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On Beauty, and How to See It

On Beauty, and How to See It

One of the greatest all-time thinkers on what it means to look deeply, and think deeply, about beauty. Our Video Pick of the Week.

7 Jun 2013

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The Conservation Alliance

 

95 percent clean?

Scientists think we can power 95 percent of our planet with clean energy. - RC
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‘We saved the ozone layer. We can save the climate.’

Here’s a happy thought: remember all the problems with the ozone hole? How that was supposed to kill us all? Well, we did something about it. And it worked. In fact, if we hadn’t cut down on hairsprays, which were full of gases that fried the Earth, we’d be in even worse shape than we’re in today, says one of the men who sued the government to make sure it happened: Had we not acted, the world would already be suffering even more severe droughts, floods and storms. This summer’s ...
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‘We saved the ozone layer. We can save the climate.’

Here’s a happy thought: remember all the problems with the ozone hole? How that was supposed to kill us all? Well, we did something about it. And it worked. In fact, if we hadn’t cut down on hairsprays, which were full of gases that fried the Earth, we’d be in even worse shape than we’re in today, says one of the men who sued the government to make sure it happened: Had we not acted, the world would already be suffering even more severe droughts, floods and storms. This summer’s ...
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Think Politics is Fair?

Exxon outspends the entire clean energy sector on lobbying. - RC
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95 percent clean?

Scientists think we can power 95 percent of our planet with clean energy. - RC
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‘We saved the ozone layer. We can save the climate.’

Here’s a happy thought: remember all the problems with the ozone hole? How that was supposed to kill us all? Well, we did something about it. And it worked. In fact, if we hadn’t cut down on hairsprays, which were full of gases that fried the Earth, we’d be in even worse shape than we’re in today, says one of the men who sued the government to make sure it happened: Had we not acted, the world would already be suffering even more severe droughts, floods and storms. This summer’s ...
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Polluters Bring the Money

It’s a different world from 2008. In 2008, says a New York Times analysis, there were far more ads touting a green energy agenda. In 2012, that’s flipped. The money has tipped in favor of the old polluters. -RC  
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Polluters Bring the Money

It’s a different world from 2008. In 2008, says a New York Times analysis, there were far more ads touting a green energy agenda. In 2012, that’s flipped. The money has tipped in favor of the old polluters. -RC  
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Polluters Bring the Money

It’s a different world from 2008. In 2008, says a New York Times analysis, there were far more ads touting a green energy agenda. In 2012, that’s flipped. The money has tipped in favor of the old polluters. -RC  
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Romney’s Awful Energy Plan

Here’s a good take on Romney’s terrible energy plan, from Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell. His best line: … what Romney and the Republicans are offering voters this November isn't a coherent energy plan. It's a suicide note. While the candidate advocates pie-in-the-sky plans to “get us off foreign oil,” others quoted by Goodell have more reasonable perspectives: "The only real path to energy independence is to get off oil completely," says Steve Kretzmann, the executive director of ...
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Romney’s Awful Energy Plan

Here’s a good take on Romney’s terrible energy plan, from Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell. His best line: … what Romney and the Republicans are offering voters this November isn't a coherent energy plan. It's a suicide note. While the candidate advocates pie-in-the-sky plans to “get us off foreign oil,” others quoted by Goodell have more reasonable perspectives: "The only real path to energy independence is to get off oil completely," says Steve Kretzmann, the executive director of ...
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Romney’s Awful Energy Plan

Here’s a good take on Romney’s terrible energy plan, from Rolling Stone’s Jeff Goodell. His best line: … what Romney and the Republicans are offering voters this November isn't a coherent energy plan. It's a suicide note. While the candidate advocates pie-in-the-sky plans to “get us off foreign oil,” others quoted by Goodell have more reasonable perspectives: "The only real path to energy independence is to get off oil completely," says Steve Kretzmann, the executive director of ...
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News Flash: the Ice is Melting

One nice thing about the melting arctic is that we may soon be able to sail our sailboats over the North Pole as early as 2030. Check out the red line below, which shows how big the ice caps are this year vs. the last few hot years. (See if you can look at this chart without hearing the sound of a falling bomb …. neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …. BOOM!) (Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/Sea_Ice_Extent_L.png) But when the ice caps melt – which ...
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News Flash: the Ice is Melting

One nice thing about the melting arctic is that we may soon be able to sail our sailboats over the North Pole as early as 2030. Check out the red line below, which shows how big the ice caps are this year vs. the last few hot years. (See if you can look at this chart without hearing the sound of a falling bomb …. neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …. BOOM!) (Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/Sea_Ice_Extent_L.png) But when the ice caps melt – which ...
  • 1208

News Flash: the Ice is Melting

One nice thing about the melting arctic is that we may soon be able to sail our sailboats over the North Pole as early as 2030. Check out the red line below, which shows how big the ice caps are this year vs. the last few hot years. (See if you can look at this chart without hearing the sound of a falling bomb …. neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …. BOOM!) (Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, http://www.ijis.iarc.uaf.edu/seaice/extent/Sea_Ice_Extent_L.png) But when the ice caps melt – which ...
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Get Ice in Book Form -- Because it May Not Be in Ice Form Much Longer

James Balog’s new book, from his amazing work at the ends of the Earth.
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Get Ice in Book Form -- Because it May Not Be in Ice Form Much Longer

James Balog’s new book, from his amazing work at the ends of the Earth.
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Romney’s View of Energy, Ages and Ages Hence

An imagined conversation between the man and his grandchildren, on why he was so proactive in slowing global warming – before he wasn’t. By Reilly Capps One fine summer day, 30 years hence, when Mitt Romney is so old his hair is half-gray and perfect, just like it is now, one of his adorable grandchildren – a red-headed munchkin with money-green eyes – will scream at him from the other side of the gazebo: “Grandpa, I love you! I want to come and hug you! But my shoes’ rubber soles have ...
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Romney’s View of Energy, Ages and Ages Hence

An imagined conversation between the man and his grandchildren, on why he was so proactive in slowing global warming – before he wasn’t. By Reilly Capps One fine summer day, 30 years hence, when Mitt Romney is so old his hair is half-gray and perfect, just like it is now, one of his adorable grandchildren – a red-headed munchkin with money-green eyes – will scream at him from the other side of the gazebo: “Grandpa, I love you! I want to come and hug you! But my shoes’ rubber soles have ...
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Get Ice in Book Form -- Because it May Not Be in Ice Form Much Longer

James Balog’s new book, from his amazing work at the ends of the Earth.
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Romney’s View of Energy, Ages and Ages Hence

An imagined conversation between the man and his grandchildren, on why he was so proactive in slowing global warming – before he wasn’t. By Reilly Capps One fine summer day, 30 years hence, when Mitt Romney is so old his hair is half-gray and perfect, just like it is now, one of his adorable grandchildren – a red-headed munchkin with money-green eyes – will scream at him from the other side of the gazebo: “Grandpa, I love you! I want to come and hug you! But my shoes’ rubber soles have ...
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DeChristopher’s Conviction Upheld

The environmental activist spiked the Bush Administration’s plans to drill near national parks in Utah. He’s been in prison for more than a year now. His appeal to have his sentence overturned was just rejected. Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune’s story. - RC
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DeChristopher’s Conviction Upheld

The environmental activist spiked the Bush Administration’s plans to drill near national parks in Utah. He’s been in prison for more than a year now. His appeal to have his sentence overturned was just rejected. Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune’s story. - RC
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DeChristopher’s Conviction Upheld

The environmental activist spiked the Bush Administration’s plans to drill near national parks in Utah. He’s been in prison for more than a year now. His appeal to have his sentence overturned was just rejected. Here’s the Salt Lake Tribune’s story. - RC
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No Chirps---Many Bugs

Classic SciFi movies have long featured invasions by menacing creatures---gigantic lizards in Godzilla; irradiated ants in Them; and even a giant mutant bear in the film Prophecy. Now comes a real critter invasion actually taking over the island of Guam producing an ecological disaster. An explosion of spiders has resulted from the elimination of the island’s birds by the brown tree snake, an invasive reptile that arrived on Guam from the Solomon Islands where they are native most likely ...
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No Chirps---Many Bugs

Classic SciFi movies have long featured invasions by menacing creatures---gigantic lizards in Godzilla; irradiated ants in Them; and even a giant mutant bear in the film Prophecy. Now comes a real critter invasion actually taking over the island of Guam producing an ecological disaster. An explosion of spiders has resulted from the elimination of the island’s birds by the brown tree snake, an invasive reptile that arrived on Guam from the Solomon Islands where they are native most likely ...
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