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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, January 5

A writer wonders what it takes to get people excited about climate change. The impact of solar energy on poor farmers is examined. And the refugee crisis brings out some of the worst political elements in Germany. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the globe! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

It's often bemoaned that climate change denialism is a major impediment to legislation combating it. But is it the biggest hurdle? Or is it just that people don't care enough? The Atlantic tackles this difficult question as well as whether or not there's anything that can be done to make people take the threat of global warming—even if they acknowledge it—more seriously than they do now.

When it comes to groups like Daesh or al-Qaeda, few people suffer more at their hands than their fellow Muslims, who suffer the overwhelming majority of casualties from sectarian warfare and terror attacks in the Middle East. This is particularly true for young Muslims, many of whom are at the forefront of the region's progressive trends, including these young Tunisian rappers who are helping the fight against Daesh in North Africa.

When we talk about solar power it's usually as a low-efficiency but renewable alternative to fossil fuels. But solar power can have another function as well: providing autonomous power to those without access to a regular power grid. NPR takes a look at poor farmers in northern India who've begun to utilize solar power in precisely that way.

Fear of foreigners has long brought out some of the worst in people. And that's what's happening in Germany right now as xenophobic populist groups ride a wave of support in the wake of the refugee crisis in Europe. German newspaper Der Spiegel has more details.

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" goes the mantra but not everyone's a fan of turning the other cheek. Here in America attacks against Muslims have reached alarming levels as people lash out against a community that had little to nothing to do with the Paris attacks last year. The Huffington Post covers the story here.

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