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Alaska’s Permafrost Is Thawing

Today 01:33 GMT

Source: Data from “Distribution of Near-Surface Permafrost in Alaska: Estimates of Present and Future Conditions” by Neal J. Pastick and others in Remote Sensing of Environment, October 2015.

Scientists have estimated that the process of permafrost thawing could contribute as much as 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit to global warming over the next several centuries, independent of what society does to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels and other activities.

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Source: New York Times

New Jersey Is Front Line in a National Battle Over Bail

Tuesday 14:32 GMT

Less than a year after New Jersey established a sweeping new law that all but eliminated cash bail, the state has found itself facing a challenge familiar to others that have overhauled their bail systems: an energetic legal attack from the bail industry.

The first New Jersey suit was submitted by Mr. Clement in June on behalf of the Lexington National Insurance Corporation, a bail underwriter in Maryland, which, like others in the field, assumes the ultimate financial risk from local bail bondsmen if defendants do not appear in court.

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Source: The Guradian

Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she's homeless: 'It's economic slavery'

Tuesday 09:59 GMT

Fran Marion and Bridget Hughes are leading voices in Stand Up Kansas City, part of the Fight for $15 movement that aims raise the minimum wage across the US. Fran Marion and Bridget Hughes are leading voices in Stand Up Kansas City, part of the Fight for $15 movement that aims raise the minimum wage across the US. Once a customer has barked their order into the microphone at the Popeyes drive-thru on Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, the clock starts.

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Source: NBC News

Workers on government construction jobs 'powerless' to stop wage theft

Tuesday 09:01 GMT

The pay for this grueling task was dictated by the Davis-Bacon Act, a 1931 law that promises specific wages and benefits for construction work on government buildings and infrastructure.

Weak oversight allows subcontractors in particular to shortchange workers on government projects with little fear of being caught or barred from future contracts. But a Center investigation found that about 70 percent of the businesses caught violating the law in 2016 don't appear in federal databases designed to track companies' contracting records.


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