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  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Big companies agree to cut back on a potent greenhouse gas (+video)

    September 19, 2014 At an event attended by executives from Coke, Dupont, and Honeywell, the White House unveiled a set of voluntary measures aimed to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons. Washington -- The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Barcelona wins $6.5 million urban innovation prize

    September 19, 2014 Barcelona won a global urban innovation contest sponsored by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies. It's winning project is to create a network of support for elderly residents. New York -- Barcelona, Spain, has captured the 5 million euro ($6.5 million) grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life. Read on

  • New Scientist

    Go low-carbon for the money, says high-profile report

    September 18, 2014 IS IT too good to be true? This week economists laid out an audacious argument for transforming the world's economy to a low-carbon one. It is worth doing regardless of climate change, their report claims. A low-carbon economy offers faster economic growth, better lives and a greener environment. Forget the costs, feel the benefits. Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report comes a week before world leaders gather for... Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class

    September 18, 2014 Top 10 Solutions to Cut Poverty and Grow the Middle Class Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released its annual figures on income, poverty, and health insurance. It revealed that four years into the economic recovery, economic insecurity remains widespread, and low- and middle-income workers have seen no significant wage growth over the past decade. Read on

  • Time

    How to Make the Poor of the World $500 Billion Richer

    September 18, 2014 How to Make the World's Poor $500 Billion Richer Dr. Bjørn Lomborg, an adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, directs the Copenhagen Consensus Center, ranking the smartest solutions to the world's biggest problems by cost-benefit. My think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus, has asked 63 teams of the world's top economists to look at economic, social and environmental costs and benefits Read on

  • IPSNews

    Tackling Climate Change and Promoting Development: A “Win-Win”

    September 17, 2014 A widespread perception exists that developing countries must make a choice between tackling climate change and fighting poverty. This assumption is incorrect, according to the authors of a new report on green growth. The New Climate Economy (NCE) report was launched on Tuesday at the United Nations by the Global Commission on the Economy and [...] Read on

  • The Globe and Mail

    Bitcoin isn’t risky when you know your customers

    September 17, 2014 The pseudonymous nature of bitcoin is an oft-debated characteristic of the technology and it brings up a host of opinions, some of which are valid and others, not so much. Although I believe that bitcoin is a better payment system than current conventional systems, it's futile to argue that pseudonymous (or anonymous) financial transactions over the network are a problem or a benefit of bitcoin itself. More Related to this Story Read on

  • The Age

    World-first technology to help protect children from abuse

    September 17, 2014 Date September 17, 2014 - 12:15AM 5 reading now Comments 2 Read later Hannah Francis Zoom in on this story. Explore all there is to know. Labor ALP Australia Australian Tweet submit to reddit Email article Print Reprints & permissions Personal motivation to protect children: HubCare chief executive Ruby O'Rourke with co-founder David Salajan. Photo: Joe Armao She speaks from experience. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Canada July Factory Shipments Surge to Record Level

    September 16, 2014 OTTAWA--Canadian manufacturing shipments surged in July to a record level on strong demand for motor vehicles and primary metals, the latest sign Canada's economy is benefiting from a lower currency and strong U.S. demand. Factory sales rose 2.5% to 53.66 billion Canadian dollars ($48.56 billion), Statistics Canada said Tuesday. That beat market expectations for a 1.1% advance, according to economists at Royal Bank of Canada. Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Driverless cars: Good for the planet?

    September 16, 2014 Driverless cars are almost certainly a part of our transportation future as companies like Google experiment with autonomous driving. Depending on how you look at it, impact of driverless cars on our energy use could either be incredibly good or incredibly bad, or somewhere in between. Autonomous vehicles have captured people's imaginations for decades. Read on

  • The Age

    Sun and wind Alter German’s energy landscape, leaving utilities behind

    September 16, 2014 Date September 15, 2014 - 8:07AM 5 reading now Read later JUSTIN GILLIS Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Germany's 'energy transition' will be watched closely around the world. Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. Read on

  • The Age

    Sun and wind Alter German’s energy landscape, leaving utilities behind

    September 16, 2014 Date September 15, 2014 - 8:07AM 5 reading now Read later JUSTIN GILLIS Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print Germany's 'energy transition' will be watched closely around the world. Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Farmers educated on advantages of solar dryer

    September 16, 2014 Can help reduce wastage, give value addition to farm products Use of solar dryers to reduce post harvest wastage and give value addition to fruits and vegetables was emphasised at a National Workshop on Solar Dryer held here on Friday. The workshop was organised by Bayer Material Science and its partners. Harbhajan Singh, Director-General, National Productivity Council, said that solar energy in India, which was available in plenty, could be... Read on

  • The Age

    Time for a fresh take on Australia’s story

    September 15, 2014 Date September 16, 2014 - 12:00AM Read later Ken Henry Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print The mercantilist narrative has undermined sensible attempts to deal with the economic consequences of the mining boom. Narratives matter. Policy reform proposals are unlikely to be implemented, and even less likely to prove resilient, unless accompanied by a compelling narrative. But compelling narratives can also be dangerous. Read on

  • The Age

    Time for a fresh take on Australia’s story

    September 15, 2014 Date September 16, 2014 - 12:00AM Read later Ken Henry Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print The mercantilist narrative has undermined sensible attempts to deal with the economic consequences of the mining boom. Narratives matter. Policy reform proposals are unlikely to be implemented, and even less likely to prove resilient, unless accompanied by a compelling narrative. But compelling narratives can also be dangerous. Read on

  • The Age

    Time for a fresh take on Australia’s story

    September 15, 2014 Date September 16, 2014 - 12:00AM Read later Ken Henry Twitter submit to reddit Email article Print The mercantilist narrative has undermined sensible attempts to deal with the economic consequences of the mining boom. Narratives matter. Policy reform proposals are unlikely to be implemented, and even less likely to prove resilient, unless accompanied by a compelling narrative. But compelling narratives can also be dangerous. Read on

  • Reuters

    Scientists reset stem cells to study start of human development

    September 15, 2014 * "A major step forward" - independent expert * Could boost research into regenerative medicines * Experts hope to study embryo development, defects LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to "reset" human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Health-Care Spending Picks Up

    September 15, 2014 The sprawling U.S. health-care industry saw revenue rebound last quarter, a sign that stronger spending at hospitals and medical offices could help boost U.S. economic growth to its highest level in eight years. Total revenue at health-care and social-assistance firms rose 3% in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday in its Quarterly Services Survey. Hospital revenue rose 2.8%... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    13 Israeli and Palestinian groups building peace

    September 15, 2014 Below are just some of the organizations and initiatives working to create a lasting peace based on dignity, security, equality, and respect for the human rights of all Palestinians and Israelis. Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian former militant-turned-peacemaker whose story I chronicle in The Hour of Sunlight, once boiled down for me his vision of a peaceful future in the Middle East: Israeli children will only know safety and security when... Read on

  • Reuters

    Scientists reset stem cells to study start of human development

    September 15, 2014 * "A major step forward" - independent expert * Could boost research into regenerative medicines * Experts hope to study embryo development, defects LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to "reset" human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Health-Care Spending Picks Up

    September 15, 2014 The sprawling U.S. health-care industry saw revenue rebound last quarter, a sign that stronger spending at hospitals and medical offices could help boost U.S. economic growth to its highest level in eight years. Total revenue at health-care and social-assistance firms rose 3% in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday in its Quarterly Services Survey. Hospital revenue rose 2.8%... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    13 Israeli and Palestinian groups building peace

    September 15, 2014 Below are just some of the organizations and initiatives working to create a lasting peace based on dignity, security, equality, and respect for the human rights of all Palestinians and Israelis. Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian former militant-turned-peacemaker whose story I chronicle in The Hour of Sunlight, once boiled down for me his vision of a peaceful future in the Middle East: Israeli children will only know safety and security when... Read on

  • Reuters

    Scientists reset stem cells to study start of human development

    September 15, 2014 * "A major step forward" - independent expert * Could boost research into regenerative medicines * Experts hope to study embryo development, defects LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to "reset" human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Health-Care Spending Picks Up

    September 15, 2014 The sprawling U.S. health-care industry saw revenue rebound last quarter, a sign that stronger spending at hospitals and medical offices could help boost U.S. economic growth to its highest level in eight years. Total revenue at health-care and social-assistance firms rose 3% in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday in its Quarterly Services Survey. Hospital revenue rose 2.8%... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    13 Israeli and Palestinian groups building peace

    September 15, 2014 Below are just some of the organizations and initiatives working to create a lasting peace based on dignity, security, equality, and respect for the human rights of all Palestinians and Israelis. Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian former militant-turned-peacemaker whose story I chronicle in The Hour of Sunlight, once boiled down for me his vision of a peaceful future in the Middle East: Israeli children will only know safety and security when... Read on

  • Reuters

    Scientists reset stem cells to study start of human development

    September 15, 2014 * "A major step forward" - independent expert * Could boost research into regenerative medicines * Experts hope to study embryo development, defects LONDON, Sept 11 (Reuters) - British and Japanese scientists have managed to "reset" human stem cells to their earliest state, opening up a new realm of research into the start of human development and potentially life-saving regenerative medicines. Read on

  • The Wall Street Journal

    Health-Care Spending Picks Up

    September 15, 2014 The sprawling U.S. health-care industry saw revenue rebound last quarter, a sign that stronger spending at hospitals and medical offices could help boost U.S. economic growth to its highest level in eight years. Total revenue at health-care and social-assistance firms rose 3% in the second quarter from the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Thursday in its Quarterly Services Survey. Hospital revenue rose 2.8%... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    13 Israeli and Palestinian groups building peace

    September 15, 2014 Below are just some of the organizations and initiatives working to create a lasting peace based on dignity, security, equality, and respect for the human rights of all Palestinians and Israelis. Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian former militant-turned-peacemaker whose story I chronicle in The Hour of Sunlight, once boiled down for me his vision of a peaceful future in the Middle East: Israeli children will only know safety and security when... Read on

  • The Christian Science Monitor

    Driverless cars: Good for the planet?

    September 15, 2014 Driverless cars are almost certainly a part of our transportation future as companies like Google experiment with autonomous driving. Depending on how you look at it, impact of driverless cars on our energy use could either be incredibly good or incredibly bad, or somewhere in between. Autonomous vehicles have captured people's imaginations for decades. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • New York Times

    A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income

    September 10, 2014 Imagine if the United States government taxed the nation's one-percenters so that their post-tax share of the nation's income remained at 10 percent, roughly where it was in 1979. If the excess money were distributed equally among the rest of the population, in 2012 every family below that very top tier would have gotten a $7,105 check. This is hardly trivial money. Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • Common Dreams

    Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere

    September 10, 2014 Published on by EcoWatch Fighting Global Warming Will Improve Health of People Everywhere Beyond forestalling the almost-certain catastrophic consequences of unchecked global warming, changing our habits, conserving energy and shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy will have many benefits for human health--and for the economy. (Photo credit: Shutterstock) Read on

  • The Hindu

    Kiteboarding attracts many

    September 9, 2014 As per current plans, Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram would be among the three locations selected to have sustainable adventure tourism master plans Introducing adventure seekers to yet another form of adventure tourism, the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society organised a demonstration of kiteboarding, with the help of kite boarder Jackie from China, at Shanghumughom here on Monday. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Kiteboarding attracts many

    September 9, 2014 As per current plans, Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram would be among the three locations selected to have sustainable adventure tourism master plans Introducing adventure seekers to yet another form of adventure tourism, the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society organised a demonstration of kiteboarding, with the help of kite boarder Jackie from China, at Shanghumughom here on Monday. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Kiteboarding attracts many

    September 9, 2014 As per current plans, Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram would be among the three locations selected to have sustainable adventure tourism master plans Introducing adventure seekers to yet another form of adventure tourism, the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society organised a demonstration of kiteboarding, with the help of kite boarder Jackie from China, at Shanghumughom here on Monday. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Kiteboarding attracts many

    September 9, 2014 As per current plans, Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram would be among the three locations selected to have sustainable adventure tourism master plans Introducing adventure seekers to yet another form of adventure tourism, the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society organised a demonstration of kiteboarding, with the help of kite boarder Jackie from China, at Shanghumughom here on Monday. Read on

  • The Hindu

    Kiteboarding attracts many

    September 9, 2014 As per current plans, Kappil in Thiruvananthapuram would be among the three locations selected to have sustainable adventure tourism master plans Introducing adventure seekers to yet another form of adventure tourism, the Adventure Tourism Promotion Society organised a demonstration of kiteboarding, with the help of kite boarder Jackie from China, at Shanghumughom here on Monday. Read on

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