Deforestation

Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth By Chelsea Harvey March 1 A halite salt crystal in the shape of a heart is seen in the Nemocon salt mine in Colombia on Sept. 26, 2012. (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters) The hum

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The human handprint on the natural world has become evident in all too many ways in recent decades. The changing climate, the decline of wildlife and the loss of forests and other natural landscapes — all of these factors have led many scientists to conclude that we’re living in a new age they’ve dubbed the “Anthropocene,” in which the planet is dominated by human, rather than natural, influences. ... Read more about Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth By Chelsea Harvey March 1 A halite salt crystal in the shape of a heart is seen in the Nemocon salt mine in Colombia on Sept. 26, 2012. (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters) The hum

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Geodesign Session 2 - Brazil

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Global Energy Network International
Global Classroom Summer Series 2015
GeoDesign
SESSION 2
- Thursday July 9, 2015 - "Sustainable Development and Resilient Systems. Why and How our world has changed."

Geodesign* - Engineering the Transition to
Renewable Energy and Clean Water for All
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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Global Impacts - Irreversible Changes

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Weather extremes are already affecting lives around the world, damaging crops and coastlines and putting water security at risk.

Climate change will have increasingly severe consequences as extreme heat becomes more frequent, water resources become less reliable, diseases move into new ranges, and sea levels rise.  ... Read more about Global Impacts - Irreversible Changes

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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There's nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched - citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world's forests. 

Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what's happening to forests worldwide. ... Read more about Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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