Why is India courting Israel?

In an article published at Mondoweiss.net , Tithi Bhattacharya documents the growing relationship between the Israeli state and India’s Hindu nationalist government. Narendra Modi speaks at a World Economic Forum meeting in New Dehli (Norbert Schiller | WEF) I HAVE never quite known the exact inflections to the label “world’s largest democracy” that is accorded to my country, India. Does it mean (a) that the government is the most democratic?

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Salmon Are Dying In The Salmon River Because The Water’s Too Warm

CREDIT: Shutterstock Fifty-four adult and hundreds of young fish have died in California’s Salmon River, due to low water flows and warmer-than-usual temperatures. A population assessment for Chinook salmon and Steelhead in the river found 300 to 600 juvenile fish — mainly Chinook — have died, prompting concerns over further reductions in the species’ populations as California’s drought persists. The fish are dying before they get the chance to spawn, due to drought and decreased snowpack-fueled low water levels.

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Greenpeace Report: Obama Administration Exporting Climate Change by Exporting Coal

Greenpeace USA has released a major new report on an under-discussed part of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) carbon rule : it serves as a major endorsement of continued coal production and export to overseas markets. “ Leasing Coal, Fueling Climate Change: How the federal coal leasing program undermines President Obama’s Climate Plan ” tackles the dark underbelly of a rule that only polices coal downstream at the power plant level and largely ignores the upstream and global impacts of coal production at-large.  The Greenpeace report was released on the same day as a major story published by the Associated Press covering the same topic and comes a week after the release of another major report on coal exports by the Sightline Institute that sings a similar tune.

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Study Finds Indigenous Land Management Highly Effective in Combating Climate Change

This article originally appeared at Equals Change , the staff blog of the Ford Foundation. The author is the director of sustainable development at the Ford Foundation.

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First Nation says report shows ‘government neglect’ of mercury survivors
First Nation says report shows ‘government neglect’ of mercury survivors First Nation says report shows ‘government neglect’ of mercury survivors

By Nicole Ireland, CBC News A northwestern Ontario First Nation says a report commissioned five years ago affirms the community’s position that it suffers ongoing effects from mercury poisoning, but the government never acted upon the findings.  Members of Grassy Narrows First Nation will present the 2009 report, which they say should have been made public, at a news conference in Toronto on Monday morning. The report was commissioned by the Mercury Disability Board, an organization established in 1986 through an out-of-court settlement  to assess and manage claims related to mercury contamination in the Wabigoon/English River system.

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Ain’t Easy Being Russian In The Netherlands Right Now

Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT MAASTRICHT —  The worst thing about it, says Marina Smirnova, is that people won’t tell her directly to her face what they think of her. When the 27-year-old Russian, a linguist, joins a discussion with colleagues at work about the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 , and points out that responsibility for the tragedy has not yet been formally established, everybody suddenly goes silent. Feeling increasingly isolated, Smirnova is sure that people are badmouthing her, making malicious remarks behind her back.

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New fossils suggest ALL dinosaurs had feathers

The first ever example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales has been discovered in Russia. Previously only flesh-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers so this new find indicates that all dinosaurs could have been feathered. The new dinosaur, named Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus as it comes from a site called Kulinda on the banks of the Olov River in Siberia, is described in a paper published today in Science

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P Shafraaz and Serena Kaba’s near net-zero home was inspired by the German…

P Shafraaz and Serena Kaba’s near net-zero home was inspired by the German concept of the Passivhaus, a super energy efficient home that requires very little energy for heating or cooling. The home is air tight, very well insulated and it gets half its heating from passive solar energy streaming through the windows. This Net Zero Home Will Blow Your Mind www.huffingtonpost.ca It’s a beautiful, livable, functional net-zero experiment — welcome to the home of architect Shafraaz Kaba

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