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All Together Now – 12.05.19

“Eleanor LeCain talks about solutions to our climate crisis with Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.”   Download Here

As Climate Change Worsens, A Cascade of Tipping Points Looms BY FRED PEARCE

Some of the most alarming science surrounding climate change is the discovery that it may not happen incrementally — as a steadily rising line on a graph — but in a series of lurches as various “tipping points” are passed. And now comes a new concern: These tipping points can form a cascade, with each one triggering others, creating an …

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Outlook for the polar regions in a 2-degrees-warmer world By Kat Kerlin

With 2019 on pace as one of the warmest years on record, a major new study from the University of California, Davis, reveals how rapidly the Arctic is warming and examines global consequences of continued polar warming. The study, published today in the journal Science Advances reports that the Arctic has warmed by 0.75 C in the last decade alone. …

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Institutional Inertia: Is Enough Being Done to Protect Children from Aluminum Toxicity?

Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust. For most of human history, aluminum was not bioavailable; however, it became so in the late 1880s when chemists developed and patented the smelting process that helped turned the metal into the fixture of modern life—and the omnipresent “ecotoxin”—that it is today. Roughly 130 years later, it is no exaggeration …

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Trees in cities grow fast but die young, unlike rural trees: Existing trees must be preserved and cared for, advise researchers by Grace Olson

In recent years, more and more cities have adopted green initiatives to combat the effects of massive urbanization on the environment. These green initiatives employ projects such as planting more trees along streets and city parks, among others. However, a recent study published in PLOS ONE revealed that urban trees are different from trees growing in rural areas. Even though trees grow …

The Causes of Stress in America

Over the past several years, I’ve noticed a rising trend. Like everyone, as I go about my day, I greet friends, family members, acquaintances, and even strangers, often asking “How are you?” The traditional answer, of course, is something like “Good” or “Fine.” But recently, I’ve been hearing very different replies: “stressed,” “busy,” and occasionally, “overwhelmed.” It seems like the …

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What Cruelty Looks Like’: Trump Finalizes Plan to Strip Food Aid From 750,000 Low-Income People by 2020 by Jake Johnson

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it has finalized a plan to tighten punitive work requirements for food stamp recipients, a move that would strip nutrition assistance from an estimated 750,000 low-income people by mid-2020. “Pay attention. This is what cruelty looks like,” tweeted the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in response to the completed rule, which would be the first of a series …

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RIP Fred Hampton: a Black Visionary Assassinated by the FBI by JEFFERSON MORLEY

Fifty years ago this week, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping. In the decades since, a revealing body of evidence has emerged showing that Hampton was the victim of a political assassination, sanctioned at the highest levels of the U.S. …

Google Has 10,000 Employees Censoring YouTube Videos, Some of Them Starting to Believe Conspiracy Theories

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki tells Lesley Stahl what the video platform is doing about hate speech in an interview Sunday on the CBS newsmagazine program ’60 Minutes.’ Wojcicki told ’60 Minutes’ that Google employs 10,000 people to focus on “controversial content.” She described their schedule, which includes time for therapy. Stahl also said there are reports that the “monitors” are …

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The Left Is Finally Winning the War of Ideas By Lee Camp

Good ideas are like viruses. They grow and spread despite our best efforts to stop them. And yes, our bulbous, awkward species does indeed work very hard to catch and kill good ideas. At the time I write this column, the first Democratic primaries are approaching with the zest and excitement of an unavoidable bowel movement. Even if you read this a …