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Noam Chomsky predicting the end of the world

Noam Chomsky, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is predicting the end of the world in a column published by many newspapers and websites:   It is not pleasant to contemplate the thoughts that must be passing through the mind…

Professor shot himself while teaching students

With firearms in classrooms, what could possibly go wrong?  POCATELLO, Idaho — An Idaho State University professor literally shot himself in the foot while teaching class with students in the room. Pocatello police Lt. Paul Manning said officers found the…

16,300 nukes still threaten life on earth

Scientists say that there are about 16,300 nuclear weapons located at some 98 sites in 14 countries, in an article published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Roughly 10,000 of the weapons are in military arsenals and the rest are…

There’s A Big Leak In America’s Water Tower

Scientists have identified numerous species of fish, insects and other wildlife endangered because of the effects of climate change, but few people seem to realize that humans are among them. The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called…

Environmentalists: Wait for pro-industry nuclear regulator to go

Nearly three dozen groups and individuals — including Friends of the Earth, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign — are urging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to postpone two major votes on nuclear waste storage and…

Obama considers widening strikes against Islamic State

President Obama is considering widening military strikes against the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley. The U.S. has been bombing the Islamic State’s positions in Iraq, and may decide to extend those strikes to Syria. Three years after…

NCDC Releases July Climate Report

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 69.6°F, 1.1°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 33rd warmest June in the 120-year period of record. The June national precipitation total was 3.62 inches, 0.69 inch above…

Feds list billion-dollar weather and climate disasters

On August 6, the National Climatic Data Center released updated information on 2013 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters and several new tools to assist users in analyzing the data. The agency is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).…

Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity 

A court established as part of an agreement between the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations, found Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity. Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were jailed for life by…