News for 2013-02-25

Monday, February 25, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Victory for Climate, Public Health: US Coal Giant to Shut Down Three Plants
In a victory for advocates of clean air and water, energy giant American Electric Power will now be shutting down three coal-fired power plants and significantly reducing air pollution at 13 others across the Midwest and Southern United States. The agreement was made in a settlement between AEP and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' Is Running Dry
The entire state has been covered drought for months , and its water supplies are being sucked away. This is the scene not in a scorching summer month in a normally dry area of the southwest, but today, in Minnesota—"Land of 10,000 Lakes"—where the consequences of climate change and unsustainable...
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[title] Bhaskar Save: We Must Practice Non-Violent Farming
In Gujarat, we spent two days with Bhaskar Save , the Gandhi of Indian farming. After visiting his family, seeing their way of life and eating their food, we were inspired to compose a type of visual “poem” out of his non-violent philosophy. Enjoy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Heat and Loss: How a Hotter Planet Will Destroy Jobs
Muggy, summer days on the warmer planet of our future will be "beyond anything experienced in the world today," says a new report published Sunday in the journal Nature by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The report, entitled " Reductions in labor capacity from heat stress...
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[field_image_caption-raw] United Arab Emirates Stocks Up on Nearly $200 Million in US Drones
The United Arab Emirates has obtained nearly $200 million in U.S.-made Predator drones, marking a sign of the growing global expansion of the unmanned hardware. The Los Angeles Times reports that the procurement "would mark the first time a non-NATO country" has obtained drones. "UAVs are...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Make BP Pay!': Gulf Residents Decry Oil Giant as 'Deepwater Horizon' Trial Opens
Gulf coast residents gathered outside a federal court in New Orleans on Monday as the trial against BP for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster—arguably the worst environmental calamity in US history—began inside.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Urged to Heed Warnings of 'Palestine on Fire'
In the wake of the death of detained Palestinian Arafat Jaradat, officials with the Palestinian Authority have issued a warning to President Obama that Palestine could be "on fire" during his upcoming visit to the region if he does not exert pressure on longtime ally Israel regarding the ongoing...
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[title] John Nichols: The 'Fix the Debt' Campaign's Astroturf Roots
How did debt reduction become Washington's number one priority? As a new special issue of The Nation explores, it has a lot to do with the 'Fix the Debt' campaign and its billionaire backers. For more, read John Nichols on how Fix the Debt's austerity agenda is an electoral flop .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Press Secretary Offers PR Advice for Obama Drone Program
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[field_image_caption-raw] Five Hungry Men Feed Palestinian Resolve
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Campaign Aims to Halt Rise of 'Killer Robots'
Under the simple but provocative header of The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots , human rights advocates and concerned scientists are readying the launch of a new international effort to preemptively ban the deployment of 'fully autonomous and weaponized' machines by world governments. Claiming that...
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