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U.N. revs up over global warming

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. –  The annual summertime retreat of the Arctic icecap, greater this year than perhaps at any time during the 20th century. The nightmare of intensifying storms in some areas and extended drought in others, already taking place in developing countries of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

It is against this backdrop of almost daily news of what scientists describe as signs of advancing global warming that the United Nations holds Monday what may be the largest high-level international meeting ever on climate change.

Be sure to check and see how this is covered in the “liberal media.”

U.N. revs up over global warming |

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Dying Cancer Victim Gives Views — Video

Randy Pausch, Ph.D., a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon has advanced pancreatic cancer. Since his diagnosis a year ago, he has undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, as well as an experimental pancreatic cancer vaccine treatment. But the cancer has metastasized to his liver and spleen. On September 18, he delivered a farewell lecture to a packed lecture hall. In this video produced by Greg Laub for MedPage Today, we present the highlights of that lecture.

Medical News: Words and Thoughts About Living from Randy Pausch, Ph.D. – in Gastroenterology, Pancreatic Diseases from MedPage Today

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Pangea Day — Get Involved!

The project is taking off, and its ambition level is spectacular. On May 10, 2008 – Pangea Day – sites in New York City, Rio, London, Dharamsala, Cairo, Jerusalem, and Kigali will be video-conferenced live to produce a 4-hour program of powerful films – supplemented by visionary speakers, and global musicians. The purpose: to use the power of film to promote better understanding of our common humanity. A global audience will watch through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

A powerful advisory board has come together to support the project. It includes:

  • JJ Abrams
  • Lawrence Bender
  • Nancy Buirski
  • lan Cumming
  • Ami Dar
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Vik Muniz
  • Clare Munn
  • Eboo Patel
  • Alexander Payne
  • Meg Ryan
  • Deborah Scranton
  • Jeff Skoll
  • Philippe Starck
  • Yossi Vardi
  • Kevin Wall

If you’re interested learning more and/or helping out, please send an email to Pangea Day executive director Delia Cohen ( More details are available at the project’s beautiful website:


Florida-Size Arctic Ice Melts in Week

Currently, there are about 1.63 million square miles of Arctic ice, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. That is well below the record of 2.05 million square miles set two summers ago and could drop lower before the final numbers are in.

ABC News: Florida-Size Arctic Ice Melts in Week

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Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain

The results show “there are two cognitive styles — a liberal style and a conservative style,” said UCLA neurologist Dr. Marco Iacoboni…

Los Angeles Times: Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain

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Environmental News Service


SYDNEY, Australia, September 8, 2007 (ENS) – A climate change
declaration setting a precise energy efficiency goal is expected to
come out of the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders
Summit that began here today. In an effort to address global warming,
the leaders are expected to agree to improve energy efficiency by at
least 25 percent above the 2005 level by 2030.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, September 7, 2007 (ENS) – Scientists
are homing in on a possible cause of the new bee disease known as
colony collapse disorder, linking it with a virus from Israel that may
have arrived in the United States via shipments of live bees from


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, September 7, 2007 (ENS) – The
last habitat of Canada’s critically endangered Northern spotted owls is
being logged in a government approved operation, conservationists have
discovered. Canada’s largest membership-based wilderness preservation
organization, the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, is demanding
that the government of British Columbia follow its own owl management
policy and call a halt to the logging.

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Stories from the Heart of the Land

Ask some of the country’s best radio producers to tell their favorite stories about people and nature…and what do you get?

Stories from the Heart of the Land, a five-part radio series hosted by Jay Allison
that ranges across the world — from Australia to Newfoundland, Mexico
to Tibet — to capture the human connection to land and landscape. These
narratives include such amazing segments as:

Stories from the Heart of the Land – The Series

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Einstein Archives Online

The Einstein Archives Online provides the first online access to Albert Einstein’s scientific and non-scientific manuscripts held by the  Albert Einstein Archives at the  Hebrew University of Jerusalem and to an extensive Archival Database, constituting the material record of one of the most influential intellects in the modern era.

The site allows viewing and browsing of approx. 3,000 high-quality digitized images of Einstein’s writings, available for viewing in two sizes: a standard resolution image, as well as a high-resolution image for closer inspection.

Einstein Archives Online


Gorillas Unharmed as Rebels Invade Virunga National Park

The rebel soldiers invaded the two ranger patrol posts, looting them of their weapons, mobile phones and rations and forcing the rangers and their families to evacuate the national park.

Following these attacks, rangers at a third patrol post at Bukima were also evacuated, but the Gorilla Organization says it can report that rangers have now returned to the Bukima post and have confirmed the safety of all habituated gorilla groups in this area.

It remains to be seen if that will continue, however.  The rebels are known to enjoy a gorrilla steak from time to time.

Gorillas Unharmed as Rebels Invade Virunga National Park

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Observers Suffer More Attacks at Sea — NOAA Stops Keeping Track

WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2007 (ENS) – Attacks against government observers monitoring commercial fishing fleets doubled in one year, an indication of rising tensions on the high seas, according to agency figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER.

Observers on fishing vessels track the catch to manage quotas and report any harm to marine mammals and other marine species.

But even as reported incidents increase, the government agency responsible for the monitoring program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has stopped keeping track of incidents.  NOAA Fishing Observers Suffer More Attacks at Sea

Gee, I wonder why?