Climate change report calls for passenger tax on flights to reduce CO2

8/12/2009 Gatwick would still operate with just one runway.Heavy taxes on passengers and a ban on expansion at regional airports will be needed to curb Britain’s insatiable appetite for air travel, a climate change report will say today .  But it will still be possible to build a third runway at Heathrow, add second runways [...]

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Creative Commons Casestudies, Featuring Status.Net

The Centre For Internet and Society and JAAGA organised a CC Salon on 02nd December, 2009 at 7.30pm.

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Water shortages forge huge market in Mumbai and the poor go thirsty

8/12/2009 BBC  The heat is scorching as the young woman knocks on the window of my taxi, though rather than begging for cash she points at my water bottle, then to her mouth.In a city where clean water has become a commodity that is delivered to the highest bidder, the poor often have to go without. [...]

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Prize Lectures in Economic Sciences, Dec. 8

Watch today's live webcast of Prize Lectures in Economic Sciences, 3:00 –4:20 p.m.CET.

Lecture titles: Beyond markets and states: polycentric governance of complex economic systems by Elinor Ostrom

The economics of governance by Oliver E. Williamson

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Nobel Lecture in Chemistry, Dec. 8

Watch today's live webcast of Nobel Lectures in Chemistry 12:30–2:30 p.m CET.

Lecture titles: Decoding the genetic message: The 3D version by Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

From understanding ribosome structure and function to new antibiotics by Thomas A. Steitz

Polar bears, unpaved roads, Everest climbing and ribosomes in action by Ada E. Yonath

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Nobel Lecture in Physics, Dec.8

Watch today's live webcast of Nobel Lectures in Physics, 9-11:05 am CET.

Lecture titles:
Sand from centuries past send future voices fast by Charles K. Kao
Charles K. Kao's lecture will be held by Mrs Gwen Kao.

CCD – an extension of man's vision by Willard S. Boyle

The invention and early history of the CCD by George E. Smith

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القمر الجليدي تيثيس من كاسيني



مالذي يعطي سطح تيثيس، أحد أقمار زحل، هذا الشكل الغريب؟ سؤال دفع ناسا لإرسال مركبة كاسيني الآلية بالقرب من هذا القمر الغامض سنة 2005. الصورة المرفقة من أدق الصور الملتقطة للقمر تيثيس. يعتقد أن لونه الأبيض راجع للتهاطل المستمر لجزيئات الجليد من الحلقة E الموجودة حول زحل، والتي يعتبر قمر إنسيلادوس مصدرها الرئيسي. بينما يبقى أصل بعض الأنماط التضاريسية مجهولا. التفحص الدقيق للصورة المرفقة للقطب الجنوبي لتيثيس تظهر مايشبه المجرى الجرفي يمتد قطريا من المركز يعرف باسم إيثاكا كازما (Ithaca Chasma). يرجح أن يكون هذا الفج تشكل نتيجة تجمد المحيطات الداخلية للقمر. إن صحت هذه النظرية، فإن القمر قد يحوي محيطات، ربما تكون شبيهة بتلك الموجودة في باطن القمر الآخر إنسيلادوس اليوم، وربما تخبئ معها حياة مجمدة؟

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The 10 Most Innovative Viral Video Ads of 2009 http://j.mp/4pQU6b

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Shannon Jiménez: Not So Humble Pie: Science Cookies: Gel Electrophoresis

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Not So Humble Pie: Science Cookies: Gel Electrophoresis
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Mmm! Acrylamide! - Mark A Jensen
Agarose tastes like a less tasty version of agar-agar, which is basically what it is. Just a set gel of sugar. - Cameron Neylon
the Turkish Delight of molbio - Mark A Jensen

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Is Airborne supporting Generation Rescue in a bid for a "vaccinated versus unvaccinated" pseudostudy? [Respectful Insolence]

Well, well, well, well.

What is this I found forwarded to me in my in box? It's from the anti-vaccine group Generation Rescue, and it is most interesting:

Generation Rescue is in the final stages of receiving grant funding for a vaccine research study on the long term effects of the current U.S. recommended schedule. The last thing we need are declarations of support from our community who purchased Airborne Health.

  1. Did you purchase Airborne during May 1, 2001 - November 29, 2007?
  2. Do you support a vaccine research study on the long term effects of the current U.S. schedule?
  3. Do you support a study on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children?

If you answer yes to all three of these questions, then you are a supporter and can help Generation Rescue provide ground breaking research.

The first 40 respondents will receive a free bag of revitaPOPS for completing a declaration of support.

Please email Candace McDonald to receive your declaration form! Hurry supplies will go fast.

Thank you to our partner revitaPOP.

Best to you,

The Team at Generation Rescue

email: info2@generationrescue.org
web: www.GenerationRescue.org
phone: 1.877.98Autism

Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists and physicians researching the causes and treatments for autism, ADHD and chronic illness, while parent-volunteers mentor thousands of families in recovering their children.

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United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 2-14, 1992. It was held twenty years after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Government officials from 178 countries and between 20,000 and 30,000 individuals from governments, non-governmental organizations, and the media participated in this event to discuss solutions for global problems such as poverty, war, and the growing gap between industrialized and developing countries. The central focus was the question of how to relieve the global environmental system through the introduction to the paradigm of sustainable development. This concept emphasizes that economic and social progress depend critically on the preservation of the natural resource base with effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.

Held to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Stockholm Conference, the Rio Earth Summit became everything that an earlier ‘Stockholm plus ten’ conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1982, could not. Indeed, it became more than even its proponents had hoped for. Instead of being the ‘second’ United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Rio was the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development; putting those two terms together, which had been so much at odds at Stockholm, might itself have been Rio’s most important achievement. In particular, it broadened the scope of global environmental diplomacy by adopting the notion of sustainable development, which had been advocated 5 years earlier in by the World Commission on Environment and Development as one of its key policy frameworks.

The world at Rio was, of course, very different from the world at Stockholm. In the intervening two decades, the Cold War (the defining political framework at UNCHE) had disappeared, the level of public interest in the environment was greatly increased, environmental issues such as stratospheric ozone depletion and global climate change were now squarely on the global policy map, and energy had become a major concern for economic security in the aftermath of the oil price shocks of 1973–74 and 1980–81.

Results

The results of the UNCED included the Rio Declaration enunciating 27 principles of environment and development, Agenda 21, and a Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests, which were all adopted by consensus (without vote) by the conference. The institutional innovation resulting from the conference included an agreement on the operating rules for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, and the establishment of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) on the basis of an Agenda 21 recommendation. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity were products of independent, but concurrent, negotiating processes that were opened for signatures at UNCED.

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