Will the Economic Meltdown Be Good for the Environment?
Retrofitting the United States with green energy infrastructure presents a multi-trillion dollar herculean challenge to the Obama administration, but one that heralds the renewal of scientific thinking at the national level.
Senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Joseph Romm writes that mainstream media, namely the New York Times, still cannot frame climate issue effectively, not to mention many Republicans who still see counteracting climate change at odds with economic growth, but that the Obama cabinet's scientific heavyweights are up to the task.
With Stephen Chu and Carol Browner leading the agenda, the Department of Energy and the EPA are expected to take a far more active stance in the nation's environmental policies rather that the near figurehead position they held in the previous administration. Chu alone holds accolades that include a Nobel Prize and a long tenure as a physics professor at the University of California-Berkeley.
The proof of a scientific renaissance can already be seen in the recently signed stimulus bill which contains a host of green energy provisions, including a way for green energy innovators to bypass Wall Street which was previously responsible for monetizing most of the renewable energy sector's tax credits.
The question remains how much of a green vision the Obama administration can retain amid business-as-usual politics in Washington, but the stimulus is an early sign science could get the last word. If the green agenda can further be internationalized--especially to coax China and India into compliance with binding environmental regulations--the administration could set the precedent for green policy making on a global scale. As Mrs. Clinton made her rounds in Asia, this has been a strong thrust of her overtures to foreign leaders.
Where do big thinkers see the White House taking its green agenda? Does the recession mark a golden opportunity for green initaitives and the role of science at the highest level or will business interests and U Street compromises mute the need for large-scale change?
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.
- Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
- The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
- Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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