The U.S. aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Wind and solar power can help. But folks doing the math say other pricey, controversial technologies — such as burying carbon gas underground, and expanding nuclear power — are also likely to be part of a low-carbon future.
The polio outbreak in Syria has spread to four cities, and new cases are suspected each day. But U.N. agencies responsible for combating the outbreak can work only with the Syrian government. This limitation has hobbled vaccination efforts in rebel-held regions, where the virus was first detected.
At a restaurant in Indiana, three men added $10,000 to their bar bills. In other places, hundreds and thousands have been added to checks. In recent months, the anonymous benefactors have given away about $54,000. They say they're doing the Lord's work, "one tip at a time."
We talk mergers and acquisitions on this program all the time. Company A buying Company B for so many millions or billions of dollars and so and so forth.
But in the grand scheme of things, corporate goings on are chump change. Let's talking about merging nations: Say, if the U.S. bought Canada.
In her new book "Merger of the Century," Diane Francis says that's a fine idea. She says an economic union between the two countries is not as far-fetched as one may think.
"I think they’re both terrific countries. To me it’s a no-brainer going forward for a lot of reasons why these countries should be more integrated than they are," she says.
Francis says that in 50 years she said could see a North American monetary union, like the Euro. She says people think it won’t happen because they have the wrong idea about the European Union.
"I think it’s a miracle what’s happened in Europe," says Francis.
Francis says West African countries and Caribbean countries have monetary unions and no borders. And the fact the U.S and Canada don’t is "head scratching."