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Outdoor lessons improve children's learning 19.1.2018 TreeHugger
A study found that, after teaching a lesson outside, teachers were able to hold kids' attention for nearly twice as long during a subsequent indoor lesson.
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Fanged Friends: Study Says the World's Most Vilified and Dangerous Animals May be Humankind's Best Ally 19.1.2018 Environmental News Network
An international review led by the University of Queensland and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that many native carnivores that live in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate – spelling bad news for humans who indirectly rely on them for a variety of beneficial services.
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NASA Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury 19.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun’s gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Now, a team of NASA and MIT scientists has indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury’s orbit.
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Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research 18.1.2018 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.
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United States Policing and "Gun Rights" Began With Slave Patrols 18.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
In Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background of the Second Amendment and the perennial National Rifle Association cry of gun rights. Guns were vital tools in the suppression and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the Bill of Rights was written. (Photo: Fstop Images / Getty Images) In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz details the white supremacist background of the Second Amendment and the perennial NRA cry of gun rights. She reveals the irony of the gun lobby's equation of gun ownership with freedom. Guns, after all, she notes, were vital tools in the suppression and killing of the Indigenous population and Black people before the Bill of Rights was written. Get the book now with a donation to Truthout. In the chapter "Slave Patrol," Dunbar-Ortiz provides the historical context for how militias that killed and oppressed slaves and Indigenous persons became the precedent for the militia cited in the Second ...
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The Trump Administration's Attacks on Public Lands and Waters Will Cause Irreparable Harm 18.1.2018 Truthout.com
The designation of a national monument protects the land from drilling, fracking, mining, logging -- protection not afforded to the majority of public land, says Randi Spivak of the Center for Biological Diversity. Spivak discusses why the largest delisting of protected federal lands in US history will harm species, waters and exacerbate climate change. Who are the powerful funders behind Truthout? Our readers! Help us publish more stories like this one by making a tax-deductible donation. In December, Trump  announced  that he would shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah by 85 percent and 46 percent respectively. The announcement came after Trump had ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments created since 1996 that were 100,000 acres or larger, and Zinke subsequently recommended that these and other monuments be reduced. Trump's move represents the  largest  delisting of protected federal lands in US history, removing 2 ...
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The Electoral Justice Project Is Seeking Black Liberation and Political Transformation 17.1.2018 Truthout.com
The Electoral Justice Project (EJP) is working to build a political home for Black people across the country where they can actually discuss transformative public policy, say activists and organizers Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Jessica Byrd. The EJP wants to spark the biggest Black political renaissance while independent of political parties and organizations. People carry signs and march at a Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington, on April 15, 2017. (Photo: Jason Redmond / AFP / Getty Images) Support from readers allows Truthout to produce the authority-challenging journalism that's going to be imperative in the years to come. Click here now to support this work! Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now nearly a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and ...
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What We Can Learn From Closure of Charter School That DeVos Praised as "Shining Example" 17.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
No ads, no subscription fees -- instead, Truthout is fueled by generous donations from readers. Want to support our work? Click here to donate. When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump visited Excel Academy Public Charter School last spring, DeVos praised the school as a " shining example  of a school meeting the needs of its students, parents and community." Melania Trump called the charter school " an exceptional example  of a school preparing young women both academically and personally so that they may succeed in a global community." The visit made  international headlines  due to the fact that it also featured Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. In terms of publicity, a school could not ask for a better platform. Unfortunately, we now know the praise the school got during its brief time on the world stage did not match its poor performance. On Jan. 11, the DC Public Charter School Board voted unanimously, 6-0, to  shut down  the Pre-K-8, all-girls school at the end of the ...
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How to Get New Activists to Stay Engaged for the Long Haul 17.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
After a year of working with people newly mobilized by the 2016 election, one organizing lesson feels particularly clear: People need to feel part of a community that is making change in order to stay engaged for the long haul. This realization may not be surprising, but it has practical implications for organizations and movements that want to grow -- especially when outrage at the Trump presidency is still high, but the initial wave of protest has subsided. The heightened need for community became immediately clear after Trump's election. To help focus the many people desperate to do something useful, I decided to offer a month-long course through the online platform Zoom. Independent of any organization, and not knowing who would show up, I posted the idea on Facebook and soon had 180 people in the first round. I offered some basic social change theory, inspiring stories from the past, and a chance for participants to discuss their own concerns through the magic of Zoom's small group function. The ...
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How to Achieve Zero Emissions With a Green New Deal, Even if the Federal Government Won't Help 17.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
(Image: Lauren Walker / Truthout ) It's obvious that we can't expect anything good on climate change to come out of the Trump administration, but we also can't afford to wait, says economist Robert Pollin. Two recent studies produced by Pollin and his colleagues for New York and Washington states offer a path for states to make a just transition away from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy while creating thousands of new jobs. The following article could only be published thanks to support from our readers. To fund more stories like it, make a donation to Truthout by clicking here! With Donald Trump in the White House, the prospects for fighting climate change have never been any bleaker in the US. Yet there are options available to state governments to move forward with the greening of the economy even without federal support. This point is made crystal clear in  two studies  produced recently by economist Robert Pollin and some of his colleagues at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at ...
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The sharing economy, growing green finance, how to speak Z 17.1.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The latest crop of reports for sustainability professionals.
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Rural areas short on workers turn to overseas professionals 17.1.2018 High Country News Most Recent
Montana has a shortage of nurses, teachers and other workers.
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Breaking the Cycle of Cynicism: "Stand Up!" Offers Tools for Effective Organizing in the Age of Trump 16.1.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Are recent election results in Alabama, Virginia and New Jersey a sign that resistance to Trump will reshape American politics? In Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire, veteran organizer Gordon Whitman argues that the only way to move from protest to power is through the kind of face-to-face organizing that has powered every successful social movement in US history.  (Image: Berrett-Koehler Publishers)Are recent election results in Alabama, Virginia and New Jersey a sign that resistance to Trump will reshape American politics? In Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out, and Win in a World on Fire , veteran organizer Gordon Whitman argues that the only way to move from protest to power is through the kind of face-to-face organizing that has powered every successful social movement in US history. As Congressman Keith Ellison says about this new book, "Grassroots organizing is our best hope. If you're serious about making change from the bottom up, read Stand Up! and pass it ...
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Europe's lost forests – study shows coverage has halved over six millennia 16.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Academics in Sweden, Germany, France, Estonia and Switzerland sought to establish how the nature of Europe’s forests has changed over 11,000 years. More than half of Europe’s forests have disappeared over the past 6,000 years thanks to increasing demand for agricultural land and the use of wood as a source of fuel, new research led by the University of Plymouth suggests.
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Shale gas is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity 16.1.2018 Environmental News Network
Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester.The major study, which is the first of its kind, considered environmental, economic and social sustainability of shale gas in the UK and compared it to other electricity generating options. These were coal, nuclear, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, hydro and biomass.
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Lanternfish reveal how ocean warming impacts the twilight zone 15.1.2018 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
A new study from the British Antarctic Survey shows how lanternfish, small bioluminescent fish, are likely to respond to the warming of the Southern Ocean.
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Surprising Discovery Could Lead to Better Batteries 13.1.2018 Environmental News Network
A collaboration led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries—the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and electric cars. As a model battery generated electric current, the scientists witnessed the concentration of lithium inside individual nanoparticles reverse at a certain point, instead of constantly increasing. This discovery, which was published on January 12 in the journal Science Advances, is a major step toward improving the battery life of consumer electronics.
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How Far to the Nearest City? Global Map of Travel Time to Cities Published 12.1.2018 Environmental News Network
While people live within one hour of a city in over 90% of cases in high-income countries - concentrated in Europe and North America - for low-income countries concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, the figure is 50.9%.
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3-D Structure of Buried Ice Sheets on Mars Revealed by High-Resolution Images 12.1.2018 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
For the first time, high-resolution images show the three-dimensional structure of massive ice deposits on Mars. According to an in-depth analysis led by the USGS, the images reveal never-before-observed details about the ice sheets, including that some begin just a few feet below the Martian surface and extend to depths greater than 300 feet.  
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NOAA kicks off 2018 with massive supercomputer upgrade 12.1.2018 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Faster computers with more storage will boost accuracy, efficiency of U.S. weather models
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