Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

Could online maps save coral reefs?

Harnessing the power of interactive maps is Reefs at Risk Revisited, a conservation and research project headed by the World Resources Institute. It is in the process of updating its 1998 survey on the threats to the world’s coral reefs … Continue reading

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How are Waves Formed?

Being a surfer I couldn’t resist posting this one. It’s a very good article on waves and how they are generated. Seriously, the article is very good, I didn’t just want to have this amazing surfing photo pasted onto my … Continue reading

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Family friendly: Brazil’s scheme to tackle poverty

Brazil has adopted a family financial suppport scheme that has been successful at lifting many people out of poverty. “The cash transfer scheme puts money directly into the hands of some of Brazil’s lowest income homes. Across the country, some 12 … Continue reading

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The Price of Rice (Part 1): How Haiti Became Food Dependent

Part one of an excellent two part documentary on how Haiti has become food dependent. In 2008, in the midst of the global food crisis, we travelled to Haiti to look at the politics of rice – how such a … Continue reading

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The Price of Rice (Part 2): How Haiti Became Food Dependent

Part two of an excellent two part documentary on how Haiti has become food dependent.

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Lines of Conflict: The Blue Line Dispute

When Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 the UN separated the two countries by a thin blue line. But border disputes and enmity keep tensions high. This video highlights how a an artificial concept such as a border can lead … Continue reading

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Thai Movie Wins Cannes Film Festival Main Award

A good example of Globalization. A small independant movie by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palm D Or, the main prize at the Cannes film festival. Apichatpong works outside the strict confines of Thailand’s action-film studio system to make movies … Continue reading

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Time for a Learning Revolution

In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

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Going Hungry in Niger

Niger is one of the poorest and most politically unstable countries in the world.Now aid agencies are warning that entire regions in the West African country could be on the verge of a wide-scale famine. Some families’ survival depends on a … Continue reading

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Chinese engineers propose world’s biggest hydro-electric project in Tibet

The impact of this dam if they construct it would be immense as it is 50% bigger then the Three Gorges Dam, the worlds biggest so far.The Brahmaputra is a very important river to India and Bangladesh so this is … Continue reading

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