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Gough Whitlam dies at 98; Australian prime minister was a reformist 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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How a timid West let Russia regroup 21.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Looking back over the past quarter-century, it isn't easy to name a Western policy that can truly be described as a success. The impact of Western development aid is debatable. Western interventions in the Middle East have been ...
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Tougher Greenhouse Goals Could Cut EU’s Gas Imports in Half 21.10.2014 WRI Stories
Later this week, the European Council will decide on a target to further reduce the European Union’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. At issue is whether the Council will decide to reduce emissions by “at least 40 percent” from 1990 levels—leaving the door open to increase ambition in negotiation with other countries—or cap reductions at just 40 percent, locking in a lower goal and possibly influencing other countries to do the same. As the Council weighs its options, new analysis demonstrates that a more aggressive GHG target—achieved through energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements—could also deliver critical energy security gains by reducing reliance on natural gas imports. The European Union currently derives about one-third of its power from natural gas, much of it imported from other countries. *A new study by Ecofys under the Open Climate Network finds that by 2030, the EU can cut its natural gas consumption by almost half by cost-effectively improving energy efficiency and ...
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When it comes to U.S. power grid reliability, small electricity grids have the bigger advantage 21.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
To make the U.S. power grid more reliable, utilities and their customers should develop smaller, self-contained microgrids.
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From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy 21.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Federal Eye: Department of Energy contractors refuse to turn over documents in firing of nuclear-waste whistleblower 21.10.2014 Washington Post: Politics
Two federal contractors developing a treatment plant for radioactive waste have refused to hand over records related to the firing of a whistleblower who raised safety concerns, according to a government watchdog ...
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The Latest in Progressive Ideas at Election Time 21.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Note to fellow citizens: I found these interesting suggestions lying around -- what do you think? Principles The conscience of the people, in a time of grave national problems, should call into being a new party, born of the Nation's awakened sense of justice, dedicated to maintain government of the people, by the people and for the people. In accordance with the needs of each generation the people must use their sovereign powers to establish and maintain equal opportunity and industrial justice, to secure which democratic government was founded and without which no republic can endure. This country belongs to the people who inhabit it. Its resources, its business, its institutions and its laws should be utilized, maintained or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest. It is time to set the public welfare in the first place. On the Old Parties Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old ...
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Power play: How women have dressed for workplace success 20.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
How do women project authority at today's office? Good tailoring is just one part of the solution.
Here are the 2 biggest challenges to the future of energy storage 20.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Energy storage looks bright, but current solutions are far from plug-and-play. Here's why.

Here are the 2 biggest challenges to the future of energy storage
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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success 20.10.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?
Germany's Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable 19.10.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Peter Sopher Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid – enough to offset upwards of 35 coal plants. What’s more impressive is during the first half of 2014, close to 29 percent of Germany’s electricity came from renewable sources. For perspective, America’s renewables percentage , at about 14 percent, was half of Germany’s during this timeframe. Meanwhile, the country has improved its status as a grid reliability leader, causing the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Energy Transition blog to conclude, “Clearly, installing the equivalent of 100 percent of peak demand as wind and solar capacity does not bring down the grid.”  Renewables International further asserts, “Renewables have not yet reached a penetration level that has detrimentally impacted grid reliability.” This success runs contrary to the predictions of Energiewende’s critics, who have sounded the ...
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Low expectations as China considers legal reforms 19.10.2014 AP Top News
BEIJING (AP) -- The most important meeting of the year for the 205 members of China's ruling Communist Party's Central Committee, beginning Monday, will focus on how to rule the country in accordance with law....
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China's ruling party to discuss legal reforms that some suspect will only increase its power 19.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
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Low expectations as China considers legal reforms 19.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
BEIJING (AP) — The most important meeting of the year for the 205 members of China's ruling Communist Party's Central Committee, beginning Monday, will focus on how to rule the country in accordance with ...
China is again slowly turning in on itself 18.10.2014 LA Times: Commentary
Deng Xiaoping is back … but only on television.
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‘Peak Oil’ peaked and then some, so what’s next? 18.10.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Oil is still costly, a headwind to economic growth.
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At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency 18.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Melissa Wright, Associate Director, City Energy Project, New York: Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...
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Answering Four Key Questions About China's Rise 18.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
"Is China going to compete for world power?" Most people in China, if asked of such a question, would show little interest in seeing the country fighting for world power with the U.S., and still less in becoming another U.S. However, in the U.S. and some European countries, many may ask: How can we trust that China won't be like that? They are concerned that China may try to set up a new regional order under its rule. In a recent conversation with Henry Kissinger, he told me that he thought more people should know what the Chinese are thinking. I have therefore chosen a few hotly discussed topics below to share some of the views in China. First, is China a world power? For most in the U.S., and the world for that matter, China is undoubtedly already a newly rising world power. According to the latest IMF purchasing power parity calculation, China's GDP overtook the U.S.' to be the number one economy of the world. However, such a story did not raise much excitement in China. Most see it simply as too ...
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Unpacking the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act: Victory for Big Coal or Much Ado About Nothing? 17.10.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jackson Morris, Director, Eastern Energy, Danville, Pa.: On Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before it concluded its fall session and scurried out of state capital building in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that has since been sent to Governor Corbett. The bill, which had...
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Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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