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Rising Tides - Mitigation versus Consternation

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On two sides of the planet, two countries describe approaches to dealing with a consequence of climate change - rising sea levels. One has unveiled a multi-decade plan to counter this coastal threat. The other isn't even acknowledging the issue and instead an independent, not-for-profit, crowd-funded group is issuing independent findings.

The first country is The Netherlands.

Blue Origin to Replace Russia's RD-180 for U.S. Rocket Flights

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Quietly lost in the background of this week's NASA announcements is the news that Jeff Bezos' company, Blue Origin, is to provide United Launch Alliance, owners of the Atlas V rocket, with a next generation engine technology for a next generation rocket. Although Boeing and SpaceX got the major headlines as the companies selected to provide crew-manned capsules for the International Space Station (ISS), Blue Origin may have the last laugh.

Disturbing Arctic Facts: Disease Migration and Dark Snow

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Recent reports on areas north of 60 degrees latitude point to rapid climate change in this region of the planet. What's happening?

Every Government Official Should Read This: Choosing Between Economic Growth and Fighting Climate Change Is No Longer an Issue

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In today's Financial Times, Pilita Clark has written an article titled "Growth and fighting global climate change not incompatible." Did you hear that? Economic growth, the creation of jobs, increased Gross National Product - you in government no longer have to concern yourselves that enacting climate change mitigation strategies is going to drive your country into depression or worse.

No One Should Think That Money Spent on NASA Is a Waste

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One of my readers shared the following infographic, titled NASA Spinning Off Since 1962. It highlights the inventions, discoveries and economic return on investment resulting from NASA. For every dollar invested by the government the American economy and other countries economies have seen $7 to $14 in new revenue, all from spinoffs and licensing arrangements. That amounts to in $17.6 billion current NASA dollars spent to an economic boost worth as much as $246.4 billion annually.

An Explosion of New Roads for the 21st Century

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By 2050, we will have to invest in a new road network 25 million kilometers in length to keep up with human population growth and infrastructure requirements. This represents a 60% increase from 2010, with almost all of these new roads located in the developing world.

New York Climate Summit Report Card: Who Is Tackling Climate Change Best?

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We are less than 10 days away from the planned climate summit of 125 nations taking place in New York City on September 23rd. So I thought it would be useful to take a quick climate change snapshot, rating the efforts of individual nations. That made me wonder - how are nations being measured? What constitutes a success? Who leads the pack? Who is failing?

Is Lowering Trade Barriers Incompatible with Mitigation Strategies to Address Climate Change?

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Countries seem to be getting together to develop free trade zones and global trade agreements. This trade liberalization over the last few decades is considered to be a "good thing" overall. World trade has increased to levels 32 times greater than in 1950. In parallel while international trade has risen so has atmospheric carbon with CO2 concentrations rising from 310 parts per million (ppm) to today's 396 ppm. Is there a correlation? Do carbon emissions rise when international trade increases?

Ebola Continues Its Deadly March Through West Africa

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The number of cases reported is well over 4,300 now, with more than 2,300 having succumbed to the virus. Liberia has reported 2,046 cases with 1,224 deaths as of yesterday. If things continue, this situation may lead to the collapse of the nation.

Curiosity Makes It to the Foot of Mount Sharp. Now the Real Mission Begins

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In case you missed it, the rover in Gale Crater on Mars has achieved another milestone, having traversed across rough terrain with minimal damage to its delicate wheels and now sits at the base of Mount Sharp, where it will begin its ascent. What's on its agenda?

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