Stumbling Toward Enlightenment

Gatherings from the Internet

08/10/2010
by barenose
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India Says Is Now Third Highest Carbon Emitter

India’s environment minister said on Monday the country could not have high economic growth and a rapid rise in carbon emissions now that the nation was the number three emitter after China and the United States. Jairam Ramesh’s comments come as negotiators from nearly 200 governments meet in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin. The U.N. talks aim to reach agreement on what should follow the current phase of the Kyoto Protocol, the key treaty on climate change, which expires in 2012. Indian per-capita emissions are still low but demand for energy is rising as the middle-class buys more cars, TVs and better housing. Much of that energy comes from coal oil and gas, the main sources for planet-warming carbon dioxide. Continue reading

14/08/2010
by barenose
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Growing acceptance of difference

It seems we’re slowly (very slowly) coming back around to becoming a more accepting society. Gender differences were easily accepted in matrilineal and indigenous societies. Now, as our prejudices lose their strictness‚Ķbecause so many of our friends and family members are “coming out” of the closets of their own, the general public (always an uneasy generalization, I know) seems to be more accepting of the queer among us. Continue reading

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