Archive | March, 2013

Is Facebook Causing a Deterioration of Society as We Know It?

March 31, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/39527935/0/alternet~Is-Facebook-Causing-a-Deterioration-of-Society-as-We-Know-It According to a New York Times article by Jan Hoffman referencing a study of the Facebook profiles of 200 university students in the United States, approximately 30 percent of the students “posted updates that met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for a symptom of depression, reporting feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, insomnia or sleeping […]

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Scientists Propose a New Architecture for Sustainable Development

March 31, 2013

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http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/scientists-propose-a-new-architecture-for-sustainable-development/ Analysts of global environmental trends seek to topple the three pillars of sustainable development.

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Etiquette Returns for the Digital Generation

March 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/fashion/etiquette-returns-for-the-digital-generation.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Young people ‘sick of the irony, rudeness and snark that is so prevalent in their online lives’ are making a return to the world of manners. Sent by gReader Pro

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Op-Ed Columnist: Need a Job? Invent It

March 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/opinion/sunday/friedman-need-a-job-invent-it.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Finding a job is so 20th century. That is why young people today need to be more “innovation ready” than “college ready.” Sent by gReader Pro

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Sundown in America

March 30, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/opinion/sunday/sundown-in-america.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Eight decades of bipartisan Keynesian spending and Federal Reserve money-printing have left us exhausted and bankrupt.

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March 27 News: Melting Arctic Sea Ice Drives Extreme Weather, U.S Military Planning

March 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/tr2eb947NR0/story01.htm Most of the Arctic sea ice that forms each year melts in the spring and summer, which affects global weather patterns and U.S. military planning. [NBC News] “There are tremendous two-way and multiple interactions between the Arctic and the rest of the world,” retired Rear Adm. David Titley said during the teleconference organized by […]

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As Scientists Predicted, Global Warming Continues

March 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/jWqiyaLYA-A/story01.htm Most of manmade global warming is ending up in the ocean, just as scientists had predicted (see “Global Warming Has Accelerated In Past 15 Years“). And while recent “observations support predictions of extreme warming” this century, even sophisticated media outlets, like “The Economist,” get the story wrong (see “Memo To Media: ‘Climate Sensitivity’ Is […]

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New EIA Data Reveal U.S. Coal Use Rising Again

March 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/I-K-NhrGSls/story01.htm By Kristin Meek, via World Resources Institute New data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals a troubling trend: Coal-fired power generation — and its associated greenhouse gas emissions — were on the rise as 2012 came to an end. According to the data, which was released this week, natural gas prices have […]

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Why the Globe Hasn’t Warmed Much for the Past Decade

March 29, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/rVPlK0OGEHE/why-the-globe-hasnt-warmed-much-for-the-past-decade-15788 Even the quickest glance at a graph of global temperatures makes it clear that the planet was warming sharply during the 1980s and 1990s. But while the 2000s were the hottest decade on record, the rate of warming slowed considerably after the turn of the current century — even while human emissions of heat-trapping […]

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Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady

March 29, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/science/earth/soaring-bee-deaths-in-2012-sound-alarm-on-malady.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A mysterious ailment appears to have expanded drastically in the past year, wiping out as many as half of the hives needed to pollinate much of America’s produce. Sent by gReader Pro

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Opinion: Is Your Kitchen a Health Hazard?

March 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/opinion/sunday/is-your-kitchen-a-health-hazard.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Our kitchens, like our girths, have grown substantially, in terms of size and of function. Sent by gReader Pro

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Fracking vs. Democracy: State laws subvert home rule and property rights

March 27, 2013

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http://rss.nrdcfeeds.org/~r/switchboard_all/~3/T8m8wILTlAo/fracking_vs_democracy_state_la.html Henry Henderson, Director, Midwest Program NRDC, Chicago, Illinois One of the most fascinating and disturbing issues that comes up again and again around fracking is the multitude of exemptions and entitlements that have been handed to the industry at the expense of citizens. Exemptions from the federal drinking water law. Exemptions from citizen challenges. […]

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It’s the Economy: Do Millennials Stand a Chance in the Real World?

March 27, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/do-millennials-stand-a-chance-in-the-real-world.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The members of Generation Y have developed an obsession with money — partly because they don’t have any.

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Where’s “The Revolution”?

March 26, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/15303-wheres-the-revolution

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Neoliberalism and the Politics of Higher Education: An Interview With Henry A. Giroux

March 26, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/15237-predatory-capitalism-and-the-attack-on-higher-education-an-interview-with-henry-a-giroux Dr. Henry A. Giroux argues that with the rise of market fundamentalism and the ensuing economic and financial meltdown, youth are facing a crisis unlike that of any other generation. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Internet Narcissism Epidemic

March 26, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/pKqyzJ40FmI/story01.htm We are in the midst of a "narcissism epidemic," concluded psychologists Jean M. Twnege and W. Keith Campbell in their 2009 book. One study they describe showed that among a group of 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as quickly as obesity from the 1980s to the present. Fortunately for narcissists, the […]

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Startling stats on wealth in America

March 26, 2013

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What Causes Hearing Loss

March 26, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/25/what-causes-hearing-loss/ Tens of millions of Americans, including 12 percent to 15 percent of schoolchildren, have permanent hearing damage caused by everyday noise.

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Declining Wealth, Rising Retirement Risk

March 26, 2013

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/declining-wealth-rising-retirement-risk/?partner=rss&emc=rss With equity tied up in homes and facing the switch to defined-contribution pension plans, many Americans have been left short of funds needed for a comfortable retirement.

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In Less Than 50 Years, a Sea Change on Gay Rights

March 26, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/us/in-less-than-50-years-a-sea-change-on-gay-rights.html?partner=rss&emc=rss This week, as the Supreme Court hears two landmark cases on same-sex marriage, the speed and scope of the gay rights movement are astonishing supporters.

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Disability Insurance: America’s $124 Billion Secret Welfare Program

March 25, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/ZNidvON8lkY/story01.htm Imagine for a moment that Congress woke up one morning, realized that the United States was suffering from a paralyzing long-term unemployment crisis, and, in a moment of progressive pique, decided to create a welfare program aimed at middle-aged, blue-collar workers. The one thing everybody could probably agree on is that it should help […]

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Autism and vaccinations may be correlated, according to two new articles

March 25, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/aqePwX_oAnY/130325183853.htm Recent finds indicate correlations between autism and vaccinations. With the rapid rise of autism in the United States that began in the 1990s, two new articles may answer some questions as to why there is an increase in cases of this disorder.

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Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement?

March 24, 2013

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http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1558152-victory-at-hand-for-the-climate By Paul Gilding, posted Mar 20, 2013: There are signs the climate movement could be on the verge of a remarkable and surprising victory. If we read the current context correctly, and if the movement can adjust its strategy to capture the opportunity presented, it could usher in the fastest and most dramatic economic […]

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Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America

March 23, 2013

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Parental Study Shows Rise in Autism Spectrum Cases

March 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/health/parental-study-shows-rise-in-autism-spectrum-cases.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The chances of a school-aged child receiving a diagnosis rose 72 percent in 2011-12 from 2007, but most of the increase was because of previously undiagnosed cases, a report said. Sent by gReader Pro

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Who Lives Longest?

March 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/magazine/who-lives-longest.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

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U.S. Example Offers Hope for Cutting Carbon Emissions

March 20, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/20/business/us-example-offers-hope-for-cutting-carbon-emissions.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Op-Ed Contributor: Gideon’s Muted Trumpet

March 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/opinion/gideons-muted-trumpet.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Today, a poor person has a greater chance of being incarcerated than 50 years ago — when the Supreme Court guaranteed legal representation to indigent defendants.

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Editorial: A Cure, in Essence, for H.I.V. in Some Adults

March 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/19/opinion/a-cure-in-essence-for-hiv-in-some-adults.html?partner=rss&emc=rss French researchers have identified 14 adults who were treated with antiviral drugs but then stopped treatment and are considered “functionally” cured.

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Petroleum use, greenhouse gas emissions of automobiles could drop 80 percent by 2050: U.S. report

March 18, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/glRUkos-b20/130318151627.htm A new report finds that by the year 2050, the United States may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles — cars and small trucks — via a combination of more efficient vehicles; the use of alternative fuels like biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen; and strong […]

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Ten times more hurricane surges in future, new research predicts

March 18, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/AfEO8-MMsyM/130318151519.htm How much worse will the frequency of extreme storm surges get as temperatures rise in the future? How many extreme storm surges like that from Hurricane Katrina, which hit the U.S. coast in 2005, will there be as a result of global warming? New research shows that there will be a tenfold increase in […]

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Warming Has Doubled Risk of Katrina-like Storm Surges

March 18, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/xqz2yBzN8fI/study-shows-global-warming-dramatically-raises-u.s.-storm-surge-risks-15755 Global warming has already doubled the risk of Hurricane Katrina-magnitude storm surges in the U.S., according to a new study published Monday. The study, which was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimates that for every 1.8°F increase in global average surface temperatures, there could be a two-fold to […]

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You Wouldn’t Believe How Fast Americans Are Losing Their Religion — But the Fundamentalists Have a Plan

March 18, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/39142973/0/alternet~You-Wouldnt-Believe-How-Fast-Americans-Are-Losing-Their-Religion-But-the-Fundamentalists-Have-a-Plan Sometime last year, the US quietly passed a milestone demographers had long been predicting: for the first time in its history, this country is no longer majority Protestant. Fewer than 50 percent of Americans now identify as Protestant Christians of any denomination.This change has come on surprisingly recently, and from a historical perspective, with […]

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Local TV News Is Following Print’s Path, Study Says

March 18, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/business/media/local-tv-news-is-following-prints-path-study-says.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Despite a robust public appetite for news, local television newscasts are cutting back, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Domestic Drones on Patrol

March 18, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/business/domestic-drones-on-patrol.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Institutions prepare for a brave new world in which cheap remote-controlled airplanes will be ubiquitous in civilian air space.

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Let’s Stop Fooling Ourselves: Americans Can’t Afford the Future

March 17, 2013

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http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/81190/lets-stop-fooling-ourselves-americans-cant-afford-future The truth is: The three adult generations in the U.S. are suffering, and their burdens are likely to increase with time. Each is experiencing a squeeze that is making it harder to create value, save capital, and pursue happiness than at any point since WWII. At that point, we were a creditor nation with […]

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Taking Note: Retail Report and Inequality

March 17, 2013

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http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/grocery-stories/?partner=rss&emc=rss The sunny retail report is buoyed by inequality. The purchasing power of the few can overshadow the cutbacks of the many.

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Census: Record 1 In 3 Counties Now Dying Off, Hit By Aging Population, Weakened Local Economies

March 16, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/census-record-1-in-3-counties-now-dying-off-hit-by-aging-population-weakened-local-economies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=census-record-1-in-3-counties-now-dying-off-hit-by-aging-population-weakened-local-economies The Huffington Post By HOPE YEN 03/14/13 12:16 PM ET EDT WASHINGTON — A record number of U.S. counties – more than 1 in 3 – are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census […]

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The Distracted American Driver

March 16, 2013

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http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/the-distracted-american-driver/?partner=rss&emc=rss Nearly 70 percent of Americans ages 18 to 64 said they had chatted on their phones while driving in the past 30 days, and about 30 percent said they had sent text messages while behind the wheel, far more than drivers in seven European countries. Sent by gReader Pro

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Md. Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Death Penalty

March 16, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/03/15/us/ap-us-death-penalty-maryland.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The Maryland General Assembly has approved a measure to ban capital punishment. Sent by gReader Pro

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The Big Threat to the Economy Is Private Debt and Interest Owed on It, Not Government Debt

March 16, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/39084699/0/alternet~The-Big-Threat-to-the-Economy-Is-Private-Debt-and-Interest-Owed-on-It-Not-Government-Debt Editor’s Note: These remarks were made by by Prof. Michael Hudson at The Atlantic’s Economy Summit, Washington DC, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.There are two quite different perspectives in the set of speeches at this conference. Many on our morning panels – Steve Keen, William Greider, and earlier Yves Smith and Robert Kuttner – have […]

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More HIV ‘cured’: first a baby, now 14 adults

March 15, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/10901/s/2995064d/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn232760Emore0Ehiv0Ecured0Efirst0Ea0Ebaby0Enow0E140Eadults0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qhealth/story01.htm A small group of adults given rapid drug treatment after HIV infection no longer need drugs to keep the virus in check

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The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats

March 15, 2013

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/15/the-progressive-movement-is-a-pr-front-for-rich-democrats/print There is good news in the Boston Globe today for the managers, development directors, visionaries, political hacks and propaganda flacks who run “the Progressive Movement.” More easy-to-earn and easy-to-hide soft money, millions of dollars, will be flowing to them from super rich Democrats and business corporations. It will come clean, pressed and laundered through […]

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Global surveys show environment ranks low among public concerns

March 15, 2013

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130225131541.htm#.UUN_lggkLsM.gmail A newly released international study reveals that the issue of climate change is not a priority for people in the United States and around the world. The surveys showed that when asked to rank priority worries, people were five times more likely to point to the economy over the environment. Additionally, when asked about […]

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Algae Blooms Threaten Lake Erie

March 15, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/science/earth/algae-blooms-threaten-lake-erie.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Lake Erie was once considered an environmental success story after it was pulled from the brink of death. Now it is sick again. Sent by gReader Pro

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Generation Flux — The Future of Business in a Chaotic World

March 14, 2013

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Fast Company (Jan. 9, 2012) This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business By: Robert Safian The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive–and perhaps even thrive. http://www.fastcompany.com/1802732/generation-flux-meet-pioneers-new-and-chaotic-frontier-business

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Monarch butterflies numbers down again

March 13, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/ufvD4Ec6nzs/130313142434.htm Bad news again for the Monarch butterfly: Drought conditions and historic wildfires the past few years continue to decrease their numbers as they wing across Texas this spring. Worse news: milkweed plants – the only kind they need to survive – are also not in plentiful supply. Sent by gReader Pro

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Teens’ Tech Habits

March 13, 2013

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http://www.pewresearch.org/2013/03/13/teens-tech-habits/?src=rss_main&utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=teens-tech-habits Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One-in-four teens now mostly go online using their phone. Sent by gReader Pro

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Japan Says It Is First to Tap Methane Hydrate Deposit

March 13, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/business/global/japan-says-it-is-first-to-tap-methane-hydrate-deposit.html?partner=rss&emc=rss If the extraction process is successful, it could provide enough energy to meet the country’s gas consumption needs for 14 years, experts say.

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Koch Brothers Looking To Purchase Several Major American Newspapers

March 12, 2013

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http://www.globalpossibilities.org/report-koch-brothers-looking-to-purchase-several-major-american-newspapers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=report-koch-brothers-looking-to-purchase-several-major-american-newspapers ThinkProgress Media By Igor Volsky on Mar 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm Right-wing funders and business industrialists David and Charles Koch may purchase the Tribune Company newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. The brothers are “interested in the clout they could gain through the Times’ editorial pages,” […]

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