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In-Depth Study Shows that the Primary Effect of Lobbyists Is to Block Change
Posted on: Jan 3, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine
Ten years of research shows that lobbyists don't get what their clients want as often as people believe, but they do guard the status quo.
Wind Power Can Change the World -- Why Aren't We Investing In It?
Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
A lack of continuous federal support cripples emerging clean energy industries in the United States.
Just Give Money to the Poor? A Surprisingly Effective Solution to Poverty
Posted on: Jul 4, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Half the world's population lives below the poverty line, despite extreme free-trade policies that were supposed to "lift all boats." It's time to try something new.
Worse Than Peak Oil? We're Quickly Running Out of a Chemical Essential to Growing Food
Posted on: Mar 17, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
In the not-too-distant future, demand for phosphorus could outstrip supply, playing out a familiar scenario of scarcity, price shocks, riots, starvation and war.
As the Internet Replaces Print Publishing, Urge to 'Unpublish' Means Censoring History
Posted on: Mar 1, 2010, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The Internet has opened up the past and made it fungible with a few keystrokes. The offended know it's physically easy to change a story online.
Study Claims Even the Most Sophisticated News Readers Can Be Manipulated
Posted on: Nov 9, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Revelations from a european study effort reveal that biased news can have a "time bomb" effect.
A Victory for the 'Water Underground': California Eases Restrictions on Greywater Use
Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
Bone-dry California eases restrictions on greywater use, allowing wastewater from washing machines and bathtubs to spill onto the state's lawns and lemon trees.
Can California Be Drought-Proof by 2020?
Posted on: Aug 3, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The state has got a plan to cut water use 20 percent by 2020. Is it realistic? And will rate increases spur revolt?
Do Exports of Water-Intensive Crops Hurt Drought-Prone Areas?
Posted on: Jun 20, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
As California and Australia are finding out, what makes economic sense to farmers may be becoming an environmental problem.
Why Does Two-Thirds of the World's Population Still Not Have Access to Safe Drinking Water?
Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source: Miller-McCune.com
The funds needed for water resources are miniscule compared those given to reduce carbon emissions and deal with the global financial crisis.
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