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Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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JOANNA M. FOSTER
Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013
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In 2008 and in 2011, the world was rocked by riots and by revolutions coinciding with spikes in food prices. Now researchers are projecting that by 2013, food prices will soar to unparalleled heights, causing widespread hunger in the most vulnerable populations and social unrest, with an enormous potential for loss of human life. ... Read more about Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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Dutch researchers invent a process to turn plants into plastics

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Fox Van Allen
Dutch researchers invent a process to turn plants into plastics
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It should come as no surprise to learn that the world is over reliant on petroleum, from the gas we put in cars to the plastic bags we take groceries home in. We're still trying to figure out how to make electric cars popular, but scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands may have solved the plastic bag half of the problem, creating an innovative new process that turns plant material to plastic. ... Read more about Dutch researchers invent a process to turn plants into plastics

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Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World

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Mark Delucchi
Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World
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We don’t need nuclear power, coal, or biofuels. We can get 100 percent of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power. And we can do it today—efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically.

We can get to this WWS world by simply building a lot of new systems for the production, transmission, and use of energy. One scenario that Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson and I developed, projecting to 2030, includes:

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