Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fate of the World: The Video Game That Lets You Solve Global Warming

Fate of the World is a dramatic global strategy game that puts all our futures in your hands. The game features a dramatic set of scenarios based on the latest science covering the next 200 years. You must manage a balancing … Continue reading

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How Food Explains the World

From China’s strategic pork reserve to a future where insects are the new white meat, 10 reasons we really are what we eat. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/25/how_food_explains_the_world?page=0,0

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The New Geopolitics of Food

From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators. Welcome to the 21st-century food wars. In the United States, when world wheat prices rise by 75 percent, as they have over the last year, … Continue reading

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World Malaria Day: Remembering Jonathan – in pictures

April 25 is World Malaria Day. Nearly 50% of all children who die before their fifth birthday in the Central African Republic lose their lives to malaria. The international health charity Merlin has been working in CAR since 2007, training … Continue reading

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World Malaria Day: which countries are the hardest hit? Get the full data

On World Malaria Day we take a look at the global figures and talk to the World Health Organisation about the importance of good quality data http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/2011/apr/25/world-malaria-day-data

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The Xayaburi Dam: A Looming Threat to the Mekong River

Located in a mountainous valley in Northern Laos, the proposed Xayaburi hydropower dam is the  most advanced of eleven large dams planned for the Lower Mekong River’s mainstream. If built,  the dam will cause irreversible and permanent ecological change to … Continue reading

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How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?

“In a Horizon special, naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates whether the world is heading for a population crisis. In his lengthy career, Sir David has watched the human population more than double from 2.5 billion in 1950 to nearly seven … Continue reading

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Dramatic New Video of Japan Tsunami

We’ve seen a lot of footage of the tragic Japan tsunami, but this clip is the most horrifying yet. Entitled “South Sanriku — Tsunami seen from Shizugawa High School,” it’s shot from high ground, but toward the end of the video you can … Continue reading

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A World Without Fish, and What You (and Your Kids) Can Do to Change That

World Without Fish provides modern stories about the destruction of the ocean ecosystem (the book’s release coincides with one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill). He explains, in considerable historical detail, what we’ve done to imperil fish, what the decline of … Continue reading

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MDG poverty goals may be achieved, but child mortality is not improving

Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to meeting the millennium development goal (MDG) targets for extreme poverty and hunger, say the World Bank and the IMF. According to the Global Monitoring Report, released on Friday in Washington during the Bretton Woods spring … Continue reading

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