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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

Purvi Patel's legal team attacks evidence behind 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. In filing an appeal, her new legal team says there's not enough evidence to justify that conviction, and that her charges should be reversed.

Lifestyle & Belief

A lynch mob killed a man in India — after rumors he ate beef

Earlier this week, there was news of a gruesome murder in a village in northern India. A 50-year-old Muslim man named Mohammed Akhlaq was killed by a lynch mob. The reported motive? Rumors that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home, angering Hindus in the village. The cow is considered a sacred animal by many Hindus. It's a case which has shocked much of India.