Thursday, 05 March 2015 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • Greenland Reels: Climate Disrupting Feedbacks Have Begun

    By Bruce Melton, Truthout | Report

    The author waves from a point about a mile onto the ice sheet near what is called Point 660, about 25 miles from Kangerlussuaq, on the west coast of Greenland, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Dust accumulates on the ice from as far away as Siberia. As the ice melts, most of the dust is left behind to absorb more sunlight and melt more ice in a climate change feedback that has already begun.The author waves from a point about a mile onto the ice sheet near what is called Point 660, about 25 miles from Kangerlussuaq, on the west coast of Greenland, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Dust accumulates on the ice from as far away as Siberia. As the ice melts, most of the dust is left behind to absorb more sunlight and melt more ice in a climate change feedback that has already begun.

    Greenland is warmer than it has been in more than 100,000 years and climate disrupting feedback loops have begun. Since 2000, ice loss has increased over 600 percent, and liquid water now exists inside the ice sheet year-round, no longer refreezing during winter.

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  • What Trickle-Down Economics Has Done to the US: The Rich Get All the Money

    What Trickle-Down Economics Has Done to the US: The Rich Get All the Money

    By Dan Riker, Truthout | News Analysis

    Ronald Reagan brought supply-side economics to the federal government, the belief that suppliers of goods drive the economy, not the consumers. The supply-siders believe that lower taxes stimulate production and improve the economy. They also favor deregulation of industry. The theory, which acquired the nickname "trickle-down economics," was that economic growth would benefit everyone. That has not happened.

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  • How Does Obama's Education Budget Stack Up Against US Citizens' Priorities?

    How Does Obama's Education Budget Stack Up Against US Citizens' Priorities?

    By Jasmine Tucker, Truthout | News Analysis

    President Obama's 2016 budget proposal included many education initiatives that would be popular among the US population. But is 2 percent of the total federal budget pie enough, considering how important citizens say education is?

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