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Ten Things You Need To Know: August 3, 2015

By On August 3, 2015

Obama Is About to Release His Most Ambitious Climate Policy Yet — the Clean Power Plan “So how big a deal is this plan, in the grand scheme of things? It really… Read More

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…But How Do We Get There?

By On July 29, 2015

Annette visits Vauban 2-3 times a week for art therapy sessions. On Wednesday, she ate cherries at Alfred-Döblin Platz, the main market square. “I asked the worker at the Cantina to borrow… Read More

Lifestyle

Visualizing A Lifestyle Without Car Ownership

By On July 27, 2015

You won’t find huge parking lots or drive thru windows in one German community on the outskirts of Freiburg, a city of 200,000. Leaving your car in front of your apartment here… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: July 27, 2015

By On July 27, 2015

Tourists Worry: How Long Before Cuba Loses Its Nostalgic Charm? “The closer ties over the last few months have prompted a surge in tourism, and a perception that the island is about… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 29, 2015

By On June 29, 2015

Water Cannon Used to Disperse Istanbul Gay Pride Parade While everyone was talking about how good pride parades were making people feel in the US, Turkish police cracked down on its citizens.… Read More

Lifestyle

Cutting-Edge Innovations In Clean Tech at the Intersolar Europe Expo

By On June 24, 2015

Populated with multinational firms, German Mittelstand companies, and oodles of Chinese manufacturers, the Intersolar Europe Expo opened June 10th. It is the largest exhibition in the world that prominently features innovation in… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 22, 2015

By On June 22, 2015

Australia Passes Stringent Piracy Laws  “The legislation allows rights holders to go to a Federal Court judge to get overseas websites, or ‘online locations,’ blocked that have the ‘primary purpose’ of facilitating… Read More

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Germany’s Energy Revolution

By On June 10, 2015

Former journalist Christoph Podewils is now the Head of Communications at Agora Energiewende. Last week, Podewilis sat down with ReadCONTRA reporter Brian Vaughn to discuss aspects of Germany’s clean energy revolution. Some call… Read More

Lifestyle

On Two Wheels In the US and Spain

By On June 1, 2015

Pamplona, Navarra, Spain-6 years of ambitious planning and €16,000,000 of investment later, Pamplona has seen a marked increase in cycling. The University of Navarra estimates that 2.5 percent of its nearly 200,000… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: June 1, 2015

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University of North Carolina Board of Trustees Changes Building Name In a 10-3 vote, the Board of Trustees voted to rename Saunders Hall to Carolina Hall. This decision came after years of… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know: May 25, 2015

By On May 25, 2015

Louisiana Governor Issues Executive Order to Make Discrimination Against the LGBTQ Community Legal You may know Bobby Jindal from such backwards political moves like advocating the teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms… Read More

International

The Nitrogen Footprint: Explained

By On May 25, 2015

Pamplona-One chemical process has made a world of 7 billion people possible. Nitrogen fixation provides a staggeringly efficient way to create fertilizers with nitrogen in the air. In this process, nitrogen is… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know:   May 18, 2015

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Duke Energy Will Pay $102 Million in Fines Related to Coal Ash Leaks Representatives from the energy utility plead guilty to 9 misdemeanor violations of the federal Clean Water Act on Thursday.… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know:   May 4, 2015

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Gunmen Killed at Art Event Hosted by Hate Group At an event in Texas that included a contest for the best caricature of the Prophet Muhammad, 2 gunmen opened fire on a… Read More

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Ten Things You Need To Know: April 23, 2015

By On April 23, 2015


Man Swims Brooklyn’s Polluted Gowanus Canal for Earth Day Christopher Swain, an environmental activist went swimming in a superfund site on Earth Day. He said of the water quality that “Here’s one… Read More

USA

How The UNCGOP Created Campus Uproar In 2 Days

By On April 17, 2015

In February, three Muslim students–Deah, Yusor and Razan–were shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by a man whose Facebook posts revealed his anti-religious beliefs. The University of North Carolina, the… Read More

USA

Contra from the People’s Climate March

By On September 22, 2014

In a defining moment in the history of the movement against human caused climate change, 400,000 people made their presence known at the People’s Climate March on Sunday in New York City.… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know: August 18, 2014

By On August 18, 2014

U.S. bike-sharing stats: 23 million rides since 2007, ZERO deaths Despite the fact a greater proportion of cyclists are killed in road accidents than motorists, not a single casualty has occurred in… Read More

Lifestyle

Islam From a Religiously Disaffected Perspective

By On August 11, 2014

I grew up as a Christian and eventually lost my faith.  In the household I was raised in, cultural understanding was valued.  Even as I gave up the religion that years before… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: August 11, 2014

By On August 11, 2014

1. China Will Install More Solar This Year Than The U.S. Ever Has In the first 6 months of 2014, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity, more than Australia has installed… Read More