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Science, Tech & Environment

Activists to Obama: Stop leasing public land to take out oil, gas, coal

Public lands in the United States hold up to 450 billion tons of potential carbon emissions, in places like the Powder River Basin, home to massive coal deposits, or in offshore petroleum. If, over time, all of these emissions are released, it would be catastrophic for the climate. A new campaign is pressing President Obama to keep them in the ground forever.

Science, Tech & Environment

In the 'new North,' forest fires are permanently altering the landscape

The end of summer in the US has seen unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires along the Pacific coast, with whole neighborhoods burned to the ground in California. But the fire season up in Alaska and elsewhere in the far north was also devastating — and the eight million or more acres burned there raise some ominous questions about the future of permafrost and boreal forests.

Conflict & Justice

First step to freedom? Purvi Patel appeals her controversial conviction for feticide, child neglect

In a case that caught the world's attention earlier this year, a jury convicted 34-year-old Purvi Patel and sentenced her to 46 years in prison — of which she's currently serving 20. The jurors in South Bend, Indiana, found her guilty of both feticide — fatally harming her unborn child — and child neglect, leaving the child to die after birth. Advocates say her case sets a dangerous precedent for pregnant women.

Global Scan

This is how many times British cops fired guns all of last year: 3


As the debate over gun control — and, now, the use of force by police — rages in the US and elsewhere, Britain offers a stark contrast. Police there rarely carry guns, fire them or kill anyone. Meanwhile, Beijing is getting machines that inspire people to both recycle and ride public transit. And Ebola is killing Liberians who don't even have the disease, in today's Global Scan.