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‘Jurassic world’ discovered under Australia

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A so-called “Jurassic world” has been discovered, consisting of approximately 100 ancient volcanoes, buried deep inside central Australia.

The research, published in Gondwana Research, details the findings of ancient volcanoes that were active between 180 million and 160 million years ago under the Cooper-Eromanga Basin. Now one of the country’s largest oil and gas regions, it was once home to an area filled with hot ash and lava flying high into the air, surrounded by rivers that eventually evolved into lakes and coal-swamps.

“While the majority of Earth’s volcanic activity occurs at the boundaries of tectonic plates, or under the Earth’s oceans, this ancient Jurassic world developed deep within the interior of the Australian continent,” said the study’s co-author, Simon Holford, in a statement.

STUNNING VOLCANIC ‘LOST WORLD’ DISCOVERED DEEP IN THE OCEAN

“Its discovery raises the prospect that more undiscovered volcanic worlds reside beneath the poorly explored surface of Australia,” Holford added.

The ancient volcanoes, which are well preserved, were discovered under hundreds of feet of rock using advanced subsurface imaging techniques, which are similar to CT scans.

In an interview with IFLScience, Holford said that the discovery of the volcanoes was not anticipated due to the heavy presence of oil exploration and production in the area. The team has termed the province the Warnie Volcanic Province (WVP), “after the Warnie East 1 exploration well, drilled in 1985,” according to the study’s abstract.

LIFE FOUND THRIVING DEEP UNDER OCEAN FLOOR

It’s unlikely there will be much paleontological benefit to discovering the ancient volcanoes, as the drilling rigs used to dig through volcanic rock only make small holes, so the chances of hitting a fossil are minuscule.

However, the discovery of WVP does raise “the possibility of other, yet unidentified, volcanic provinces worldwide,” the study notes.

In October, scientists discovered another volcanic “lost world” off the coast of Tasmania, while mapping the seafloor 249 miles east of the country.

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Bernie Sanders can beat Trump

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GOP Sen. Martha McSally drafts bill making domestic terrorism a federal crime

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If it’s McSally then the definition of domestic terrorist probably needs to be parsed carefully. Probably requires a certain amount of pigment in your skin color. Ie: brown people. Arizona – a red state – voted a bisexual Democrat into the Senate over McSally. The only reason she is a Senator now is that our stupid Republican governor appointed her to John McCain’s open position. Hopefully she is booted in the next election.

She brags about being an air force pilot but Mark Kelly is running against her. He’s an astronaut and husband of a former Representative (Gabby Giffords) who was wounded in a mass shooting.

Our state government is so stupid the Republican head of the state House said Arizona is lucky to not have had any mass shootings. I guess it is not a mass shooting when a a federal judge, a 9 year old child and four others were murdered. 12 others injured, including Gabriel Giffords. I suppose if they were shot at her event they must have all been Democrats and they don’t count as people or something.

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Flights Resume At Hong Kong Airport After Protests Ease

HONG KONG (AP) — Flights resumed at Hong Kong’s airport Wednesday after two days of disruptions marked by outbursts of violence that highlight the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

About three dozen protesters remained camped in the airport’s arrivals area a day after a mass demonstration and frenzied mob violence forced more than 100 flight cancelations. Additional identification checks were in place, but check-in counters were open and flights appeared to be operating normally.

Protesters spread pamphlets and posters across the floor in a section of the terminal but were not impeding travelers. Online, they also circulated letters and promotional materials apologizing to travelers and the general public for inconveniences during the past five days of airport occupations.

“It is not our intention to cause delays to your travels and we do not want to cause inconvenience to you,” said an emailed statement from a group of protesters. “We ask for your understanding and forgiveness as young people in Hong Kong continue to fight for freedom and democracy.”

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The airport’s management said it had obtained “an interim injunction to restrain persons from unlawfully and willfully obstructing or interfering” with airport operations. It said an area of the airport had been set aside for demonstrations, but no protests would be allowed outside the designated area.

The airport had closed check-in for remaining flights late Tuesday afternoon as protesters swarmed the terminal and blocked access to immigration for departing passengers. Those cancelations were in addition to 200 flights canceled on Monday.

Hong Kong police said they arrested five people during clashes with pro-democracy protesters at the airport Tuesday night.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations Mak Chin-ho said the men, aged between 17 and 28, were arrested for illegal assembly. Two were also charged with assaulting a police officer and possessing offensive weapons as riot police sought to clear the terminal.

More than 700 protesters have been arrested in total since early June, mostly men in their 20s and 30s, but also including women, teenagers and septuagenarians.

Mak gave no further details, but said additional suspects were expected to be arrested, including those who assaulted an officer after stripping him of his baton and pepper spray, prompting him to draw his gun to fend them off.

Hong Kong law permits life imprisonment for those who commit violent acts or acts that might interfere with flight safety at an airport.

More than 7 million travelers pass through Hong Kong’s airport each year, making it “not an appropriate place of protest,” Mak said.

“Hong Kong police have always facilitated peaceful and orderly protests over the years, but the extremely radical and violent acts have certainly crossed the line and are to be most severely condemned,” he said. “The police pledge to all citizens of Hong Kong that we will take steps to bring all culprits to justice.”

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Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific said in a statement it had canceled 272 flights over the past two days, affecting more than 55,000 passengers, while 622 departures and arrivals went ahead.

The airport disruptions have escalated a summer of demonstrations aimed at what many Hong Kong residents see as an increasing erosion of the freedoms they were promised in 1997 when Communist Party-ruled mainland China took over what had been a British colony.

While Hong Kong’s crucial travel industry suffers major losses, the city’s reputation as a well-regulated center for finance is also taking a hit. Some 21 countries and regions have issued travel safety alerts for their citizens traveling to Hong Kong, saying protests have become more violent and unpredictable.

The demonstrators are demanding Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam step down and scrap proposed legislation under which some suspects could be sent to mainland China, where critics say they could face torture and unfair or politically charged trials.

Lam has rejected calls for dialogue, saying Tuesday the protesters were threatening to push their home into an “abyss.”

In a statement Wednesday, the Chinese Cabinet’s liaison office in Hong Kong said the protesters had “entirely ruptured legal and moral bottom lines” and would face swift and severe repercussions under Hong Kong’s legal system.

“Their behavior shows extreme contempt for the law, seriously damages Hong Kong’s international image and deeply hurts the feelings of the broad masses of their mainland compatriots,” the statement said.

Most of the protesters left the airport Tuesday after officers armed with pepper spray and swinging batons tried to enter the terminal, fighting with demonstrators who barricaded entrances with luggage carts. Riot police clashed briefly with the demonstrators, leading to several injuries and prompting at least one officer to draw a handgun on his assailants.

The burst of violence included protesters beating up at least two men they suspected of being undercover Chinese agents. Airport security appeared unable to control the crowd, and paramedics later took both men away. Police have acknowledged using “decoy” officers, and some protesters over the weekend were seen being arrested by men dressed like demonstrators — in black and wearing face masks.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, identified one of the men as a journalist at the nationalistic Chinese tabloid.

“Fu Guohao, reporter of GT website is being seized by demonstrators at HK airport,” Hu wrote on his Twitter account. “I affirm this man being tied in this video is the reporter himself. He has no other task except for reporting.”

Protesters on Wednesday apologized that some of them had become “easily agitated and over-reacted.” On posters, the demonstrators said they have been “riddled with paranoia and rage” after discovering undercover police officers in their ranks.

Earlier this week, the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism” — a label it routinely applies to nonviolent protests of government policies on the environment or in minority regions such as Xinjiang and Tibet.

President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. intelligence believes that the Chinese government is moving troops to its border with Hong Kong and that, “Everyone should be calm and safe!”

While China has yet to threaten using the army — as it did against pro-democracy protesters in Beijing in 1989 — recent police exercises across Hong Kong’s border with mainland China were a sign of its ability to crush the demonstrations, even at a cost to Hong Kong’s reputation as a safe haven for business and international exchange.

Images on the internet showed armored personnel carriers belonging to the People’s Armed Police driving in a convoy Monday toward the site of the exercises.

Associated Press video journalist Katie Tam contributed to this report.

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China State Media Present Their Own Version Of Hong Kong Protests

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As anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong enter their third month, China’s leaders face a new challenge: managing perceptions of the protests at home.

China is anxious the protests might inspire similar dissent on the mainland, where huge swathes of territory — including the regions of Xinjiang and Tibet — have also seen numerous instances of opposition to Beijing’s governance.

To inoculate itself, Beijing has turned to a raft of disinformation tactics to stir up nationalist support at home, creating a very different narrative of what is happening in Hong Kong by levying its control over the flow of information.

“The [protest] movement is so complicated, unpredictable and unprecedented, with a very diverse group of participants,” says Fang Kecheng, a communications professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

“But what we see within the Great Firewall of China is actually simplified and distorted,” he says. “That is because nationalistic content is politically safe and highly popular among the Chinese public and internet users.”

Official state media pin the blame for protests on the “black hand” of foreign interference, namely from the United States, and what they have called criminal Hong Kong thugs. A popular conspiracy theory posits the CIA incited and funded the Hong Kong protesters, who are demanding an end to an extradition bill with China and the ability to elect their own leader.

Fueling this theory, China Daily, a state newspaper geared towards a younger, more cosmopolitan audience, this week linked to a video purportedly showing Hong Kong protesters using American-made grenade launchers to combat police.

Other widely-shared videos on Weibo, a popular Chinese blogging platform, claim to show a female protester who lost an eye last weekend from a rubber bullet accepting payment from other protesters, insinuating the incident was staged. Except the woman accepting cash in the video is not the protester who lost her eye.

But Beijing’s biggest messaging victory so far was provided by Hong Kong protesters themselves on Tuesday night, when they descended on two men suspected of being mainland Chinese agents. Beijing made sure to widely disseminate videotape of the incident.

By the next morning, a third of top trending topics on the popular blogging platform Weibo were expressions of support for one of the men, a reporter for the hardline Chinese newspaper Global Times. Viral slogans like “What a Shame Hong Kong” and “I support Hong Kong police, beat me all you want” have been shared millions of time on Instagram and Weibo, with some Internet users threatening to travel to Hong Kong themselves to avenge the Global Times employee.

“If you opened the Shenzhen port to Hong Kong now and waived the needed permit, I dare say that [these protesters] would have been beaten to a pulp,” wrote one user.

Some Hong Kong protesters, distraught by the violent turn of events last night, created digital apologies and even condolences on mainstream Chinese social media sites, including Weibo and WeChat, a ubiquitous chat app. But the posters were almost immediately censored.

“Sadly, it seems that only patriotic content is now allowed,” says CUHK’s Fang.

Beijing’s message is even succeeding with Chinese living abroad.

“I think the situation in Hong Kong has evolved into a color revolution, which is supported by the Western countries,” Bao Haining, a rising junior at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and originally from the northern city of Changchun.

“I define the protesters in Hong Kong not as a demonstration any more. I can define them as a terrorist organization,” he says, “because they attack civilians and occupy public buildings like airports.”

Controlling the message is critical if Beijing wants to escalate its intervention but stop short of a military crackdown, Minxin Pei, a comparative politics professor at Claremont McKenna College, told NPR.

Pei argues the costs of a military intervention would be too high for Beijing to justify. Bloody street clashes would result in high casualties and global condemnation, and enforcement of law and order after an invasion would require a costly military occupation.

“It’s not about whether [Chinese] troops can maintain order. It’s really about the day after the war, because the Hong Kong government will not be able to function,” says Pei.

Instead, Pei believes Beijing, if necessary, will use nationalism to mobilize tens of thousands of disaffected young men as patriotic volunteers to storm Hong Kong and squash protests. Last week, China’s top office on Hong Kong affairs unleased its strongest rhetoric yet against the protests and called on pro-Beijing supporters to “firmly protect the homeland” in Hong Kong.

A seemingly grassroots movement would give Beijing plausible deniability behind any kind of forceful intervention, says Pei: “If you have sort of civilian types getting involved then it’s really hard to conclude that one country two system is bad because we’re talking about ordinary Chinese people – patriots – getting themselves in while protecting Hong Kong.”

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Woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein ‘forcefully raped’ her sues Ghislaine Maxwell, 3 others

A woman who claimed Jeffrey Epstein “forcefully raped” her when she was a teen has sued Ghislaine Maxwell — an alleged recruiter for Epstein — along with three others, claiming they conspired to make the rape possible.

Jennifer Araoz, now 32, filed the complaint Wednesday, alleging Maxwell and other associates of Epstein’s “conspired with each other to make possible and otherwise facilitate the sexual abuse and rape of Plaintiff,” NBC News reported.

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Araoz has accused Epstein — who was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility on Saturday from apparent suicide — of “forcefully” raping her at his Manhattan townhome when she was 15 years old.

The woman said she told Epstein repeatedly to stop, and added the 66-year-old “knew exactly what he was doing.”

Araoz said she met Epstein as a teenager after a woman approached her outside of her high school and told her about a kind, wealthy man — who Araoz said turned out to be Epstein. She said that woman, who has not been identified, tagged along during the first few times she visited Epstein’s house.

WOMAN SAYS JEFFREY EPSTEIN ‘FORCEFULLY RAPED’ HER WHEN SHE WAS 15 YEARS OLD

The woman eventually stopped joining Araoz and Epstein, she said, and claims he eventually raped her in 2002.

The lawsuit filed is one of the first to be filed under the Child Victims Act, a new New York state law that took effect on midnight Wednesday, as noted by NBC News. The law allows child abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers for one year, regardless of when the abuse took place.

Maxwell, the 57-year-old woman accused of working with Epstein, has come under the microscope after Epstein’s death.

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has vowed to continue the investigation into Epstein, who, at the time of his death, was in a New York facility awaiting trial on allegations he operated an underage sex trafficking ring. And even though Epstein is now firmly outside the grip of the criminal justice system, his alleged “co-conspirators” do not enjoy a similar reprieve.

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Maxwell’s potential liability has already been illuminated on the civil side of the legal spectrum.

Several accusers have alleged Maxwell played a pivotal role in enlisting Epstein’s alleged victims, according to court documents unsealed Friday. Those who say they’re victims of Epstein and other eyewitnesses to the events surrounding his alleged crimes, have testified Maxwell’s role was in arranging massages and sexual favors for Epstein and a circle of his high-profile associates.

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Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured, here in 2005 with Jeffrey Epstein, is accused of playing a pivotal role in enlisting Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking victims. (Getty Images)

But Maxwell allegedly played an even more direct role in the sex abuse on several occasions.

Maxwell and Epstein were accused of molesting two victims in 1996 but the claims — allegedly reported to the FBI — fell on deaf ears, according to an affidavit viewed by the Miami Herald.

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Maxwell has not released any public statements since Epstein’s arrest in early July. No criminal charges have been brought against her and she has consistently and vehemently denied all allegations of misconduct.

Defense attorney Doug Richards told Fox News that, “From both a civil and criminal standpoint, Epstein’s death does her no favors. Victims are rightly unsatisfied with the way that this case was handled, and his death rekindles the demand for someone to be held accountable and for justice to be done, and she’s next in line.”

Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Amazon driver successfully delivers package by throwing it through second-floor window, customer says

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An English woman claims her Amazon package was delivered successfully — by being thrown into her second-floor window.

Claudine McLaren, a 43-year-old who lives in Leicestershire, said she came home Monday to find a delivery note from an Amazon driver letting her know where her package full of lightbulbs was.

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“Put through open window,” the note, published by the BBC, read. McLaren said she found the package, undamaged, upstairs.

“We thought it was hilarious, he must have been confident,” she told the news outlet. “The window is 10 foot up and there’s no evidence he’s used a ladder.”

McLaren commended the delivery employee for the effort, but said she might have “felt differently had the bulbs been broken.”

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A spokesperson for Amazon told Fox News in a statement: “We have very high standards for our delivery partners and expect every package to be handled with care.”

McLaren said she was looking for anyone who might’ve witnessed the event. “It’s quite a public place, someone must have seen him do it. I’d love to find out,” she said.

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Stephanie Ruhle Skewers Ivanka Trump’s ‘Quiet’ Work On Gun Control

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MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle on Tuesday took Ivanka Trump to task after Axios reported President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor is “quietly calling lawmakers” to assess their opinions on possible new gun control legislation.

Ruhle listed a raft of other issues the first daughter has unsuccessfully tackled, quietly or otherwise, during her father’s time in office ― from climate change and the administration’s policy of separating undocumented children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border to women’s health and LGBTQ rights.

“Given the lack of success around the anonymously sourced ‘quiet’ advocacy we’ve heard so much about, perhaps actually saying & doing it out loud would have a bigger impact,” Ruhle suggested on Twitter.

CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also commented on the report on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Situation Room.” He said “as far as I could tell, Ivanka Trump has led an accomplishment-free existence at the White House.”

Toobin said “the mythology that followed Ivanka Trump and her husband from New York, that they’re really the moderates, they’re really not racist, they really believe in gay rights — all of that has proven to be untrue.”

He noted Jared Kushner’s “success with the criminal justice reform bill” but said his wife’s reported work to advance gun control “is complete spin.” “And as far as I can tell, it means nothing and this gun control bill doesn’t even exist, and if it existed it would be going nowhere,” he added.

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From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health

For some, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, and preventing global warming from getting worse is a driving force in their lives.

Revelle Mast wanted to be an architect when she was a kid. She changed course in high school, deciding to pursue chemical engineering to address the threat of climate change. But, last year, she made another life decision: to go into politics. 

“I realized about a year ago that was not feasible on the time scale that climate change is happening,” Mast said. “Nine months ago, I quit my engineering job and went full time into political work.”

As global warming – the gradual increase in temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere –accelerates, people are grappling with the idea that disastrous conditions may appear as soon as 2040. The reality of this potentially existential crisis greatly impacts the way some people, especially those who have dedicated their lives to stopping climate change, make life decisions – whether that’s going vegan, living in a certain part of the country or deciding against having children. It even impacts their mental health.

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For some people, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, it’s happening, and preventing the crisis from getting worse is a driving force in their lives. 

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“There’s a strong chance that society, as we know, it is going to be in shambles,” said Faith Ward, a 19-year-old climate activist with the youth movement Zero Hour. “What position am I going to be in for the sake of leadership?”

Ward is from Plantation, Florida, a city in the thick of the climate crisis because of its coastal location. At Zero Hour’s Youth Climate Summit in Miami earlier in July, the team was told to picture a place they consider sacred that is especially threatened by global warming, she said. While others pictured distant nature reserves, Ward was picturing her hometown. 

“Everyone else was picturing some place far off,” Ward said. “But I was standing there, it wasn’t my imagination. I’d pushed that thought down, but just standing there and thinking about it, I broke down crying in front of the group.”

Even though rising sea levels and hurricane intensities frighten her, Ward said the climate crisis has made her determined to stay home and protect her community. Her fight against climate change is personal, she said. 

“I don’t think any natural disaster could break the emotional ties I have here,” Ward said.

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I don’t think any natural disaster could break the emotional ties I have here.

Lauren Maunus, also from South Florida in Palm City, was introduced to climate change’s harm by observing it in her hometown. In fourth grade, her town was struck by two back-to-back Category 4 hurricanes. At first she saw this as an opportunity to miss school for a month and tube down the streets. But she soon realized while her family’s house remained unharmed and their car intact, this was not the case for some of her classmates in lower income neighborhoods.

“With those back-to-back massive storms, I saw injustice even if I didn’t have the language for it, and from that point I was always fighting for environmental justice and climate justice,” Maunus said. “I couldn’t get that image of disparity out of my mind.”

Maunus dived deeper into environmental issues in college and learned how the crisis implicates every part of our society. Now, she’s a political and legislative coordinator for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led movement advocating political action on climate change.

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Isabella Fallahi, 16, is the communications director for Zero Hour. Fallahi lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, a state that ranks 48th for quality of life and 46th for air quality. She was re-diagnosed with asthma this year because of worsening allergies triggered by climate change, she said. 

Fallahi said being personally impacted by climate change’s effects has made her even more determined in her activism.

“I have to go off to college and still won’t be able to escape the air quality that has damaged my respiratory system and my lungs for years now,” Fallahi said. “It’s going to forever play a role in what I do and how I do things.”

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Deciding to address climate anxiety

Christene Dejong would be awake at 2 in the morning, panicking over impending environmental “apocalyptic scenarios.” 

She was always aware of environmental concerns, the Amherst, Massachusetts, native said.

But after the 2017 Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal coupled with the 2019 U.N. report that says up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction, “some switch flipped and I just started freaking out all the time.” 

The Paris agreement aims to combat global warming by gradually reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, which come from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. President Donald Trump announced in June that the U.S. would withdraw from the deal.

A Yale survey released in December found nearly 70% of Americans are “worried” about climate change, 29% are “very worried” – up eight percentage points from just six months earlier – and 51% said they felt “helpless.”

This anxiety has gained so much traction in the national consciousness that it is starting to needle its way into popular media. On an episode of the popular HBO drama “Big Little Lies,” the daughter of one of the main characters has a panic attack while learning about climate change.

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Susan Clayton, professor of psychology at the College of Wooster, said mental health issues surrounding climate change can stem from both climate change events directly experienced and concern about the changing climate in general. 

“You don’t have to be directly affected by climate change in order to be worried about climate change,” she said.

Psychotherapist, ecotherapist and author Linda Buzzell who is from Santa Barbara, California, has struggled with “eco-anxiety” herself. 

“I think it’s beginning to dawn on us that we’re not going to be here very long if our habitat is basically killed off and dying,” she said. 

Linda Buzzell, psychotherapist, ecotherapist and author

I think it’s beginning to dawn on us that we’re not going to be here very long if our habitat is basically killed off, and dying

This can manifest as trauma from events, post-traumatic stress disorder, compounded stress and depression, or even death by suicide, Clayton said. 

She wrote in a study that in some cases, feelings of loss, because of natural disasters or knowledge of climate change impacts, persist for so long and so severely “that individuals have trouble resuming their normal lives.”

Chris Paluszeck says his eco-anxiety manifested mostly because of his kids’ births – his son was born five years ago and his daughter three – which he says has “been a wake- up call.”

“You want to have them inherit a world at least as good as what you had, hopefully better,” he said. “But to read about it and understand what’s coming our way, it seems like it might not be the case. And that really hit me hard.”

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Paluszeck, of Burbank, California, has attended meetings of the Good Grief Network, a support group based in Nebraska for people to talk about their climate anxieties. It is known for its 10 step model for personal resilience and empowerment. 

The founders, Laura Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau say that “Good Grief is what happened when we kept digging into these issues” of climate change and anxiety surrounding it. They two are originally from Michigan but moved to Nebraska to work on this project.

 Their goals are to make people confront the “collective despair” that is felt by those who feel that climate change is inevitable, as well as “come together in community,” according to Reau.

Paluszeck said the Good Grief Network has helped him mitigate the anxiety he feels every day by talking and sharing stories.

“Joining a circle of people that also feel the way you feel really helps you not feel so alone,” he said.

Dejong said finding a community with other mothers concerned about climate change has helped her cope with feelings of panic. She urges others to find the “hundreds of thousands of people who are doing something” about the issue and join their cause. 

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Deciding to make lifestyle changes

The first thing Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, did was start riding her bike to work. Then she replaced her light bulbs, her sister’s light bulbs and her parents’ light bulbs with LEDs. Her next step was reducing the flying she did by 35%. She also calls herself an aspiring vegan.

“After 2016, which brought the heat-related death of much of the coral reef I’ve worked at for 20 years and then the election of this administration, I kind of had to find another gear of climate engagement,” Cobb said. 

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Cobb said she’s usually met with amazement when telling people about her lifestyle changes. She’s one of the few people in her neighborhood with solar panels on her roof, whose expenses have left her husband “with his jaw on the floor,” she said. Cobb noted the government doesn’t make it easy for people to lead more climate friendly lives.

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“It’s not that we’re doing a hell of a lot to give people a lot of choice in the matter,” Cobb said. “What would it look like if we had really safe bike infrastructure? What would happen if we really subsidized rooftop solar? We would move the market. People want solutions to climate change. People are concerned about climate change. And yet policy is dragging.”

To shift policy and systemic change, Cobb has thrown herself into influencing lawmakers, starting in her own community. She was elected traffic chair of her neighborhood’s board and said she frequents city hall to advocate for biker safety. 

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Deciding not to have children

The decision of whether or not to have children can be tough for activists.

Some have given up on having kids altogether. British musician Blythe Pepino, 33, created BirthStrike, a group of people who’ve decided against having kids in the wake of the climate crisis. She’s also an activist with the Extinction Rebellion, a movement using civil disobedience to protest climate change inaction. 

“Mainly, I want to be an activist,” Pepino said. “I’m also afraid for the child I would bring into the world.”

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Like Cobb, Pepino has made climate-related lifestyle changes. She’s vegan and she doesn’t fly anymore,  meaning she probably won’t accomplish international recognition as a musician – a fact she has accepted. Pepino says the decision to not have kids became harder to accept, though, when she met her current partner. 

Mast, who is a trans woman, had to make her decision on having kids when transitioning. She decided against it, and so she didn’t bank sperm. 

“That was a decision I made when I was 24 that I’m not having kids because the climate can’t take it,” said Mast, who’s from the San Francisco Bay Area. “By not having kids, I can devote that much more of my life toward fixing this crisis.”

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LG smart refrigerator used for tweeting by teen whose mom banned electronics

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A teenager who claims her mother took her electronics away seemingly resorted to what might be the last imaginable place to tweet from: a refrigerator.

The plight of 15-year-old Twitter user “Dorothy” was noticed earlier this month after she kept tweeting about how her mom kept taking gadgets away from her, leaving her unable to tweet.

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The account, which appears to function as an Ariana Grande fan page, posted a tweet on Aug. 4 that read: “im leaving forever. my mom took my phone. ill miss u all sm. im crying. goodbye.”

Twitter, which shows where users’ tweets are sent from, showed that the teen’s tweet was sent from a Nintendo 3DS.

But later that day, Dorothy’s mom seemingly noticed her daughter was tweeting from the gaming device, and announced on Twitter her account “will be shut down now.”

Despite her mother’s guidance, the teen did not give up. On Aug. 5, she tweeted from her Wii U — thanking everyone for their support in her quest to tweet, no matter the consequences. In a follow-up tweet from her Wii U, she wrote her mom was at work and she planned to try looking for her phone.

But on Aug. 8, Dorothy’s predicament took another turn. Still without her electronics, the teen resorted to tweeting from her smart fridge.

“I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again,” she said.

LG Electronics, the company behind the smart fridge, caught wind of Dorothy’s troubles, and tweeted “#FreeDorothy.” The main Twitter account tweeted it, too, describing the teen as “an icon.”

The teen told the Guardian, in a message sent through her cousin’s iPad, that her mom took her electronics away “so I’d pay more attention to my surroundings.”

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“I felt mortified! I was worried because I’ve been bored all summer and Twitter passes the time for me.”

It wasn’t clear when “Dorothy” would be allowed back on social media. In response to the Guardian asking how long she’d be grounded for, Dorothy said: “I may be late to reply, as it is difficult to find something to use Twitter.”

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