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  • Environmentalists Say They're Averting Climate Disaster. Conservatives Say It's Terrorism.

Michael Foster, 53, is a mild-mannered mental health counselor and father of two from Seattle, with short-cropped silver hair and soft features.

But in a North Dakota court last October, prosecutors painted Foster as a ruthless killer and agent of chaos. The prosecution team compared him to the 9/11 hijackers who killed 2,996 people in the worst terror attack in history, and warned that he envisioned an anarchic future under Islamic religious law. Prosecutors even put him in a league with Ted Kaczynski, the so-called Unabomber whose 17-year bombing spree left three dead and injured 23.

Foster hadn't killed anyone. He didn't even injure anyone when, on Oct. 11, 2016, he put on a white hard hat and neon-yellow safety vest, grabbed some bolt cutters, and clipped the chain locking a fenced section of the Keystone Pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota. Once inside the fence, Foster cranked a giant wheel-like valve until it closed, temporarily stopping the flow of tar sands oil.

Then came the legal crackdown.

These are some of the events trending for week ending February 23, 2018

  • How About A 'Climate Change National Park'?

To save jobs and homes numbering in the many thousands, the Regional Plan Association's Forth Plan recommends turning 21,000 acres of the New Jersey Meadowlands into "Climate Change National Park." The idea hasn't sees as much coverage as some of the other aspects of the long-anticipated plan, but that changed this week with an article for Curbed New York by Karrie Jacobs.

  • Countries Made Only Modest Climate-Change Promises In Paris. They're Falling Short Anyway.

Barely two years ago, after weeks of intense bargaining in Paris, leaders from 195 countries announced a global agreement that once had seemed impossible. For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity's reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the most devastating effects of climate change.

  • How The Inuit And Sir John Franklin's Lost Crew Could Unriddle Arctic WarmingConsidering It

By consulting Inuit oral history and the evidence surrounding the doomed voyage of an English explorer, scientist may at last understand the Arctic's capricious warming cycles.

Even in the dead of winter, the Arctic wind can be as kind as it is cruel. One moment, it's an icy fist trying to squeeze the final breath from your lungs. The next, it's a giving hand that sustains life.

  • Hares No Longer Turning White During Winter Due To Impact Of Climate Change

Animals may be losing their ability to display adaptive camouflage because of changing environmental conditions. Snowshoe hares, ermines, caribou and arctic foxes all change color from darker to lighter colours during winter, in order to blend into snow-covered landscapes. With warmer winters come less snow, and it is thought the hares have adjusted their survival techniques in areas that have warmed faster than others.

  • Norway Has Perfected Plastic Recycling, Here's What The UK Can Learn From Them

One thing's for sure: if the Scandis do anything really well, it's sustainable living. And Norway's plastic recycling scheme is no exception. The incentivised deposit system for recyclable plastic uses 'reverse vending machines' as collection points for used plastic containers, which are then taken to specialised recycling areas. These machines have been in place since 1972.

  • Zayd Menk Made A Mathematically-Sound Scale Model Of Midtown Manhattan Out Of Hot Glue

This is what midtown Manhattan at the .0635 : 100 scale looks like. the meticulous construction of this 165 X 80 cm model took zimbabwe-based artist, zayd menk, 3 months of spare-time-googling and repetitive-calculating, sawing and gluing. in all, it took 263 hot glue sticks, 11 CPUs, an unprecedented number of wikipedia searches, 27 motherboards, 10 CRT monitor motherboards, 15 batteries, 2 clocks, 4 watches, 3 hard drives, 3 graphics cards, 4 audio cards, 7 power supplies, 13 floppy disk readers, a lot of maths, much patience, 'a few other bits and pieces' - and yes, before you ask, the empire state building does light up via 4 micro LEDs.

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