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Monday
Apr222013

Earth Day 2013 Reveals New Debates Among Environmentalists and Climate Change Deniers

More than four decades after Jimi Hendrix died and Simon & Garfunkel released ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, Earth Day remains one of the world’s major environmental campaigns.

International Business Times shares the history of Earth Day, an idea launched by Gaylord Nelson, then a Democratic senator from Wisconsin. Earth Day was born in the aftermath of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Ca — then the largest oil spill in America’s water.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created, along with passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day went global two decades later with a massive campaign mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. It kickstarted recycling programs worldwide and paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

This year’s campaign is called ‘The Face of Climate Change’, and it will “unite the myriad Earth Day events around the world into one call to action at a critical time,” Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day, at Earth Day Network, said.

The World Meteorological Organization announced last year that the first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record for the entire planet. Organizers have asked participants in Earth Day 2013 to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#FaceOfClimate) to spread awareness.

Will the Redwoods Rise Again?

In celebration of Earth Day, ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from California’s mighty coastal redwoods will take place in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the US.

“This is a first step toward mass production,” said David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit group spearheading the project. “We need to reforest the planet; it’s imperative. To do that, it just makes sense to use the largest, oldest, most iconic trees that ever lived.”

Tiny Goes Big: InsideClimate News Wins Pulitizer Prize

Dwarfed by earlier winners, online publications ProPublica and Huffington Post, InsideClimate News with an editorial staff of just seven, won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism last week. Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemeyer led the investigative story about an undercovered oil spill in Michigan.

InsideClimate News particularly covers news as it relates to climate change, which executive editor Susan White calls “the biggest story of our time.” But in a year that the New York Times and other major newspapers are closing their environmental desks, it is also a coverage area that is increasingly neglected by conventional news organizations. “We may be the largest environmental desk in the country,” says publisher David Sassoon.

In the committee’s words, InsideClimate won for its “rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil,” – a topic no doubt newsworthy, considering the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Monday
Nov052012

Northeast Braces for New Storms, Snow, Sleet and New Power Outages | Lower Manhattan Buildings Face Massive Cleanup

 

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Volunteer Fabrizzio Avila, 15, bundles up from the cold as he rests near donated clothing in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the Staten Island borough New York, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)About 20-40,000 homeless people are bracing for more bad weather as a Nor’easter heads for the battered New York/New Jersey area. Cold air will drop wind chill temperatures to 20 degrees in the areas most severely impacted by Sandy. Wind gusts are expected up to 55 mph by Wednesday.

More than 1.4 million homes remain without power, entering a second week. The coming storm could further delay restoration efforts, while adding new outages. Up to a foot of snow is expected in inland areas throughout the Northeast.

A Powerless New York During Hurricane Sandy New York Magazine

A bit gallingly, downtown’s most foresighted and well-heeled swells had already relocated uptown. Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour, among others, were said to have taken up residence at the Mark; a lot of the younger crowd, led by Emma Watson, were at the Carlyle. Uptown was the new downtown. On Halloween Night, Bemelmans was packed.

Lower Manhattan, rather than the ultimate destination, became a place to go through to get somewhere else, as the enormous traffic jams attested. Downtown was driveover country. At night, it seemed to be a natural landscape, a dark canyonland, gorgeous and lonely. As in all New York disasters, New Yorkers weren’t strangers anymore. Out surveying the damage with flashlights, people stopped to talk in tones of hushed amazement. Neighbors needed food and news.

Future Is in Limbo for the Damaged Buildings Close to the Water’s Edge New York Times

A dark, stark, problematic future faces scores of New YOrk City business and apartment buildings in lower Manhattan. The financial district is in shambles — perhaps worse than on September 11, 2001.

About 100 buildings south of Chambers Street will be opening and have electrical power but no steam. Therefore, there is no heat in the buildings as temperatures plummet.

Other buildings with, or close to, flooded parking garages have a more serious problem, resulting from gasoline, oil and other chemicals that poisoned the waters that flooded these structures.

Now, the buildings themselves must undergo special cleanups before people are allowed in. These cleanups could take weeks with limited services available to do them.

Ruins, Rumors, and Resilience in Rockaway New York Magazine

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Tuesday
May152012

Feminism & Men of the Left | Donors Leave Heartland | 40% of Youth Say When It's Your Time to Get Pregnant, You Will

Three generations of Seattle family women unite together on April 28 Unite Against the War on Women Rally. Image credit: Laura Walker

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Feminism and Leftist Men

Latha Pollitt takes up the much-needed discussion of women and the left for The Nation. At this spring’s Left Forum, only 15 of 440 panels even touched on a feminist issue. The problem is class, say leftist men, not feminism.

Funny. The leftist men of the 70s said exactly the same thing. “Trust us, girls, your boat will rise along with ours. Now be a good girl and get me some coffee. After all, activism is man’s work.”

Reproductive health isn’t a topic that Occupy will take up, writes Pollitt. She argues that with one in three women having an abortion in her lifetime and almost every woman on contraception at some time in her life, reproductive health should be a core concern of the Occupy movement.

And having just attended my first NOW meeting in decades, Occupy Philadelphia got a much more favorable review for being very supportive of “women’s issues” in this town.

A woman’s right to control her fertility is not confined to the ‘culture wars’. There is no issue more statistically associated with a woman’s lifetime earnings and lifestyle than her ability to control her fertility and childbearing years.

In New York, Women Occupying Wall Street is planning a Feminist General Assembly for May 17 at 6:30 pm in Washington Square Park.

Women Voters

Politico asks if finally this is the year that America’s women voters will determine the election results.

For 220 years, picking the president has remained, at least in terms of statistically provable results despite the 19th Amendment, a man’s prerogative. But this may finally change in 2012.

Meanwhile, the latest polls suggest another important shift: Younger women may be the kingmakers — offsetting Romney’s gain among older white men angry at their fate in this struggling economy.

Will the ‘War On Women’ Make Feminism Fashionable?

Writing for The Washington Post, Rebecca Traister says that Republicans have all but buried the image of the feminist as a mirthless, hirsute, sex-averse succubus — that grotesque stand-in for real women like the three generations of females above, photographed at Seattle’s UniteWomen rally.

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Heartland Institute

ThinkProgress directs us to ClimateWire, who published a story last Friday saying that the anti-global warming campaign billboard like the one above — featuring unibomber Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro — came as a surprise to Heartland’s board of directors. However, the board supports the tactics, except for a single resignation.

Yesterday, news broke that Eli Lilly, BB&T and Pepsi will no longer support the Heartland Institute, supporting State Farm, GM and at least 150,000 individuals who have signed petitions condemning Heartland.

Young Adults & Birth Control Knowledge

Guttmacher Institute reports that an astounding 50% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 told researchers that contraception doesn’t matter because “when it is your time to get pregnant, it will happen.” This group of women has the highest rate of unintended pregnancies and also abortion rates in America.

The new report is far from the first study to point out the educational gap that is often a consequence of abstinence-only education. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported teen pregnancies in 2010 dropped to the lowest rate since 1940, it found that states with abstinence-only policies continue to experience higher rates of teen pregnancies.

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US International Family Planning Assistance

The $35 million designated for the United Nations Population Fund brings contraception to 31.6 million women and couples:

  • 9.4 million unintended pregnancies, including 4.1 million unplanned births, are averted;
  • 4 million induced abortions are averted (3 million of them unsafe);
  • 22,000 maternal deaths are averted;
  • 2.8 million fewer healthy years of life (DALYs) are lost among women; and
  • 96,000 fewer children lose their mothers.

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld | Mario Sorrenti | i-D Summer 2012

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Ellen von Unwerth | Chantal Thomass Lingerie Fall/Winter 2012 ‘Carnival’

Eva Herzigova | Philip Gay | Zoo #34 Spring 2012 | ‘Who Put the Bomp’

Alyssa | Jean-Claude Lussier | Elle Canada June 2012 | ‘Black Magic’

Marcelina Sowa | Kevin Sinclair | Grazia UK June 2012 | ‘Nomad Royalty’

Cristiano Miretti for Vanity Fair Italia May 9, 2012 | ‘Usi & Costumi’

Jacqueline Fernandez | Tarun Vishwa | Harper’s Bazaar India May 2012 | ‘Charting Her Course’

Malgosia Bela | Greg Kadel | I-D Summer 2012

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Jin Jung Sun | Kim Youngjun | Singles Korea May 2012 | Wuthering Heights

Riley Hillyer | Roberto d’Este | Grazia Italia May 2012 | New Romantic

Zuzana Kopunkova | Robert Orlandi | Grazia Italy April 2012 | ‘Desperate Housewife’

Emily Ruhl | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada June 2012 | Floral Fantasy

Erin Axtell | Norbert Schoerner | Condé Nast Traveler Spring 2012 | Enter Tangier

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Henrietta Hellberg, Elsa Brisinger, Becca B & Patti P | Elisabeth Frang | The Creatives | ‘Chill Time’

Alyona Subbotina | Chad Pitman | Numero Tokyo June 2012 | Neighborhood Watch

Claudia Michels | Jacques Dequeker | Elle Brazil May 2012 | The Big Show

Amanda Nørgaard | Tomas Falmer | Cover Denmark May 2012 | Flash Light

Sarah Jordan | Leda & St. Jacques | Elle Canada June 2012 | ‘Pinup’

Anna Lundgaard | Stephanie Pfriender Stylander | Grazia Italia May 2012 | Fascino Navy

Claudia Michels | Jacques Dequeker | Elle Brazil May 2012 | The Big Show