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We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet

We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet
'The negative impacts of Keystone XL will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have.' Photograph: Sue Ogrocki/AP Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects. This is why, no matter where you live, it is appalling that the US is debating whether to approve a massive pipeline transporting 830,000 barrels of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. This week in Berlin, scientists and public representatives have been weighing up radical options for curbing emissions contained in the third report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Who can stop it? The taste of "success" in our world gone mad is measured in dollars and francs and rupees and yen.

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What to Expect From Tesla Motors, Inc. CEO Elon Musk Tomorrow (TSLA) Electric-car maker Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA ) CEO Elon Musk will take the stage tomorrow in Detroit, speaking at the Automotive News World Congress at 4:45 p.m. EST. It's been two years since Musk has spoken in the auto state. Last January, Tesla's vice president of worldwide sales and service, Jerome Guillen, announced during a press conference at the Detroit auto show that Tesla had delivered 6,900 vehicles during the fourth quarter, a big jump over its guidance for "slightly under 6,000 Model S vehicles." While there's no certainty investors will be served a similar platter of hard data on the company's most recent quarterly sales this year, there will probably be a handful of key areas the CEO will cover that are important to investors. Here's some background on some of the potential hot items Musk may talk about.

Time for climate scientists to go on strike Late last night Yokohama time, the world’s scientists did once more what they’ve done so many times in the past: issued a thumping big report demonstrating that climate change poses the greatest danger our civilization has ever faced. These regular analyses have been conducted since 1995 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – by now the papers, indexes, footnotes and drafts would fill the Superdome. They’ve said it with graphs, they’ve said it with tables. They’ve offered color-coded guides to future decades. They’ve told us about basic science and, when that didn’t work, they’ve tried to explain it in terms anyone could understand. The latest summary, for instance, shows that most studies of food production in a warming world forecast dire trouble – some, by century’s end, show a 50% reduction in crop yields.

investigative journalist Michael Ruppert has reportedly committed suicide The 63-year-old former narcotics investigator with the LAPD shot himself after his radio show, according to an announcement by author Carolyn Baker who was a guest on his final broadcast on Sunday. Mr Ruppert was famous for his litany of conspiracy theories which encompassed the CIA to drugs, international politics, the oil industry, Wall Street and 9/11.

4 Things I Learned Driving a Tesla for 10,000 Miles (TSLA) In less than four months, I have put more than 10,000 miles on my fully electric Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) Model S -- enough to get a good feel for whether Tesla vehicles live up to all the hype. From taking a 2,200-mile road trip to driving on hilly snow-packed streets, I've pushed my 85 kWh Model S to the limits. Here are my four biggest takeaways, so far, about life with a Tesla. Model S charging. Hit the Fossil Fuel Industry Where it Hurts: Science There was another one of those International Panel on Climate Change reports published last weekend. Having already outlined the physical science basis back in September (i.e. it is happening, yes, really, we triple-checked, sorry), and then a report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability at the end of last month (i.e. it’s going to get really shit), we had a third on mitigation (i.e. there’s stuff we can do to stop it being really, really, really shit). WWF’s Leo Hickman summarised the reports neatly with the simple nugget: "Climate change is real. We are to blame.

Keith Alexander Unplugged Greenwald writes: "The almost-complete continuity between George W. Bush and Barack Obama on such matters has been explained by far too many senior officials in both parties." By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept Toyota Opens The Fuel Cell Kimono by Debra Fiakas CFA Last week Toyota Motor Corporation (TM: NYSE) announced its intention to share its patented fuel cell technology with other automotive manufacturers. Engineers from competing auto manufacturers can get a look at Toyota’s fuel cell designs up through 2020. Conflict of interest The presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of impropriety. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. A widely used definition is: "A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest