Articles of Interest
By MATT APUZZO
WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups have spent a decade fighting requirements that voters show photo identification, arguing that this discriminates against African-Americans, Hispanics and the poor. This week in a North Carolina courtroom, another group will make its case that such laws are discriminatory: college students.Read more »
Opponents of fracking rallied outside Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s fund-raiser in Manhattan on Monday, calling on him to ban the drilling method. Individual towns now may impose a ban.
RUBY WASHINGTON / THE NEW YORK TIMES
By KATE TAYLOR and THOMAS KAPLAN
In a decision with far-reaching implications for the future of natural gas drilling in New York State, its highest court ruled on Monday that towns can use zoning ordinances to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial extraction method known as fracking.Read more »
Barbra:Even within the madness and turmoil of the world... these little creatures contribute to humanity
By Dr. David Suzuki, EcoWatch
Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.Read more »
Too bad politicians can't learn from these animals...
This is Leo the African Lion, Baloo the Black Bear, and Shere Khan the Bengal Tiger.
The threesome were rescued as babies from the basement of an Atlanta drug dealer’s home when it was raided by authorities.
They were starving, traumatized, and had bacterial infections.Read more »
By Dana Liebelson
The 8 best lines from Ginsburg's dissent on the Hobby Lobby contraception decisionRead more »
By Paul Krugman.
Ah — so we learn that Ezra Klein’s Vox is under attack — as is the current Democratic agenda — because it’s “tired”, recycling ideas from the 60s and even earlier.
Indeed. You know what else is tired? The whole engineering agenda, which keeps recycling old ideas like conservation of energy and mass.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
That’s the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s personal finances?
It can’t be about how much money they have. Wealth has never disqualified someone from high office. Several of the nation’s greatest presidents, who came to office with vast fortunes – JFK, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and his fifth cousin, Teddy – notably improved the lives of ordinary Americans.Read more »
By EDUARDO PORTER
Climate change is not an event in your children’s future. It is bearing down upon you now. And there is nothing you — or anyone else — can do to prevent the hit.
Over the next quarter-century, heat-related death rates will probably double in the southeastern states. Crop losses that used to happen only once every 20 years because of cataclysmic weather will occur five times as often.Read more »
By Agence France-Presse
The world’s oceans need saving from pollution and overfishing, and an independent panel warned on Tuesday that urgent action was needed within five years.
The Global Ocean Commission said cutting down on single-use plastics products, restricting fishing on the high seas, and establishing binding regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration are key parts of the rescue plan.
In all, the former heads of state and business leaders offered eight proposals for ocean health in their report, “From Decline to Recovery – A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.”Read more »
By PAUL KRUGMAN
On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times. In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” and called for a national tax on carbon emissions to encourage conservation and the adoption of green technologies. Considering the prevalence of climate denial within today’s G.O.P., and the absolute opposition to any kind of tax increase, this was a brave stand to take.Read more »