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2014 Winter Olympics: World of Greatness

On Sara Alina

The 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia has just concluded. This is the first time that Russia hosted the Winter Olympics Games. As expected, the whole world tuned in to watch athletes from all different countries compete to get the gold. Dreams were realized as athletes won and hearts broke when they do not. But this was not the end. It is only the beginning to train harder and be a better athlete come next Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. All in all, it was a success as no threats were made and no untoward incidents happened. Athletes simply were there to participate, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie. It was truly exciting and thrilling to be a part of the Winter Olympics.

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Industry Awakens to Threat of Climate Change

On The Perfectly Flaky Hawk

WASHINGTON — Coca-Cola has always been more focused on its economic bottom line than on global warming, but when the company lost a lucrative operating license in India because of a serious water shortage there in 2004, things began to change.

Today, after a decade of increasing damage to Coke’s balance sheet as global droughts dried up the water needed to produce its soda, the company has embraced the idea of climate change as an economically disruptive force.

“Increased droughts, more unpredictable variability, 100-year floods every two years,” said Jeffrey Seabright, Coke’s vice president for environment and water resources, listing the problems that he said were also disrupting the company’s supply of sugar cane and sugar beets, as well as citrus for its fruit juices. “When we look at our most essential ingredients, we see those events as threats.”

Coke reflects a growing view among American business leaders and mainstream economists who see global warming as a force that contributes to lower gross domestic products, higher food and commodity costs, broken supply chains and increased financial risk. Their position is at striking odds with the longstanding argument, advanced by the coal industry and others, that policies to curb carbon emissions are more economically harmful than the impact of climate change.

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