News for 2009-08-03

Monday, August 3, 2009
Carbon Credits: 'Cure Worse Than the Disease'
QUEBEC - Carbon credits - to package and trade offsets to greenhouse gas emissions - won't work, says McGill University economist Christopher Green. "This cure could be worse than the disease," says Green, rejecting the argument of Premier Jean Charest, who wants the Montreal Exchange to be the...
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Progressive Democrats Take a Stand on Health Care
An amendment introduced by representative Anthony Weiner, which would have created national single payer, has been traded in for a vote on the House floor in September, as a part of the deal between liberal and conservative members of the Democratic Party. The case - in support of single payer -...
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Pentagon Eyes Accelerated 'Bunker Buster' Bomb
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is seeking to speed deployment of an ultra-large "bunker-buster" bomb on the most advanced U.S. bomber as soon as July 2010, the Air Force said on Sunday, amid concerns over perceived nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran . The non-nuclear, 30,000-pound Massive...
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Military Killer Robots 'Could Endanger Civilians'
"Terminator"-style machines that decide how, when and who to kill are just around the corner, warns Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield. Far from helping to reduce casualties, their use is likely to make conflict and war more common and...
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Will a Warmer World Make Us Sicker?
From Conservation magazine , part of the Guardian Environment Network:
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The Biggest Shift from North to South: 'Time to De-Grow'
BUCHAREST - Serge Latouche, professor emeritus of economic science at the University of Paris-Sud, is one of the main proponents of "the society of de-growth". He calls for "abandoning the objective of growth for growth's sake, an insane objective, with disastrous consequences for the environment...
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TVA Backs Firm Exploring Small Nuclear Reactors; Critics Bristle
TENNESSEE - Small nuclear reactors — like a mini-car versus a Hummer — are on the drawing board of the nuclear industry, which has been hard-pressed to get financing for the standard-size models. The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to help one nuclear power company, Babcock & Wilcox of...
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Guantanamo Inmates May Go to Special Prison: Report
WASHINGTON - US officials are considering a plan to move Guantanamo Bay "war on terror" detainees to a special US prison camp that would also contain courtrooms and long-term living quarters, the Washington Post reported Monday. The facility would be jointly run by the departments of Defense,...
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Warning: Oil Supplies Are Running Out Fast
The world is heading for a catastrophic energy crunch that could cripple a global economic recovery because most of the major oil fields in the world have passed their peak production, a leading energy economist has warned. Higher oil prices brought on by a rapid increase in demand and a stagnation...
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