Crazy Rich Asians Under the Dome

Everything about Crazy Rich Asians was pristine. The acting, the make-up, the hair, the dancing, the locale, the ending. Everything was in the right place. I would agree with the mild criticisms of sinofication and the lack of economic and ethnic diversity in the film, but Hollywood gets away with such shortcomings day-in and day-out. …

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Canadian court quashes construction approvals for Trans Mountain

In a stunning blow, the Federal Court of Appeal has quashed the government's approvals to build the Trans Mountain expansion project — a major victory for Indigenous groups and environmentalists opposed to the $7.4-billion project. In the decision released Thursday, and written by Justice Eleanor Dawson, the court found the National Energy Board's assessment of the …

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Hullabaloo over the EPA’s “Strengthening Transparency in Science” Proposal

Last week, I joined 68 environmental and administrative law professors affiliated with 47 universities around the country in a comment letter, prepared by UCLA's Sean Hecht and Julia Stein, that urged EPA’s Acting Administrator Wheeler to withdraw the “Strengthening Transparency in Science” proposed rule.  UC Berkeley's Dan Farber wrote here and here about some of the proposed rule’s defects. Amanda …

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Turning Algae Blooms into Biofuels

Toxic blue-green algae blooms are ravaging through the delicate ecosystem of the Florida Everglades. As local, state, and federal officials are teaming together to address this issue (somewhat haphazardly), there is another possibility: turning the algae blooms into biofuels. Band-aid fixes on this issue will not offer long-term solutions. The answer would be an elimination …

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UN #CoolingForAll Report: Chilling Prospects

Cooling is one of the wonders of the modern age. However, for hundreds of millions of people living in the hottest climates, the impact of not having access to modern cooling services is profound. Every year, millions of people die due to the absence of cooling that could help address hunger and malnutrition, preserve the …

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