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Daily Archives: September 5, 2015

Remarks by the President at the GLACIER Conference Anchorage, AK

President Obama, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center Anchorage, Alaska – September 1, 2015: “…Our understanding of climate change advances each day. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought. The science is stark.  It is sharpening. It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present.   In fact, the Arctic is the leading edge of climate change — our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces.  Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average. Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the United States.  Last year was Alaska’s warmest year on record — just as it was for the rest of the world. And the impacts here are very real. Thawing permafrost destabilizes the earth on which 100,000 Alaskans live, threatening homes, damaging transportation and energy infrastructure, which could cost billions of dollars to fix. Warmer, more acidic oceans and rivers, and the migration of entire species, threatens the livelihoods of indigenous peoples, and local economies dependent on fishing and tourism. Reduced sea levels leaves villages unprotected from floods and storm surges. Some are in imminent danger; some will have to relocate entirely. In fact, Alaska has some of the swiftest shoreline erosion rates in the world…”

Introducing Facebook and Summit’s K-12 Education Project

News release – Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer, Facebook , September 5 2015 – “Over the past year, a small team of Facebook engineers has been working together with a group of local educators on an exciting project — to create a classroom experience that’s centered around students’ ambitions that takes advantage of all the… Continue Reading

WSJ – Startups Put Data in Farmers’ Hands

Big data moves into the collective sphere of farmers who use it now directly to plan and manage all phases of crop production – “Farmers and entrepreneurs are starting to compete with agribusiness giants over the newest commodity being harvested on U.S. farms—one measured in bytes, not bushels. Startups including Farmobile LLC, Granular Inc.… Continue Reading

Household Debt and Business Cycles Worldwide

Mian, Atif R. and Sufi, Amir and Verner, Emil, Household Debt and Business Cycles Worldwide (September 3, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “A rise in the household debt to GDP ratio predicts lower output growth and higher unemployment over the medium-run, contrary to standard macroeconomic models. GDP forecasts by the IMF and OECD… Continue Reading

Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014

Breggin, Linda K. and Brock, Jamieson and Agre, Carke and Vandenbergh, Michael P., Trends in Environmental Law Scholarship 2008-2014 (September 3, 2015). Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. 45, No. 10731, 2015; Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 15-23; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 15-22. Available for download at SSRN: “This comment provides a… Continue Reading