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Archive for July, 2010

The Critics call it Prop. 23. Supporters have renamed it ‘The California Jobs Initiative’ in an effort to ‘rebrand’ the oil company-backed proposition. Today, when I googled ‘Prop. 23’, the list of bad press headlines went on and on. In fact, I couldn’t even find the websites and press in favor until I typed in […]

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National Association of Home Builders, June 14, 2010 After increasing continually for nearly three decades, the average size of single-family homes completed in the United States peaked at 2,521 square feet in 2007. It was essentially flat in 2008, then dropped in 2009, so that new single-family homes were almost 100 square feet smaller in […]

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Check this out! We’ll be watching, too. Powering the Future, a brand-new four-hour special series, is hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, lead scientist at The Nature Conservancy, the special closely examines where our energy could come from and how we are striving to create a clean, limitless, secure supply of energy. Powering the Future premieres […]

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Editorial, New York Times, July 9, 2010 On Wednesday, a panel in Britain concluded that scientists whose e-mail had been hacked late last year had not, as critics alleged, distorted scientific evidence to prove that global warming was occurring and that human beings were primarily responsible. …The panel found no such conspiracy. It complained mildly […]

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By Paul Saffo, San Francisco Chronicle, July 11, 2010 In an age when nations have become so large that their citizens no longer identify with distant governments, city-states are political units large enough to have a global economic impact but small enough for even the most casual citizen to understand the relationships that make their […]

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By Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, June 30, 2010 While the industrial farm model has generated astonishing efficiency gains and lowered the cost of food, the report found, it has imposed enormous external costs on the environment, human health, animal welfare and workers that are not included in the price of food. Julia Kornegay, the […]

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