Posts Tagged Development

In Greenland’s Melting Ice, A Warning on Hard Climate Choices…

Greenland is melting at an unprecedented rate, causing vast quantities of ice to disappear and global sea levels to rise. The fate of the ice sheet is not sealed, but unless CO2 emissions are sharply cut, the long-term existence of Greenland’s ice is in doubt… Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/in-greenlands-melting-ice-a-warning-on-hard-climate-choices Advertisements

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Climate Change Could Affect Symbiotic Relationships Between Microorganisms and Trees…

(From article at enn.com) …microorganisms help trees access water and nutrients from the atmosphere or soil, sequester carbon, and withstand the effects of climate change. In exchange, they receive carbohydrates, which are essential to their development and are produced by the trees during photosynthesis… Read more on this article here: https://www.enn.com/articles/58476-climate-change-could-affect-symbiotic-relationships-between-microorganisms-and-trees

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As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise…

After decades of slow progress, desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. Costs for processing salt water for drinking water have dropped, but it remains an expensive option and one that creates environmental problems that must be addressed… Read about this rise in desalination processes here at Yale Environment 360: […]

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How an Illicit Chemical Is Jeopardizing Recovery of the Ozone Layer…

An international treaty signed in 1987 officially halted production and use of chemicals that deplete the atmosphere’s critical ozone layer. But new research finds a troubling rise in emissions of a banned chemical that is being routinely used in factories in northeast China… Read this article here, at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-an-illicit-chemical-is-jeopardizing-recovery-of-the-ozone-layer-china

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As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material?…

Mass timber construction is on the rise, with advocates saying it could revolutionize the building industry and be part of a climate change solution. But some are questioning whether the logging and manufacturing required to produce the new material outweigh any benefits… Read the full article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-mass-timber-takes-off-how-green-is-this-new-building-material

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Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need…

Nations around the globe have pledged to increase their forest cover by planting millions of trees. But new research shows much of this growth would be in monoculture plantations that would be quickly cut down and do little to tackle climate change or preserve biodiversity… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-green-pledges-will-not-create-the-natural-forests-we-need  

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As High-Tide Flooding Worsens, More Pollution Is Washing to the Sea…

As sea levels rise, high-tide flooding is becoming a growing problem in many parts of the globe, including cities on the U.S. East Coast. Now, new research shows that as these waters recede, they carry toxic pollutants and excess nutrients into rivers, bays, and oceans… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-high-tide-flooding-worsens-more-pollution-is-washing-to-the-sea

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As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage…

Summary: Some wetlands perform better under pressure. A new study revealed that when faced with sea-level rise, coastal wetlands respond by burying even more carbon in their soils… Visit science daily for this article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306131401.htm

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International Women’s Day: Don’t Let Anyone Tell You How Far You Can Go…

BARCELONA, Mar 4 2019 (IPS) – The data – with its sexism and its gaps – shows us that many of the barriers girls experience are determined merely by their gender… Read the rest of this article at ipsnews.net: http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/03/international-womens-day-dont-let-anyone-tell-far-can-go/

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A Global Imperative: Empowering Women is Critical for World’s Economy & People…

WASHINGTON DC, Mar 1 2019 (IPS) – March 8 marks International Women’s Day, which provides a chance to reflect on the struggle for greater gender equality… Read the rest of this article at ipsnews.net: http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/03/global-imperative-empowering-women-critical-worlds-economy-people/

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New biochemical pathway that may develop more resilient crop varieties…

Summary: Researchers have discovered a new biochemical pathway in plants which they have named CHLORAD… Read about this here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190221141452.htm

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For a Warming World, A New Strategy for Protecting Watersheds…

In increasingly arid regions such as the western U.S., water managers are learning that careful management and restoration of watershed ecosystems, including thinning trees and conducting prescribed burns, are important tools in coping with a hotter, drier climate… Read the article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-restoring-watersheds-is-a-new-priority-in-a-warming-world

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2018…

Published by Transparency International, the Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries “by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys”, defining this corruption as a misuse of public power for private benefit… (See Wikipedia link) Here is a link to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index as presented on the website […]

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Seas of Death and Hope…

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 11 2019 (IPS) – The Mediterranean Sea is currently a sea of death. On the 20th of June every year, i.e. The World Refugee Day, an organization called UNITED for Intercultural Action publishes a “List of Deaths”, summarising information on where, when and under which circumstances a named individual has died due to the “fatal […]

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A very small number of crops are dominating globally: That’s bad news for sustainable agriculture…

Summary: A new study finds that globally we’re growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale… Read the full article here at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190206161446.htm

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Food Shocks Becoming More Frequent Due to Extreme Weather, Conflict…

An update on food production research from Yale Environment 360 considering increases in the frequency of such due to extreme weather events and geopolitical issues: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/food-shocks-becoming-more-frequent-due-to-extreme-weather-conflict

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From abuse to abortion laws: the world’s 12 hot topics in 2018…

I came across the following article from theguardian.com whilst randomly perusing some world news websites, and since the year is still rather new why not take a look back at some of the top newsmakers for 2018: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/31/from-abuse-to-abortion-laws-the-worlds-12-hot-topics-in-2018

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What The Mountain Taught the Mouse…

Jan 25 2019 (IPS-Partners) – (Tricontinental) – In June 1931, the Italian Communist Antonio Gramsci wrote a letter to Giulia Schucht, who lived in Moscow and with whom he had two children. One of the children – Delio – had taken an interest in literature, with a particular fascination for fantasy literature. This gave Gramsci, locked […]

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