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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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Rona Fried
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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.
 
High resolution data from half a billion NASA Landsat satellite images measures whether tree cover is growing or lessening.

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Obesity worldwide: the map of the world's weight

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Ami Sedghi
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Obesity is in the news again - but how does the UK compare to the rest of the world? The World Health Organisation (WHO) database contains global comparisons of overweight and obesity prevalence broken down over time. The map below shows the overweight and obesity (BMI >= 25 kg/m²) prevalence by gender and country. Click on the map to see the figures by place and use the drop down menu to change year displayed, or explore the table below
 

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Climate scientists: It’s basically too late to stop warming

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Christopher Mims
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If you like cool weather and not having to club your neighbors as you battle for scarce resources, now’s the time to move to Canada, because the story of the 21st century is almost written, reports Reuters. Global warming is close to being irreversible, and in some cases that ship has already sailed. ... Read more about Climate scientists: It’s basically too late to stop warming

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Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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Associated Press
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IBADAN, Nigeria –  From this field nestled among the lush rolling hills of Nigeria's southwest, the small plants rising out the hard red dirt appear fragile, easily crushed by weather or chance.

Looks, however, are deceiving.

These cassava plants will grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa. ... Read more about Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

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KATY DAIGLE
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VEDARANYAM, India (AP) — On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds.

The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands.

Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now threatens millions of poor subsistence farmers across Asia. As ocean water swamps low-lying plots, experts say many could be forced to flee inland. ... Read more about As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

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UN population growth data is bad news for climate - Climate News Network

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Tim Radford
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Sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80% probability that the planet'€s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability - and climate change. LONDON, 19 September, 2014 - The demographers may have got it wrong. New projections say the population of the planet will not stabilise at 9 billion sometime this century. In fact, there is an 80% likelihood that, by 2100, it will reach at least 9.6 bn - and maybe rise as high as 12.3 bn. ... Read more about UN population growth data is bad news for climate - Climate News Network

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This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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Philip Perry
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Recently, the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils, teamed up with the board of directors of Scientific American, to determine the top 10 breakout technologies for this year. These are either likely to be prevalent within 3-5 years or are set to dramatically “…improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.”

This year’s list is as follows:

10. Quantum Computing ... Read more about This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn'€t exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report. ... Read more about UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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