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Allison Kirste

Allison Kirste
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No, This Isn’t the Second Coming of Christ — It’s Just Climate Change

Recently, the news has felt like a perpetual montage of natural disasters. Fires are raging through Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. Texas is reeling from the destruction of Harvey while Florida anxiously waits for Irma to do her damage. And that’s just in the United States. The Caribbean countries of St. Martin, St. Barts and Barbuda have already felt Irma’s wrath, which left at least 9 dead; and Sierra Leone, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Nepal

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What You Need to Know About Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm, is fast approaching Texas’ Gulf Coast, expected to make landfall by Friday night or Saturday morning. With winds up to 129 mph, the storm has been considered “life threatening”, and Texas officials have been urging coastal residents to evacuate, or at least get to high ground. Texas Governor Greg Abbott asks that people, “put first and property second.” In addition to the high-speed winds, coastal residents


What You Need To Know About the Stabbing Attack in Finland

A stabbing attack on the Finnish city of Turku has left two dead and several wounded, the country’s national broadcasting program, YLE, reported on Friday. Police have already shot and arrested a suspect who is now in custody at the hospital. Witnesses report that the attack happened at two marketplaces near the city center and recall a man running through the crowd with a knife, stabbing people as he passed them. The marketplaces, Kauppatori and

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Is Los Angeles Hosting the 2028 Olympics Really a Good Idea?

Recently, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics would be hosted in Paris and Los Angeles, respectively. Though both cities were initially vying to host the 2024 games, it is speculated that the 2028 games were awarded simultaneously because the IOC anticipated a lack of bids for future Olympic Games. Though the idea of hosting the Olympics excites many locals in Los Angeles, others have already noticed plenty of


The Future of Clean Air: What You Need to Know About Cap-and-Trade

On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that extended California’s cap-and-trade policy into 2030. Arnold Schwarzenegger originally introduced cap-and-trade to California in 2006 with California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), which was set to expire in 2020. Governor Brown has allowed the bill to live on for another decade, and it’s expected that carbon dioxide emissions in California will be down from 1990 levels by 40% by then. Cap-and-trade approaches the task of


U.S. Citizens Will Soon Be Banned From Visiting North Korea

The United States is taking active measures to ensure the safety of Americans who intend to travel to North Korea, and they come in the form of a travel ban. The policy, which will be published in the Federal Register on July 27 and become official 30 days later, restricts the “use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” according to Heather Nauert, the spokeswoman of the State Department. The State

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Just a List of Deals You Should Be Taking Advantage of as a College Student

With college move-in season just around the corner, plenty of us are squeezing in those last extra hours at work to make a little bit of extra money before committing to being a full time student. I get it, college is expensive. Tuition is expensive, books are expensive, housing is expensive; and it’s hard to work and be a full time student (seriously, props to you if you do this). But being a student shouldn’t


Bill Cosby is Actually Teaching a Class on How To Avoid Sexual Assault Allegations

A spokesperson for the 79 year old comedian announced news of this “class” in an interview on Thursday. He explained that the issue is, “bigger than Bill Cosby, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today,” and continued, saying, “They need to know what they are facing when they are hanging out and partying, when they are doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing — and it also affects married


Dennis Rodman to Visit North Korea… Again

On Monday, word got out that Dennis Rodman, former NBA star, would visit North Korea; though no explanation as to why was given. Rodman was seen at an airport in Beijing but did not make any comments as to what he was doing. The nature of his visits to the country have always been mostly unknown, but many believe that it is important to know more about this one, considering the escalation of tensions between

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Is Recycling Making You More Wasteful?

One of the easiest ways for humans to help the planet right now is to recycle. It’s as simple as knowing which products are recyclable and then disposing of them in the proper bins. 1970 saw the celebration of the first Earth Day, and the expansion of a recycling revolution. Throughout the 70’s and beyond, bills were proposed in order to reduce waste, as people became increasingly concerned with the welfare of the planet. Recycling

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