Archive | April, 2013

Wage Disparity Continues to Grow

April 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/business/economy/wage-disparity-continues-to-grow.html?partner=rss&emc=rss When adjusted for inflation, the wages of low-paid workers have declined while wages for better-paid workers have outpaced inflation.

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Opinion: The Dark Side of Energy Independence

April 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/opinion/sunday/the-dark-side-of-energy-independence.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The current energy revolution will be a boon to America’s economy, but it will in no way allow the United States to turn its back on the rest of the world.

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Racial Wealth Gap Widened During Recession

April 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/29/business/racial-wealth-gap-widened-during-recession.html The wealth gap might still be growing, experts said, further dimming the prospects for economic advancement for current and future generations of nonwhite Americans.

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Blow: The Morose Middle Class

April 28, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/opinion/blow-the-morose-middle-class.html The “true engine of America’s economic growth” sure seems to have stalled.

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The Great Divide: No Rich Child Left Behind

April 28, 2013

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/no-rich-child-left-behind/ Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race. Sent by gReader Pro

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Why We’re Still in Love With the American Dream

April 27, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/GaICms3ngiw/story01.htm By James Fallows When sociologists or historians have looked at the United States, they have quickly identified important differences of class. Indentured servants versus free settlers in the colonial era, sharecroppers versus landowners in the post-Civil War South, labor versus management in America’s industrial age. Some of the most influential examinations of American culture […]

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The Unluckiest Generation: What Will Become of Millennials?

April 27, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/Q7XbHChls_Y/story01.htm AP The nearly 3.7 million American babies born in 1982 weren’t special, except to their families. But in the eyes of demographers, they were categorically different from the 3.6 million Americans born in 1981. They were the first members of a new club: Generation Y.This so-called millennial cohort, the largest generation in American history, […]

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James Hansen: The One Thing We Should Be Doing to Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change

April 27, 2013

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http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/40458330/0/alternet~James-Hansen-The-One-Thing-We-Should-Be-Doing-to-Prevent-Catastrophic-Climate-Change The country’s leading climatologist talks about what our future looks like if we continue along with business as usual — and what we could do to prevent catastrophe. This article was published in partnership with GlobalPossibilities.org.It’s hard to imagine anyone who has done more to further our understanding of the impacts of climate change […]

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Meet the New Middle Class: Who They Are, What They Want, and What They Fear

April 25, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAtlantic/~3/aeblR1Qsiwc/story01.htm Reuters Americans still believe they can reach for the stars, but they are increasingly fearful they are standing on a trapdoor as they try. That’s the deeply ambivalent message from the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll exploring the public’s perception of what it means to be middle class in America today. Fully 56 […]

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Global Ponzi Scheme: We’re Taking $7.3 Trillion A Year In Natural Capital From Our Children Without Paying For It

April 23, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/ZgVT05iXXOw/story01.htm Last week, David Roberts over at Grist flagged a report carried out by the environmental consultant group Trucost, at the behest of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity over at the United Nations. The idea behind the report was simple. Tally up all the world’s natural capital — land, water, atmosphere, etc. — that […]

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Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and the Encroaching Global Catastrophe

April 23, 2013

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http://ecowatch.com/2013/resource-scarcity-climate-change-global-catastrophe/ TOMDISPATCH — Brace yourself. You may not be able to tell yet, but according to global experts and the U.S. intelligence community, the earth is already shifting under you. Whether you know it or not, you’re on a …

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Infant Mortality Rate in U.S. Declines

April 21, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/health/infant-mortality-rate-in-us-declines.html?partner=rss&emc=rss A drop of 12 percent from 2005 through 2011, attributed in part to a decline in premature births, was reported. Sent by gReader Pro

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Risk of dementia declined over past 20 years

April 20, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/rdGCrRrV-U8/130419075905.htm The risk of developing dementia may have declined over the past 20 years, in direct contrast to what many previously assumed. The decrease in dementia risk coincides with the general reduction in cardiovascular disease over recent decades, researchers said. Sent by gReader Pro

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Why The Global Movement Toward Reducing Carbon Intensity Flat-Lined

April 19, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/2ae2fce3/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A40C180C18913810Cwhy0Ethe0Eglobal0Emovement0Etoward0Ereducing0Ecarbon0Eintensity0Eflat0Elined0C/story01.htm The global effort to produce less carbon-intensive completely stalled over the last two decades, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. The paper put together a measure of carbon intensity — how much carbon is released per unit of energy created — and found its essentially been flat in the United […]

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IEA – progress towards clean energy stalled

April 19, 2013

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http://www.carboncapturejournal.com/displaynews.php?NewsID=1125 The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

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U.S. Ranks Low on Children’s Health

April 19, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/opinion/blow-the-kids-are-not-all-right.html In a Unicef report, the United States once again ranked among the worst wealthy countries for children’s well-being.

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California City to Require Solar Energy Systems on All New Homes

April 18, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YaleEnvironment360/~3/KcqbIvlpuHM/ A city in southern California this week passed a zoning regulation that requires developers to install solar power systems on every new house they build. Beginning next year, all new homes built on lots at least 7,000 square feet in size in Lancaster, Calif. will be required to produce at least one kilowatt of […]

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Probing the Reasons Behind The Changing Pace of Warming

April 18, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/YaleEnvironment360/~3/13-KkRIi28U/ A consensus is emerging among scientists that the rate of global warming has slowed or stalled over the last decade. While they are still examining why, many researchers believe this phenomenon is linked to the heat being absorbed by the world’s oceans. BY FRED PEARCE

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More Cracks Undermine the Citadel of TV Profits

April 16, 2013

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/15/more-cracks-undermine-the-citadel-of-tv-profits/ Television has thrived on bundling, which offers a way of protecting things but also tends to obscure the weaknesses within. Now services like Aereo and Netflix are threatening to make those flaws more apparent, David Carr writes.

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Adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations

April 15, 2013

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Adult generations of today are less healthy than their counterparts of previous generations http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/0cPxygSCwTs/130410082426.htm Despite their greater life expectancy, the adults of today are less "metabolically" healthy than their counterparts of previous generations. That’s the conclusion of a large cohort study which compared generational shifts in a range of well established metabolic risk factors for […]

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The U.S. ranks 6th in public health expenditures

April 15, 2013

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The U.S. ranks 6th in public health expenditures http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/the-u-s-ranks-6th-in-public-health-expenditures/ According to the United Nations Development Program, in 2010 public spending on health care amounted to 9.5% of GDP. This is enough to make the United States rank sixth out of one hundred eighty-eight countries ranked in that category. The Marshall Islands ranked first, with public […]

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An Update on Peak Oil

April 15, 2013

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http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/04/update-peak-oil By Kevin Drum If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you already know the basics about peak oil: It’s not a kooky conspiracy theory. The obsessively mainstream International Energy Agency, which refused to even acknowledge the possibility of peak oil for years, officially admitted it was real three years ago. Not only that, they […]

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The Rock and the Hard Place of Future Economic Growth

April 13, 2013

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The Rock and the Hard Place of Future Economic Growth http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/04/rock-and-hard-place-future-economic-growth Responding to Lane Kenworthy, who thinks that the Fed is unlikely to pursue full employment policies anytime in the near future, Jared Bernstein pushes back: I’ve often stressed that progressives cannot give up on the “primary distribution”—market outcomes—and hope to fix everything with redistribution. […]

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Study: We’re Headed To 11°F Warming And Even 7°F Requires ‘Nearly Quadrupling The Current Rate Of Decarbonisat ion’ | ThinkProgress

April 13, 2013

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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/11/06/1144431/study-were-headed-to-11f-warming-and-even-7f-requires-nearly-quadrupling-the-current-rate-of-decarbonisation/?mobile=wt

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U.S. Ranks at the Bottom of Child Well-Being

April 13, 2013

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U.S. Ranks at the Bottom of Child Well-Being http://feeds.feedblitz.com/~/40028406/0/alternet~US-Ranks-at-the-Bottom-of-Child-WellBeing The United States ranked in the bottom four of a United Nations report on child well-being. Among 29 countries, America landed second from the bottom in child poverty and held a similarly dismal position when it came to “child life satisfaction.”Keeping the U.S. company at the […]

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Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising

April 9, 2013

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Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climateprogress/lCrX/~3/cmyoJDV7p7I/story01.htm Gallup latest polling confirms that the public’s understanding and concern about global warming is on the rise. This matches the findings of other pollsters — see Yale Poll (10/12): “Large And Growing Majority Of Americans” Say “Global Warming Is Affecting Weather In The […]

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Nearly 80 Percent Of Americans Hit By Extreme Weather Disaster Since 2007, Report Finds

April 9, 2013

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Nearly 80 Percent Of Americans Hit By Extreme Weather Disaster Since 2007, Report Finds http://thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com/c/34726/f/638933/s/2a87dd3f/l/0Lthinkprogress0Borg0Cclimate0C20A130C0A40C0A90C18410A510Cnearly0E80A0Epercent0Eof0Eamericans0Ehit0Eby0Eextreme0Eweather0Esince0E20A0A70Ereport0Efinds0C/story01.htm Source: Environment America The vast majority of Americans have experienced a weather-related disaster in the past six years, according to a report released today by the Environment America Research and Policy Center. The report, which is based on disaster declaration […]

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EPA Survey: Over Half of American Rivers and Streams Are in Poor Condition

April 6, 2013

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/15375-epa-survey-over-half-of-american-rivers-and-streams-are-in-poor-condition The majority of the rivers and streams in America are in "poor" or "fair" condition due to pollution and other factors, according to a national survey released this week by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Sent by gReader Pro

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Blow: The Young Are the Restless

April 6, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/blow-the-young-are-the-restless.html?partner=rss&emc=rss The millennial generation is the generation of change. Advantage Democrats. Sent by gReader Pro

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Dose of Reality

April 5, 2013

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http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/349370/title/Dose_of_Reality HPV is epidemic, which is odd since it is largely preventable Sent by gReader Pro

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How can children’s interests be protected in the face of poverty?

April 5, 2013

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http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/~3/Y1yuZgjXe1c/130405082543.htm According to several studies, more and more children around the world are separated from their homes and placed in residential facilities. However, most of them are neither orphaned nor abandoned: they are placed into these institutions due to financial or family difficulties, as is revealed by a new survey conducted in Madagascar. Sent by […]

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On Rand Paul and the Libertarian-Statist Divide

April 4, 2013

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http://harpers.org/blog/2013/04/on-rand-paul-and-the-libertarian-statist-divide/ Why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul

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Abolish the 401(k) – Salon.com

April 4, 2013

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http://www.salon.com/2013/04/04/abolish_the_401k/

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The U.S. ranks 22nd in gender equality

April 2, 2013

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http://rankingamerica.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/the-u-s-ranks-22nd-in-gender-equality According to the World Economic Forum, the United States has a gender equality score of 0.7373 (out of a possible 1.0000), which makes the United States rank twenty-second out of one hundred thirty five countries ranked in that category. Iceland ranks first, with a gender equality score of 0.8640. Sent by gReader Pro

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Pollution in US rivers is widespread and will persist

April 2, 2013

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http://feeds.newscientist.com/c/749/f/638484/s/2a412b39/l/0L0Snewscientist0N0Carticle0Cdn233360Epollution0Ein0Eus0Erivers0Eis0Ewidespread0Eand0Ewill0Epersist0Bhtml0Dcmpid0FRSS0QNSNS0Q20A120EGLOBAL0Qnews/story01.htm More than half of the country’s streams and rivers are in a poor condition for aquatic life, according to the Environmental Protection Agency

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On the Economy, Think Long-Term

April 2, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/opinion/on-the-economy-think-long-term.html Our underlying economic problems aren’t temporary. To fix them, we need a strategy for the next 20 years.

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Swiss Re: U.S. Dominated Global Disaster Losses in 2012

April 1, 2013

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http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/climatecentral/djOO/~3/7X3z77zuU78/u.s.-dominated-global-disaster-losses-in-2012-insurer-reports-15814 The insurance industry had its third-most expensive year on record in 2012, with global economic losses from natural catastrophes and manmade disasters totaling $186 billion, according to a report released March 27 by the reinsurance giant Swiss Re. The total insured losses for the year was $77 billion, which was well below the losses […]

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More Diagnoses of Hyperactivity Causing Concern

April 1, 2013

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/health/more-diagnoses-of-hyperactivity-causing-concern.html?partner=rss&emc=rss Eleven percent of American school-age children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and some doctors say that the diagnosis and its medication are overused. Sent by gReader Pro

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