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Climate Change This Week: Avoiding the Heat, All Weather Solar Cells, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. A Prickly Situation - this cartoonish katydid is found in Yasuni National Park, E...

Is the System Unfair to Independent Voters?

Kicker | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics

If you're not registered either Democrat or Republican, you might be having a tough time voting. So if you're an independent who's been following the campaigns and recently made up your mind -- you're left out.

Now, We Have Proof

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 04.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Lorri L. Jean

If you haven't already seen the news coverage, I'm proud to tell you that the Huffington Post, New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, and media t...

How Social Media Has Changed the Election Process

Quora | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

How are presidential campaigns using social media differently in 2016 than in 2012 and 2008? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing netw...

Let's Find a Better Way to Elect Our President

T. Boone Pickens | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
T. Boone Pickens

Certainly we can do better than what we're doing. We now have a presidential election process that penalizes success and accomplishment and rewards those without battle scars from business or politics.

What's Your Civic Life? Why Does It Matter?

Alan D. Solomont | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Alan D. Solomont

Civic engagement necessarily encompasses a spectrum of activities. It may take the form of direct community service that is informed by the root causes of social inequity. It may include activism, dissent, and protest; political action and campaigns; community organizing; non-profit work; issue advocacy; or public service at all levels of government.

Democratize the Electoral System!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The principle of "one person, one vote" rings out upon the U.S.-American landscape as an essential and central unifying element of our great democracy, but one which, unfortunately, merely resounds as an ideal rather than as the reality.

Why My Parents Are Voting For Donald Trump

Lori Sokol | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Lori Sokol

I was born in Brooklyn, and so were my parents. They still live there, in fact, each for almost 90 years. And although much of the borough has changed...

How You Vote Every Day Without Realizing It

David Donnelly | Posted 04.15.2016 | Arts
David Donnelly

There you are at the checkout aisle in your grocery store. You are killing time looking at your smartphone when you see it in the corner of your eye: your two favorite celebrities are cheating on each other.

10 Ways Hillary Clinton Could Reach Out To Young Voters

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Lila Nordstrom

Image via Flickr, NathaniaJohnson **Crossposted at, where Lila co-hosts the Brain Trust Live podcast and blogs regularly about...

Six Easy Steps to the Revolution

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Written with Helen A Berger, PhD, resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and author of A Community of Witches...

What Makes a 'Christian Voter'?

Norman Wirzba | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Norman Wirzba

It's election season, and that means some of the people seeking political office will also be seeking the Christian vote. But what is this thing called "the Christian vote"? What makes a vote specifically or distinctly Christian?

Our 'Country Club,' Tis of Thee?

Kathay Feng | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Kathay Feng

Lately, Ed Blum's name has been everywhere. At least, when it comes to Supreme Court cases. Whether it is affirmative action, voting rights, or redistricting, Blum has been leading a well-funded effort to limit who has representation in our democracy.

Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

Judy Frankel | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Bernie Sanders consistently repeats that we need to start a political revolution, with or without him, to correct what most people in this country agree is wrong with it: our government is corrupted by money and crony capitalism.

Climate Change This Week: Seas Rising 6 Feet By 2100, Xeroxing Solar Panels, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Beautiful Jewels of the Forest are another reason to preserve forests, as...

5 Reasons Why Homelessness Is Not Discussed in the 2016 Presidential Election

Joel John Roberts | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

This Presidential election season is one of the craziest, most unpredictable elections in American history. The proposed new policies that are rooted ...

The Supreme Court Nomination Process Has Become Hopelessly Political

Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Robin Elizabeth Herr, Ph.D.

Clearly, the Supreme Court nomination process has become hopelessly political. Reform is in order. But until that happens, the choice is left to us, the voters. This time, our vote is not just for the next four years, it is for the next generation.

Why I'm Risking Arrest in Washington, D.C.

Erich Pica | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Erich Pica

From April 16-18, we will engage in three days of protest, education, music and cultural exchange. As powerful interests try to wedge Americans apart, Friends of the Earth is excited to join this unprecedented coming together of historically separate communities to demand a democracy in which everyone's voice is heard and money doesn't buy policy.

Politics and Why You Should Care

Jessica Denis | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Jessica Denis

Not caring is probably the worst thing someone can do when it comes to politics. Everyone has a voice, everyone has a choice. In my opinion, when you make the choice to not use your voice, your right to complain becomes invalid.

Current Politics and the "McCrory"

Harold Lloyd | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

North Carolina's governor Pat McCrory has repeatedly used a form of political dishonesty that lacks a well-recognized label. Lacking such a label, this tactic often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. To remedy this, I suggest a precise and well-earned label: a "McCrory."

New Research Suggests Text Messages Improve Election Day Turnout in the Developing World, With Conditions

Tavneet Suri | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Tavneet Suri

We now have evidence that text messages improve civic engagement in emerging countries by encouraging people to vote.

How Will Over-60 Lesbians Vote in 2016? It May Surprise You!

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Lara Lillibridge

Lesbians actually think for themselves, and a lot of them think Bernie voices their vision of America. Even though he has no vagina and they really like vaginas. Because life, it turns out, is not just divided by genitalia.

Voting and Disclosing: The How-to's of Responding to Political Questions

Sharon Schweitzer | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Sharon Schweitzer

With our U.S. primaries making headlines worldwide, political conversations are inevitable. So what's the best way to respond when someone asks you, "Who are you going to vote for?" What do you say when asked, "What's your view about this issue or this proposed legislation?"

Climate Change This Week: Big Savings Via Family Planning, Zooming Emissions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Black Holes of Greenland are cryoconites are created when a deposited mass of soot, consisting of glued amalgums created by bacteria, focuses heat absorption, melting deep holes into the ice.

On Election Season, Not Being a Citizen and Not Having a Vote

Barbara Sostaita | Posted 04.05.2016 | Latino Voices
Barbara Sostaita

There is no question that our lives and our livelihoods suffer from our lack of citizenship status. We are vulnerable and we shouldn't be. But, when we are kept from casting a vote, we find new ways of performing citizenship.