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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Army has to boost energy efficiency and prepare for extreme weather at installations worldwide in line with the Pentagon's new roadmap on climate change as a national security threat, Army officials said Tuesday.

"We're seeing the impacts" from global warming across Army facilities, said Katharine Hammack, assistant Army secretary for Installations.

"Wildfires, changes in precipitation, and increased extreme weather events are growing in frequency and intensity," Hammack said at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

"Twelve of the hottest years on record occurred in the last 15 years," Hammack said in describing the impact of climate change on Army life.


Verizon is getting into the news business. What could go wrong?

The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.

There's just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today.

Unsurprisingly, Verizon is deeply tangled up in both controversies.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With no new Ebola cases in five days, authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system. The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning of this year. About 100 more people, most of them health care workers, are being tracked in Texas after coming in contact with the first patient diagnosed in the United States in late September.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why didn't the government reveal their existence? Perhaps because in some cases the U.S. played a role in designing or creating the weapons in the first place.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").


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