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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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3D laser mapping 'weighs' trees

3D laser mapping 'weighs' trees | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A laser scanning technique is being developed by scientists to 3D map the structure of trees in order to determine the biomass and carbon stocks in forests more accurately than by other methods. The authors of the study hope their research will provide better understanding of the role of forests in reducing man-made CO2 emissions and give an effective framework for climate policymakers. Matthew Stock reports.
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Ethical vs. sustainable fashion

Ethical vs. sustainable fashion | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A collection of thoughts around the difference between ethical fashion and sustainable fashion

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5 Reasons the Future of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger than Ever

5 Reasons the Future of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger than Ever | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it

1. Clean energy investment has been – and continues to be – on the rise

 

Recent buzz around clean energy investment has centered on a new Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) report detailing the global clean energy industry’s strong 2014 investment results, results that even “beat expectations”. 

 

2. Wind and solar energy costs continue to drop precipitously

 

According to Lazard, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for solar and wind energy have decreased 78 percent and 58 percent, respectively, since 2009.

 

As costs of wind, solar, and other forms of clean energy decline, improved economic viability will likely lead to growth in clean energy investment.

 

3. Clean energy investment in the developing world is growing explosively – and just getting started

 

As costs drop, renewables promise to catch and become even more desirable in the developing world. 

 

Among the many reasons clean energy resources are ideal for developing nations are:

Many of these countries lack infrastructure for large, traditional power plants; and, distributed generation (like rooftop solar) requires far less infrastructure;Many developing countries are at sunny, equatorial latitudes, which are ideal for solar power; andIn regions characterized by energy poverty, upscaling usage of renewables is far less politically sensitive because there are not established fossil-fuel lobbies fighting to preserve the status quo.

 

4. Promising policy advances for clean energy integration

 

U.S. and global policy momentum is trending toward the creation of a global economy that is increasingly favorable toward renewable energy integration.

 

5. Countries around the world are already seeing the benefits of clean energy adoption

 

Positive experiences from countries pursuing clean energy integration prove the viability of upscaling renewables, as well as provide motivation and blueprints for others to follow. 

 

While 2014 was an especially strong year for clean energy investment, it was not an outlier so much as an indication of what is to come. Investors, take note: clean energy has clearly been trending upward at an impressive rate. Money has and will continue to be made through the industry in 2015 and onward.

 


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The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All

The Sharing Economy Isn’t About Sharing at All | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The sharing economy has been widely hailed as a major growth sector, by sources ranging from Fortune magazine to President Obama.
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Preschool Teachers Should Earn Like They Matter

Preschool Teachers Should Earn Like They Matter | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Bridget Coila/Flickr Picture this: a 4-year-old is in a sandbox, running sand and pebbles through a sieve.
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Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis

Rural America's Silent Housing Crisis | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Melissa Johnson/Flickr Conversations about affordable housing are often dominated with the question of how to get lower-income residents in expensive cities—like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (and their surrounding areas) safe, affordable...
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Red states suffered higher rate of federal budget cuts between 2009-2013: report

As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.
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‘My mental health detoriated rapidly’: the real impact of benefit sanctions

‘My mental health detoriated rapidly’: the real impact of benefit sanctions | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Edited extracts of written evidence to a recent House of Commons work and pensions select committee on the impact of benefit sanctionsI have been sanctioned on three occasions.
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Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories

Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The idea of computing systems based on controlling atomic spins just got a boost from new research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory.
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Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse

Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
New Yorkers caught the wimpy end of Juno, but the carbon charged storm chin-checked New England.
The post Here’s How We Know Global Warming Made the Blizzard Worse appeared first on WIRED.
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Reagan's "Secret Cancer Cure" And Other Scams From Erick Erickson's Email List

Reagan's "Secret Cancer Cure" And Other Scams From Erick Erickson's Email List | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
RedState Subscribers Also Warned Of "FEMA Camps" And The Impending Death Of 281 Million Americans
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Texas Investigates Medicaid Fraud Detection Firm for Corruption

Texas Investigates Medicaid Fraud Detection Firm for Corruption | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
That's right. A firm hired by the state to detect medicaid fraud and child abuse probes is under investigation for public corruption. (Here is a link to the article that is not behind a paywall.)

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The Nightmare Libertarian Project to Turn This Central American Country Into Ayn Rand's Paradise

And naturally, the US is pushing the efforts along.
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No wonder that thousands of children are trying to escape.

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How migration affects health workforce management | Devex

How migration affects health workforce management | Devex | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Infectious diseases affect us all—They do not respect the boundaries of nation states: http://t.co/VyrDkcjHgO #globalhealth @hw4all_eu

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Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty

Reducing Our Obscene Level of Child Poverty | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A new report on our nation’s “moral disgrace” reminds us that allowing child poverty to remain this widespread costs more than eliminating it would.
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Refineries challenge EPA plan to cut emissions

Refineries challenge EPA plan to cut emissions | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to curb emissions from oil refineries and petrochemical manufacturers is causing tensions to flare between the agency and industry groups.
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Researchers identify protein capable of neutralizing antibiotic-resistant bacterial cells

Researchers identify protein capable of neutralizing antibiotic-resistant bacterial cells | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise, foiling efforts to reduce death rates in developing countries where uncontrolled use of antibiotics and poor sanitation run amok.
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Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A new study of marine organisms that make up the 'biofouling community' - tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships' hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world - shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification.
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"Global Calculator" shows we can all live better while reducing CO2 emissions

"Global Calculator" shows we can all live better while reducing CO2 emissions | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The living standard of everybody in the world can be increased while also reducing CO2 emissions and limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius - that's
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Lying Charlatan Pat Robertson To Struggling Senior: Get Reverse Mortgage For 700 Club Dues (VIDEO)

Since 700 Club "partner" can no longer afford her yearly dues for Robertson's "ministry," he wants her to take out a reverse mortgage.
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Plant-based molecule may be key to cleanup of Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster

Plant-based molecule may be key to cleanup of Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
A Virginia Tech professor is part of a team of scientists from Japan and the United States that may have discovered a way to remove radioactive cesium from the millions of gallons of contaminated water being held at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi...
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They’re Going to Bury the Autobahn in Parks

They’re Going to Bury the Autobahn in Parks | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
Hamburg's plan to hide its highway underground and cover it with green space will reconnect a divided city.

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Hamburg is preserving its famed Autobahn while increasing green space and promoting transportation alternatives.

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Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral

Something really, really terrible is about to happen to our coral | Inequality, Poverty, and Corruption: Effects and Solutions | Scoop.it
The last time this happened, we lost almost a fifth of world reefs.
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GOP's Frightening Plot to Build Laboratories for Plutocracy in States They Control

Right-wing initiatives such as tax cuts and 'right-to-work' legislation are on the table.
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