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7 Places Where Fossil Fuels Are Fueling Conflict

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. Show More Summary

GOP Congressional Candidate Says Obama Has Rare Mental Illness

Iraq War vet Larry Smith is the Republican nominee to take on Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) in November. He's also, it turns out, an armchair psychiatrist. According to Smith, Barack Obama's handling of the child refugee crisis along the...Show More Summary

Joe Biden's World Cup Gift to Brazil: A Chilling Torture Memo

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Brazil for the start of the World Cup soccer tournament last month, he brought along something of an odd gift for President Dilma Rousseff: a collection of State Department cables and reports that included a chilling account of state-sponsored torture. Show More Summary

How to Convince a Republican: Use a Pie Chart!

These days, perhaps the most hotly debated issue in climate change circles has little to do with science. Rather, it is over how to communicate that science to a public that still does not get it. The leading communication strategy at...Show More Summary

It's Official: This Ex-con Turned Reality TV Star Is Running for Senate

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) waltzed through his June primary without much trouble. Despite earlier concern that the occasionally heterodox Republican might face a Tea Party challenge, the incumbent won his primary easily, racking up...Show More Summary

Did You Know That Antonin Scalia's Son Is Sabotaging Wall Street Reform?

Ambrose Bierce once quipped that a lawyer is one skilled in the circumvention of the law. By that definition, Eugene Scalia is a lawyer of extraordinary skill. In less than five years, the 50-year-old son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin...Show More Summary

Dark Snow Is Accelerating Glacier Melting From the Arctic to the Himalayas

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800 meters on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east toward Everest and was shocked. Show More Summary

The Incredible Thing About Whale Poop Is That It Fights Climate Change

This story originally appeared in CityLab and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's not a good time to be living in the ocean. Aside from oil spills and the scourge of plastics pollution, the seas are becoming ever more acidic due to humanity's CO2 flooding the atmosphere. Show More Summary

Will Super Typhoon Neoguri Threaten Japan's Nuclear Plants?

Japanese forecasters are calling it a "once in decades storm." And at Kadena Air Base, a US military installation on the island of Okinawa, one commander dubbed the storm "the most powerful typhoon forecast to hit the island in 15 years." Super...Show More Summary

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests

In a relentless sweep across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that causes dramatic internal bleeding and often a hasty death, has now claimed 467 lives, from 759 infections, since February this...Show More Summary

The Huge Campaign Finance Loophole Hillary Clinton Isn't Using—Yet

Adam Parkhomenko had just spent a week tailing Hillary Clinton, following her halfway around the country in a Winnebago emblazoned with a now iconic photo of the former secretary of state wearing shades and texting, when I ran into him outside an auditorium on George Washington University's campus last month. Show More Summary

Forget Red State, Blue State: Is Your State "Tight" or "Loose"?

It is obvious to anyone who has traveled around the United States that cultural assumptions, behaviors, and norms vary widely. We all know, for instance, that the South is more politically conservative than the Northeast. And we at least...Show More Summary

This US-Trained, Dictator-Loving General Could Be Indonesia’s Next President

On July 9, the people of Indonesia will directly elect their president for only the second time ever. Quickly ascending in the polls is Prabowo Subianto, a former lieutenant general in the Indonesian armed forces, who as of July 1 has virtually tied as front-runner. Show More Summary

Caribbean Coral Reefs "Will Be Lost Within 20 Years" Without Protection

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next 20 years unless action is taken to protect them, primarily due...Show More Summary

Water Supply Key to Outcome of Conflicts in Iraq and Syria

This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The outcome of the Iraq and Syrian conflicts may rest on who controls the region's dwindling water supplies, say security...Show More Summary

Even International Quidditch Has a Concussion Problem

If you want to make it as a snitch in the fast-growing sport of Muggle Quidditch, there are a few simple rules to live by. Keep the two people with yellow headbands in your sight at all times. Call fouls when you see them. Don’t let your showboating get in the way of your performance. Show More Summary

Contact: Country Music Heiress Holly Williams Waves Her Flag of Independence

Holly Williams in Brooklyn. Jacob Blickenstaff Ben Watt Joe Henry Gabriel Kahane Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Jill Sobule Benmont Tench Leyla McCalla Keith & Tex Declan O'Rourke Michael Daves As the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr....Show More Summary

The Science of Turning Plants Into Booze

It's the 4th of July, and you love your country. Your likely next step: Fire off some small scale explosives, and drink a lot of beer. But that last word ought to trouble you a little. Beer? Is that really the best you can do? Isn't it a little, er, uncreative? Amy Stewart has some better ideas for you. Show More Summary

What You Need to Know About Hurricane Arthur, the July Fourth Party-Crasher

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. July 3, 12:30 pm: Hurricane Arthur is on track for an unwelcome tour of the East Coast this holiday weekend, already raining out fireworks celebrations and forcing beachgoers to flee for higher ground. Show More Summary

Hobby Lobby's Not Alone: Here are 4 of the High Court's Biggest Science Blunders

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that most private companies can decline to cover their employees' contraception for religious reasons. This verdict is wildly controversial as a piece of legal reasoning—but its scientific logic is wanting, as well. Show More Summary

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