prog rock
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

koshite saturday night

facebook's tenacles reach farther than you think

don't forget the fbi's warning that white supremacists have infiltrated america's law enforcement

will the paris accord be stronger without the united states?

how dr. suess could simplify boring, wordy documents

the 5 rules of success for highly-effective woo manufacturers, er, we mean, lifestyle gurus
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Friday, June 23, 2017

all friday

dc cops used rape as punishment after inaugural protests, alleges lawsuit

men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women in the country

can the west survive trump

nyc law gives fast food workers scheduling rights

the hijab-wearing muslim all-girl heavy metal band
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

every second thursday

mark zuckerberg hates black people

the online radicalization we're not talking about

will nevada be the first state to adopt medicaid for all?

watching the downfall of a whole generation of washington republicans

hats for a toad
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

whimsical wednesday

how to (actually!) make america great again

racist attacks in the us are a trend, not isolated incidents

in three months, three immigrants have died in a california private detention center

the poisoned generation

saving the 'god of ugly things': new zealand's efforts to bring back its rodent-sized insects

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

tuesday nights

anger grows over reports about materials used in london tower that burned, killing 30

democrats to halt senate business in protest of health bill

james o'keefe hit with multi-million dollar lawsuit by group he 'stung'

netflix admits it's not going to support net neutrality

young japanese are working themselves to death

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Monday, June 19, 2017

monday day

the link between domestic violence and mass shootings
trumpcare is russian roulette for pre-existing conditions

how the professional class kills the desire for decent employment

humans are ushering in the sixth mass extinction event on earth

austerity kills!
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

environmental news stories sunday

for those little stories that always seem to not garner front page attention....but should.

oil’s pipeline to america’s schools. inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into k-12 education - center for public integrity  

plastic polluted arctic islands are dumping ground for gulf stream. beaches on remote arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the gulf stream. - the guardian.   

high fashion gets a dose of ocean garbage. the designer stella mccartney is teaming with a save-the-ocean group to make clothes out of yarn spun from aquatic debris. - new york times  

an island is disappearing, but residents don't see it. deal island is on the front lines of climate change. but this is trump country, and many who live here are wary of government restrictions on their way of life. - climate wire  

louisiana coast sinking 50 percent faster than thought, new study says. land along louisiana's coastline is sinking 50 percent faster than was estimated just two years ago, according to a new map published wednesday as part of a study by tulane university geologists. - times picayune

huge forest fires in portugal kill at least 57. at least 60 people have been killed by huge forest fires in central portugal, with many dying in their cars as they tried to flee the flames, the government said on sunday. - the guardian

prince was a secret patron of solar power. before his abrupt death a year ago, the pop musician Prince made an investment in green energy that’s now helping solar start-ups weather an assault from president donald trump. bloomberg business  

flint officials may face jail for water crisis. that's bittersweet news.the water supply of an entire city was poisoned. none of this had to happen – and true justice is a long way off. - the guardian

new manslaughter charges for officials in flint water crisis.michigan ag bill schuette says his flint water crisis investigation is shifting to the "the trial phase," but before it gets there, he's upped the stakes by charging five state and local officials with manslaughter. - flint journal
  california condor: saving the king of the birds. de-funding the endangered species act could destroy what is left of the great condors that used to populate the west - indian country news network

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tell me on a sunday

the gop broke american politics and the media elite are blind to it

rural communities have the most to lose with the repeal of obamacare

democrats' waffling on abortion is a huge mistake

creationist ken hamm blames atheists for ark park failure

antartica is about to lose an ice shelf the size of delaware

and rest in peace comic and director/producer, flounder of animal house, stephen furst
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

kiss me like it's saturday night

how gop uses super pacs to keep trouble makers in line

why the radical right kills

abortions in massachusetts down by nearly 11%

how much does the trump administration care about civil rights?

walmart is asking employees to deliver packages on their way home from work 
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Friday, June 16, 2017

a friday night in d major

economists have to embrace complexity to avoid disaster

the gop is privately furious at trump for exposing their scam

next election 18 months away, but it's never too early to start collecting cash for the resistance

white male terrorists are an issue we should discuss

alec and the minimum wage
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

early for a thursday

the u.s. military is the world's largest polluter

why is the world suffering from a penicillin shortage?

lazy journalism lets isis run the newsroom

stop making excuses for lazy white men

why are some mice (and people) monogamous?

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

when it's night time in italy, it's wednesday over here

american economic growth has slowed to a crawl

the great barrier reef cannot be saved

france to scrap prison terms for cannabis users

ancestry dot com takes dna ownership rights from their customers

want a memorable vacation? leave your laptop at home
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

tuesday night rain

the global elite are headed for a fall, and they don't even know it

the poorest people in the us now have the same life expectancy as in the sudan

uruguay is the first country where you can smoke marijuana anywhere you like

addiction isn't a moral failing 

tiny jumping spiders can see the moon
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Monday, June 12, 2017

monday comes too soon

maryland & dc ag's file suit against trump for violating the emoluments clause

comey testimony weighs heavily on the gop

more evidence of skills shortage among employers

on impeaching trump

no ant left behind:  warrior ants carry home injured comrades to recuperate

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories that aren't "sexy" enough for most front pages of the papers...but are important.

epa’s scott pruitt wants to set up opposing teams to debate climate change science. scott pruitt, the environmental protection agency administrator, told breitbart news on monday that he would like to essentially re-litigate the science of climate change - wapo

senators accuse devos of ‘quick about-face’ on climate change.a conservative think tank that does not believe in human-induced climate change has been sending to hundreds of thousands of k-12 and college science teachers materials that reject basic principles on which nearly all climate scientists agree -wapo

french president macron said us climate researchers should come to france. he wasn’t joking. macron wants to poach top science talent from america.- vox

trump budget risks 'serious harm' to america's energy future, 7 former doe officials warn. republicans and democrats alike say the budget would hurt all types of u.s. energy and electricity reliability. business leaders are worried, too. - inside climate news

how have american ski resorts reacted to donald trump's withdrawal from climate change deal. 'we are still in': american ski resorts slam donald trump’s withdrawal from climate change deal.- the telegraph

america’s toxic prisons: the environmental injustices of mass incarceration. mass incarceration in the us is hurting the environment and prisoners - earth island institute

trump taps n.d. judge at center of wotus fight.a north dakota judge who's a central figure in the court battles over the obama administration's contentious clean water rule has been picked by president trump to fill a vacant seat on the 8th u.s. circuit court of appeals - e&e news

analysis: mapping a contamination crisis. new research from ewg and northeastern university in boston details pfc pollution in tap water supplies for 15 million americans in 27 states and from more than four dozen industrial and military sources from maine to california - environmental working group

u.s. golf coast groups concerned as trump picks bp lawyer to top doj post.u.s president donald trump's selection of jeffrey bossert clark to be the justice department's top environmental lawyer has raised concerns by gulf coast environmental groups as he was the lawyer for international oil company bp llc in the aftermath of the company's 2010 drilling rig explosion - reuters

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taking back sunday

the unstoppable destruction of forests

desperate families driven to black market insulin

woman drops purse, accidentally shoots bystander

how markets work

why big data analysis of police activity is inherently biased
and rip the man who played the only batman that mattered, adam west
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

king of saturday

the 5 lines of defense against comey - and why they failed

roger ailes: the man who destroyed objectivity

it's time to ban the bomb

the people vs. the student loan industry

the menace of mosquitos will only get worse

and rip dick tracy and lonesome dove star, brilliant actress glenne headly
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Thursday, June 08, 2017

each and every thursday

leading right-wing figure calls for a 'more violent christianity'

democrats are turning to the absolute worst person for help in winning 2018

more people are single than ever before - and that's a good thing

in the french election, "nobody" got the highest vote in half a century

how americans are subsidizing walmart executives
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

what's wednesday want?

is facebook racist?

meet the activists that want carbon polluters to pay

voter suppression just had a bad night in texas

low-income renters become migrants in their own city

apple-picking robot prepares to compete for jobs
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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

tuesday night music club

climate change could slash staple crops

ebola re-emerges in the congo

the threat of political policing in the trump era

creeping along the road to serfdom

how to really save the bees
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Monday, June 05, 2017

monday comes around

fossil fuels have lost, the rest of the world just doesn't know it yet

stop blaming the workers, the bosses made this mess

why republicans can't fix health insurance

party crashers: how far-right demagogues tooks over the gop 

4 ways to dismantle racism in the food system

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

sweet sunday

the crisis of the middle class and american power

a noose was found at an african american smithosian museum exhibit

united health care overbilled medicare by $1b

workers say walmart is still punishing pregnant employess

jim bakker predicts the endtimes -- and sells survivalist gear
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Saturday, June 03, 2017

killing saturday night

young people are leaving the republican party in droves

the thawing arctic threatens an environmental catastrophe

why aren't individual bankers held accountable?

here's how much of america is covered by big box stores

mt. everest is so crowded this year there might be traffic jams

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Friday, June 02, 2017

a few minutes on friday

why america should stop taxing corporations - and start seizing their stock

your next echo command should be, "disconnect me from the internet"

the saudis have taken over ameica's largest oil refinery

hourly workers deserve new thinking, better lives

mushrooms are the safest recreational drug
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4 am friday

ny ag will sue if sentate passes obamacare repeal

beating wall street means fighting extraction of wealth from communities of color

20 million people could starve to death in the next 6 months

is hannity looking for the door at fox?

the world is running out of sand
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Thursday, June 01, 2017

dole cheque thursday

facebook's female engineers claim gender bias

why sweden killed the carried interest tax-break

there's a 25% chance your water system violated the safe drinking water act

what the new health care bill means to chronically ill people

hooray!  lawrence o'donnell's contract is renewed at msnbc 
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

wellington's wednesday

where trump's policies sow fear, corporate 'backers of hate' stand to profit

are gasoline prices about to crash?

the oppressive history of the birth industry

giraffes are becoming extinct 

dear white progressives

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

tuesday night lights

can the president be indicted while in office?

don't expect mitch mcconnell to defend the american people

wall street's grousing about american airline's worker raises shows what's wrong with wall street

how does trump's tax plan help the middle class? 'honestly, we don't know'

is it time for the american dream to die?
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Monday, May 29, 2017

environmental news stories monday

for those pesky little stories that don't seem to get the coverage they deserve.

will trump overturn the ban on uranium mining around the grand canyon? environmentalists are worried that the obama administration's moratorium on uranium mining in the area surrounding the grand canyon could be up next on the chopping block - phoenix new times  

meet jane, a climate scientist who fled trump’s government.worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the energy department. - high country news  

storage of nuclear waste poses threat to us, scientists warn. the reluctance of u.s. federal regulators to require operators of nuclear reactors to spend $5 billion to enhance the security of spent fuel rods stored underground threatens the country with a potential catastrophe, scientists warned on friday. - reuters  

california legislature can prove drought lessons were learned.a package of bills now before lawmakers has the potential to ensure long-term water supply planning and preparedness for future droughts - water deeply  

firm behind dakota access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks. the oil company behind the dakota access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported. - the guardian  

rising seas may wipe out these jersey towns, but they're still rated aaa. when ocean county wanted to sell $31 million in bonds maturing over 20 years, neither of its two rating companies, moody’s investors service or s&p global ratings, asked any questions about the expected effect of climate change on its finances - bloomberg
trump budget's cuts to climate 'totally inexplicable,' former agency heads say. 'i think we’re going to see a huge backlash,' said former bush epa chief christine todd whitman - insideclimate news 

st. petersburg's ballooning sewage debt could threaten credit rating (but there's a hail mary plan to avoid that). the city needs a lot of money — $435 million over the next five years — most of it to fix its leaky sewer pipes and aging sewer plants - tampa bay times

 feds tell lake erie to drop dead. it is outrageous and disheartening that the federal government has turned its back on lake erie. but it has. - toledo blade  

where nestlé guzzles water, locals doubt claims of negligible impact. bottling operations can draw 130 million gallons a year from a well in northwestern michigan at almost no cost to nestlé. its application to pump even more has opened a political fight. - nytimes
hanford nuclear cleanup budget slashed in energy proposal. washington state’s hanford nuclear reservation, scene of a recent collapse of a tunnel containing nuclear waste, would see its funding slashed under president donald trump’s new budget proposal - bloomberg

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monday comes and goes

veterans for peace will gather to denounce war on memorial day

white house aides could face criminal charges for using auto-delete apps on russia docs

trump would like to sell off america's energy resources for a pittance

how a professional climate denier decided to fight for science

uber driver commits suicide; widow blames job stress 
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

suzanne on a sunday morning

jared kushner tried to set up a secret back channel with the kremlin

watch trump shove a prime minister out of the way so he can be in front

russia-gate has become a catastrophic failure of leadership

5 things we need from any health care law

poverty drives wages down

and rip the force behind the allman brothers, greg allman 
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

kicks out on a saturday night

veterans are training to re-deploy against trump attacks

your broadband is about to get more expensive

the silent war on gaza's hospitals

dam on yellowstone river goes forward

black power and the rise of trumplandia

and rip jimmy carter's natl security advisor (and dad of mika on morning joe) zbigniew brzezinksi 
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