The top US environment stories of 2017: Trump makes the political weather

EA News CommentIn 2017, we saw the pace and stakes of environmental changes increase. We are in a time of dramatic impacts to our home planet due to our own lifestyle and technological choices. This article only touches on a few of the top stories of the year, but even so, you can see that there is more reason than ever to stand up for the earth and it’s ecosystems that support all of our well-being.

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The Science Behind Extracting Yourself From The Cycle Of Destructive Thought Patterns

Ever find yourself obsessively re-thinking the same thoughts over and over again? Perhaps you’ve submitted a motion and rather than resigning the faith to the decision maker, you’re incessantly thinking about what you wrote, or forgot to include…

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For Children All Over The World, 2017 Was Defined by War

War is defined by noise. It is earthshattering. The sounds of exploding bombs and gunfire, of screams and pain: these are the aural coordinates of battlefields. The modern battlefield is not defined by remoteness. The new battlefield is often in the middle of a city…

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Dear America: Are You Ready to Grow Up?

Adults who are in charge of operating big things like countries in a complex world do this: Identify facts. Assess risk. Formulate strategies. Execute. Until now, there seems to have been any number of things preventing us from biting the bullet and growing up. How much suffering can be averted if we choose differently?

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California fires: Thomas Blaze To Be Biggest On Record

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A California blaze bigger than New York City is likely to become the largest fire in the state since records began. Thomas Fire, one of a number of fires raging through Southern California, is larger in acreage than the city of New York and is currently just 45 percent contained. On resident in the Ventura area,…

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Rich people experience happiness in a more self-centered way than poor people, study suggests

Rich people are different from the rest of us — and that includes the way they experience happiness. Instead of feeling positive emotions that involve connections with other people, their happiness is more likely to be expressed as feelings that focus on themselves, new research shows…

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Justice for all in the land of the free?

On this day 69 years ago the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sketching the foundation of human rights law. Led by Eleanor Roosevelt, the United States played a critical role in bringing 48 nations together to enumerate a set of core individual rights and freedoms that we all reference to this day.…

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Nobel winner: nuclear destruction ‘only one impulsive tantrum away’

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There has been a moving ceremony in Oslo for the handing over of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was honoured for its collective work with dozens of NGOs. Beatrice Fihn, the group’s executive director, said in a speech: “The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending and it is up to us to decide what that will be. ;

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What Is The Biggest Threat To Humanity?

Humanity is going to bring about its own destruction, if this list of top threats to our species is any indication. It feels like the world is already crumbling sometimes, between the devastating wildfires in California, the violent political conflicts that break out around the globe and other natural and manmade dangers…

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