Monthly Archives: August 2010

Maps: How Mankind Remade Nature

As scientists get used to the idea that Earth is in a new geological age, that the Holocene — the last geological age — has been replaced by Anthropocene, they’re figuring out how it got to be that way. Two … Continue reading

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Bjørn Lomborg: $100bn a year needed to fight climate change

The world’s most high-profile climate change sceptic is to declare that global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and “a challenge humanity must confront”, in an apparent U-turn that will give a huge boost to … Continue reading

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Eating Locally, Thinking Globally

Stephen Budiansky writes that locavores are wrong to worry so much about how far our food travels when the “real energy hog” is you and me: “Home preparation and storage account for 32 percent of all energy use in our … Continue reading

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Heart of Iowa as Fault Line of Egg Recall

The scrambled eggs, as always, were hissing in a skillet on a recent morning at a coffee shop here, in an egg-producing county that has suddenly found itself at the center of the nation’s egg recall over salmonella. But the conversation … Continue reading

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Wheat genome may help tackle food shortages

UK scientists have released draft sequences of the wheat genome, which they think could make a vital contribution to securing global food supplies. The researchers also say their efforts could help British farmers to develop new strains with greater yields. Global wheat … Continue reading

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Brazil government gives go-ahead for huge Amazon dam

Brazil’s government has given the formal go-ahead for the building on a tributary of the Amazon of the world’s third biggest hydroelectric dam. After several failed legal challenges, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the contract for the Belo Monte … Continue reading

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Pakistan Flood Sets Back Years of Gains on Infrastructure

Men waded waist deep all week wedging stones with their bare hands into an embankment to hold back Pakistan’s surging floodwaters. It was a rudimentary and ultimately vain effort to save their town. On Thursday, the waters breached the levee, a demoralizing … Continue reading

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Dr. Dean Ornish: The world now eats (and dies) like Americans

Stop wringing your hands over AIDS, cancer and the avian flu. Cardiovascular disease kills more people than everything else combined — and it’s mostly preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating habits will save lives.

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GM salmon may go on sale in US after public consultation

US authorities today began the process to approve the first GM animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a 60-day period of consultation and public meetings over whether to permit a GM strain of salmon to be eaten … Continue reading

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UNKLE – The Answer – John Hillcoat director, Ray Winstone starring

Acclaimed film director John Hillcoat, whose last major motion picture feature was the critically heralded ‘The Road’, directs the first video for UNKLE’s ‘The Answer’. His vision begins with Ray Winstone (The Departed, Sexy Beast, Cold Mountain) relaying a memory … Continue reading

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