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By 2030 Electric Vehicles with a 200 mile range will be lower cost than the cheapest car sold in the US in 2015

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http://nextbigfuture.com - Ramez Naam
A few days ago Telsa claims that the cost of their battery packs is down to $190 per kwh. This should go down 30-50% when the Gigafactory reaches full production levels
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Ramez Naam has an analysis of how cheap electric cars can get

Electric Vehicles, like virtually all other manufactured goods, are likely to have a learning curve, meaning that greater production will mean reduced price. Batteries, a large fraction of the cost of EVs, appear to have a learning rate of around 21%, meaning that every doubling of scale will reduce costs by 21%.
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Geodesign session 4 Sustainable Practices: Water and Energy Brazil

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There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign session 4 Sustainable Practices: Water and Energy Brazil

Michael Russell

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Michael Russell

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Nilmini Silva-Send

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Nilmini Silva-Send

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Senior Policy Analyst - Energy Policy Initiatives Center, USD

Nilmini Silva-Send is the senior policy analyst at USD's Energy Policy Initiatives Center, where she contributes research and analysis to EPIC's ongoing energy and climate change projects. Currently she is researching energy use and costs and benefits of measures to develop greater efficiency in road transportation in the San Diego region. Silva-Send has conducted legal and technical analysis of environmental laws in Europe and the U.S. throughout her career. She has also taught upper level and graduate level international law courses in Germany. ... Read more about Nilmini Silva-Send

Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less than Two Days of Military Spending

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Michael Renner
U.N. Peacekeeping Budget, 1950 - 2013
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The approved budget for United Nations peacekeeping operations from July 2013 to June 2014 runs to $7.83 billion—$390 million higher than in the previous year.1 (See Figure 1.) This is the third-highest budget since the record $8.26 billion spent in 2009–10.2 Despite some relatively minor fluctuations in the last seven years, peacekeeping budgets are much more stable now than in the 1990s, when a rapid rise in spending was followed by an abrupt decline. ... Read more about Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less than Two Days of Military Spending

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU
Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ''Water Governance in the Arab Region'' in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED
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(Reuters) - The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Yearly Comparison of Cyber-Crime Complaints

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http://www.ic3.gov/media/annualreport/2011_ic3report.pdf

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Yearly Comparison of Cyber-Crime Complaints

A good majority of the victims include older generations who are not as tech-savvy or knowledgeable of the dangers of the internet.  The different types of crime are as follows: FBI impersonation, loan intimidation, automobile-auction, romance scams, work-from-home scams, overpayment, identity theft, advance fees, non-auction and non-delivery of merchandise. ... Read more about Yearly Comparison of Cyber-Crime Complaints

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