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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Lowest Extent for 2013

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic appears to have reached its lowest level in 2013—more than last year, but well below the long term average.

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Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

War, the military-industrial complex, and the national security state that go with it cost in every sense an arm and a leg. And that, in the twenty-first century, is where so many American tax dollars have gone.

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: E Is for Earned Income

Economist: Originally a member of the Physiocratic School (L’Économistes) who sought to replace France’s proliferation of excise and income taxes with a land tax. For modern economists’ general methodology, see Junk Science.

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Growth and Low Carbon ‘Can Co-Exist’

Carbon cuts and economic growth may not be mutually exclusive, allowing us to maintain energy supplies without worsening climate change, researchers say.

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Learning From a Thousand-Year Flood

Two months before my Colorado community was overwhelmed this week by epic rains, our state’s chief oil and gas regulator, Matt Lepore, berated citizens concerned about the ecological impact of hydraulic fracturing and unbridled drilling.

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The Shutdown’s Real Goal

The coming battles over budgets, the debt ceiling, a government shutdown and Obamacare are not elements of a large political game.

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Obama Needs to Stand His Ground

Republicans in the House are like a bunch of 3-year-olds playing with matches.

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Searching for Sustainable Models of Activism, 2 Years After Occupy

While economists are celebrating a tenuous recovery five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this week’s U.S. Census Bureau report on poverty provided a sobering statistic.

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Letter to an Unknown Whistle-Blower

Dear Whistle-Blower: I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year.

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The Armageddon Looting Machine: The Looming Mass Destruction from Derivatives

Increased regulation and low interest rates are driving lending from the regulated commercial banking system into the unregulated shadow banking system. Although free of government regulation, these banks are propped up by a guarantee hidden in the 2005 Bankruptcy Reform Act pushed through by Wall Street. The result is a perverse incentive for the financial system to self-destruct.

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