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People like to watch other people hike on YouTube

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YouTube user Martyupnorth really likes to hike. He likes day hikes, he likes overnight backpacking trips, he likes hiking alone, with his family, and with his dog. And he documents much of it on his YouTube channel, where more than 10,000 subscribers tune in to watch him trek through the wilderness and offer observations, tips, and tricks for those interested in following in his literal footsteps.

-via The Outline

Why the Hell Did the New York Times Just Hire a Climate Denier?

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In late March, the New York Times’ editorial board called President Trump’s move to dismantle Obama-era climate protections “deeply dismaying,” citing “the rock-solid scientific consensus that without swift action the consequences of climate change—rising seas, more devastating droughts, widespread species extinction—are likely to get steadily worse.” Today the paper announced it has hired a climate denier as an op-ed columnist.

-via In These Times

Grains piled on runways, parking lots, fields amid global glut

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Iowa farmer Karl Fox is drowning in corn.

Reluctant to sell his harvest at today’s rock-bottom prices, he has stuffed storage bins at his property full and left more corn piled on the ground, covered with a tarp.

He would rather risk potential crop damage from the elements than pay the exorbitant cost of storage elsewhere.

-via Reuters

Free Public College Has Arrived in New York — With Some Big Catches

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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to waive tuition fees for some New Yorkers at any two or four-year state college, first covered in the Voice in February, has survived the state budget brawl — but it comes with some unexpected and alarming caveats.

-via Village Voice

UK to ‘scale down’ climate change and illegal wildlife measures to bring in post-Brexit trade, secret documents reveal

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The UK Government plans to water down regulations surrounding climate change and illegal wildlife trading in an effort to help secure post-Brexit trade, civil service documents have reportedly revealed.

Tim Hitchens, the director general of economic and consular affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), will say in a speech later this month that the UK must change its focus to carry out Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision of the country as a “great, global trading nation”.

-via The Independent

Meet the Nebraskans Who Could Stop Keystone XL (Again)

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Thanks to a State Department-issued presidential permit, Donald Trump has formally brought the Keystone XL pipeline back from the dead, a move he claims will lead to a “new era of American energy policy.” What Trump may not have factored in is the obstacle posed to that pipeline by the residents of a state that voted overwhelmingly for him in November: Nebraska.

-via In These Times

Only Cops, Not Public, Will Have Easy Access To NYPD Body Cam Footage

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The U.S.’s largest police force is finally rolling out police body-worn cameras — but footage will mostly be for cops’ eyes only.

Though both de Blasio and the NYPD have touted the measures as a way to increase police accountability and win back the public’s trust, the guidelines are decidedly one-sided when it comes to who gets to see the footage.

-via Vocativ

Arkansas Plans to Execute Seven People This Month, Continuing Long Tradition of Assembly-Line Killing

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On April 17, the state of Arkansas plans to kill Don Davis and Bruce Earl Ward, two men who have been on death row since the early 1990s. Neither has applied for clemency. Both will die on the same gurney, back to back, if all goes according to plan. Executioners will start by injecting them with a sedative called midazolam, never before used by the state, but which is supposed to render them unconscious for the two lethal drugs to follow. No one, apart from a handful of officials, knows where the drugs will come from, or who exactly will do the injecting.

-via The Intercept

Controversial Chuitna coal mine ‘shelved’ after investor backs out

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The company behind a large and contentious coal mine proposed for the west side of Cook Inlet is suspending all permitting efforts, suddenly putting the Chuitna Coal Project in limbo.

Dan Graham, project manager for PacRim Coal, told officials at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources about the company’s decision late last week. DNR posted an update on its website Friday.

-Alaska Dispatch News

Rahm Emanuel’s College Proposal Is Everything Wrong With Democratic Education Policy

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On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new educational proposal: starting with this year’s freshman class, every student in the Chicago public school system will be required to show an acceptance letter from a college, a trade school or apprenticeship, or a branch of the military in order to graduate. “We live in a period of time when you earn what you learn,” Mayor Emanuel said. (Democratic politicians’ attempts at folksiness are always pretty grim.) “We want to make 14th grade universal,” he also said. The proposed measure is almost certainly a publicity stunt which will have little effect in practice.

-via Current Affairs

Government Agency Nixes Coal Photo on Public Lands Website After Public Outcry

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The Trump administration just got a harsh reminder just how strongly Americans feel about protecting public lands. A few days ago, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees millions acres of public land under the Department of the Interior, swapped its homepage image of a beautiful park to a massive pile of coal at a mine in Wyoming.

-via Earth Justice

America’s Health Care System Forces Citizens To Turn To Crowdfunding To Survive

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In March, Shane Patrick Boyle, founder of Zine Fest Houston, published a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his insulin. He needed $750 to make it through the month. But before the end of March, Boyle died.

According to his cousin, who soon initiated a memorial drive to pay for funeral services, Boyle’s death was a result of an attempt to “stretch out his life saving insulin to make it last longer.”

Boyle is not the first person to use a crowdfunding platform to pay for medical care nor is he the first to die due to the inability to afford insulin or other necessary medication.

-via Shadowproof

Why Some of America’s Small-Scale Organic Farms Like Mine Are in Jeopardy

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I did not set out forty-some years ago to be a hippy, organic or alternative farmer of any sort. Deeply disillusioned after a few years striving to reform society’s miscreants in the prison and parole system, I ached to produce something of unquestioned value for myself and my community, namely food. Though a jolly good ride, that proved to be not as simple as it looked. Let me share a thing or two about a thing or two that I learned along the way of the dirt farmer.

-via AlterNet

North Dakota Oil Spill Three Times Larger Than First Estimated

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A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota might have been three times larger than first estimated and among the biggest in state history, a state environmental expert said Friday.

About 530,000 gallons of oil is now believed to have spilled from the Belle Fourche Pipeline that was likely ruptured by a slumping hillside about 16 miles northwest of Belfield in Billings County, Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss said. The earlier estimate was about 176,000 gallons.

-via NBC News

 Donald Trump’s Presidency Could Literally Mean the End of Their World

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At the precise moment that Donald Trump was giving his acceptance speech, I was in a room packed with a thousand people in Sydney, Australia, listening to Maria Tiimon Chi-Fang, a leading activist from the island state of Kiribati. All day I had been sending e-mails with the subject line “It’s the end of the world.” I suddenly felt embarrassed by the privilege of this hyperbole.

If Trump does what he says and rolls back the (insufficient) climate progress won under Obama, inspiring other nations to do the same, Chi-Fang’s nation and culture will almost surely disappear beneath the waves. Literally, the end of their whole world.

-via The Nation

Companies start implanting microchips into workers’ bodies

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The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee’s hand. Another “cyborg” is created.

What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish start-up hub Epicenter. The company offers to implant its workers and start-up members with microchips the size of grains of rice that function as swipe cards: to open doors, operate printers or buy smoothies with a wave of the hand.

-via The Los Angeles Times

How Detroit’s EMS response times went from miserable to above average

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When Mike Duggan became the mayor of Detroit in 2014, he made a bold pledge to improve the city’s ambulance response times from a miserable 18 minutes to the national standard of 8 minutes.

It would be no easy task. For decades, Detroit has struggled with ambulance and staff shortages, mismanagement, inadequate training and response times twice the national average. Ambulances were so slow that Detroiters debated whether they should even call 911. 

But that is changing in a radical way.

-via Motor City Muckracker

 

Aerial footage shows avalanche of mud in deadly Colombia floods

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Floodwaters from three swollen rivers surged through a Colombian city this weekend, burying homes under an avalanche of mud and rocks.

Aerial survey footage by the Colombian Air Force shows the scale of devastation in Mocoa, the capital of the southwestern Putamayo province.

-via Mashable

Lessons From a Forgotten Amazonian Slaughter

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Conservationists have long worried about the effects of subsistence hunting on animal populations in the Amazon. But species resilience and local knowledge complicate the story.

-via Sapiens

Clean energy employs more people than fossil fuels in nearly every U.S. state

https://thinkprogress.org/clean-energy-more-jobs-than-fossil-fuels-32f615915399

Nationally, clean energy jobs outnumber fossil fuel jobs by more than 2.5 to 1, according to a new Sierra Club analysis of Department of Energy jobs data. And when it comes to coal and gas — two sectors President Donald Trump has promised to bolster through his upcoming executive order on energy regulation — clean energy jobs outnumber jobs dealing with those two fossil fuels by 5 to 1.

-via Think Progress

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