Climate

Turkey’s ‘School of Nature’: Reminding Us of What We Forgot

by Ezgi Irmak Yücel on September 18, 2014

by Güneş Sönmez

The view from the porch at the School of Nature. Photo by Güneş Sönmez, used with permission. 

Located in the high reaches of Eski Orhanlı, an abandoned mountain village close to the town of Seferihisar, Doğa Okulu, or School of Nature, is not a regular school. There is no fixed teaching Continue →

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How The Fight Over Oil Fueled Scotland’s Independence Vote

by Andrew Breiner on September 18, 2014

An oil platform off the coast of Scotland.

An oil platform off the coast of Scotland.

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An independent Scotland would take much of the U.K.’s renewable capacity with it, and its population would be more opposed to fracking than the U.K. as a whole. At the same time, it would count on oil drilling income Continue →

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Common Good City Farm in the LeDroit Park community of Washington D.C. Along with the Marvin Gaye Park farm, it's part of the burgeoning urban agricultural movement in the District.

Thirteen years ago, Marvin Gaye Park was a mess.

The park sits in Lincoln Heights, a neighborhood in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7, just east of the Anacostia River. The community is overwhelmingly poor and non-white, and suffers some of the worst rates of crime, unemployment and social breakdown in the Continue →

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Osprey deployment withdraw protest rally

A man marching in Tokyo to protest US Osprey aircraft deployment. Sign reads, “Close all US bases on Okinawa.” (January 27, 2013). Photo by KAZUMAC. Copyright Demotix.

One of Japan’s biggest but underreported stories – both in Japan and abroad – is the decision to relocate the US Marine Corps Continue →

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Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, in a 2011 photo.

Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, in a 2011 photo.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

When Tesla Motors selected a site near Reno, Nevada for its so-called “gigafactory” a few weeks ago, Nevada felt like it had it the jackpot. Other states under consideration, including New Mexico, Arizona, and especially California, Continue →

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House Speaker John Boehner, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

House Speaker John Boehner, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

A very interesting exchange kicked off today’s House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the Obama administration’s plan to fight Continue →

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Why U.S. Donuts Just Got More Environmentally Friendly

by Jeff Spross on September 17, 2014

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As of Wednesday, your corner donut shop could be significantly more sustainable and forest-friendly.

After months of urging, Krispy Kreme, the American global donut and coffee chain, committed to frying its donuts in palm oil from distributors who aren’t contributing to deforestation. They followed right on the heels Continue →

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How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse

by Andrew Breiner on September 17, 2014

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There’s a whole line of thinking, popular with the fossil fuel industry and its allies in politics and business, that though climate change is real, the costs of addressing it are too high, especially for the world’s poor. In June, Bill Gates, billionaire philanthropist, took to his blog to Continue →

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Flood victims wade through receding flood waters as they walk back after collecting relief material in village Teing near Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed hundreds of people, authorities said Saturday, as officials stepped up efforts in India's part of Kashmir to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases there.

Flood victims wade through receding flood waters as they walk back after collecting relief material in village Teing near Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Military specialists blew up dikes in central Pakistan to divert swollen rivers and save cities from raging floods that have killed Continue →

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Measuring Up: How To Assess The Upcoming U.N. Climate Summit

by Ari Phillips on September 16, 2014

United Nations Headquarters

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The September 23 U.N. climate summit in New York City is not an official U.N. negotiating session but in many ways it is more than that. While the official United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meetings have the potential to usher in Continue →

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This picture from Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 shows the aftermath of what was at the time the  strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years. In research published Tuesday, USGS scientists cite

This picture from Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 shows the aftermath of what was at the time the strongest earthquake to strike Colorado in more than 40 years. In research published Tuesday, USGS scientists cite “clear evidence that the earthquake sequence was induced by fluid injection.”

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Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Southern California is roasting in triple-digit temperatures and forecasters say the heat wave will continue at least another day.

Amelia Rosch is an intern at ThinkProgress.

Two paddle boarders cool off in the water during the ongoing Southern California heat wave, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Southern California is roasting in triple-digit temperatures and forecasters say the heat wave will continue at least another Continue →

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