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A Picture of the Battle Our planet’s population has grown dependent on a few things. Among them: Fossil fuels, unhampered growth in the economy, and the money that comes from mining and drilling. The three are intertwined like a braided rope. One strand unraveling can affect all other strands and a focus on one surely causes discussion in the others. With President Obama in Alaska right now, the news outlets are more full of climate change articles and coverage than usual. More of the scientific evidence of climate change is covering the pages and I would venture to say that more people are thinking about melting...
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Kenophobia in the Arctic Kenophobia can be defined as the fear of empty space. In individuals it means that a person may not like big empty rooms and will feel safer in small, cramped spaces.  With the actions described in articles like the August 29th New York Times piece, U.S. Is Playing Catch-up With Russia in Scramble for the Arctic by Steven Lee Myers I am beginning to wonder if national governments are suffering from kenophobia and if the media would ever be willing to call them out on it.  As the polar ice melts, the discussion, in my humble opinion, should be around protection...
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Learning Lessons George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." After reading an article written by Laura Gottesdiener and published in the Huffington Post Politics section just yesterday, I am wondering if we are about to repeat the past, or take a good hard look at it and try something different. The piece, Coal Dethroned, explores the history and changes that are facing West Virginia because of the drop in coal use around the country. Gottesdiener skillfully creates a picture of the state – mountain tops missing, towns disappearing, and the “blank spaces [that] will never . ....
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Good News: Stock Market Meltdown When the system shakes, the pro-growth mindset of journalists seems less about bias than it is about the cold, harsh reality that our economy is built to run on growth. The global stock market plummet is offering up instructive examples of our system’s desperate dependence on growth.   US Stocks Tumble on Global Slowdown Fears was illustrated at Yahoo! News by photos of Asian investors suffering angst, presumably over the state of their own investments. But the angst extends much farther. “Growing concerns about a slowdown in China shook markets around the world on Friday, driving the U.S. stock market to its...
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Short and Bitter When it comes to population forecasts, having things done “ahead of schedule” isn’t a very comforting achievement. This week The Economist announced, “That India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country . . . [and] the date has just moved closer.” Previous forecasting had India’s move to the top spot set at 2028. The adjustment puts it a full four years earlier – 2022 - when they will pass China’s 1.4 billion mark. Factors include fertility rates and population age, both of which will lead to even greater population growth for India (Potentially reaching 1.75 billion people around 2060)...
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