Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN
Apr07

Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN

Despite uncertain commitments by governments to confront climate change, there is a sliver of encouraging news. Private and public investments in renewable energy sources like solar and wind, excluding hydro projects, have exceeded $1.5 trillion cumulatively since 2006. They accounted for 8.5 percent of global electricity generation in 2013, up from 7.8 per cent in 2012. A report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and its partners...

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MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self
Mar25

MH 370: We May Not Know Why/Where, But We Know True Self

On The Wings of Cranes If this is what is, if this is what it comes to if any living soul can recover any identifiable piece of anything belonging to the silver bird or to the souls aboard, a seat cushion, an ear bud, a wallet, a cell phone, a pacifier, a hearing aide, a cane, a bra, a baseball cap– that —that kind of ‘I know that item belonged to my loved one’ –that would be the worst-best that could...

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Third Anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
Mar11

Third Anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Today, March 11, marks the third anniversary of one the greatest disasters in recent times, the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. The devastating impact and lingering effects of that tragedy — especially the effects of the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant — are still felt today, three years later. PBS Newshour science correspondent Miles O’Brien* has traveled to the crippled...

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The ‘Lowlanders’ Flying High in Sochi (Update)
Feb19

The ‘Lowlanders’ Flying High in Sochi (Update)

Update: Tiny Nederland, one of the richest and most powerful countries on earth in the 16th and 17th centuries, is showing its mettle at the Sochi Winter Olympics. After dominating the speed skating events with 17 medals, the Dutch won three more medals yesterday when Jorrit Bergsma, Sven Kramer and Bob de Jong swept gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the 10,000 m. men’s speed skating event. This brings the total medal count...

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Our Military: A Time to Help and a Time to Dance
Feb15

Our Military: A Time to Help and a Time to Dance

From Georgia to Maine, through the Carolinas and Maryland, people were reeling this week under another crippling snow and ice storm. As usual, the U.S. military was there to help out folks in distress: Lead photo: Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, foreground, and Air Force Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez secure a child into a Humvee during a mission to evacuate a family from a home that lost power and heat as a result of a winter...

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Blizzards of Misinformation, NY and DC
Feb15

Blizzards of Misinformation, NY and DC

Cable news crawls about the worst storm ever are as accurate as their political hyberbole, that is not at all, at least for New York and its environs. The Great Blizzard of 1947, which brought the Northeast to a standstill, dumped 26.4 inches of snow on Manhattan during Christmas week. Plows stacked up piles as high as ten feet, some of which did not melt for months. It was described as the worst storm in history since the fabled...

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