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August 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Biodiversity data network helps map plants used in Aboriginal medicine



Innovative use of data accessible through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) may help to identify areas of high cultural value, based on plants used in traditional medicine by Aboriginal people in Australia.

The Customary Medicinal Knowledgebase (CMKb), based at Macquarie University, is teaming up with the…

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Added by Tim Hirsch on August 28, 2011 at 16:14 — No Comments

Paint hazards: How to protect women and children

Painting of a new house or repainting of renovated one has been an age-long practice globally. This practice which is carried out in order to put an astonishing beauty to the house could also pose serious hazard to human with children and pregnant mothers being more vulnerable. Paints contain four classes of substances (additives, resins, solvents and pigments) which can enter the body by inhalation, absorption through the skin, ingestion, and through direct… Continue

Added by Ugochukwu Chimeziri on August 26, 2011 at 19:25 — No Comments

Global warming: How poverty supports the most dangerous kind of emissions

The role of poverty in many aspects of life is a well-documented chronicle which stares the world in the face. Poverty has immense contribution to gender imbalance, abuse of rights, inability to access good food, water, healthcare amongst others.

This time, poverty has revealed that its tentacles are also in control of the transport and power systems in some of the third world countries especially experimenting ones of Africa. Nigeria is one or perhaps the only country in Africa housing… Continue

Added by Ugochukwu Chimeziri on August 26, 2011 at 19:20 — No Comments

Sergey Gorshkov

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Added by Robbie Schmelzer on August 26, 2011 at 19:01 — No Comments

Asian Elephant Photo Gallery from AnimalsandEarth.com

Added by Robbie Schmelzer on August 26, 2011 at 0:06 — No Comments

Back to School and Back to Good Food

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children across the United States. For children enrolled in state schools, this typically means the return of unhealthy lunches that are best described as “fast food”: hamburgers, chicken nuggets, fried snacks, and sugary soft drinks. Yet school lunch programs can…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 24, 2011 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Worldwatch report focuses on China’s green future

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



 

China’s environmental problems remain a cause for global concern as climate change continues to reduce agricultural production and create instability in world food prices, according to…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 19, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Hello dear all

 

We have a group of journalists, and biology students here at National University of Rwanda, trained by Flamingham University through FULBRIGHT program, on making documentary film.  We are coming together for a common goal - to raise awareness in rural communities of the importance of conservation



At the moment we have developed a documentary  film project which will undertake to reveal the attitudes of local communities,…

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Added by Jean claude DUSABIMANA on August 19, 2011 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Cultivating Knowledge and Crops: Women Are Key to Sustainable Agricultural Development

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Women account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only $1.25 per day, according to researchers from the Worldwatch Institute.



Despite the challenging circumstances that women in developing countries face, important innovations in…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 17, 2011 at 18:41 — No Comments

Million euros funding boost for urban biodiversity project

New project will help European cities reduce their ecological footprint.

 

A new million euros project on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services aims to address significant scientific knowledge gaps on the role of urban biodiversity and ecosystem services for human well-being.…

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Added by Sturle Hauge Simonsen on August 8, 2011 at 9:10 — No Comments

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