Members of the Republican Guards stand in line at a barricade blocking protesters supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (pictured in poster) near a Republican Guards headquarters in Cairo, July 9, 2013. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)
— Darren Ankrom focuses on climate change.
“US Cities Sinking Under Climate Change, Study Suggests.” Huffington Post Canada, July 30, 2013.
A new study claims that 1,700 US cities and towns, including Miami and New York City, could fall below sea level by 2100 if the climate continues to change at its current pace. At least eighty areas could be underwater within the next decade barring a “sharp and immediate curb in greenhouse gas emissions.” These are jarring numbers highlighting the need for action much stronger and more immediate than anything President Obama has proposed thus far. Without it, we’re likely ensuring significant changes to the American coastline.
— Humna Bhojani focuses on the War on Terror and the Middle East.
“Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown,” by Susan Elizabeth Shepard. Buzzfeed, July 25, 2013.
American mining and drilling towns through the eyes of strippers: this is a fascinating piece showing how the struggles of female exotic dancers mirror those of the towns to which they cater. This piece has everything: the pursuit of the American dream in dreary motel rooms, shitty wages paid in Walmart gift cards, the slow environmental rape of beautiful towns and the American miner finding respite in sex.
— Rick Carp focuses on media, psychology and environmentalism.
“Missing the Forest and the Trees,” by Steven Dewitt. Earth Island Journal, July 26, 2013.
This photojournalism project features pictures of forests filled with North American lodgepole pines, which are being ravaged by mountain pine beetles. The beetle population used to be kept in check because many of them would die during late fall/early spring freezes, but a warming climate has steadily curbed that process. And now the beetle population has reached “epic proportions” with very destructive consequences.
— Keenan Duffey focuses on Middle East national politics.