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THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IS GREAT FOR ELITES. IS IT GOOD FOR ANYONE ELSE?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:39

In 2011, Australia enacted a tough new anti-smoking law that requires cigarette companies to distribute their wares in plain green packages. Anti-smoking activists see Australia's law as a model for the world. They hope that replacing logos with graphic health warnings will make them less appealing to consumers, especially minors.

GETTING CLEAR: A CONFERENCE ON SCIENTOLOGY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 21:21

Join Jon Atack and other experts in Toronto, Ontario from June 22nd to June26th

Author Jon Atack

Hosted by Professor James A Beverley

Tyndale Seminary Toronto

 

AT SUPER BOWL OF ENERGY, INDUSTRY FIXATES ON EXPANDED FRACKING AND LIFTING OIL EXPORT BAN...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 20:35

“We have done more as an industry to advance the cause of raising living standards across the world than any other industry I can think of…” 

OBAMA CALLS CLIMATE CHANGE AN ‘INDISPUTABLE’ SECURITY THREAT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 19:22

President Barack Obama is introduced at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before giving the commencement address. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivai)

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ELUSIVE HOTSPOT, DENIERS TO MOVE ON TO THEORY ABOUT 'A THING THEY HEARD BEFORE'

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:42

Time to get out a hanky for your climate-denying relative—researchers have found and published results confirming the existence of the "tropospheric hotspot," a warming in the upper troposphere predicted by many climate change scientists' models.

YOU KNOW WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE LOOKS LIKE. WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:14

Sometimes hearing is believing.

We usually learn about climate change from things that look like this:

Image by Robert A. Rohde.

HOW A COW CAN HELP THE CLIMATE?

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sun, 05/17/2015 - 13:24

 

Dairy cows on Fazenda Leite Verde in Bahia, Brazil. (Photo: Facebook)

AIRING TONIGHT AT 10PM ET/PT ! EXCLUSIVE: LEAH REMINI OPENS UP ABOUT PAINFUL SPLIT FROM SCIENTOLOGY ON 'OPRAH'..…

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 17:53

EXCLUSIVE: Leah Remini Opens Up About Painful Split from Scientology on 'Oprah: Where Are They Now'

 

t's been almost two years since Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology, and the transition hasn't been easy.

OCEAN ASSETS VALUED AT $24 TRILLION, BUT DWINDLING FAST...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:25

 

 

 

A new report highlights the economic value of Earth's marine environments...

 

THE 20 DEADLIEST EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:14

Greenhouse gases can stay in the atmosphere for an amount of years ranging from decades to hundreds and thousands of years. No matter what we do, global warming is going to have some effect on Earth. Here are the 5 deadliest effects of global warming.

Image: James Gathany

LOOK AT THIS 100-YEAR-OLD GLACIER IN ALASKA AND TRY NOT TO GO WHOA.

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 05/12/2015 - 13:53

When I first looked at these, I thought, "Well, maybe it's a different, hotter season in the picture where there's not any ice."

It's not.

 

Take a look at these four images and then choose your own adventure. Ready?

Scroll with me to the frontiers of...

WIKILEAKS EXPOSES WHAT OBAMA'S SECRET TRADE DEAL WOULD DO TO THE ENVIRONMENT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 20:21

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and environmental groups are lining up to take a swing.

OBAMA INTENSIFIES TPP PUSH AS CRITICS WORRY TRADE DEAL WILL THREATEN US JOBS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:20

President Barack Obama has called union leaders and other critics of the deal ‘dishonest’ for saying the Pacific pact was ‘secret’. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

 

MORE SCIENTOLOGY SHOCKERS: 5 ASTONISHING REVELATIONS FROM “GOING CLEAR” LEFT OUT OF THE HBO FILM...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:17

Alex Gibney (Credit: HBO)

From the disappearance of David Miscavige's wife to the Church's smear campaign against journalist Paulette Cooper...

 

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS BRINGS REPUBLICANS TO THEIR KNEES WITH KEYSTONE PIPELINE AMENDMENT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 05/07/2015 - 18:04

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced an amendment to legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. If approved, the amendment would officially declare congress’s position on climate change. The language of the amendment reads,

“It is the sense of Congress that Congress is in agreement with the opinion of virtually the entire worldwide scientific community that—

REPORT: IPCC CONSISTENLY UNDERESTIMATES CLIMATE RISKS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 20:38

Residents of Tumana, in the Philippines, clean up after a 2009 typhoon. The country was hit with another devastating typhoon in December, 2012. An assessment of projections by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds the group has consistently understated the risk posed by climate change. Photo by Audrey N. Carpio/flickr.

15 WAYS THE WORLD WILL BE TERRIFYING IN 2050...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 20:19

By mid-century, we'll likely have self-driving cars, more widespread internet access, and semi-smart robots.

THE BIG MELT: ANTARCTICA'S RETREATING ICE MAY RE-SHAPE EARTH...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 19:26

© AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Gentoo penguins stand on rocks near the Chilean station Bernardo O'Higgins, Antarctica. Here on the Antarctic peninsula, where the continent is warming the fastest because the land…

HERE'S SOME GREAT NEWS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE TO COMBAT ALL THE 'WORLD IS ENDING' NEWS YOU ALWAYS SEE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 13:19

Finally some good news... Score one for humanity...

News about climate change always seems to be bad news:

CHANGE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. TAKE CLIMATE CHANGE, FOR INSTANCE. LET'S TALK ABOUT IT...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:28

Spring is upon us. Let's talk...

It's springtime.

Good weather makes you happy, doesn't it?

OBAMA: "NO GREATER THREAT" THAN CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 12:11

As the nation's capital gears up for a large Earth Day celebration this weekend, President Obama issued a warning on the dangers global warming pose to the planet.

OBAMA WILL VISIT THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES ON EARTH DAY — TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:44

A bird flies over the sensitive ecological landscape of the Everglades National Park, home to many endangered and rare plants on March 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

CHEVRON WHISTLEBLOWER VIDEOS SHOW DELIBERATE FALSIFICATION OF EVIDENCE IN ECUADOR OIL POLLUTION TRIAL...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:46

Chevron has already lost the lawsuit filed against the company by a group of Indigenous villagers and rural Ecuadorians who say Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, left behind hundreds of open, unlined pits full of toxic oil waste it had dug into the floor of the Amazon rainforest...

PAPAL ENCYCLICAL TO URGE GLOBAL ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 18:26

In a move sure to upset climate change deniers around the world, Pope Francis plans to issue a papal encyclical this summer that will urge international action to protect the world from global warming...

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