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Subhankar Banerjee – Paradise Burning

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest alive and destroying an ecological Eden. In this season of …

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Greg Richter – Trump: I Would Consider Palin for Post in My Administration

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he would consider former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his administration if he wins the White House. Appearing Monday on   “The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla” on Mama Grizzly Radio,  Trump was asked whether he might seek Palin’s advice as president, or even have her in his administration in an official capacity. “I’d love …

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Buzz the alarm: Climate change puts squeeze on bumblebees

Global warming is putting the squeeze on bumblebees. In the most comprehensive study ever conducted of the impacts of climate change on critical pollinators, scientists have discovered that global warming is rapidly shrinking the area where these bees are found in both North America and Europe. Researchers examined more than 420,000 historical and current records of many species of bumblebees–and …

College kids’ homeless hell: Why a secret, massive crisis is getting even worse – MATTHEW SACCARO

With colleges spending billions on lavish housing developments, it’s easy to think that all students are living large. The sad reality? Student homelessness in higher education is a larger issue than most realize, with tens of thousands across the country homeless. There are questions on the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) addressing homeless students — or “unaccompanied homeless …

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Almost 1 in 3 US adults owns at least 1 gun

Gun owners are are more than twice as likely as non-gun owners to be associated with an active ‘social gun culture’ where either their family or friends own guns or their social activities involve use of guns, the findings show. Gun death rates in the US have remained high since 2000. In 2013, gun violence killed 33,636 people and injured …

America is the worst polluter in the history of the world. We should let climate change refugees resettle here. By Michael B. Gerrard

Michael B. Gerrard, associate faculty chair at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, is the Andrew Sabin professor of professional practice and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed, large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under …

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The Arctic Is Speaking Truths About Climate Change. Is Anyone Listening? by Robin Bronen

The Arctic is screaming. Can you hear her in the floods of Houston, the drought in California and the epic snowfall in Boston this past winter? In Alaska, the only Arctic state in the United States, it was a record-smashing 89 degrees in Anchorage at 6:30 at night on June 15, 2015, one of several 80 degree days. Historically, June …

Emergency survey underway along West Coast, marine life being affected “in ways never seen before” — CBS: “Unusual increase in dolphin, sea lion, and seabird deaths” — Thought to be largest toxic bloom “anywhere, ever” — Worry that impacts on fish to last several years

CBS, Jun 17, 2015 (emphasis added): A toxic algae bloom spreading off the Pacific coast could be the largest one scientists have ever seen. “It’s definitely the largest bloom of this particular algae seen on the West Coast, possibly anywhere, ever” Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz, told CBS News… “Currently what we’re …

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War Games Set to Begin in the Pristine Gulf of Alaska Amid Protests By Sonia Luokkala

Today the US Navy plans to unleash [3] 6,000 sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members along with three Navy Destroyers, 200 aircrafts, untold weaponry, and a submarine to converge in war games in the Gulf of Alaska. The training exercises are scheduled to continue through June 26. The Navy’s choice of the Gulf of Alaska – one of the most pristine …