The New Normal
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The New Normal
Things are changing. Science, innovation, and unfortunately, the climate. From record breaking storms, melting ice caps and raising temperatures to the scientific collaboration, research and innovation that provide hope and excitement for the future, every day sets a new precedent. Every storm, fire, drought, bug infestation or species extinction as well as every new invention, gadget, discover and medical advance, all work to move the line in the sand and offer a new normal for all of us. Good and bad, incredulous and inspiring, here it is.
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Starfish Tearing Themselves Apart

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Mystery animal die-offs are always disturbing, but starfish in the Pacific Ocean are taking it to another level with a zombie-like affliction that's causing their bodies to deteriorate and their arms to literally pull themselves out and walk away.
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Today's new normal: PBS reports 95% mortality for a dozen species of starfish afflicted with "sea star wasting syndrome." 

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Better energy and solving climate change

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The inevitability of climate change only creates complacency, which serves the economic interests of the oil, coal and gas companies that power – yet poison – our world.
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Sometimes it does feel like there's a bit of a shift or flip from denial or mild concern to what JPost says is complacency. It's a "Well, we're screwed now... *sigh* Might as well just keep going..." type of thing. Alas, optimism prevails in the end - the article offers a four step fix for climate change. 

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Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science" - Re/code

Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science" - Re/code | The New Normal | Scoop.it
Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science"
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The basic concept behind open science is that knowledge should be as widely disseminated as possible, inviting participation beyond esteemed institutions, private enterprises and tenured professors.
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If there were less patents and privacy surrounding scientific innovation, it would likely happening at a much faster pace than it already is. But for-profit businesses want to protect their investment, so sharing everything with everyone isn't an option for them. It would be ideal to find a way for science and big businesses to meet in the middle, collaborate on a global scale, and excelerate the breakthroughs that are just around the corner. The (historically secretive) Microsoft adding momentum to Open Science is definitely a step in the right direction. 

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WCHS-TV Eyewitness News - Town Hall

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Videos on the West Virginia Water Crisis Town Hall meetings with Erin Brockovich. 

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Weeks after the toxic spill, these Videos on the West Virginia Water Crisis Town Hall meetings give you insight into what it's like for citizens to go through a crisis like this. The questions, medical concerns, red tape and frustration with officials are obvious. The water company was absent from the panel of experts/officials, however the mayor, Erin Brockovich, Dr. Gupta and several other knowledgable officials were in attendance trying to answer a few simple questions: How could this be allowed to happen? When can we safely drink or bathe in our water? What will happen to those of us who did drink and bathe in it (skin burns, rashes and other symtoms were present)? If we wanted to leave, could we even sell our homes? 

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Bloomberg named envoy for cities, climate change - WSBT-TV

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Bloomberg named envoy for cities, climate change
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The billionaire media mogul has been appointed special envoy for cities and climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Friday.
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Amazon.com: d.light S250 Solar LED Lantern: Sports & Outdoors

Shop d.light at The Amazon Sports & Outdoors Store. Free Shipping + Free Returns on Qualified Orders.
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Love this! It's a portable solar panel with 10ft wire. It's a light and a phone charger in one. Buy it for yourself (because it's amazing) or donate it to a child/family in need (because that's even better): http://developafrica.org/collect_school_supplies ;

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Canada's resource minister 'encouraged' by U.S. Keystone report

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline moved one step closer to approval after the U.S. State Department concluded that the project would not significantly impact greenhouse emissions.
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When communities need jobs, and big oil promises them in the form of projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, just about anyone can be swayed to choose financial stability now over worrying about climate change later (unless they've watched the Weather Channel this week). All I can say is that I hope Obama says no. As a Canadian, it's embarassing that my government one of the biggest supporters of the pipeline. There must be clean energy jobs (solar panel, clean energy R&D, windfarm factories, anything!) we could be investing in that would offer a better way to pay the mortgage. 

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UN warns climate change is drowning Senegal - Phys.org

UN warns climate change is drowning Senegal - Phys.org | The New Normal | Scoop.it
The United Nations' head of disaster risk warned Tuesday that flooding caused by climate change had become an emergency in Senegal, with some towns finding themselves underwater for large parts of the year.

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In the American West, a battle unfolds over bugs, climate change, and the fate ... - Grist

In the American West, a battle unfolds over bugs, climate change, and the fate ... - Grist | The New Normal | Scoop.it
In the American West, a battle unfolds over bugs, climate change, and the fate ...
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They argue that the government has failed to acknowledge the true role that climate change is playing in the pine beetle infestation.
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