Earth Overshoot Day – what to make of this moment of reckoning?

Earth Overshoot Day – what to make of this moment of reckoning?

Earth Overshoot Day is a hugely popular way to highlight our global environmental impact. Here are two views on it… Andrzej Krauze By Mathis Wackernagel and Fred Pearce CHARLES PONZI is unfairly blamed for the Ponzi scheme, a scam in which you rob Peter to pay Paul. It’s yet another gender bias in history, because […]

Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhood

Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhood

A symphony of hammers, saws and chisels pierce the early-morning silence that had blanketed Slavic Village, a neighborhood tucked away on Cleveland’s south side. As daylight creeps in, a team of artists is busily creating a series of art installations that will transform several vacant houses that pockmark the neighborhood. Called Rooms to Let: CLE, […]

New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

New Research Suggests Dr. Seuss Modeled the Lorax on This Real-Life Monkey

Millions of Americans grew up with Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, the gruff orange ball of fluff who doggedly guarded his forest of Truffula trees against the greedy Once-ler. Today, in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, scientists unveil a surprising possible inspiration for the stern Seuss stalwart: a mustachioed monkey native to the plains of Central […]

This Hurricane Season, Puerto Ricans Are Imagining a Sustainable Future

This Hurricane Season, Puerto Ricans Are Imagining a Sustainable Future

Nine months after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island faces another potentially devastating hurricane season, while much of its infrastructure and land still remain in tatters. The category-5 hurricane that ripped through the Caribbean last fall not only caused nearly 5,000 deaths, but also exposed the fragility of the island’s social, political, and economic […]

Cop Who Killed This Unarmed Teen Wasn’t Following Department Policy—Because There Wasn’t One

Cop Who Killed This Unarmed Teen Wasn’t Following Department Policy—Because There Wasn’t One

The Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Antwon Rose, in a Pittsburgh suburb last week has been charged with criminal homicide, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said at a press conference on Wednesday, an umbrella charge that allows prosecutors to ask a jury to consider charges ranging from manslaughter to first-degree […]

This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans

This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans

UPDATE 6/26/18: The National Museum of the American Indian has just announced its selection of Harvey Pratt’s Warrior Circle of Honor design for its new memorial to Native American veterans, which is expected to grace the National Mall by late 2020. Harvey hopes the memorial he envisioned will become a sacred place for Native Americans […]

The Era of Mass Incarceration Isn’t Over. This New Report Shows Why.

Ever since the US incarceration rate started to level off at the turn of the century, activists and criminal justice reform advocates have been hopeful that the era of mass incarceration may finally be over. Indeed, the number of people locked up in prisons across the country is steadily decreasing, signaling that criminal justice reforms have started […]

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