One-third of recent global methane increase comes from tropical Africa

Concentrations of methane, a greenhouse gas about 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide, have risen steadily in Earth’s atmosphere since 2007. Although several potential explanations, including an increase in methane emissions from the tropics, could account for this upsurge, due to a lack of regional data scientists have been unable to pinpoint the source. Now a study published in …

A US Army carry team moves a transfer case on January 14, 2011 containing the remains of Army Maj. Evan Mooldyk from Rancho Murieta, California who died in Afghanistan upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Our Lying Military, Our Lying Government

“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were …

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The Economy of Evil

It’s time to talk about the Banality of Evil. The Nazis didn’t start with genocide. Heck, they didn’t even start with the Nuremberg Laws. Our education system and popular media focus on the most horrific, the most dramatic, and the most apparent aspects of Fascism. However, Fascism begins in a much less dramatic fashion. In the beginning,Fascism is banal, and …

NJ: Oppose Restriction of Religious Exemption to Vaccination – Calls Needed NOW – Attend Hearing December 12th

Dear New Jersey NVIC Advocacy Team Members, We wanted to alert you to some legislative activity threatening vaccine exemptions in New Jersey that requires immediate action. We are asking you to communicate your opposition to S2173 to your legislators right away Tuesday December 10th through the scheduled hearing on Thursday, December 12th. S2173 is scheduled for a hearing in the …

Social Media Penetrates Every Aspect of Our Online Lives for Profit

When powerful players in politics and media gather in secret and their meeting is exposed, is it any wonder that people would see straight through the stagecraft to the leading actors rehearsing their parts? In today’s growing political authoritarianism, there is little doubt that control and consolidation of communications is necessary to manage an agenda and major narratives. In light …

Is Romantic Love Going Extinct?

“Down with love? Just eat some chocolate, forget the man, and take control of your own life.” —The 2003 movie Down With Love Is romantic love going extinct?  Perhaps so given the evidence showing that many millennials (those born after 1980 and the first generation to become young adults in the 21st century) are resisting entering into serious relationships because they may involve …

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The Emotional Toll of Climate Change on Science Professionals

The diverse challenges of climate change are taking an increasing toll on professionals working in the Earth sciences. In particular, those who produce and/or communicate climate science information encounter direct and cultural pressures that can affect their emotional well-being. If the Earth science community is to successfully meet climate challenges, it needs a properly equipped, productive, and healthy workforce. We …