In Wisconsin, public employees and their supporters are drawing the line at Governor Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate collective bargaining and unilaterally cut benefits. School teachers, university students, firefighters, and others descended on the capital in the tens of thousands, and even the Superbowl champion Green Bay Packers have weighed in against the bill. Protests against similar anti-union measures are ramping up in Ohio.
Archive for February, 2011
We’ve seen some mind-boggling cathedrals in our time, but few top this one, which was built single-handedly from trash by a man named Justo Martinez in Madrid, Spain. The holy man started the soaring structure nearly 50 years ago in a quiet neighborhood, and has been working on it since. The impressive church is built almost entirely from local materials salvaged by Martinez, and now stands at a soaring 131 feet tall.
Siberian wizard meets Rastafarian devotee
A viable solution to providing enough food: the large-scale, sustainable cultivation of seaweed. Not only is seaweed rich in protein, it can reduce our dependence on soy.
Was this image taken with a telescope or a microscope?
…even the most optimistic could never have predicted the resiliency of the birds and the ferocity of their comeback. In Iowa, hopeful environmentalists set a goal of 10 or 20 nests by 2010. But exponential population growth took the Department of Wildlife by surprise. Last year, federal staffers lost count at 254 nests, nearly as many as once existed in the entire continental U.S. The birds left the Endangered Species List in 2007.
Today we’re talking to truck driver-turned-lawyer Wynona Ward, who brings free legal help to victims of domestic abuse across the state of Vermont. Through her organization, Have Justice-Will Travel, Wynona has helped almost 10,000 low-income women and children. She was recently named a CNN “Hero” for her work.
China met a five-year target to improve energy efficiency by cutting power to industry and imposing rolling blackouts, even though a massive economic stimulus increased energy use.
Energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product was reduced by 20 percent from 2005 levels by the end of 2010, said Zhang Ping, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. It is China’s top economic planning body.