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2014 OFFICIALLY THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD, US GOVERNMENT SCIENTISTS SAY...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:40

The numbers are in. The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and the Russian far east – was the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th century average, US government scientists said on Friday...

RATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION PUTS LIFE ON EARTH AT RISK, SAY SCIENTISTS...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:33

Humans are “eating away at our own life support systems” at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found...

PATRIOT ACT'S UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES IN POST-9/11 WORLD...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 20:03
Washington (AFP) - Forty-five days after 2001's 9/11 attacks, president George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, but Americans only learned of the anti-terrorism law's full consequences 12 years later through Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations...

GIANT PANDAS THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 19:52

Global warming will wipe out much of the bamboo on which the bears rely for food, according to a new study...

A giant panda lying in bamboo

The research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focused on the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi Province, which is home to around 275 wild pandas. Photograph: guardian.co.uk

HOW I LOST MY DAUGHTER TO RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM...

Submitted by babanaba1 on Sat, 01/10/2015 - 21:04

I learned that my daughter was engaged not from her, but from our family therapist...

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – review

Submitted by babanaba1 on Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:11

The book is currently being adapted into a documentary by HBO and is slated for release at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. HBO had 160 lawyers review the film out of fear of litigation by the Church of Scientology...

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