5 Green Reasons to Stay Hopeful as the Hottest Decade on Record Ends

5 Trump Climate Rollbacks You Might Have Missed ; Why Cats Always Land on Their Feet ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “As a letter signed by 11,000 scientists in the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences last month made clear, mankind is on the brink of global catastrophe brought on by years of inaction and irresponsibility by the world’s largest economies. Yet in their conclusion, the authors of the letter reject fatalism, noting that a recent surge of concern across the world could lead to the transformative changes required. Here, then, are five positive climate stories that remind us we have the power to turn things around.” Photo credit: Gretar Ívarsson / Wikimedia
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5 Major Trump Climate Rollbacks You Might Have Missed in 2019 (Mili) 

From CNBC: “Major actions in 2019 include loosening regulation on methane emissions, repealing the Obama-era clean water rule, weakening the Endangered Species Act and rolling back offshore drilling safety regulations.”

Despised Private Prison Companies Rebrand as Prison Real Estate Companies (Reader Pat)

The author writes, “The two largest private prison companies, are pushing lawmakers to ditch municipal bonds and the [‘lease revenue bond’] loophole to strike privately financed, publicly run deals with them instead. … The private prison company fronts money or finances debt to build a facility for the government. Then the government has the option of managing the prison and makes payments to the company for a specified amount of time, usually for decades.”

What About Centrist Bias? (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “Centrist bias, as I see it, confuses the idea of centrism (which is very much an ideology) with objectivity and fairness.”

These Toxic Chemicals Need to Be Banned in the Next 10 Years (Chris)

“The author writes, Dangerous, toxic chemicals are everywhere: in your furniture, on your walls, and even on your dinner plate. These harmful substances should’ve been banned long before they made it into anyone’s home.”

The Surprisingly Complicated Physics of Why Cats Always Land on Their Feet (Chris)

From Ars Technica: “A professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, [Greg] Gbur gives a lively, entertaining account of [the history of scientists studying ‘cat-turning’] in his recent book, Falling Felines and Fundamental Physics.”

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