Daily Archives: July 24, 2010

Carl Safina: The oil spill’s unseen culprits, victims

he Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it’s bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf — and many so-called solutions are making … Continue reading

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Hans Rosling on global population growth

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes … Continue reading

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Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue

Co-creator of the philanthropic FEED bags, Ellen Gustafson says hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin. At TEDxEast, she launches The 30 Project — a way to change how we farm and eat in the next 30 … Continue reading

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China battles Yellow Sea oil spill

Chinese authorities struggling to contain the environmental and economic damage of a major oil spill in the Yellow sea which began last Friday. The pipeline has now been repaired, but the cause of the explosion that ruptured it is unknown. Al … Continue reading

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Counting the cost of Zimbabwe’s ‘blood diamonds’

Counting the cost of Zimbabwe’s ‘blood diamonds’ Mutare, a nest of spies and paranoia in Zimbabwe’s wild east, is the latest corner of Africa to discover the corrupting power of diamonds. The nearby Marange fields contain deposits claimed to be … Continue reading

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Flooding tests China giant dam

China’s most severe floods in a decade are threatening to get worse as the landmark Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river is close to overflowing, with its reservoir almost full. The water level reached 158 metres on Saturday morning, just 17 metres … Continue reading

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The retirement tsunami

As the baby boomers bound towards retirement, experts agree this country can no longer afford to keep paying superannuation from the age of 65. But the Government, nervous about upsetting greying voters, does not want to engage. So will the … Continue reading

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Trafigura fined €1m for exporting toxic waste to Africa

Dutch court convicts oil trader of illegally exporting waste to Ivory Coast and concealing its hazardous nature in Amsterdam he controversial oil trader Trafigura was today fined €1m (£840,000) for illegally exporting tonnes of hazardous waste to west Africa. A court in the Netherlands … Continue reading

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