Daily Archives: June 21, 2010

Overconsumption is costing us the earth and human happiness

Story of Stuff creator Annie Leonard’s new book examines the high price of the western world’s obession with all things material. If you really want to understand a country, a society, or even a civilization, don’t turn to its national … Continue reading

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How can African agriculture be more productive?

Better roads and irrigation would help, but there is no one silver bullet to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/katine-chronicles-blog/2010/jun/21/agriculture-africa

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The Half-Life of Phones

Few objects on the planet are farther removed from nature — less, say, like a rock or an insect — than a glass and stainless steel smartphone. And yet the materials of which it is made have ultimately all been … Continue reading

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Deadly floods kill twenty in north-east Brazil

At least 20 people have died in flooding in north-eastern Brazil after some areas saw more than 36cm (14 inches) of rainfall in three days. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/latin_america/10361810.stm

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Slideshow: China devastated by floods

Army mobilised as over 130 dead and 800,000 displaced after torrential rain sees rivers swell and houses hit by landlsides http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2010/jun/20/china-flooding-evacuation?picture=363945761 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/20/china-devastated-floods

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Plan to pump water into Dead Sea makes environmentalists see red

Activists unite with industrialists to oppose World Bank study into project to transport water from Red Sea http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jun/20/plan-pump-water-dead-sea-environmentalists-red

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