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Earth is moving towards its sixth great mass extinction event, scientists claim

In earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, there have been five mass extinction events. If a new paper is correct, we may be on the verge of number six. But unlike the others, this one will mostly be man-caused.

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Sun, June 21 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

2014 a bad year for deaths due to terrorism

From (“Terrorism deaths spiked in 2014: U.S. State Department“): Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria were behind a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the U.S State Department.

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Sat, June 20 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » No Comments

The Reuters digital news report 2015: Mobile and social news continue their ascent

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has released its Digital News Report 2015. Here’s the quick version of its main findings:

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Fri, June 19 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Pope issues strong encyclical on climate change, environment

Pope Francis issued a papal report Thursday calling for urgent action to stop climate change and end the destruction of our planet.

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Thu, June 18 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Brian Williams to stay with NBC in reduced role

Disgraced anchor Brian Williams, who embellished stories about wartime trips to Iraq and other stories, will return from his suspension to a much lower-profile job as a breaking news anchor with cable network MSNBC.

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Wed, June 17 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Betting on tablets in the newspaper business

Media analyst Ken Doctor takes a look at the tablet play by La Presse in Montreal and the looming one by the Toronto Star in postings at the Nieman Lab website.

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Tue, June 16 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Islamic State outfighting coalition in social media sphere

From the NYT (“ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes“): An internal State Department assessment paints a dismal picture of the efforts by the Obama administration and its foreign allies to combat the Islamic State’s message machine, portraying a fractured coalition that cannot get its own message straight.

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Fri, June 12 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Fired Tyee editor launches wrongful dismissal suit

Jane Armstrong was an accomplished senior journalist when she joined the Tyee as editor-in-chief last fall. Seven months later, the Tyee heaved her overboard. She is now suing for wrongful dismissal.

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Tue, June 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Evan Solomon sacked by CBC over secret art dealings

Evan Solomon had one of the top jobs in Canadian political journalism: He hosted both CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, and the House, CBC Radio One’s Saturday morning politics show. All that came crashing down late Tuesday afternoon as CBC decided to fire him for his moonlighting job — taking a secret cut of […]

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Tue, June 9 2015 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off

Canada sees fossil fuel phase-out by 2100 as ‘aspirational’

The Group of Seven leaders have pledged to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2100, but Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the target as “aspirational,” saying change will only come through technological advance.

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Mon, June 8 2015 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off