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  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How solar power is changing your utility bill (and your utility)

    September 29, 2014 The rise of solar power has created an ongoing debate about so-called 'net energy metering,' where customers can offset their utility bill with rooftop solar power – upsetting some utilities in the process. Lehrman and Bronski write that the debate distracts from a much bigger opportunity to unleash innovation and investment in distributed energy resources in ways that are better for everyone. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    How solar power is changing your utility bill (and your utility)

    September 29, 2014 The rise of solar power has created an ongoing debate about so-called 'net energy metering,' where customers can offset their utility bill with rooftop solar power – upsetting some utilities in the process. Lehrman and Bronski write that the debate distracts from a much bigger opportunity to unleash innovation and investment in distributed energy resources in ways that are better for everyone. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    US jobless claims below 300,000: How good is job market getting?

    September 29, 2014 Some 293,000 people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the past week - a lower-than-expected number and one that puts this indicator firmly back to levels last seen before the Great Recession. Washington -- Some 293,000 people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the past week - a lower-than-expected number and one that puts this indicator firmly back to levels last seen before the Great Recession. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Sam Judd: Money doesn’t grow on trees… but it does grow trees

    September 29, 2014 For organisations to have a significant impact over time, they must be able to address the revenue generation challenge. While I don't think that money makes the world go around, when it comes to getting things done, you just can't have a big impact if you can't afford to feed the family. As we look towards another three years of National Government it is clear that environmental groups have to be clever to survive. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    US economy growing faster than previously thought

    September 29, 2014 Official figures suggest economy as measured by gross domestic product is growing at 4.6% The US economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year. The economy as measured by gross domestic product grew at a 4.6 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said today. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    US jobless claims below 300,000: How good is job market getting?

    September 29, 2014 Some 293,000 people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the past week - a lower-than-expected number and one that puts this indicator firmly back to levels last seen before the Great Recession. Washington -- Some 293,000 people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the past week - a lower-than-expected number and one that puts this indicator firmly back to levels last seen before the Great Recession. Read on

  • The Irish Times

    US economy growing faster than previously thought

    September 29, 2014 Official figures suggest economy as measured by gross domestic product is growing at 4.6% The US economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year. The economy as measured by gross domestic product grew at a 4.6 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said today. Read on

  • The New Zealand Herald

    Sam Judd: Money doesn’t grow on trees… but it does grow trees

    September 29, 2014 For organisations to have a significant impact over time, they must be able to address the revenue generation challenge. While I don't think that money makes the world go around, when it comes to getting things done, you just can't have a big impact if you can't afford to feed the family. As we look towards another three years of National Government it is clear that environmental groups have to be clever to survive. Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Doctor Blames $300,000 Medicaid Fraud On Multiple Personality Disorder

    September 26, 2014 Diana Williamson, Doctor, Blames $300,000 Medicaid Fraud On Multiple Personality Disorder A doctor once lauded for her AIDS treatment work is blaming one of her dozen or so personalities for a prescription painkillers scheme that defrauded Medicaid out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Diana Williamson was supposed to be sentenced on Monday, but U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska delayed a final determination until prison authorities say... Read on

  • The Huffington Post

    Doctor Blames $300,000 Medicaid Fraud On Multiple Personality Disorder

    September 26, 2014 Diana Williamson, Doctor, Blames $300,000 Medicaid Fraud On Multiple Personality Disorder A doctor once lauded for her AIDS treatment work is blaming one of her dozen or so personalities for a prescription painkillers scheme that defrauded Medicaid out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Diana Williamson was supposed to be sentenced on Monday, but U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska delayed a final determination until prison authorities say... Read on

  • The St. Petersburg Times

    Russia to Inject Massive New Funding Into International Space Station

    September 26, 2014 Russia's new federal space program will allocate a whopping 321 billion rubles ($8.2 billion) to the development and utilization of the International Space Station, a byword for global space cooperation that Russia threatened to abandon earlier this year over the crisis in Ukraine. At a meeting with the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying Russia's 2016-25... Read on

  • The St. Petersburg Times

    Russia to Inject Massive New Funding Into International Space Station

    September 26, 2014 Russia's new federal space program will allocate a whopping 321 billion rubles ($8.2 billion) to the development and utilization of the International Space Station, a byword for global space cooperation that Russia threatened to abandon earlier this year over the crisis in Ukraine. At a meeting with the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin was quoted by news agency Interfax as saying Russia's 2016-25... Read on

  • Mercury News

    Saving babies worldwide with a revolutionary incubator invented by four Stanford students

    September 24, 2014 Nathan Long was born at less than 2 pounds when abandoned on a street in China. The orphanage in Beijing, Little Flower, discovered him and kept him in the Embrace warmer for 30 days. Nathan survived (the first time a baby of that size had ever survived in the orphanage) and a few months after his first birthday, he was adopted by a family in Chicago. Nathan is now thriving in his new home in Chicago and recently turned 2. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Six Energy Firms to Sign Pact to Cut Methane Emissions

    September 24, 2014 Six international energy companies have agreed to work to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in partnership with more than a dozen national governments through a new United Nations framework, according to executives and officials familiar with the program. Britain's BG Group PLC, Italy's ENI SpA, Mexico's Pemex, Thailand's PTT PCL, Norway's Statoil and Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston are signing on to a voluntary program... Read on

  • New York Times

    New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China’s Central Role in Shaping World’s Climate Path

    September 24, 2014 While President Obama and more than 100 other heads of state are expected to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit today, President Xi Jinping of China, the country making by far the biggest contribution to the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases, will not appear. That's just one indication of the enormous roadblocks facing those trying to press for a strong new global agreement on stemming global warming in negotiations next year. Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    Find your purpose

    September 24, 2014 Finding your purpose constitutes the second stage of the jog hunting process. Getting through this stage has less to do with waiting for that single moment of ecclesiastical inspiration and more to do with some basic research and hard-earned experience. Purpose often comes from working, from the momentum you gain when you ask questions, and begin building your idea with people you care about. Read on

  • Mercury News

    Saving babies worldwide with a revolutionary incubator invented by four Stanford students

    September 24, 2014 Nathan Long was born at less than 2 pounds when abandoned on a street in China. The orphanage in Beijing, Little Flower, discovered him and kept him in the Embrace warmer for 30 days. Nathan survived (the first time a baby of that size had ever survived in the orphanage) and a few months after his first birthday, he was adopted by a family in Chicago. Nathan is now thriving in his new home in Chicago and recently turned 2. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Six Energy Firms to Sign Pact to Cut Methane Emissions

    September 24, 2014 Six international energy companies have agreed to work to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in partnership with more than a dozen national governments through a new United Nations framework, according to executives and officials familiar with the program. Britain's BG Group PLC, Italy's ENI SpA, Mexico's Pemex, Thailand's PTT PCL, Norway's Statoil and Southwestern Energy Co. of Houston are signing on to a voluntary program... Read on

  • New York Times

    New CO2 Emissions Report Shows China’s Central Role in Shaping World’s Climate Path

    September 24, 2014 While President Obama and more than 100 other heads of state are expected to participate in the United Nations Climate Summit today, President Xi Jinping of China, the country making by far the biggest contribution to the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases, will not appear. That's just one indication of the enormous roadblocks facing those trying to press for a strong new global agreement on stemming global warming in negotiations next year. Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    Find your purpose

    September 24, 2014 Finding your purpose constitutes the second stage of the jog hunting process. Getting through this stage has less to do with waiting for that single moment of ecclesiastical inspiration and more to do with some basic research and hard-earned experience. Purpose often comes from working, from the momentum you gain when you ask questions, and begin building your idea with people you care about. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Cochin Marathon prize money increased

    September 23, 2014 The event would see the participation of around 20 foreign athletes besides the country's high profile male and female long distance runners. The Cochin International Half Marathon has increased the total prize money to Rs.65 lakh from Rs. 50 lakh. It will also have a separate prize fund for Indian athletes. Around 25,000 people are expected to run with renowned runners in the event on December 7 has grown in terms of prize money and... Read on

  • The Hindu

    Cochin Marathon prize money increased

    September 23, 2014 The event would see the participation of around 20 foreign athletes besides the country's high profile male and female long distance runners. The Cochin International Half Marathon has increased the total prize money to Rs.65 lakh from Rs. 50 lakh. It will also have a separate prize fund for Indian athletes. Around 25,000 people are expected to run with renowned runners in the event on December 7 has grown in terms of prize money and... Read on

  • New Scientist

    The creepy crawly story of life on Earth

    September 23, 2014 Magazine issue 2987. Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Books and Art and Evolution Topic Guides Book information Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the rise of insects by Scott Richard Shaw Why do we give flowers rather than stink bugs to loved ones? (Image: Dwi Janto Johan/Getty Images) Mammals are normally considered the stars of the evolution show, but insects should be centre stage, says Scott Richard Shaw in Planet of the... Read on

  • New Scientist

    The creepy crawly story of life on Earth

    September 23, 2014 Magazine issue 2987. Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Books and Art and Evolution Topic Guides Book information Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the rise of insects by Scott Richard Shaw Why do we give flowers rather than stink bugs to loved ones? (Image: Dwi Janto Johan/Getty Images) Mammals are normally considered the stars of the evolution show, but insects should be centre stage, says Scott Richard Shaw in Planet of the... Read on

  • New Scientist

    The creepy crawly story of life on Earth

    September 23, 2014 Magazine issue 2987. Subscribe and save For similar stories, visit the Books and Art and Evolution Topic Guides Book information Planet of the Bugs: Evolution and the rise of insects by Scott Richard Shaw Why do we give flowers rather than stink bugs to loved ones? (Image: Dwi Janto Johan/Getty Images) Mammals are normally considered the stars of the evolution show, but insects should be centre stage, says Scott Richard Shaw in Planet of the... Read on

  • Toronto Star

    A celebration of African grandmothers’ fight for women’s rights

    September 23, 2014 Star reporter's photo of grandmothers demonstrating for gender equality in Swaziland to be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. African grandmothers demonstrate in Manzini, Swaziland for women's rights and gender equality. Star reporter and photographer Debra Black's photo of this historic moment will be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Used Batteries Might Help California Store Renewable Energy

    September 23, 2014 A new report argues that batteries from old electric cars could help the Golden State store electricity from sunshine and wind Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said. In a few years, there will be a growing number of EV batteries that have lost some of their ability to hold power, the analysis... Read on

  • South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong’s buildings should be generating electricity, not using it

    September 23, 2014 Ian Brownlee says tried and tested technology is available to enable Hong Kong buildings to tap our abundant solar energy for use; what's lacking is the leadership to push for change Promotions This week is World Green Building Week, and it is observed in Hong Kong. The past approach to sustainable building design has largely focused on making buildings more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint. Read on

  • South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong’s buildings should be generating electricity, not using it

    September 23, 2014 Ian Brownlee says tried and tested technology is available to enable Hong Kong buildings to tap our abundant solar energy for use; what's lacking is the leadership to push for change Promotions This week is World Green Building Week, and it is observed in Hong Kong. The past approach to sustainable building design has largely focused on making buildings more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    A celebration of African grandmothers’ fight for women’s rights

    September 23, 2014 Star reporter's photo of grandmothers demonstrating for gender equality in Swaziland to be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. African grandmothers demonstrate in Manzini, Swaziland for women's rights and gender equality. Star reporter and photographer Debra Black's photo of this historic moment will be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Read on

  • New York Times

    For Airbnb and Uber, an Uneven Response by Regulators

    September 23, 2014 Sharing Economy Faces Patchwork of Guidelines in European Countries For Airbnb and Uber, an Uneven Response by Regulators Airbnb Seeks European Consumers Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb want European consumers to embrace their companies. Yet when it comes to persuading policy makers, these companies have run into regulatory hurdles that have exposed the European Union's uneven response to technological innovation. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Used Batteries Might Help California Store Renewable Energy

    September 23, 2014 A new report argues that batteries from old electric cars could help the Golden State store electricity from sunshine and wind Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said. In a few years, there will be a growing number of EV batteries that have lost some of their ability to hold power, the analysis... Read on

  • South China Morning Post

    Hong Kong’s buildings should be generating electricity, not using it

    September 23, 2014 Ian Brownlee says tried and tested technology is available to enable Hong Kong buildings to tap our abundant solar energy for use; what's lacking is the leadership to push for change Promotions This week is World Green Building Week, and it is observed in Hong Kong. The past approach to sustainable building design has largely focused on making buildings more energy efficient and reducing their carbon footprint. Read on

  • Scientific American

    Used Batteries Might Help California Store Renewable Energy

    September 23, 2014 A new report argues that batteries from old electric cars could help the Golden State store electricity from sunshine and wind Used batteries from plug-in electric vehicles could help California meet its goals for energy storage, a report from the University of California, Los Angeles, and UC Berkeley law schools said. In a few years, there will be a growing number of EV batteries that have lost some of their ability to hold power, the analysis... Read on

  • New York Times

    For Airbnb and Uber, an Uneven Response by Regulators

    September 23, 2014 Sharing Economy Faces Patchwork of Guidelines in European Countries For Airbnb and Uber, an Uneven Response by Regulators Airbnb Seeks European Consumers Start-ups like Uber and Airbnb want European consumers to embrace their companies. Yet when it comes to persuading policy makers, these companies have run into regulatory hurdles that have exposed the European Union's uneven response to technological innovation. Read on

  • Toronto Star

    A celebration of African grandmothers’ fight for women’s rights

    September 23, 2014 Star reporter's photo of grandmothers demonstrating for gender equality in Swaziland to be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. African grandmothers demonstrate in Manzini, Swaziland for women's rights and gender equality. Star reporter and photographer Debra Black's photo of this historic moment will be on display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. Read on

  • Mother Jones

    Congress Just Delayed New Funding to Help Rape Victims

    September 22, 2014 Last week, Congress once again delayed federal funding to help catch rapists. Here's the backstory. In March, President Barack Obama asked Congress to fund a new Justice Department program designed to help states and localities test backlogs of rape kits, which include DNA evidence taken after a sexual assault and are used to identify attackers. The funding would likely also go toward investigating and prosecuting rape cases. Read on

  • Mother Jones

    Congress Just Delayed New Funding to Help Rape Victims

    September 22, 2014 Last week, Congress once again delayed federal funding to help catch rapists. Here's the backstory. In March, President Barack Obama asked Congress to fund a new Justice Department program designed to help states and localities test backlogs of rape kits, which include DNA evidence taken after a sexual assault and are used to identify attackers. The funding would likely also go toward investigating and prosecuting rape cases. Read on

  • The Nation

    American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

    September 22, 2014 How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student's expense. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream--gainful employment... Read on

  • The Nation

    American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

    September 22, 2014 How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student's expense. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream--gainful employment... Read on

  • The Nation

    American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

    September 22, 2014 How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student's expense. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream--gainful employment... Read on

  • The Nation

    American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

    September 22, 2014 How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student's expense. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream--gainful employment... Read on

  • The Nation

    American Education Is Leaving Our Youth With a Debt Sentence

    September 22, 2014 How for-profit colleges are allowing Wall Street investors to cash in, at student's expense. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream--gainful employment... Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    Education with a debt sentence

    September 22, 2014 Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    Education with a debt sentence

    September 22, 2014 Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    Education with a debt sentence

    September 22, 2014 Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    Education with a debt sentence

    September 22, 2014 Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. Read on

  • Le Monde diplomatique

    Education with a debt sentence

    September 22, 2014 Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream — gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. Read on

  • Scotsman

    Organ donors are urged to give gift of sight

    September 21, 2014 The number of people donating corneas has dropped by 2 per cent in the past 12 months. Picture: Getty More organ donors should consider offering their eyes to help improve the lives of thousands of blind or partially sighted people, health officials have said. Around one in ten donors on the NHS organ donor register say they are not willing to donate their eyes but experts insist that cornea donations are "vital" and help many patients restore... Read on

  • Scotsman

    Organ donors are urged to give gift of sight

    September 21, 2014 The number of people donating corneas has dropped by 2 per cent in the past 12 months. Picture: Getty More organ donors should consider offering their eyes to help improve the lives of thousands of blind or partially sighted people, health officials have said. Around one in ten donors on the NHS organ donor register say they are not willing to donate their eyes but experts insist that cornea donations are "vital" and help many patients restore... Read on

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