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The Impacts of Deep Ocean Mining Will ‘Last Forever,’ Scientists Warn

The search for raw materials to feed the all-powerful Sarlacc of capitalism is pushing industries to increasingly remote and alien environments. One of the most exciting frontiers to emerge of late is the deep ocean—rife with valuable metals like copper and zinc, as well as the rare Earth elements that drive our…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Garbage-Fed Seagulls Are Spoiling Our Lakes and Reservoirs With Their Poop

Where there are landfills there are seagulls. An estimated 1.4 million of these opportunistic feathered critters feed on these vast tracts of waste across North America. And as a new study from Duke University shows, the voluminous amounts of poop from these gulls is compromising the water-quality of nearby lakes and…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Garbage-Fed Seagulls Are Spoiling Our Lakes and Reservoirs With Their Poop

Where there are landfills there are seagulls. An estimated 1.4 million of these opportunistic feathered critters feed on these vast tracts of waste across North America. And as a new study from Duke University shows, the voluminous amounts of poop from these gulls is compromising the water-quality of nearby lakes and…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Reality Loser, Rick Perry, Says CO2 Doesn’t Cause Global Warming 

On Monday, Department of Energy head, Rick Perry, went on CNBC’s Squawk Box to speak out against the near-universal scientific consensus on climate change. Perry, the former Texas governor who finished a disappointing 12th on Dancing With the Stars, said CO2 is not the main contributor to climate change and that…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Why Did an Enormous Chunk of West Antarctica Suddenly Start Melting?

300,000 square miles is nearly twice the area of California. It’s difficult to visualize a space that vast, but go ahead and give it a try. Now, imagine this California plus-sized chunk of land is covered in thousands of feet of ice. Then, all of a sudden, that frozen fortress becomes a wading pool.Read more… […]

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Trump to Mayor of ‘Drowning’ Island: Don’t Worry About Sea Level Rise 

Virginia’s Tangier Island is drowning. It’s accessible only by boat, besieged by both sinking land and rising sea, and has shrunk to one-third the size it was in 1850. On Wednesday, President Trump called its mayor, James Eskridge, to say not to worry about sea level rise.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Director of Michigan’s Health Department Faces Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Over Flint Water Crisis 

On Wednesday, Michigan’s Attorney General announced it will charge Nick Lyon, the former Health and Human Services Director, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint water crisis. During the crisis, caused in part by substandard water treatment, 100,000 residents were exposed to elevated levels of lead,…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Scientists Created Biodegradable Microbeads So Your Face Scrub Won’t Pollute Our Oceans

By now it’s well documented that those tiny plastic microbeads used in face scrubs and toothpastes are contaminating lakes and oceans at an alarming rate. Starting next month they’ll be officially banned in the US for personal care products, but oily faces rejoice, eco-friendly replacements are already in the works.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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California Vows ‘Any and All Legal Action Necessary’ to Stop Trump From Touching Its National Monuments  

The Attorney General of California sent an 11-page letter to the Interior Department, vowing to fight an April executive order from Trump that could potentially resize or even revoke the protected status of six different monuments in the state. The executive order cleared Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to…Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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Van Jones Wrecks Trump’s Senior Economic Advisor Over Paris Climate Pull Out

EPA director and climate change denier Scott Pruitt told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord because the president’s primary concern was “American jobs”, not climate change. Citing a provably false list of statistics, Tapper’s guests that included …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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MEMBERS ONLY: What Psychedelics Taught Me About Humanity’s Terrifying Ecological Crisis

We are experiencing an extreme moment in human history that is greatly destabilizing and emotionally traumatizing for many, many people and it is easy to get incredibly depressed about it all. While Donald Trump may appear to be the biggest impediment to the change we so desperately need, I have an …Continue reading Continue Reading […]

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What Pittsburghers Know About the Environment That Trump Still Needs to Learn

In his speech announcing that he intends to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord, President Trump said that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” And yet, as I sit here just outside Pittsburgh, I get this feeling that he’s not acting in my and my neighbors’ best […]

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Don’t Let That Global Warming Sleep Study Keep You Up at Night

Climate change is bad—it’s causing sea levels to rise, it’s exacerbating heat waves, it’s damaging coral reefs, the list goes on. But that doesn’t mean every time researchers find a correlation between some bad thing and the temperature, we should freak out about how global warming is going to everything on this round…Read more… Continue […]

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No, Vladimir Putin is Not The Greatest Threat to America

If there’s one thing you can always rely on Senator John McCain for, it’s doing his best to scare the American public. The Arizona Republican’s penchant for supporting aggressive military action against a variety of menacing actors overseas, or at the very least, consistently growing the number of …Continue reading Continue Reading at https://thedailybanter.com

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Bidets Can Save 15 Million Trees Annually—So Why Aren’t We Using Them? 

Europeans use them; 60 percent of Japan uses them; 90 percent of Venezuelans use them. They’re called bidets: basins that jet water straight to the parts that need to be cleaned after you’ve used the bathroom. And according to Scientific American, they could play a major part in living a green, environmentally…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Flat Earthers Won’t Believe This News on Antarctica’s Climate

The Arctic is the fastest-warming place on our overheated planet, but so far, its polar opposite has managed to stay pretty cool. Why is Antarctica warming so slowly compared with the Arctic? The answer is complicated, but a new study suggests we’re overlooking a basic reality of geometry.Read more… Continue Reading at http://gizmodo.com

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