Global Warming Experts Make a Surprising Request, & 4 More Things to Know

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Here's a quick rundown from the world of business and economics this morning: the things you need to know, and some you'll just want to know.

• Four of the world's leading experts on the science of climate change and global warming have sent a message to leading environmental groups and world leaders: Renewable energy like wind and solar isn't going to be enough to save us, and you'll all need to get behind safe nuclear power as a bigger part of humanity's energy solution.

• Speaking of energy, four MIT engineering students have developed a prototype for an invention that could take a nice bite out of our heating and cooling bills: Wristify is essentially a wearable climate control device that tricks your body into feeling cooler or warmer, depending on your preference, using what physicists call the Peltier effect. (Given that it could also help solve the age-old problem among couples in which, at the compromise thermostat setting, one is always too hot and the other too cold, we look forward to seeing Wristify move from prototype to mass-market phenomenon.)

• Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) will pay more than $2.2 billion to settle criminal and civil claims that it marketed its antipsychotic drug Risperdal and other medications for off-label uses and paid kickbacks to a large pharmacy, the Department of Justice said Monday. The deal will be one of the largest health care fraud settlements ever.

• Thanks to the booming popularity of coconut water among a certain segment of health nuts, the world is heading for a serious coconut shortage. Demand is rising at 10 percent a year, while production in Asia is growing by just 2 percent. And, as our friends at Quartz explain, a large fraction of Asian coconut palms are past their prime producing years.

• And finally, we're fascinated by the way The Wall Street Journal's media and marketing editor figured out a way to subscribe to HBO without paying for a raft of other cable channels he didn't want. But before you jump at the chance to follow in his footsteps, we must note that, as the fine folks at Gawker point out, his clever workaround isn't exactly genuine cord-cutting, and it isn't really saving him that much money.

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alfredschrader

Nuclear doesn't generate greenhouse gases but it does produce waste heat which also warms the atmosphere.
Every energy source we have produces heat in order to work. So just what exactly is heat ?
For centuries it was thought to come from something called caloric, but I was the first to discover
where heat actually comes from. A major clue was always there, when things get heated they expand. Why ? I discovered why and it's worth many billions.

November 06 2013 at 6:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

D'OH! hugobama's approval rating down to 39% (Gallup)

November 06 2013 at 12:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
americawakeupnow

Global warming is bull!

November 06 2013 at 12:39 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

How about that massive antarctic ice build up?

November 06 2013 at 12:17 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
justoldog

Too bad these "experts" neglected to do their homework on energy production. The "Leaf" solar cell from MIT- by researcher Daniel Nocera produces hydrogen from water and sunlight (Cheap!)- and it can be used with the : "Bloombox" a fuel cell that does not use platinum- There is no energy/global warming problem!

November 06 2013 at 12:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mac2jr

Bulldoze our Cities ©

Yes, there are many U.S.A. cities that should be bulldozed and rebuilt from the ruins up, but there are also many that will be bulldozed due to storms, floods, and ocean expansion, not just in the U.S.A. but throughout the world.. We are seeing this already in New Jersey, Asia, and other coastal areas.

We are also seeing China and its air pollution, Las Vegas and its shortage of power, Phoenix and its shortage of water, New York City and it shortage of parking, Detroit and its shortage of industry, etc.

So, let's look 40 to 50 or more years into the future, and let's see what is in store for our cities that where the population growth is expected to double within a hundred years. What is needed to make these cities of tomorrow succeed and be able to meet the needs of the billions of people that will be here on earth.

First and foremost is good transportation, something in the form of the People Mover that is an on-demand public transport.. Then we need energy, clean non-polluting energy from the most abundant and powerful energy source - the sun.. Add to this the need for water, water that is scarce in many to most lands, but is bountiful in our oceans; water that can be freed of it salts, chemicals, impurities and piped to reservoirs that not only supply fresh water, but are designed to reclaim all the used water and restock itself. We then need jobs that can generate income of some livable level for the occupants of the new cities, these have to be jobs that help improve the lives of those in the world, and thus most have to be Green Jobs by default. These cities also need educational faculties that can provide the massive amounts of data to the masses, data that is needed to produce the results of the needs. And finally, we need the housing that is safe, affordable, waste-free, and environmentally friendly.

What do we need right now.... the will to invest in our future, to think ahead, to stop worrying about short term gains and think globally as to the needs of people.. Can we do this, yes, will we ?

November 05 2013 at 11:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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willypfistergash

I'm looking forward to the teleporter

November 06 2013 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willypfistergash

You never gdt around to how this is funded.

November 06 2013 at 12:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cobaltmuscle

Safe Nuclear power, rubbish! Natural disasters happen. Nuclear is not safe! Your making such a decision on behalf of all life on the planet.....F#KING WOW!

November 05 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Chris

The planet will get along fine if we're gone. It's our lives we have to worry about.

November 06 2013 at 5:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rrobin6128

Interesting as several scientists came out today saying that we were starting global coolong trend right now.

November 05 2013 at 8:41 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
JIM

I'm sorry but that's the only way i can post anything.

November 05 2013 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JIM

**** YOU HUFF POST STUPID BASTARDS.

November 05 2013 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chris

Good contribution. Never mind that Huffington Post only linked to this article.

November 06 2013 at 5:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply