Monthly Archives: June 2011

Food crises: five priorities for the G20

Hunger is not a natural disaster – it’s a political problem. And G20 leaders can and must act to end this scandal In the fight to address global food crises, will the French presidency at theG20 summit succeed where others have failed? On … Continue reading

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Worst places in the world for women

A global survey names Afghanistan as the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2011/jun/15/gender-afghanistan

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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a … Continue reading

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Blue Sway | Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney recruited award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video for his previously unreleased track “Blue Sway.” Jack McCoy has been capturing the surfing vision in a truly unique way. Using a high powered underwater jet ski, … Continue reading

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Immigration: The Big Picture Gallery

Their homelands are torn by war, economic distress, political strife, or environmental collapse. They choose to leave, or have no choice. They’re called migrants, refugees, or internally displaced people. The labels are inadequate as often circumstances could allow all three … Continue reading

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Obesity in the U.S.: American Life Expectancy Falling Dramatically

Though we’re supposedly the greatest nation the world, one place America definitely isn’t the best is life expectancy, according to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (PDF). While even our next-door neighbors in Canada are … Continue reading

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How the net traps us all in our own little bubbles

An invisible revolution has taken place is the way we use the net, but the increasing personalisation of information by search engines such as Google threatens to limit our access to information and enclose us in a self-reinforcing world view, … Continue reading

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Video: What the Link Between Climate Change and Joplin Tornadoes Doesn’t Look Like

A couple weeks ago, we chuckled and cringed and pointed you to 350.org founder Bill McKibben’s tongue-in-cheek Op-ed in theWashington Post, “A link between climate change and the Joplin tornadoes? Never!” Yesterday, Steven Thomson of Plomomedia.com released a video version of the … Continue reading

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When Food Kills

The deaths of 31 people in Europe from a little-known strain of E. coli have raised alarms worldwide, but we shouldn’t be surprised. Our food often betrays us. Just a few days ago, a 2-year-old girl in Dryden, Va., died in a hospital after … Continue reading

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Mobile health offers hope to patients in Africa

Experts gathered for Africa‘s first mobile health summit on Tuesday hailed the use of phone technology as a new frontier in improving patient care in poor countries. But a government minister in South Africa, which is hosting the summit, called for caution over … Continue reading

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