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WHITE HOUSE: Climate Change Is Ruining Our Health

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:34

NBC News Saturday June 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Chuch

Climate change is aggravating asthma and allergies and killing more people through extreme heat and floods, the White House said in a report Friday promoting new federal limits on carbon pollution.

GOP Leaders Balk At Climate Change As Seas Rise

Submitted by adminx on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 10:57

ABC News June 7, 2014 by Michael J. Mishak (Associated Press)

On a recent afternoon, Scott McKenzie watched torrential rains and a murky tide swallow the street outside his dog-grooming salon. Within minutes, much of this stretch of chic South Beach was flooded ankle-deep in a fetid mix of rain and sea.

"Welcome to the new Venice," McKenzie joked as salt water surged from the sewers.

SCHUMER TO FCC: Pay Attention To Public Comments On Net Neutrality

Submitted by adminx on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 18:25

The Hill June 6, 2014 by Kate Tummarello

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants to make sure the tens of thousands of people voicing concerns about a new net neutrality proposal get heard.

"While they may not be the businesses from whom you are accustomed to hearing, the fact that ordinary citizens would take time out of their days to weigh in on a complicated regulatory issue is a clear indicator of its significance," Schumer said in a letter this week.

GOP Senate Candidates Grope For Safe Position On Climate Change

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 20:50

The Washington Post June 5, 2014 by Greg Sargent

Here’s another sign climate change may become an issue that could matter — a bit, at least — in the 2014 campaigns.

FIGHT INTERNET SURVEILLANCE, RESET THE NET!!!

Submitted by nabashalam2 on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 18:36

What power does an individual have to guard against government surveillance?

 

 

That’s the question on the minds of many who have joined Reset The Net. The global campaign, aimed at protesting mass Internet surveillance, is set to go live on June 5, a year after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed the massive extent of the US government’s global surveillance program...

Marijuana Scare Stories Don't Say Much About Legalization

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 14:51

MSNBC June 4, 2014 by Adam Serwer

Coverage of marijuana legalization in Colorado has often focused on rare, genuinely tragic occurrences involving overuse of the drug. But “Reefer Madness”-style stories coming out of Colorado won’t tell us much about whether or not legalizing marijuana was a good idea.

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Public Piles On Net Neutrality Debate

Submitted by adminx on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 07:52

Politico June 4, 2014 by Tony Romm

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The FCCs online system for public comments ground to a halt Monday. (John Shinkle/POLITOCO)

A blistering battle over net neutrality has the Federal Communications Commission hearing an earful — and from more than just the usual torrent of lobbyists and lawyers who swarm the chairman’s eighth-floor office.

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