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Father of Isla Vista gunman praises laws signed Tuesday

The father of the young man who killed six UC Santa Barbara students in May said that two bills signed by the governor Tuesday might have prevented the tragedy if they had been law.

Here’s one idea for taxing the rich and making housing more affordable

A newly proposed "pied-à-terre tax" in New York City would apply to luxury homes owned by people who don’t actually live in the city.

California Becomes First State to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

California has become the first state in the nation to ban major retail stores from providing single-use carryout plastic bags to their customers.  The new legislation similarly prohibits stores from selling or distributing recycled paper bags unless the store makes such bags available for purchase for no less than 10 cents per bag. The new law, […]

SEC accuses two people of insider trading on Herbalife

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused two people of insider trading for acting on advance word that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman planned to bet against nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd.

Of college football coaches, CEOs, and excessive pay at the top

Readers of this blog know that we have an indirect, and fairly mild, rooting interest in University of Michigan Wolverines football.

Why Washington is doing pizza right

How Seattle's Humble Pie is building a better food system.

The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You To See

According to the filmmakers behind this recent release, this is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see, in part because it reveals the truth behind the world’s most destructive industry. That industry is notShow More Summary

Google Street View brings the world’s coral reefs to you

The internet has brought the ocean to you, minus all the water and oogy creatures that might slime or sting or bite.

CDC confirms first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

150 hurricanes later, these island people can teach us a few things about surviving climate change

The Gullah/Geechee Nation sits on a 35-mile-long string of islands on the Atlantic Seaboard. When storms hit, these folks take the brunt of it.

Climate change is driving heat waves around the world

A new report pins the blame for a recent spate of heat waves on human-caused climate change -- but for the California drought, the evidence is murkier.

Half the World's Wildlife Has Disappeared in Just 40 Years

Global wildlife populations have declined by a stunning 52 percent over the past four decades, and humans are largely to blame. That's according to a newly released study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society...Show More Summary

It's Now Illegal to Kill Wolves in Wyoming

For the past two years, killing a wolf in Wyoming was pretty simple. In a trophy game area near the border of Yellowstone, licensed hunters were allowed to take a certain number of gray wolves. In the rest of the state, or about 80 percent...Show More Summary

Reptiles Learn Through Imitation, Research Shows

Reptiles can learn through imitation, new research from the UK and Hungary has shown. The new findings represent the first strong scientific evidence that reptiles show signs of social learning. Now you may be thinking “well why wouldn’t...Show More Summary

Dolphins Love Magnets — Dolphins Are Magnetosensitive, Research Shows

Dolphins are magnetosensitive — that is to say, they have an awareness of magnetic fields — according to new research from the Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France. The finding follows on the heels of much recent research...Show More Summary

This lobbying shop is so dirty even oil companies want out

Occidental Petroleum is leaving ALEC because its positions on climate change are too extreme.

In Kentucky, student injured following shooting; gunman flees

A student from a Louisville, Ky., area high school was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after a gunman opened fire, authorities said.

Big greens are spending big green in 2014 midterms

A climate change super PAC, funded by billionaire investor Tom Steyer, backs up its sometimes zany stunts with a whole lot of cash.

US Can Cut Carbon Pollution by 40% and Create 2.7 Million Clean Energy Jobs

The debate about whether or not climate change is happening is over, but the question of what we need to do to lessen or mitigate the effects of global warming is still very much open to discussion. And perhaps as a consequence of the...Show More Summary

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