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July 2012 Blog Posts (10)

UNESCO seeks consultants to produce foresight reports on the use of ICTs in citizen science and by indigenous peoples

UNESCO seeks consultants to produce foresight reports on the use of ICTs in citizen science and by indigenous peoples

Ten years after the adoption of the Geneva Plan of Action and on the path towards the targets set for 2015, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is undertaking a systematic review of the implementation of its objectives. Within this framework, UNESCO is…

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Added by Jen Rubis on July 30, 2012 at 21:35 — No Comments

PADI Dive Center in Cyprus Sponsoring Shark Fishing Tours

This should really NOT be happening..........

PADI DIVE CENTER in Larnaca, Cyprus, killing Sharks by offering Shark-Fishing Tour....

No question to boycott such facility, but even more – share this wherever you can and make it public

Nireas…

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Added by Michael Bear on July 28, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Eroding U.S. Federal Oversight of Genetically Engineered Crops

Genetically engineered (GE) foods have been heralded as the solution to food shortages in the future, as biotech companies modify the DNA of crops in an effort to make them more robust. Certain GE crops can now withstand freezing temperatures or are resilient to heavy applications of pesticides and herbicides.

GE crops are widespread in the United States. Nationwide, 93 percent of the soybean crop is genetically modified to resist the large volumes of herbicides used to combat…

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Added by sustainableprosperity on July 26, 2012 at 14:17 — No Comments

Addressing population growth for a sustainable future

Although most analysts assume that the world’s population will rise from today’s 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, it is quite possible that humanity will never reach this population size.

My chapter in this year’s State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity, “Nine Population Strategies to Stop Short of 9 Billion,” outlines a series of strategies that would prompt significant declines in birth rates. Based purely on the intention of women around the world to…

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Added by sustainableprosperity on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 — No Comments

Every Building Should Be Sustainable, Not Just Green

In a sustainable world, the built environment would be in balance with the natural environment. Unfortunately, we are far from there. From single-family homes to soaring skyscrapers, buildings account for a significant share of global resource use. Constructing and operating these structures consumes 25 to 40 percent of the energy produced worldwide and contributes 30 to 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions. Construction also generates 30 to 40 percent of all solid…

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Added by sustainableprosperity on July 13, 2012 at 15:52 — No Comments

Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be?

It’s well known that Americans consume more resources on a per capita basis than citizens of other developed countries. In fact, research shows that if people in all nations used as many resources as the average American, we would need five Earths to meet this global resource demand.

Human consumption of material goods has increased dramatically over the years, rising at a faster pace than population as a whole. This rising resource demand becomes ever more precarious as the…

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Added by sustainableprosperity on July 12, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Are Biofuels the Answer to America’s Energy Challenges?

Last summer, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Energy and Navy would invest up to $510 million in order to spur the biofuels industry and enhance U.S. energy security. As a result of government support through tax breaks and subsidies, both ethanol and biodiesel have been successfully integrated into the…

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Added by sustainableprosperity on July 9, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Reforming city planning to incorporate slums

A sustainable future is only possible if all members of society are included. Today, millions of people are overlooked by governments, as they live in illegal settlements or cannot afford to voice their opinion in the political arena. In the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2012 report, Eric Belsky describes sustainability through the lens of urban development, arguing that slums be…

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Added by A Sohns on July 9, 2012 at 17:00 — No Comments

Media Competition on Value Chains for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Countries 2012

REMINDER: CTA announces Africa, Caribbean and Pacific  Media Competition on Value Chains

SEVERAL PRIZES TO BE WORN!!!

Deadline 10 August 2012 The Technical Centre for Agricultural…

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Added by Samuel Mikenga on July 8, 2012 at 15:38 — No Comments

The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv is now officially recognized as a “UN Decade Project on Biological Diversity”.

The International Youth Forum Go4BioDiv is now officially recognized as a “UN Decade Project on Biological Diversity”. This prestigious award distinguishes initiatives, which contribute to biodiversity conservation in an innovative and exemplary way. With this award, the outstanding commitment of Go4BioDiv for involving young adults in biodiversity conservation is acknowledged.  Read Full story …

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Added by Neeraj Khera on July 3, 2012 at 9:22 — No Comments

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