1 October 2012
Report: 100 Million Could Die From Climate Change By 2030
Jason Koebler / USNews
A report commissioned by the governments of more than 20 countries found that more than 100 million people will die as a result of climate change by 2030 if the world stays on its current path. The report, released by DARA, an independent, Spanish-based non-profit, suggests that time is running out for the situation to be reversed.
US Osprey military aircraft begin Okinawa base move
The US has begun the controversial deployment of Osprey military aircraft to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, amid protests over the move.
How to Help Iran Build A Bomb
William Broad / New York Times
Advocates of airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities have long held that the attacks would delay an atom bomb for years and perhaps even buy Israel enough time to topple the Iranian government. However, some scholars and experts argue that a strike could actually lead to Iran’s speeding up its efforts, ensuring the realization of a bomb and hastening its arrival.
Saudi Arabia sees rare protests
Mona Alami / USA Today
Families of political prisoners in Saudi Arabia have been doing what was once unthinkable in this kingdom and holding small protests outside prisons and government buildings to demand the release of inmates, some of whom have been held without charges for years.
Georgia election could herald change of allies
Margarita Antidze and Steve Gutterman/Reuters
The outcome of today’s parliamentary elections in Georgia could influence whether the nation maintains close ties with the West or shifts closer to Russia. President Mikheil Saaskashvili is being challenged by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili in the polls, which are occurring in the wake of a prison abuse scandal.
Scientist Developing Sub-Tracking Sea Drone
Eric Beidel/National Defense
DARPA has awarded a contract for the development of a sea drone capable of tracking the increasingly sophisticated, quiet submarines being built by “potential adversaries.” A prototype of the sea drone is expected to be tested in 2015.
Envisioning a Sustainable Energy Future
Christine Todd Whitman and Dr. Patrick Moore
Election years have a way of polarizing opinions. Even so, some issues indeed offer common ground. One such issue is our energy supply and the choices America must make. Fundamentally, our country must consider wholesale changes in the way it produces and consumes electricity.
GenOn Power Plant in Alexandria Set to Close
Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post
Inside GenOn’s Potomac River Generating Station, the huge boiler hanging from the eight-story ceiling is cool now. The giant steam-driven turbines, rounded as a bodybuilder’s shoulders, are stilled.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Sequestration or not – change is coming
The battle over defense spending continues to intensify, with the latest skirmish at the heart of one of the defense industry’s main pressure points.
Why hasn’t the U.S. witnessed another large-scale domestic terrorist attack since 9/11?
Whether navigating a busy New York subway or jumping between meetings on Capitol Hill, citizens and policymakers alike tend to take their physical security for granted. However, it is important that we do not forget the collective sentiment of fear and uncertainty that swept the country following 9/11.
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