INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you wanted to know about swing states

November 7, 2016 by  
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Swing states are always important in any election, but this election they are even more important than usual. Tomorrow, just 11 battleground states could decide our next president , with several traditionally “safe” states even entering the fray. This infographic shows you everything you need to know about swing states, both in this election and recent ones. And after you learn all about the importance of these purple states, don’t forget to get out there and vote, even if you don’t live in one of them, because every single vote matters. + University of San Francisco 

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Hillary Clinton and Al Gore connect Hurricane Matthew with climate change in Florida

October 12, 2016 by  
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Was Hurricane Matthew worse because of climate change ? Hillary Clinton and Al Gore appear to think so. The two spoke at Miami-Dade College in the swing state of Florida to a crowd of 1,600, and called for America to take a lead in the global battle against climate change. Clinton spoke of her goal to install 500 million solar panels by the end of her first four-year term, and Gore called for America to take a leadership role in the climate change fight by electing Clinton. In her speech, Clinton said Hurricane Matthew “was likely more destructive because of climate change.” Higher sea levels and greater sea temperatures only exacerbated the storm, she said. Gore said, “[Hurricane Matthew] spun up from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane in just 36 hours. That’s extremely unusual.” Related: What does Hillary Clinton need to do to win over climate hawk voters? The Washington Post reached out to atmospheric scientist Michael Mann of Penn State University, who said Clinton’s remarks were “absolutely” correct. Clinton reminded voters Trump is a “climate change denier” who “denies science.” Gore spoke of the “stark” decision America now faces, embodied in the choice of whom to elect president, as one candidate promises to continue Obama’s fight against climate change and the other has denied global warming exists and referred to it as an ” expensive hoax .” Gore said, “The world is on the cusp of either building on the progress of solving the climate crisis, or stepping back, washing our hands of America’s traditional role as a leader in the world.” It could be said Gore lost the 2000 presidential election in Florida, where he lost by around 500 votes. Clinton spoke out to the swing state about the daily realities they face as proof of climate change, such as ocean water “bubbling up through the sewer system.” More on her climate change policy proposals can be found on her website . Via The Guardian and The Washington Post Images via screenshot , Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons , and Al Gore Facebook

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Floating ‘space nation’ Asgardia promises to guard Earth from asteroids

October 12, 2016 by  
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Although this headline sounds as though it’s been ripped from a science fiction film script, we can assure you it’s real. Announced this morning in Paris, a new project will launch a satellite launch later this year, marking the first step toward the establishment of a ‘space nation’ dubbed Asgardia . The outlandish project calls for a floating, independent nation comprised of expat Earthlings who would work together to protect this green planet from asteroids, space junk, solar flares, and other threats floating around in space. Asgardia is now accepting volunteers to be among its first citizens. Asgardia takes its name from Norse mythology, specifically from the land ruled by Odin. Comic book fans will also recognize the project’s name, because it has a long history in Marvel lore . The project’s logo image features a rendering of a spaceship and while there is no telling whether the image represents any actual designs, it does suggest a number of things about the venture. The spaceship sports the Eye of Horus , an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, reinforcing Asgardia’s mission to protect Earth from asteroids and other threats. Related: Elon Musk reveals his big plans for colonizing Mars The project is operating on a first-come, first-served basis, granting citizenship to the first 100,000 people who sign up on the Asgardia website. It’s not clear at this point what that would entail, or when human volunteers would have an opportunity to take up residence on a floating spaceship nation . Who is behind this mysterious and incredibly ambitious project? The effort is an international one, backed by the Aerospace International Research Center and the center’s online space magazine, Room . The team is led by Dr Igor Ashurbeyli, a leading member of the Russian Federal Space Agency, who founded AIRC in Vienna in 2013 and is editor-in-chief of the online magazine. He was recently named chair of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee, and has launched Asgardia amid a swarm of criticism, skepticism, and even laughter. But, yes, in case you’re wondering, I am waiting to find out whether my citizenship request made it in under the wire. Via DailyMail Images via James Vaughn and Asgardia

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Justice Department Asked To Investigate Top Pipeline Lobbyist

September 27, 2011 by  
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A rally in Kansas against the pipeline/via NWF Last week, Friends of the Earth released emails it received through a Freedom of Information Act request that showed how Paul Elliot, now a TransCanada lobbyist, lobbied for the company before he was a registered. Elliot, who was once a staffer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, appears to be usin… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Vegan Zombie Proves Good Vegan Dessert is Possible (Video)

September 27, 2011 by  
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Image credit: The Vegan Zombie From cooking vegan French toast surrounded by undead monsters , to fettuccine Alfredo in a vegan hide-out , the Vegan Zombie has already produced some awesome examples of animal-free extreme cookery. Now the show hits the road, as The Vegan Zombie hits New York in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. And he even proves that good vegan dessert is not an oxymoron. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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