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The Department of Energy is seeking new ways to make America's energy infrastructure more resilient to the kinds of challenges posed by climate change. That means upgrading the electrical grid to make it better able to weather extreme storms, "hardening" wiring systems to allow them to survive floods and wildfires, and developing drought-proof power plants that don't need as much water to function.
Feeling chronically worn out, hating what you do even though you're good at it and believing your salary doesn't make up for your dissatisfaction are signs it might be time to change careers, Kathy Caprino writes. "[O]nce you get hip to these signs, you’ll be able to answer for yourself in a heartbeat, 'Should I stay or should I go?' she writes.
Lawmakers in Arizona have approved legislation that eliminates Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards test as a graduation requirement and paves the way for the state to adopt assessments more closely aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The bill, approved Tuesday by lawmakers, now awaits the signature of Gov. Jan Brewer, who previously has said she supports the change.
Twitter has become a powerful tool for teachers to connect, chat and engage in professional development, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. In this blog post, he offers information about the value of Twitter chats for educators and shares some recommended chats as well as how to access them.
It's difficult to tell whether Americans are really concerned about climate change, based on the results of several highly divergent opinion polls, Joel Makower writes. The problem, according to environmentalist Cara Pike, stems from a lack of education, as well as misleading or inadequate media coverage of climate change issues. "Most people don't really have a sense of the connection between energy, the economy and climate," Pike says.