Almost a decade ago, Al Gore was presented with a question, "what are the drivers of global change?" Unable to immediately answer the question in full, he has continued to revisit the query, and over the last two years has researched, analyzed and produced a complex and comprehensive map of the forces that are shaping our world. The result is "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." While mapping the future is a risky undertaking, perhaps the only thing riskier is doing nothing.
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Heat deaths in Manhattan to rise 2013-05-20T09:00-05:00: Residents of Manhattan will not just sweat harder from rising temperatures in the future, says a new study; many may die. Researchers at Columbia University estimate deaths linked to warming climate may rise some 20 percent by the 2020s, and, in some worst-case scenarios, 90 percent or more 70 years hence.
The fight for North Dakota's fracking-water market 2013-05-20T09:00-05:00: In towns across North Dakota, the locals have taken to quoting the adage: "Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting." As the state's Bakken shale fields have grown, so has the fight over who has the right to tap into the multimillion-dollar market to supply water to the energy sector.