Daily Archives: October 25, 2014

X Flare, UFOs During Eclipse | S0 News October 25, 2014


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Published on Oct 25, 2014

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Counting the Cost – Kenya’s growth spurt


Al Jazeera English

Published on Oct 25, 2014

What is powering the rise in East Africa and how does the economic revision affect ordinary Kenyans?

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Counting the Cost – Oil wars: Saudi vs the world?


Al Jazeera English

Published on Oct 25, 2014

As global oil prices tumble, we ask why the country that is OPEC’s kingpin is doing nothing to stop it. Also on Counting the Cost: Kenya’s economic revision; Tunisia’s youth unemployment crisis; and chile’s unstealable bikes. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Massive Sunspot Blasts X3-Class Flare


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Published on Oct 25, 2014

AR2192 has been a busy sunspot with a third X-flare on October 24th, 2014. According to Spaceweather.com, it also has “produced 27 C-lass flares and 9 M-Class flares.” Full Story: http://goo.gl/OxK531

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Noam Chomsky (2014) “Media and Public Opinion”


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Published on Oct 25, 2014

Full Speech and Q&A — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2LNy…
Date – October 14, 2014

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What are the Motive Forces for Effective Climate Action?

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Michael Hoexter

By Michael Hoexter

If you might want or need something to happen very badly or urgently that was debatably in your power to influence or effect, the chief rational approach you might choose would be to attempt to understand what are the causal forces or conditions that lead that thing to happen. The alternatives are forms of magical thinking or prayer to assumed-to-be more powerful, perhaps supernatural, beings. As the domain of effective and timely action on climate is largely within the domain of human beings’ ability to choose and influence others’ choices and such action is considered by increasing numbers of people to be highly desirable, one would think that substantial groups of social scientists would be making their best efforts to figure out how to “make climate action happen”. Even if you were not an intense partisan of a particular outcome, as the scenario above suggests, if you were just a scientist or seeker of knowledge of some type, you would also want to understand motive forces, so as to predict future outcomes and make your scientific knowledge of some use to human beings. This is the study of dynamics, how things change over time.

Of course, some of the causes of climate action, unfortunately, are related to what we cannot directly and specifically control, i.e. the sequence and timing of unusual weather and other semi-natural events and changes on a scale of months and years. How hot, dry, wet or “unnatural” any of these physical climate-related events/disasters will appear to people will definitely have a catalytic effect on societies and governments now still embracing half-measures or avoiding action all together. It is extremely unfortunate that some of the impetus for effective action will come from events that will already be signs of a climate system on a path to perhaps irreversible instability and hostility to human life. However we cannot count on the destabilized climate system to catalyze the right or proper actions: mounting climate disasters could lead to a focus purely on rearguard adaptation or to the embrace of faulty ideas that will not yield decisive and rapid emissions reductions. As with the Kyoto Protocol’s cap and trade system, half-measures can create their own set of entrenched interest groups invested in climate action as window-dressing rather than effective action itself. It still would be required that human beings make up their minds and act either before or after such disasters in a way that reduces their likelihood in the future, including fights with interest groups invested both in the status quo and in faulty ideas about what can spur emissions reductions.

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About the Economists at New Economic Perspectives

This website offers policy advice and economic analysis from a group of professional economists, legal scholars, and financial market practitioners . We started this blog in order to weigh in on the serious challenges facing the global economy following the financial meltdown in 2007. We aim to provide an accurate description of the cause(s) of the current meltdown as well as some fresh ideas about how policymakers — here and abroad — should address to the continued weakness in their economies. Our approach, which has been dubbed “Modern Money Theory” or “The Kansas City Approach,” builds on the work of Abba P. Lerner, John Maynard Keynes, Hyman P. Minsky, Wynne Godley and other important figures of the past. Above all, we are careful to provide analyses and policy recommendations that are applicable under a modern, fiat money system.

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BBC – Horizons – Episode 12: Frontier Seas

See series: Episode 12: Frontier Seas Innovations on water

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BBC News – EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut

24 October 2014 Last updated at 04:59 ET
BBC-EU-ClimateEC President Herman van Rompuy: Deal is “ambitious and balanced”
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EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.

Correspondents say the final deal is a compromise between countries that rely heavily on coal, and those willing to instil greater emissions cuts.

Environmental groups welcomed the deal, but said it did not go far enough.

The bloc also agreed to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

There were deep divisions within the EU on emissions cuts.

Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, fears that the costs of decarbonising its economy will slow business growth. Its concerns at the summit were echoed by other central and east European members.

Listen to assessment: BBC Newshour – 24 October 2014 – 1300GMT – report

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Petition – Pricing Carbon Initiative

Who we are

We represent civic advocates, environmentalists, business groups, faith leaders, and youth who all start from the premise that policy solutions to climate change are necessary and that a price on greenhouse house gas emissions represents the most effective, efficient, equitable, and economical option.

What we are doing

We are reaching out to a broad spectrum of individuals across the country to enhance public awareness and generate citizen engagement and collaboration. We are calling for and helping to organize locally inspired community dialogues and awareness-raising events. On November 14th, 15th, and 16th — just after the midterm elections and right before the next round of international climate negotiations — we will initiate this effort with selected events around the U.S.

Why

A pricing carbon approach offers a promising framework from which to motivate citizens to accept individual responsibility for both their role in our society’s excessive greenhouse gas emissions and their need to have a role in the solutions to curtail them.

Arguably, a significant and rising carbon price offers not only the most effective, expedient, and morally compelling way of addressing runaway climate disruption, but it is also the most empowering option for citizens wanting to help shape and implement effective solutions that can be economically equitable, business-friendly, and environmentally effective.

Pricing mechanisms are also conducive to encouraging local, national, and international solutions. They can also complement and augment other measures, such as efficiency standards and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

Goals

We hope to create an ongoing structure where the results of the community dialogues and other events can be collated, disseminated, shared, and discussed in a way that collective voices will be heard. The November events and what comes after them will be designed to help inform, empower and facilitate community efforts across the country and to make a national movement for a price on carbon pollution a reality.

PCI coordinators, Evan Weber (eweber) or Tom Stokes (tstokes), may be contacted for further information.

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