Combating Climate Change – a new look with Al Gore and Jeff Skoll

Al Gore at Google Hangout 2013

Former Vice President Al Gore at the Google Hangout 

A fascinating online meeting billed as Combating Climate Change took place Tuesday June 11th. Sponsored by The Climate Reality Project (the non-profit founded by former Vice President Al Gore), it featured Gore and Jeff Skoll, the Executive Producer of the film An Inconvenient Truth. In 2006, this eye-opening film launched a worldwide conversation, some would say controversy, regarding the effects of climate change. Now, on  the film’s seventh anniversary, these two came together, with moderator Dr. Kiki Sanford to give an update on what was discussed in the film.

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Supreme Court says genes are not patentable

US Supreme CourtIn what is likely a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has announced its ruling that companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries.

This unanimous decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, said that laws of nature, natural phenomena and abstract ideas are not patentable. this broad ruling could have huge implications.

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