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Where Killer Whales Belong

February 28, 2010

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I hate to say this, but I loved seeing Shamu perform at SeaWorld last Christmas. Seeing an orca rise up out of a pool in balletic rhythm with a trainer, feeling the seismic thuds as he hit the water, and watching him power his way through the water was stirring and astonishing. Afterward I felt […]

Decision Time on Climate

February 28, 2010

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The environmental crisis – one for which climate change is one aspect only – poses a challenge of historic magnitude for this generation. Acknowledging the magnitude allows us to imagine how to abate the challenge. The balance of this century’s human societies depends upon the choice we will make. Either we consider climate change a […]

Opening the Arctic – a source of competition and conflict.

February 27, 2010

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In a further sign of the ongoing transformation of the melting Arctic into a new strategic base for military and commercial activity, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for the construction of a deepwater sea port in Alaska near the western entrance to the disputed Northwest Passage. via Opening the Arctic – a source of competition and […]

Bloom Box Energy Server: Personal Power Plant of future is here – NY Breaking News

February 26, 2010

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During a news conference, a Silicon Valley start-up Bloom Energy Corp. showcased the model of Bloom Energy fuel cell that is designed to facilitate individual homes and business set ups to produce power on their own. The conference was attended by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Secretary of State Colin Powell and was held […]

Methane levels may see ‘runaway’ rise, scientists warn – Climate Change, Environment – The Independent

February 26, 2010

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Atmospheric levels of methane, the greenhouse gas which is much more powerful than carbon dioxide, have risen significantly for the last three years running, scientists will disclose today – leading to fears that a major global-warming “feedback” is beginning to kick in. For some time there has been concern that the vast amounts of methane, […]

It’s the end of the road for Hummer – Motoring News, Motoring – The Independent

February 26, 2010

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There was a time when the greed of the Hummer didn’t bother many people. Its fans liked it precisely for the unabashed obesity of its styling. But it doesn’t take a social scientist to realise that in these greener, poorer days, obesity spells obscene; the Hummer has become garish and anachronistic. Its demise was all […]

We overpay for slow, old Internet: Study – thestar.com

February 25, 2010

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Canada still presents itself as an Internet leader even though it now offers substandard web access compared to other countries, a study of world online systems has concluded. “Though it was among the first nations in the world to provide widespread, retail broadband service, Canada’s recent development has lagged behind other nations,” a 333-page Harvard […]