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15 names from around the world for polar bears

From the the ‘white sea deer’ and ‘God’s dog’ to the ‘rider of icebergs,’ the polar bear’s venerable place in northern culture is reflected in the names it’s been given. […]

New cabins built for Fallingwater Institute

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson builds a project that belongs to the hill. […]

It’s official: The city of Seattle is divesting from Wells Fargo.

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to withdraw $3 billion from the bank, in part because it is funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the city’s mayor said he would sign the measure.

The vote delivered a win for pipeline foes, albeit on a bleak day for the #NoDAPL movement. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will allow construction of the pipeline’s final leg and forgo an environmental impact statement.

Before the vote, many Native speakers took the floor in support of divestment, including members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Tsimshian First Nation, and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

Seattle will withdraw its $3 billion when the city’s current contract with Wells Fargo expires in 2018. Meanwhile, council members will seek out a more socially responsible bank. Unfortunately, the pickings are somewhat slim, as Bank of America, Chase, CitiBank, ING, and a dozen other banks have all invested in the pipeline.

While $3 billion is just a small sliver of Wells Fargo’s annual deposit collection of $1.3 trillion, the council hopes its vote will send a message to other banks. Activism like this has worked before — in November, Norway’s largest bank sold all of its assets connected to Dakota Access. With any luck, more will follow.


Norway wants tourists to slow down and travel more sustainably

Cruise ships and Disney’s ‘Frozen’ have led to crowds of unprecedented size, about which Norwegians are not entirely happy. […]

Cold War Jitters Resurface as U.S. Marines Arrive in Norway


Originally posted here: Cold War Jitters Resurface as U.S. Marines Arrive in Norway

Forget Scandinavia, the northern lights of Minnesota rival those anywhere (video)

Aurora borealis on your bucket list? This stunning time-lapse from Voyageurs National Park may entice you to replace Norway with the Land of 10,000 Lakes. […]

Imagining a Different World

Image Credit: Huffington Post Images Can you imagine a world where we don’t kill animals for sport, for fun, for trophies, or for greed? Can you imagine a world where we treat each other with respect and dignity? Can you imagine it? It’s hard to imagine it when the news is constantly filled with so many examples of human-rights violations, hatred, intolerance, and genocides over things such as race or religious differences. It’s hard to imagine it when treaties that are designed to protect wildlife are not upheld. For example, the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling some 30+ years ago. Yet, Norway, Iceland, and Japan continue to unlawfully murder hundreds if not thousands of whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans each year. At the recent CITES (CoP17), an opportunity was presented to fully ban all sales of ivory. Sadly, too many nations, including the United States failed to vote for this ban, sentencing another 30,000 elephants to death each year for the next three years until they meet again, hastening their extinction […]