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
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
calypsis4

"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."

Huh? That's sort of like a hard core neo-Darwinian saying, "Fellas, we need to listen to the creationists once in awhile."

November 05 2013 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply