"NatGeo Gives Fox Control of Media Assets in $725 Million Deal"

"Ever since it was launched from the temple-like headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington in 1888, National Geographic magazine has illuminated the world’s hidden places and revealed its natural wonders. On Wednesday, the iconic ­yellow-bordered magazine, beset by financial issues, entered its own uncharted territory. In an effort to stave off further decline, the magazine was effectively sold by its nonprofit parent organization to a for-profit venture whose principal shareholder is one of Rupert Murdoch’s global media companies."

Source: Wash Post, 09/10/2015

Climate-Smart Cities Could Save the World $22 Trillion, Say Economists

"Putting cities on a course of smart growth – with expanded public transit, energy-saving buildings, and better waste management - could save as much as $22 trillion and avoid the equivalent in carbon pollution of India’s entire annual output of greenhouse gasses, according to leading economists."

Source: Guardian, 09/09/2015

"Plutonium Is Unsung Concession in Iran Nuclear Deal"

"At first glance, the metals that give atom bombs their destructive fury might seem interchangeable: Uranium and plutonium are both more valuable than gold. Both captivate would-be atomic powers. And both fueled bombs that leveled Japanese cities — uranium at Hiroshima and plutonium at Nagasaki."

Source: NY Times, 09/08/2015

"Warming Oceans Putting Marine Life ‘In a Blender’"

"Up in Maine, lobsters are thriving. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission reported last month that stocks there have reached a record high. Down the coast, however, the story is different. In southern New England, lobster stocks have plummeted to the lowest levels ever recorded, putting many lobstermen out of business."

Source: NY Times, 09/04/2015


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