Air pollution from oil and gas production sites visible from space

“We see the industry’s growing impact from space,” said Barbara Dix, a scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder and lead author of the new assessment published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters. “We really are at the point where we can use satellite data to give feedback to companies …

The Victimhood Culture May Be Ruining Your Health

It was during his inaugural address on January 20, 1961, that President John F. Kennedy, made his famous exhortation, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Although the president’s speech that day lasted over 14-minutes, this single sentence succinctly captured two enduring views of government: as …

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Huge ‘hot blob’ in Pacific Ocean killed nearly a million seabirds

A million seabirds died in less than a year as a result of a giant “blob” of hot ocean, according to new research. A study released by the University of Washington found the birds, called common murres, probably died of starvation between the summer of 2015 and the spring of 2016. Most dead seabirds never wash ashore, so while 62,000 dead or dying …

Drug epidemic likely ‘killing more Americans than we think’

As the drug epidemic began to unfold in the United States, deaths classified as drug-related for 15- to 64-year-olds hit 9% in 2016, up from about 4% less than two decades earlier. But new research published in PLOS ONE from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University suggests that drug-associated mortality in this country is actually more than double that. “It’s obvious that the drug epidemic …

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German Parliament Office Reports No Russian Invasion of Donbass, Rejects Media and Government Propaganda

After a review of the press, official public releases and reports, as well as European court rulings, the Bundestag’s experts have described the outcome with the German phrase, ohne belastbares Faktenmaterial – “without reliable fact material.” The Bundestag report, which runs to 17 pages and was completed on December 9, has been noted in the German-language media. To date, however, it has been …

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Making America Great Again in a New Wild West

A new Wild West has taken root not far from Tombstone, Arizona, known to many for its faux-historical reenactments of the old West. We’re talking about a long, skinny territory—a geographic gerrymander—that stretches east across New Mexico and down the Texan Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico. It also runs west across hundreds of miles of desert to California and …

The Empire State and Chrysler buildings are seen through a fireplace in the penthouse apartment at the 50 United Nations Plaza building in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. About 3,574 newly built apartments will reach the market in 2016, according to brokerage Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty by Derek Thompson

In Manhattan, the homeless shelters are full, and the luxury skyscrapers are vacant. Such is the tale of two cities within America’s largest metro. Even as 80,000 people sleep in New York City’s shelters or on its streets, Manhattan residents have watched skinny condominium skyscrapers rise across the island. These colossal stalagmites initially transformed not only the city’s skyline but also the …

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It Is Clear the Establishment and Corporate Media Would Prefer Trump Reelection to President Bernie Sanders by William Grover

I am a child of the presidency.  I came of age politically in the early 1970s when the end game in the Vietnam War still stoked furious debate and the constitutional crisis of Watergate brought down the Nixon presidency.  Historians, presidential scholars and politicians fell over themselves to decry the excesses of what Arthur Schlesinger, Jr famously termed “the imperial …

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UN’s warning that Gaza will not be a “liveable place” by 2020 has been realised

In 2012, the United Nations published an alarming report on the future of the Gaza Strip warning that by 2020, without urgently needed remedial action, the territory would no longer be a ‘liveable place’. The report added: ‘There will be virtually no reliable access to sources of safe drinking water, standards of healthcare and education will have continued to decline, and the …

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One in four countries beset by civil strife as global unrest soars

A quarter of all countries experienced a dramatic surge in civil unrest last year in a worrying trend that is likely to continue into 2020, researchers have found. Verisk Maplecroft, a leading risk analysis and strategic forecasting company, said in a report published on Thursday that 47 countries experienced a significant rise in the number of protests over the course of the …