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Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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Andrew Freedman
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Humanity is rapidly depleting a third of the world's largest groundwater aquifers, with the top three most stressed groundwater basins in the political hotspots of the Middle East, the border region between India and Pakistan, and the Murzuk-Djado Basin in northern Africa.

Making matters worse, researchers say in a pair of new studies, we don't know how much water is left in these massive aquifers '€” which water resources scientists often refer to as Earth's water savings accounts. ... Read more about Earth's largest groundwater aquifers are past 'sustainability tipping points'

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Why Social Progress Matters

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Michael Porter
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CAMBRIDGE - Economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and improved the lives of many more over the last half-century. Yet it is increasingly evident that a model of human development based on economic progress alone is incomplete. A society which fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for many of its citizens is not succeeding. Inclusive growth requires both economic and social progress. ... Read more about Why Social Progress Matters

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UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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VOA News
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A record amount of electronic waste was generated last year, according to a United Nations University report.

In 2014, 41.8 million tons of e-waste - mostly cell phones, refrigerators, washing machines and other domestic appliances - were dumped around the globe. Less than a sixth of that was properly recycled said the report prepared by the U.N.'s education and research branch. ... Read more about UN: Record Amount of E-Waste Generated

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Global warming is so much worse than we thought. Here’s the chart that proves it

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Simran Khosla
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If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to freak out about the environment, that time is probably now.

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013, the greatest increase since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). ... Read more about Global warming is so much worse than we thought. Here’s the chart that proves it

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The Nature Conservancy: Follow this Urban Water Blueprint

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Mark Tercek
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This year's record droughts in California and Brazil are just the latest reminder of the growing water crisis. Today, 25 percent of the world's largest cities are experiencing over-stressed water supplies. Almost 1 billion people face water shortages, and in 15 years, the global demand for reliable water sources will likely exceed supply by 40 percent.

 Reversing this trend will require looking beyond traditional solutions—and building alliances with unlikely partners. ... Read more about The Nature Conservancy: Follow this Urban Water Blueprint

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As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a long-standing one that becomes more intense as the world's population—and our use of natural resources—keeps booming. ... Read more about As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

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Report: Ozone Layer on Road to Recovery

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Lisa Schlein
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GENEVA - The World Meteorological Organization reports the earth'€s protective ozone layer is on track to recovery by the middle of the century. The agency says the so-called Montreal Protocol, which calls for the phase out of ozone-depleting substances is working. ... Read more about Report: Ozone Layer on Road to Recovery

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U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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Louis Charbonneau
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The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability.

The UNDP warning echoes remarks from U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he said there was a widening gap between rich and poor in the world's biggest economy and that while the stock market has soared, average U.S. wages have barely budged. ... Read more about U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities

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