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Healing a Nation After a Season of Vitriol

In a genuine crisis, in moments of existential threat, “people rise to their best, and it inspires nobility,” says Krista Tippett, host of “On Being”. “But the hallmark of this moment is uncertainty, and uncertainty, on a creaturely level, makes human beings a little bit crazy. Anger is often what pain looks like when it shows itself in public.” Ms. Tippett, lists questions that would transform political debates: “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the position of the other that you are attracted to? Where do you have doubts?”
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The Dawn of System Leadership

The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society's most intractable problems require a unique type of leader—the system leader, a person who catalyzes collective leadership.
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The German Energy Transition

In a recent posting, John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance lays out three clear drivers for why Germans are going renewable at all costs.  He lauds their focus on bills (rather than rates), a clear long term energy policy, and the widespread participation in the energy economy facilitated by feed-in tariffs.

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3 reasons why New Zealand has the best-designed government in the world

By , on vox.com.  On Saturday, September 20th, New Zealand held its 51st general election, in which the center-right National Party and its leader, Prime Minister John Key, made some modest gains. If this all sounds rather dull — a country of less than 5 million people having an election in which no power changes hands — that's fair enough.

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The Benefits of Easing Climate Change

By Eduardo Porter, New York TimesOn Tuesday, more than 100 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to open a climate summit meeting that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hopes will provide momentum to a new round of negotiations toward a global environmental agreement to be signed in Paris next year.

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Errors and Emissions: Could Fighting Global Warming Be Cheap and Free?

Paul Krugman, NYTThis just in: Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free. But will anyone believe the good news?

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Supermarket store is entirely powered by food waste

UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has now created the first outlet in the country to be powered solely through organic waste products.
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Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries more labour is now needed to find food.

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Japan’s Break With Peace

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The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession

By New York Times

THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage.

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