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Activists Shut Five Tar Sands Pipelines (Russ)
Warn president that extraordinary action required to avert climate catastrophe
Clean Energy Investment Down 43%, Worst Quarter Since 2013 (Jeff C.)
Global investment in clean energy fell to the lowest in more than three years as demand for new renewable energy sources slumped in China, Japan and Europe.
Russians Told to Bring Back Children Studying Abroad (Trevin)
The move accentuates the gravity of Russia’s current diplomatic crisis with the West.
Almost Half of Cleveland’s Water Pipes Contain Lead (Russ)
America’s drinking water problem is beginning to seem bigger than thought. It also raises the infrastructure improvement issue, which has gotten short shrift in the presidential campaign.
An Elite Squad of Police Paid to Never Forget a Face (Jeff C.)
Officers in his unit are believed to have an uncanny ability to place a familiar face, a skill that some researchers estimate is present in roughly 1% of the population. These “super-recognizers” are being called in to help crack cases that have gone cold.