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Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions
With growing gaps between rich and poor, social scientists are researching the effects on the health of a society.
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Landlord Accused Of Harassing Elderly Tenants In Rent-Regulated Chinatown Apartments

Landlord Accused Of Harassing Elderly Tenants In Rent-Regulated Chinatown Apartments | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
One of the largest landlords in the city is being investigated by a state agency for allegedly making life so unbearable for elderly tenants in a rent-regulated apartment complex that they had no choice but to move.
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Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo

Water crisis threatens thirsty Sao Paulo | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Sao Paulo is thirsty. A severe drought is hitting Brazil's largest city and thriving economic capital with no end in sight, threatening the municipal water supply to millions of people.
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BOOM! Bank Of America Ordered To Pay Highest Penalty In U.S. History For Fraud & The Winner Is….

BOOM! Bank Of America Ordered To Pay Highest Penalty In U.S. History For Fraud & The Winner Is…. | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The largest one-time Big Bank penalty/’settlement’ for overdrawing on the American public will be paid by the second largest U.S. bank holding company, Bank of America.
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Severe drought is causing the western US to rise like a spring uncoiling

Severe drought is causing the western US to rise like a spring uncoiling | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns.
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Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean

Cause of global warming hiatus found deep in the Atlantic Ocean | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Observations show that the heat absent from the Earth's surface for more than a decade is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle.
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Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate

Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Humans are increasingly dependent on algae to suck up climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sink it to the bottom of the ocean.
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Wall Street Warned About $91 Billion of High-Risk Oil Megaprojects | InsideClimate News

Wall Street Warned About $91 Billion of High-Risk Oil Megaprojects | InsideClimate News | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Critics of environmentally risky oil projects proposed for deep undersea and Canada's tar sands got new ammunition last week when a report labeled those ventures and others as the industry's most financially questionable pursuits.

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Can India Achieve 100% Renewable Energy?

Can India Achieve 100% Renewable Energy? | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

Energy Central. - Darshan Goswami.

By 2050, India could rely entirely on renewable energy to create a sustainable energy future.

In the coming years, India will face seemingly insurmountable challenges to its economy, environment and energy security.  To overcome these challenges India needs to shift to non-polluting sources of energy.  As Jeremy Rifkin, an economist and activist, said in New Delhi in January 2012,  “India is the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy sources and, if properly utilized, India can realize its place in the world as a great power,” and adding “but political will is required for the eventual shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”

 

India has tremendous energy needs and it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet those needs through traditional means of power generation.  Over 40% of rural Indian households don’t have electricity.


Renewable energy is the only technology that offers India the theoretical potential to service all its long-term power requirements.  The Indian subcontinent is blessed with abundant renewable energy resources.  For instance, taking advantage of 300-330 sunny days a year, India could easily generate 5000 trillion kWh of solar energy, which is higher than India’s total yearly energy consumption.  Even if a tenth of this potential was utilized, it could mark the end of India’s power problems.  Using the country’s deserts and farm land, India could easily install around 1,000 GW of solar generation – equivalent to around four times the current peak power demand (India’s present generation capacity is about 210 GW).

 

Wind energy can also help India convert to 100% renewable energy.  According to the environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), while India has no estimates of its offshore wind potential, up to 170 GW could be installed by 2050 along the 7,500 km of coastline.  Hydropower could generate an estimated 148 GW, Geothermal around 10.7 GW and Tidal power about 15 GW.  

 

If these abundantly available resources were properly developed and utilized, all of India’s new energy production could be derived from renewable energy sources by 2030.  In addition, all existing generation could be converted to renewable energy by 2050 while maintaining a reliable power supply in the interim.  Barriers to implementing the renewable energy plan are seen to be primarily social and political, not technological or economic.

 

Supplying almost 100 % of India’s energy demand through the use of clean renewable energy from solar, wind, hydro and biogas, etc. by 2050 is technically and economically feasible.  But, a number of political barriers must be overcome.  As examples of needed reforms, Denmark’s Parliament has passed the most ambitious green economy plan to generate 35% of its energy from renewable energy by 2020 and 100% by 2050.  Iceland, Scotland and the Philippines, have recently announced impressive plans to obtain 100% of their power from renewable energy. Three years after Japan’s nuclear meltdown, the Japanese province of Fukushima has pledged to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2040.

 Renewable Energy (especially solar and wind) is a game-changer for India: It has the potential to re-energize India’s economy by creating millions of new jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce the trade deficit and propel India forward as a “Green Nation.”  Providing 100% renewable energy is not a fantasy for someday, but a reality today.  India has a golden opportunity to solve three huge problems – reducing poverty, ensuring energy security and combating climate change. But it must act soon!  India can no longer afford to delay renewable energy deployment to meet its future energy needs.


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Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture

Make Use of the USDA’s Unofficial Support of Permaculture | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
VersaLand fields: Tree shelters protect an emerging 145 acre permaculture farm
Even though they do not know it, the Unites States Depa

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Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign May Slow Down China's Economy, And That Could Be Good

Xi Jinping's Anti-Corruption Campaign May Slow Down China's Economy, And That Could Be Good | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

Chinese President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign is popular, but it may be slowing economic growth, which might be good...

 

China’s leaders want to promote consumption, but the Xi administration is cracking down on industries -- such as luxury goods, high-end hotels, and automobiles -- that spur it.

But Cheng Li, an expert in Chinese politics at the Brookings Institute, argues that official corruption distorts the economy by siphoning off money from its most productive uses, and a crackdown will actually be good for the economy’s long-term health.

“Tax dollars that previously served to fund unsolicited purchases are being returned to public coffers,” he wrote in July, “Money can then be spent on the projects it was supposed to fund initially, thus leading to improved infrastructure, public services, and employment rates.”

But China’s willingness to slow the economy has its limits. Consider the housing market. After Beijing tightened credit early in 2014 in order to cool down the market -- which, Snyder argues, suffers from “over-capacity” -- prices in several urban markets began to drop quickly. But rather than let the slowdown continue, Beijing reversed course and loosened restrictions on home purchases. Prices have since begun to rise.

 


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Addressing economic inequality at root

Addressing economic inequality at root | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

Spiralling economic inequality is undermining our economy, society and democracy. Now seen by many as one of the world’s most pressing challenges – the time has come for action.

Is it any surprise that four out of five British citizens want the government to act on inequality? The richest 1% of the UK population are now wealthier than the poorest 50% put together – a disparity that has been growing steadily since the 1970s, and on current trends is set to get even worse.

But this isn’t about the politics of envy; nor is it purely about what is morally right or wrong. We have convincing evidence that extreme economic inequality is contributing decisively to financial instability, wasted human capital, lower well-being and mental health, domination of politics by an elite few and low voter turn out.



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39 kilotons a year: Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical banned since 2009 baffles NASA

39 kilotons a year: Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical banned since 2009 baffles NASA | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but NASA said Wednesday that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.
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Why Community Colleges Should Be Free

Why Community Colleges Should Be Free | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
To bolster the nation's high-tech labor pool, some higher education should come without a tuition bill
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Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge

Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Mawlamyaing (Myanmar) (AFP) – High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country’s battle with the ancient disease is far from over.
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Canada to push Arctic claim in Europe

Canada to push Arctic claim in Europe | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Canada's top diplomat will discuss the Arctic with his Scandinavian counterparts in Denmark and Norway next week, it was announced Thursday, a trip that will raise suspicions in Russia.
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Primary care physicians can be critical resource for abused women in rural areas

Primary care physicians can be critical resource for abused women in rural areas | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Many primary care physicians in rural communities do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence, according to public health researchers. Rural women who are exposed to such violence have limited resources if they seek help.
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Fish and coral smell a bad neighborhood: Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover

Fish and coral smell a bad neighborhood: Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad neighborhood, and use that ability to avoid settling in damaged reefs.
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Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A new process has been developed that will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use.
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As waters rise, Mekong rice farmers switch to shrimp

As waters rise, Mekong rice farmers switch to shrimp | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Salinization of the Mekong Delta is pushing a move toward a new crop: shrimp.

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Climate clues: Sunlight controls the fate of carbon released from thawing Arctic permafrost

Climate clues: Sunlight controls the fate of carbon released from thawing Arctic permafrost | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Just how much Arctic permafrost will thaw in the future and how fast heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released from those warming soils is a topic of lively debate among climate scientists. ANN AR

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Study of a model for the distribution of wealth

An equation for the evolution of the distribution of wealth in a population of economic agents making binary transactions with a constant total amount of "money" has recently been proposed by one of us (RLR). This equation takes the form of an iterated nonlinear map of the distribution of wealth. The equilibrium distribution is known and takes a rather simple form. If this distribution is such that, at some time, the higher momenta of the distribution exist, one can find exactly their law of evolution. A seemingly simple extension of the laws of exchange yields also explicit iteration formulae for the higher momenta, but with a major difference with the original iteration because high order momenta grow indefinitely. This provides a quantitative model where the spreading of wealth, namely the difference between the rich and the poor, tends to increase with time.


Study of a model for the distribution of wealth
Yves Pomeau, Ricardo Lopez-Ruiz

http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.2963


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Got a Money-Related Ethical Dilemma? Tell Us Your Story. - TIME

Got a Money-Related Ethical Dilemma? Tell Us Your Story. - TIME | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it


Facing an ethical quandary involving money? For instance, do you wonder whether it would be okay to leave money unequally to your children in your will?


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Corruption is killing Ghana

Corruption is killing Ghana | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

Mr. Richard Quayson, a Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on Tuesday said the future of the country would be bleak if the existing level of corruption continued.

Corruption, he said, was killing the nation and destroying the gains that had been made. Mr. Quayson, who was speaking at a sensitization programme for journalists at Takoradi said, “Corruption had become a dictatorship, and everybody was submitting to it."

He said the people were paying the price for corruption and, therefore, the fight against the practice must be everybody’s concern. Mr. Quayson said the CHRAJ, media and civil society had a role to play in actively addressing corruption and governance issues. He said Ghana was reviewed under the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, and it had been ascertained that the country had done well in terms of legislations against corruption and establishment of anti-corruption institutions.

Mr. Quayson said the country was weak in the implementation of the legislations and anti-corruption institutions. There was the need to correct past mistakes, mobilize resources and invest them in the fight against corruption, he said. Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, Director of the Anti-Corruption Department of CHRAJ, said the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) was a national plan of action to combat corruption in the country in the next 10 years.


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Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources

Stanford's Water in the West program offers new way to view groundwater resources | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
New website, with interactive graphics, illustrates problems caused by California's over-tapped aquifers.

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Ancient scourge? Myanmar still sees 3,000 new leprosy cases a year

Ancient scourge? Myanmar still sees 3,000 new leprosy cases a year | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country’s battle with the ancient disease is far from over.
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