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:: Relationships Matter. Part I

Ozone and climate change OR why complicated situations can lead to more appropriate solutions. 1 + 2 = 3. That relationship is easy to grasp and has a clear outcome. That is the kind of relationship we are taught to think in, in streight lines that we can predict with high precision. Such a relationship makes us feel secure and in charge. In contrast, we often feel unsafe if we cannot predict an outcome with high certainty. By Maiken Winter

:: Tipping Elements remain 'hot' issue

The article “Tipping elements in the Earth’s climate system” has been named one of the most highly-cited in the field of Geosciences published during the past two years. The media corporation Thomson Reuters has identified the article that appeared in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” in February 2008 as a New Hot Paper.

:: Better Place Unveils an Electric Car Battery Swap Station

Better Place unveiled its battery swap system today and said the $500,000 gadget can replace a dead battery and get you back on the road in less time than it takes to fill your gas tank. The prototype revealed in Japan is the first of what the Silicon Valley startup promises will be countless automated battery exchange stations that will one day dot our cities. The technology will make it possible to travel long distances in an EV without the hassle of stopping to recharge your battery, company founder and CEO Shai Agassi said. By Chuck Squatriglia

:: President Obama in Prague: "A world without nuclear weapons"

Barack Obama: "Just as we stood for freedom in the 20th century, we must stand together for the right of people everywhere to live free from fear in the 21st century. And as a nuclear power, as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it, we can start it."

:: Moving the U.S. Off Carbon With Less Pain, More Gain

Many environmentalists assume that putting a price on carbon and creating a renewable energy economy will require major public sacrifice. But the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope argues that a well-designed package of market reforms — not austerity — will lead to a prosperous, low-carbon future. By Carl Pope, the executive Director of th Sierra Club

:: Al Gore’s address to the US senate panel on climate change

Below is Al Gore’s speech that he gave January 29, 2009 at the Senate panel on climate change that was organized by Senator Kerry. Sentences are put into bold by MW.

:: Income inequality and poverty rising in most OECD countries

The gap between rich and poor has grown in more than three-quarters of OECD countries over the past two decades, according to a new OECD report. OECD’s Growing Unequal? finds that the economic growth of recent decades has benefitted the rich more than the poor. In some countries, such as Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway and the United States, the gap also increased between the rich and the middle-class.

:: G8 nations lagging in climate change race

None of the leading industrialized nations are currently on target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to avoid the threshold level for unacceptable risk of catastrophic climate change, according to new research into national policies and performance.

:: World Energy Use Projected to Grow 50 Percent Between 2005 and 2030

World marketed energy consumption is projected to grow by 50 percent between 2005 and 2030, driven by robust economic growth and expanding populations in the world’s developing countries, according to the reference case projection from the International Energy Outlook 2008 (IEO2008) released today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

:: Will Hillary Clinton become the next Bush?

Election campaigns can be self-destructive – a fact which has been sufficiently proven in Germany by the internal party duels between Lafontaine and Schröder, Strauß and Kohl or Möllemann and Westerwelle. But what we are presently experiencing in the US between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama exceeds everything we could have imagined so far. In the frenzy of her election campaign Hillary Clinton clearly overstepped the limit.
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