Category: Editorial

Tax Bill Set to Open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for Oil Development

The GOP-backed tax bill inching closer to becoming law contains a provision that would open up an environmentally sensitive part of the Alaskan tundra for oil drilling. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) spans more than 19 million acres and is one of the last untouched ecosystems in the United States. It is home to over 200 varieties of migratory birds, 30 species of land mammals, and 40 species of fish, and is the only U.S. refuge where polar bears live. Other notable residents include walruses, beluga whales and snowy owls. The land is also the main calving grounds for North America’s largest caribou...

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Here’s What Happened When the CIA Tried to Turn Cats into Spies

The 1960s proved a turbulent time for the United States. With the counterculture movement and tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the ’60s brought about change and general unease throughout the nation. As such, the American government was doing everything in its power to get the upper hand against Russia. According to 1960s writer Tom Vanderbilt of Smithsonian Magazine, “the U.S. government deployed nonhuman operatives–ravens, pigeons, even cats–to spy on Cold War adversaries.” Cats? Yes, cats. Cats, notoriously stubborn and disobedient creatures, were the CIA’s animals of choice to be trained for undercover work....

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Yemen is Dying While the World Watches

Yemen is being destroyed by a man-made humanitarian crisis. Already the poorest country in the Middle East, over 80 percent of its population is in need of basic assistance due to armed conflict and a skyrocketing cholera epidemic sweeping over large war-torn regions of the country. The cholera outbreak has spread to an estimated half a million people, or around five thousand per day, half of them children.  It has claimed the lives of about 2,000 people since April. “This is the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In the last 3...

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The Havoc of Hurricane Harvey & How You Can Help

Southeast Texas is reeling. Coastal towns like Rockport have been devastated by extreme winds. Houston has been hit by trillions of gallons of rain. Rivers, streams, creeks, and bayous have risen at alarming rates. Officials have issued mandatory evacuation orders over concerns of levees overtopping or breaking. The storm has affected nearly 7 million people in 18 counties. Ten people are dead and thousands are displaced (and assessing the true extent of the impact has not even begun). The area’s most vulnerable residents have felt a magnified impact. For example, Houston’s homeless population often take refuge in low-lying spaces (e.g. under freeways...

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How a Plant-based Diet Fights Climate Change

It’s no secret – eating meat isn’t exactly good for the environment. Yet many people are still unaware of the effect their diets have on society and the world in general. The documentary Cowspiracy attempted to shed some light on the destructive nature of the meat industry, but we still have a long way to go before people truly realize the connection between meat and climate change. Conversely, a plant-based diet can go a long way to fighting climate change. How exactly? Here are four big reasons you might want to think about switching to a plant-based diet if...

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