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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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Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

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Reuters.com - BY CHRIS ARSENAULT
Kale grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE
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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak.
 
Later this month, world leaders are set to endorse a U.N.

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Existing poverty index ‘ideal for assessing the SDGs’

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Pablo Correa
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[CARTAGENA] The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, which is a tool for measuring acute poverty, should be used to monitor compliance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a conference has heard.
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Jan Eliasson: There is no peace without development

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Georgi Gotev
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UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who just returned from a number of missions to Iraq, Iran and Lebanon, said Tuesday (3 February) that the international community and the EU should be more active after the end of a conflict, to make sure that it does not happen again.

Eliasson, a Swedish national who covers most of the world’s conflict areas and development in his UN capacity, spoke to the Brussels press after meeting several EU officials, including foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. ... Read more about Jan Eliasson: There is no peace without development

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'Revolution needed' for world to meet sustainable development goals

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Heather Stewart
A distressed mother in Sittwe, Myanmar, holds her malnourished twins.
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World leaders gathering at the UN in New York next weekend must pledge to make a revolutionary effort if they are serious about meeting the 17 ambitious anti-poverty targets for 2030 that they are due to sign, according to Britain’s leading development thinktank. ... Read more about 'Revolution needed' for world to meet sustainable development goals

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10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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Randall Hackley
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In a world in which 14 percent of the population in the 21st century still defecate outdoors, children remain among the most vulnerable to a lack of toilets, contamination from human waste and dirty water.

The young are suffering the brunt of a health and development crisis that has claimed the lives of at least 10 million children under the age of five since 2000 because they have no access to a basic toilet, according to a new report from the international development organization WaterAid. ... Read more about 10 Million Child Deaths Attributed to a Lack of Toilets

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13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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Heather Clancy
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Could Big Data offer the most fertile solution for countering systemic food waste and frightening future scarcity scenarios?

Last month Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and dozens of other companies started sowing the seeds for a crop of powerful applications and information resources enabled by the convergence of sensors, sophisticated imagery and powerful analytics — and inspired by the federal Climate Data Initiative. ... Read more about 13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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How much of the world's cropland is actually used to grow food?

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Brad Plumer
Crops grown for food (green) versus for animal feed and fuel (purple). National Geographic
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This fascinating map from National Geographic shows the proportion of the world's crops that are grown for direct human consumption (in green) versus all the crops that are grown for animal feed or biofuels (in purple):

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Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

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Geni Geodesgin

There are several different directions that our planet can take to address the ever growing need for water and energy. This will involve integrating technologies of a large and small scale into our grid and into our homes as well. There are two main technologies in which to address large scale water sustainability: desalination and ‘pure water’ recycling. As the California dries out, it is increasingly important to adopt proven strategies to maintain the current standard of living. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 4 Water Sustainable Practices SD and No Baja

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