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What do millennials really care about in this election? (Partner Content)

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Question: Which of These Primates Knows More About Climate Change?

Question: Which of These Primates Knows More About Climate Change? | "You Shall Not Pass" | Scoop.it
Here is ALERT’s very first pop quiz:

Among the quotes below, which were made by the primate on the left, versus
the primate on the right?

Quote 1: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese
in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”

Quote 2: “It's really cold outside…  Man, we could use a big fat dose of
global warming!”

Quote 3: “When will our country stop wasting money on global warming and so
many other truly "STUPID" things and begin to focus on lower taxes?”

Quote 4: “We are being embarrassed by Russia and China on Snowden (and much
more) yet Obama is talking about global warming on Tuesday.”

Quote 5: “Global warming has been proven to be a canard repeatedly over and
over again.  The left needs a dose of reality.”

Quote 6: “Oook aaaak zooook!”

Answers: All six quotes were made by the primate on the right (really!).

To hear more about Donald Trump’s views on climate change, listen to this
brief and balanced report on U.S. National Public Radio.
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Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it

Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it | "You Shall Not Pass" | Scoop.it
Reykjavik Michael Porter, a Harvard economist who made his name working on ideas around competition, has come to the capital of Iceland to talk about social process and how to measure it. Here at a conference on the topic, he reminds the audience that economic indicators—while we're very used to measuring them—only tell part of the story
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Political Back-Room Deals Imperil the Brazilian Amazon

Political Back-Room Deals Imperil the Brazilian Amazon | "You Shall Not Pass" | Scoop.it
ALERT member Philip Fearnside, a leading expert on Amazonian conservation
and development issues, tells us here about alarming efforts by some
Brazilian politicians to push through shady deals that could greatly
imperil the world's greatest rainforest.

In a paper recently published in Science, I explain how the country’s
environmental licensing is under threat from a flurry of proposed laws and
constitutional amendments in the Brazilian Congress.

These dubious initiatives have jumped to the forefront as anti-environment
politicians rush to exploit the opportunities offered by Brazil’s current
political turmoil, which led to the impeachment of former President Dilma
Rousseff.

Legislators are eager to help provide short-term stimulation to the
country’s flagging economy, in part by removing social and environmental
restrictions on proposed development projects.  But the way this is being
advanced reeks of political shadiness and trickery.

Exploiting a Political Crisis

Many recent legislative functions, such as attendance in committee
hearings, were emptied out while attention was focused on the presidential
impeachment proceedings.  During such moments, groups of legislators
appeared in force at key sessions to approve controversial items.

Among the most worrying of these is PEC-65, a constitutional amendment that
would greatly weaken Brazil's environmental licensing process for big
infrastructure projects, such as major new highways and hydroelectric dams


Major existing (blue) and planned (yellow) hydroelectric dams in the Amazon
Basin.

PEC-65 was introduced in 2012 but failed to gain adequate support.  Then,
this April, it was suddenly approved by a Senate committee.  Opponents on
the Senate floor managed to stall the amendment but it remains lurking in
the background.

If passed, PEC-65 would essentially eliminate licensing for big
infrastructure, making the mere submission of an environmental impact
assessment an automatic and unstoppable approval for building a project. 

Amending Brazil’s highly detailed constitution is relatively easy: since
the current constitution came into effect in 1988, it has been amended 91
times.

More Political Perils

Other threats include a Senate proposal for a law (PL-654/2015) that would
also gut environmental licensing, by condensing the existing three-step
process into only one and setting a super-tight deadline for the nation's
environmental agency to approve projects that is just one-seventh the
normal time for licensing.  If this greatly accelerated deadline were
exceeded, the project would be automatically approved. 

This alarming proposal has recently been approved in committee and awaits a
full Senate vote.

Another pending law (PL-1.610/1996) and a proposed constitutional amendment
(PEC-210) would open indigenous lands to mining.  Yet another proposed
amendment (PEC-215) would remove the power of the government’s
environmental and indigenous agencies to create new protected areas,
including indigenous lands.

Finally, a proposal backed by state governments (Processo
02000.001845/2015-32) is progressing through the National Council of the
Environment (CONAMA) to allow “self-licensing” for many development
projects.

Roads in the Amazon often promote large-scale forest loss.

Beware of 'Sleeping' Proposals

My recent paper in Science predicted that the current political climate
will cause other “sleeping” proposals to surge forth and to have increased
chances of being passed.

And -- as if on cue -- another assault on Brazil’s environmental licensing
system has just sprung from the woodwork.  This is a proposed law (
PL-3.729/2004) that had been 'sleeping' in the House of Deputies for a
dozen years, but it has suddenly awoken.  It would create greatly
"simplified” licensing for “strategic” projects such as big dams. 

And new language inserted into the proposed law would make it even more
radical than before -- and very similar to the dangerous PEC-65.

Time for Keen Vigilance

The flurry of recent proposals, amendments, and laws -- including various
'sleeping' proposals that have lain dormant for extended periods --
underscores the current danger to Brazil's environment. 

In a time of political instability, pro-development groups and lobbies are
doing all they can to push through measures that would greatly weaken
Brazil's capacity to assess and limit environmentally risky mega-projects. 

The only way to combat these efforts is to maintain an exceptional degree
of vigilance -- and to shine a light on the shady deals that could imperil
Brazil's rich environments while the country is distracted by its current
political turmoil.
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A Guide to Quantifying Qualitative Data - SocialCops Blog

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Many topics are easier to measure qualitatively. But what if you need to analyze your data? Here are two tricks for quantifying qualitative data.
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Can Money Buy You Happiness?

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Studies say it’s true to some extent—but chances are you aren’t getting the most bang for your buck.
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Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

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It is more than just a motor skill, researchers say. It engages the mind.
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7 Things You Don't Need To Stress About (Even If You Think You Do)

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Scientists have discovered a new way to fight antibiotic resistance

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Even superbugs have their kryptonite.
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Endangered venomous mammal predates dinosaurs' extinction, study confirms - Scienmag

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The University of Illinois and University of Puerto Rico have completely sequenced the mitochondrial genome for the Hispaniolan solenodon, filling in the last major branch of placental mammals on the ..
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5 Ways Great Leaders Make Work Meaningful For Employees - Forbes

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Great leaders try to make work meaningful and enjoyable for employees. They’re most successful when they adhere to these 5 best practices.
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What’s Your Life Goal? Success or Significance?

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Earning a lot of money and having power over others are easy ways to gauge success. But they’re not the only, or even the best, ways.
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Dolphins have a language that helps them solve problems together

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When faced with a puzzle that two can solve better than one, bottlenose dolphins chatter away, suggesting that they have a specific vocalisation for working together
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Outcomes theory is: | DoView

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DoView is the new, easy to use visual software for visual strategic planning, performance management, monitoring, evaluation, results base management and accountability, evaluation. Use it for strategy maps, logic models, program logics, outcomes models, means-ends diagrams
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Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it

Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it | "You Shall Not Pass" | Scoop.it
Reykjavik Michael Porter, a Harvard economist who made his name working on ideas around competition, has come to the capital of Iceland to talk about social process and how to measure it. Here at a conference on the topic, he reminds the audience that economic indicators—while we're very used to measuring them—only tell part of the story
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Study shows tragic drop in African elephants

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30% of Africa's savannah elephants have been wiped out in just 7 years, according to the Great Elephant Census, and localized extinction is almost certain.
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The World's Most Beautiful New Resorts

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These seven new or renovated resorts all over the world have a few things in common: gorgeous design, over-the-top amenities, incredible local food and a t
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The world's largest investor is trying to break down the wall between you and your money

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Impact investing — that is, investing with a cause in mind — is becoming increasingly popular.
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Delivering the Perfect Commencement Address | Franchetti

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Creating and delivering the perfect commencement address can be a challenge. Start wuth these tips from Franchetti Communications.
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Do This When The Ball Gets Dropped--And Prevent Repeats - Forbes

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Learn how to get unaccountable employees back on track
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It is No Secret:10 Steps To Design a Monitoring and Evaluation System

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In the last article  I introduced the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system.  In this article the 10 steps to designing a M&E system is discussed. However, before launching into the steps, please
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How to Read an Academic Paper

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If you are brand-new to research, you will soon discover that academic papers should come with an instruction manual to understand. The first time I read an article, I felt like I was going to cry! I could only understand one out of ten words. At some point, I decided to blame my dyslexia and English as a…
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