The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year

When President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he had decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, he asserted that staying in the pact would prevent our nation from further developing its fossil fuel reserves. Critics understandably have called this a setback for global efforts to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Continue reading The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year

Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate | Grist

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It was the closest thing you get to a blind date between a scientist and a journalist.

I had never met the entomologist John Tooker before he opened his door at Penn State, where I was giving a lecture this April, and invited me into his office. Tooker is tall, lean, and balding, with expressive black eyebrows and ears that stick out from his skull. He leaned back in his chair and linked his hands behind his head.

“I thought it might be worth meeting,” he said, “because I read the piece where you said GMOs had decreased the amount of insecticide used.” This is an important data point in the ongoing debate over the environmental effects of GMO crops. Continue reading Slugging it out with a new contender in the GMO debate | Grist

Paramilitary security tracked and targeted DAPL opponents as “jihadists,” docs show | Grist

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As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents. Continue reading Paramilitary security tracked and targeted DAPL opponents as “jihadists,” docs show | Grist

Science At The Military – Climate Change

Just in case you run into a morally illiterate who wants to claim the brilliance of their non-science:

In America, coal pollution is nearly as deadly as car crashes | Grist

When President Donald Trump announced on June 1 that he had decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, he asserted that staying in the pact would prevent our nation from further developing its fossil fuel reserves. Critics understandably have called this a setback for global efforts to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Continue reading In America, coal pollution is nearly as deadly as car crashes | Grist

Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars – LA Times

A Year Old Story for review:

Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars

More than 4,600 cars and RVS were in use as living quarters this year in Los Angeles, a rise that has sparked bitter complaints that homeless people are taking up scarce street parking, dumping trash and bringing increased crime and safety risks into neighborhoods.

A federal appeals court last year struck down the city’s ban on vehicle dwelling Continue reading Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars – LA Times

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