A Potentially Dangerous Energy Future
Because of the climate crisis created by wealthy countries, developing countries could be pushed to slow their development. Would that be fair? Charles Ebinger, Director of the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings Institution, thinks that not only is it not fair, but it could also be dangerous. "I think at some point we're going to start seeing increased political violence and potential increased risk of terrorism rather than just have people wallow in their misery and die unnoticed by the rest of us." So what should we be doing when it comes to developing countries? Ebinger says we should go in with renewable energy technologies and try to provide a better modicum of life—but also to dissuade them from continuing to damage the environment around them.
Ebinger's other great fear is that a catastrophic war in the Middle East might cause a major disruption to petroleum supplies, sending the price of oil up and likely turning the recession into a global economic depression. "We wouldn't then have the resources we need to make the conversion to the renewable energy future and that would also have very severe implications," he says.
These five main food groups are important for your brain's health and likely to boost the production of feel-good chemicals.
We all know eating “healthy” food is good for our physical health and can decrease our risk of developing diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease. What is not as well known is that eating healthy food is also good for our mental health and can decrease our risk of depression and anxiety.
Infographics show the classes and anxieties in the supposedly classless U.S. economy.
For those of us who follow politics, we’re used to commentators referring to the President’s low approval rating as a surprise given the U.S.'s “booming” economy. This seeming disconnect, however, should really prompt us to reconsider the measurements by which we assess the health of an economy. With a robust U.S. stock market and GDP and low unemployment figures, it’s easy to see why some think all is well. But looking at real U.S. wages, which have remained stagnant—and have, thus, in effect gone down given rising costs from inflation—a very different picture emerges. For the 1%, the economy is booming. For the rest of us, it’s hard to even know where we stand. A recent study by Porch (a home-improvement company) of blue-collar vs. white-collar workers shows how traditional categories are becoming less distinct—the study references "new-collar" workers, who require technical certifications but not college degrees. And a set of recent infographics from CreditLoan capturing the thoughts of America’s middle class as defined by the Pew Research Center shows how confused we are.
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