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AAAS Declares 22-28 April 2007 as "Climate in the Community Week" in Recognition of Earth Day

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AAAS Declares 22-28 April 2007 as "Climate in the Community Week" in Recognition of Earth Day

AAAS Declares 22-28 April 2007 as "Climate in the Community Week" in Recognition of Earth Day WASHINGTON, D.C.—In recognition of Earth Day and greater public awareness about the science of global climate change, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is declaring 22-28 April 2007 as "Climate in the Community Week" in collaboration with 10 science centers throughout the United States .


By AAAS ,USA.


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Climate Change and Basic Income

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Climate Change and Basic Income. The Sky Trust initiative is a proposal to use market-based incentives to efficiently reduce the U.S. economy?s massive output of greenhouse gases. All entities introducing fossil fuels into the U.S. economy would be required to obtain emission permits for the carbon in that fuel. The U.S. government would auction emission permits for 1.346 billion metric tons of carbon, the 1990 emission level. Initially 75% of the receipts from government sales of emission permits would be returned in equal annual payments to each U.S. legal resident. In the plan?s first year, 25 percent of proceeds from sale of permits would be made available to offset any unusual burdens imposed on either producers (firms or employees) or on consumers (such as people who must drive long distances).

 

By Centre for Economic Development, US.

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Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Power

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Proliferation-Resistant Nuclear Power. The recent renewed interest in nuclear power, and probably its principal ticket to a robust place in the world's energy future, is its potential contribution to coping with the problem of global warming. To make such a contribution, nuclear power would have to expand ten-fold at least over the next 100 years. Efforts are underway in the US and Europe to design reactor technologies and fuel cycles that are safer, more efficient in their generation of nuclear waste, and more proliferation-resistant than today's systems. If successful, this could have a significant impact upon the way governments view nuclear energy (notwithstanding real concerns about waste disposal and safety). Harold Feiveson in The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists describes developments which could, on paper at least, herald the development of nuclear fuel cycles which states and sub-state organisations find difficult to divert into military uses.

 

By Federation of American Scientists, US.

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