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News You Really Need To See: “India, Facing Climate Change, Also Desperately Needs More Energy”

“India, Facing Climate Change, Also Desperately Needs More Energy” The New York Times, November 11, 2015, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/11/business/economy/india-is-caught-in-a-climate-change-quandary.html?_r=0 “India is home to 30 percent of the world’s poorest, those living on less than $1.90 a day. Of the 1.3 billion … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Water Knife”

July 31, 2015 by Darius  California is currently in the midst of a three-year drought.  What if that drought stretched for decades and impacted the entire American Southwest?  That idea is the premise of Paolo Bacigalupi’s excellent new science fiction … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: World Oceans Day

June 8, 2015 by Darius  Today is World Oceans Day.  World Oceans Day celebrates the oceans and the vital role that oceans play in our lives. We use oceans as both our larder and our toilet, an undesirable combination if … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State”

“The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State” Der Spiegel, April 18, 2015 http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/islamic-state-files-show-structure-of-islamist-terror-group-a-1029274.html “Aloof.  Polite.  Cajoling.  Extremely attentive.  Restrained.  Dishonest.  Inscrutable. Malicious.  The rebels from northern Syria, remembering encounters with him months later, recall completely different facets … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Cause Behind African Migrant Flood Has Terrifying Implications for the World”

“Cause Behind African Migrant Flood Has Terrifying Implications for the World” Reuters, April 21, 2015 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/04/21/not-science-fiction-changing-climate-pushing-migrants-out-of-africa-and-into-tragedy/ “The migrant crisis in the Mediterranean is symptomatic of deep dislocation in the Sahel region and sub-Saharan Africa — dislocation exacerbated by climate change.  Climate … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “What Lies Beneath”

“What Lies Beneath” Foreign Policy, March 23, 2015 foreignpolicy.com/2015/03/23/what-lies-beneath-numec-apollo-zalman-shapiro/ “Beginning in the early 1960s, investigators from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the agency that regulated U.S. nuclear facilities at the time, began to question how large amounts of highly enriched, … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Antarctic Glacier Melt Could Be Double Trouble”

“Antarctic Glacier Melt Could Be Double Trouble” The Washington Post, March 17, 2015, p.A3 http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/16/the-melting-of-antarctica-was-already-really-bad-it-just-got-worse/ “A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of … Continue reading

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