Daily Archives: July 11, 2010

Dams and Development Threaten the Mekong

The Mekong has long held a mystique for outsiders, whether they be American G.I.’s in the Delta during the Vietnam War or ill-starred 19th-century French explorers who searched for the river’s source in Tibet. The earliest visitors realized the hard … Continue reading

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Thailand urged to provide incentives for women to produce ‘qualitative’ children

As Thailand is facing sharp declines in birth and death rates, an academic population expert advised on Sunday, World Population Day, that the government should lay out measures to encourage people to produce ‘qualitative rather than quantitative children’. Prof Pramote … Continue reading

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Detroit gets growing

Detroit was once the engine of America’s automotive industry. Today it is a symbol of urban decay. But a daring bid to return the land to farming is sowing seeds of recovery – and could be a template for cities … Continue reading

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Eco warrior’s Pacific journey shows how ‘dumb plastic’ is killing our seas

David de Rothschild set out on a mammoth ocean crossing aboard his recycled yacht to highlight pollution of Earth’s waters – but even he was shocked by what he found. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/11/plastiki-rothschild-plastic-bottle-catamaran

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Aids fears for Haiti’s displaced

It has been 100 days since a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing more than 200,000 people and leaving 1.5 million others homeless. With millions of people unemployed and living on the streets, there has been a rise in … Continue reading

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Mexico City’s water crisis

At lest hundreds of thousands of residents of Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, are failing to receive a permanent water supply. It is a puzzling problem in a city the Aztecs built on five lakes and which consequently suffers … Continue reading

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