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Moving Forward – 02.06.18

Today we will be joined by Dr. Lori Handrahan to discuss America’s epidemic in child rape and sexual abuse, and how we move forward in confronting this epidemic. Dr. Lori Handrahan has over twenty years of humanitarian and human rights work in Central Asia, Africa, and the Balkans.  Her focus is gender-based violence, conflict/post-conflict environments, United Nations reform, and ending …

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Resistance Radio – Guest: Jesse Lasky – 06.30.17

Jesse Lasky is currently assistant professor at Penn State University. His work explores how the environment and human modifications of the environment affect biodiversity at the level of genetics and ecological communities.  Today we talk about how a wall between the US and Mexico would harm wildlife and natural communities. Here is a link to some of his work on …

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Americans believe climate change connected to location and local weather

A new study finds local weather may play an important role in Americans’ belief in climate change. The study, published on Monday, found that Americans’ belief that the earth is warming is related to the frequency of weather-related events they experience, suggesting that local changes in their climate influence their acceptance of this worldwide phenomenon. “One of the greatest challenges …

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Conflicts In Work and Family Life Are Leading To Physical and Mental Health Decline

Thinking over and over again about conflicts between your job and personal life is likely to damage both your mental and physical health, research from Oregon State University suggests. The study included more than 200 people, with results showing that “repetitive thought” was a pathway between work-family conflict and negative outcomes in six different health categories. As the term suggests, …

Tim Radford – Arctic Warming Gives U.S. and Europe the Chills

LONDON—Warming in the Arctic—one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet—could be heightening the chances of extreme winters in Europe and the US. As the Arctic warms, the stratospheric jet stream that brings occasionally catastrophic ice storms and record snow falls to the eastern United States could also be on the move, according to new research in the journal Nature …

30 Nov 2009, Adverts with heads of state placed all over Copenhagen International Airport by the global coalition, tcktcktck.org and Greenpeace calling on world leaders to secure a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the Copenhagen Climate Summit. This ad depicts President of Portugal, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.. © Greenpeace/Christian Åslund

The psychology behind climate change denial

Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and the earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem. In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend …

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DANIEL FALCONE – On the Slow Death of the Humanities

Should schools be scaling back on the humanities? In short, the answer is no. First of all, the basic premise here is somewhat incorrect. Michael Bérubé, a professor of literature at Pennsylvania State University, and director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities says that there is no “plummet,” although it is a universal presupposition. Independent school administrators, curriculum …

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Steven Hoffman – GMO Mushroom Waved Through by USDA, Potentially Opening Floodgates for Wave of Frankenfoods

Repeat after me: Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats That’s CRISPR, a new GE technology that uses an enzyme, Cas9, to cut, edit or remove genes from targeted region of a plant’s DNA. Because it doesn’t involve transgenics, i.e. inserting genes from foreign species into an animal or plant, foods produced in this manner just received a free pass from …

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Plants may not protect us against climate change – Tim Wogan

Plants are one of the last bulwarks against climate change. They feed on carbon dioxide, growing faster and absorbing more of the greenhouse gas as humans produce it. But a new study finds that limited nutrients may keep plants from growing as fast as scientists thought, leading to more global warming than some climate models had predicted by 2100. Plants …

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Study: Gulf Stream slower than ever before

The Gulf Stream is the weakest it’s been in the last 1,000 years. And as glacier melt in the Arctic continues to accelerate, the foot of the Atlantic’s most powerful ocean current keeps pressing harder and harder on the brake pedal. A team of researchers recently analyzed an exhaustive catalog of geologic samples — including ice cores, tree rings and …