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2 Dec 2009
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BY PAUL ROLFE You're watching multisource environment news analysis from Newsy For the first time ever, a report examines the life cycle costs of coal -- and the results might make you sick. Treehugger talked to Harvard Professor Paul Epstein when he announced his findings. “Between the land disturbance of mountain top removal, the processing, the sludge and the slurry, waste and fly-ash ponds, we estimate that this is costing the American public... somewhere between a third and a half a trillion dollars per year in health costs and in deaths.” The study says between $200 and $500 billion in extra costs created by the coal industry are passed on to taxpayers. In The Boston Globe, Epstein says policymakers should keep these impacts in mind when deciding our energy future. “The public is unfairly paying for the impacts of coal use ... Our reliance on fossil fuels is proving costly for society, negatively impacting our wallets and our quality of life.” But the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity says in a press release - this study ignores the positive effects of low-cost energy. “Thanks in large part to coal - America’s most abundant domestically-produced fuel, our nation’s electricity prices have remained relatively stable and affordable for families and businesses.” A writer for Smart Planet responds to that statement by asking -- so cheap electricity trumps environmental impact? “Hmm, I guess it all evens out then? The money I save on electricity will help me pay for the problems my electricity creates? Makes me wonder what the final price tag of climate change will be.” The Harvard study looked closely at mountain-top removal in West Virginia. Mountain top removal is a process in which the tops of mountains are removed with explosives to reach the layers of coal underneath. The study found 1.4 million acres of land have been removed from summits in the Appalachian Mountains. (video source: ilovemountains****) Communities near these mining sites have been fighting the coal companies for years. In a production from Swiftmedia funded by the Blessings Project Foundation, residents say -- they’re concerned for their health. “They’re destroying our water, they’re contaminating all our water. Ya know? They’re blowing up all our land, and they’re polluting our air. And when they do that you’re not able to live in these areas.” To put the cost in perspective - the Harvard study says if the additional costs of coal were factored into the price of electricity -- consumers could see their electric bills double... or triple. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
26 Feb 2011
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BY SAMANTHA MCCLENDON ANCHOR JENNIFER MECKLES You're watching multisource science news analysis from Newsy The shape of your brain could indicate your political views -- that’s according to scientists at the University College London, who scanned 90 brains and found people who identify with different ends of the political spectrum have differently-shaped brains. ABC explains. “Scans revealed that the liberal students tended to have a larger region of the brain that processes conflicting information. That, say the authors, might make for tolerance to uncertainty in more liberal views. The conservatives tended to have a larger part of the brain that processes fear and identifies threats. They might be more inclined to integrate conservative views into their politics.” According to Live Science, it is not known whether nature or nurture is to blame for the difference of the brain structures. It says... “Perhaps there are differences in the brain as to why some people seem to have no interest in politics at all, or why some people line up for Macs while others stick with their PCs. All of these tendencies might be linked in some way to peculiarities of our personalities and the way our brains are put together, the researchers speculated.” And anchors on MSNBC have a little fun joking about the differences. “But look it’s interesting because we always suspected that liberals do nuance. The findings seem to say that liberals do nuance. And we always suspected that conservatives ran their campaigns run on fear. And this shows the biology of why they do this. It makes sense.” “So Glenn Beck has a massive amygdala.” “A giant, giant amygdala. 'Famine, frogs raining down!' Hey that am didn’t work out too well for him though.” “Didn’t work out too well for him at all.” TIME points out -- this isn’t the first time scientists uncovered biological differences between the two groups. It recalls a study done at the University of Nebraska that found liberals and conservatives had a difference in something called “gaze cues.” "Liberals were more likely than conservatives to follow another person's gaze, suggesting that people who lean right value autonomy more; alternative explanations suggest that liberals might be more empathetic, or that conservatives are less trusting of others.” But a writer for Mediaite isn’t convinced just yet, asking... “...what about people whose politics change over time? Are their brain parts growing, or shrinking? And what if you’re an economically conservative social liberal (or vice versa)? What kind of brain does that person have?” And a blogger for Smart Planet may have answers. “...the findings don’t mean political views are hard-wired into the brain. … The data don’t prove that these neuroanatomical differences actually cause political differences, but he suspects they might play a role.” According to the New York Daily News, the scientists acknowledge there are more categories than just liberal and conservative. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
12 Apr 2011
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