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Rising populations may be driving Earth towards an irreversible 'tipping point ... - Daily Mail

Rising populations may be driving Earth towards an irreversible 'tipping point ... - Daily Mail | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
An apocalyptic, malthusian view on how rising populations may be driving Earth towards an irreversible 'tipping point ...Daily MailBy Rob Waugh Rising populations are driving Earth towards a 'tipping point' where species we depend on die out, says a committee of 22 scientists - hitting...
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Zimbabwe 18% pass rate is 'progress'

Zimbabwe 18% pass rate is 'progress' | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe's education minister deplores the fact that nearly 82% of students have failed their basic school leavers' exams, the Ordinary Level.
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Government urged to act on flooding

Government urged to act on flooding | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
The government needs to take urgent action to reduce the impact of flooding and water shortages, MPs have said.
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Calls to deal with the 2 extremes of water availability in the UK. Tackling increased problems of flooding and supplying water to areas suffering from water scarcity (deficit).

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'Giant' Irish turbines to power UK

'Giant' Irish turbines to power UK | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
UK and Irish ministers will today sign an agreement that could see some of the world's largest wind turbines built across the Irish midlands.
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An Irish solution to a British problem! By 2017, 40 clusters of  giant windturbines more than 600 feet tall will provide power for UK homes, saving an estimated £7bn over 15 years.

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More water for Murray-Darling - ABC Online

More water for Murray-Darling - ABC Online | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
More water for Murray-DarlingABC OnlineTOM IGGULDEN: Today's increase takes plans to return water to the river to 3,200 billion litres, that's 6.5 Sydney Harbours, and more than 1 million Olympic swimming pools.
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Where are all the babies? The England & Wales census mapped

Where are all the babies? The England & Wales census mapped | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
We can look at where all the babies aged under one were in 2011, and where the big increases have been since the population estimates ten years earlier in 2001.
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Three Gorges Dam Complete

Three Gorges Dam Complete | All Things Geography | Scoop.it

The final turbine of China's massive Three Gorges dam has been connected to the power grid, marking the completion of a controversial hydropower project that cost the country more than £38bn and displaced at least 1.3 million people.

The installation of the project's 32nd 700-megawatt unit on Wednesday brought total capacity up to 22.5 gigawatts (GW), accounting for 11% of the country's total hydroelectric capacity. Britain's largest power station, Drax, produces 4GW.

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The knowledge

The knowledge | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
London's demography and economy, borough-by-boroughLONDON'S main geographical divides are between west and east and between the outer and inner city.
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UK fracking should be expanded, but better regulated, says report

UK fracking should be expanded, but better regulated, says report | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Committee of high-level academics and engineers backs shale gas fracking, provided regulations are better enforced...
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A New Satellite Tool Tracks Deforestation

A New Satellite Tool Tracks Deforestation | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
A new project monitors the felling of forests in Latin America in nearly real time.
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'Population fatness is a major threat': Overweight and obese threaten world food security, study warns

'Population fatness is a major threat': Overweight and obese threaten world food security, study warns | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said that tackling population weight is crucial for food security and ecological sustainability.

 

The United Nations (UN) predicts that by 2050 there could be a further 2.3billion people on the planet and the dire implications of the rising population will be made worse by extra fat, researchers said.


Increasing body mass means higher energy requirements, because it takes more energy to move a heavy body. Even at rest a fatter body burns more energy.


The world’s adult population weighs 287million tonnes, 15million of which is due to being overweight and 3.5million is due to obesity, according to the study.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2160934/Overweight-obese-threaten-world-food-security-study-warns.html#ixzz1y99LpLFM

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Mapping Neighborhoods’ Inequality By Counting Trees From Space

Mapping Neighborhoods’ Inequality By Counting Trees From Space | All Things Geography | Scoop.it

Rich urban areas have far more trees than poor areas in the same city.


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Rio+20 Earth summit: scientists call for action on population

Rio+20 Earth summit: scientists call for action on population | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Joint report by 105 institutions urges negotiators to drop political inhibitions and confront rising global population and consumption...
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40 years of energy consumption in the UK: where do we get our power from?

40 years of energy consumption in the UK: where do we get our power from? | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Sustainable energy experts Evo Energy have created a series of interactive graphics illustrating the changing face of energy consumption in the UK since 1970...
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Car, bike, train, or walk: how people get to work mapped

Car, bike, train, or walk: how people get to work mapped | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
How do people commute to work across England and Wales? Find out with our interactive map
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Five new stations for HS2 rail route

Five new stations for HS2 rail route | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
The proposed route for the high-speed train network linking Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds will stop at five stations, the government reveals.
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What impact will the planned High Speed 2 rail link have on the existing North South divide within the UK? Will it be worth the investment?

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Week in China: Three Gorges Dam

Week in China: Three Gorges Dam | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Rising from the waters of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges Dam stands more than 40 storeys high. The scale and scope of the project is stunning.

The dam stretches for over 2km (1.25 miles), took tens of thousands of workers over a decade to build and cost more than $40bn (£25bn).

Designed to control the flooding of the mighty river, the dam produces vast amounts of electricity - the equivalent of 11 nuclear power stations.

It is one of the most impressive feats of civil engineering anywhere in the world and stands as a symbol of China's progress over the last 20 years.

Unsurprisingly, the Communist Party has hailed the mega-project as a triumph. But the dam has come at an enormous environmental and human cost.
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Mexico City rubbish food

Mexico City rubbish food | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
THE 21m residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city government takes paper, glass, plastic and aluminium in return for tokens that can be swapped for locally grown food and plants. Since it began in March the “Barter Market” in Chapultepec park has exchanged 140 tonnes of rubbish for 60 tonnes of produce.
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Ageing China: Changes and challenges

Ageing China: Changes and challenges | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
China used to be cheaper and younger than most of us, but now it ageing faster. Dr Wei Zhang of Nottingham University examines the causes and consequences of the country's rapid ageing process.
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Progress on UN Millennium Development Goals to be tracked by online platform

Progress on UN Millennium Development Goals to be tracked by online platform | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
The United Nations today launched an online platform that will track the progress on the financial and policy commitments made by countries towards realizing the anti-poverty and social development targets known as the Millennium Development Goals...
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Rio+20: reasons to be cheerful

Rio+20: reasons to be cheerful | All Things Geography | Scoop.it

John Vidal: Despite the criticisms of the Earth summit in Brazil – many echoing the 1992 meeting – much that was positive emerged...

 

Read the post mortems and commentaries from Rio+20, and you'd think a global disaster had taken place. The UN multilateral system is said to be in crisis, the environment is falling off the edge, and every blade of grass and hillside is for sale. Pundits and NGOs scream that it was "the greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war", "a bleak day, a disastrous meeting" and "a massive waste of time and money"

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Africa - Kenya Economic Update

Africa - Kenya Economic Update | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Kenya’s economy is stabilizing but still vulnerable. At the end of 2011, the government increased interest rates and lowered the fiscal deficit by curbing expenditures. These policy actions helped to stabilize the economy.

But more than ever, Kenya’s economy is out of balance. The current account deficit has reached new record levels and could exceed 15 percent of GDP in 2012.  Kenya needs to rebalance its economy, increase savings and create more incentives for exports. In times of economic turbulence, deepening EAC integration can serve as an additional buffer for external shocks.

For 2012 and 2013, the World Bank maintains its growth forecast of 5 percent. However, another series of shocks could easily create renewed economic turbulence, and slow down economic growth to 4.1 percent.
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Forget Rio+20, the right steps can bring instant and lasting development gains

Forget Rio+20, the right steps can bring instant and lasting development gains | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Rather than setting new development goals before the old ones are met, we should tackle inequality and empower the poor.
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The problem with population growth

The problem with population growth | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
In Northamptonshire the population is rising, how can the economy prepare for expansion and remain sustainable for future generations?

 

Northamptonshire is set for major population growth in the run up to 2020, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics. Three of the 20 UK hotspots projected to see the fastest population growth are in the county, including Corby, Northampton and Kettering.

 

With this in mind, it is vital that we have the necessary provision in place to support businesses and jobs and ensure maximum economic growth alongside population development.

 

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP) is tasked with the role of helping to do just that. Its approach is focused around three key sectors that have a particularly strong skills base and proposition: high performance technologies (HPT), logistics and the county's visitor economy.

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Sustainable Development - Infographic: Inclusive Green Growth

Sustainable Development - Infographic: Inclusive Green Growth | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Why is inclusive green growth necessary?

The world's population is predicted to reach 9 billion people by 2050, and they will all need food, water, and energy to survive. Our current growth patterns are highly inefficient and stand in the way of truly sustainable development. The way forward is inclusive green growth that is clean in its treatment of the environment, efficient in its use of natural resources, resilient, and meets the needs of all people.


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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 17, 2012 7:50 AM
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Haiti's tourism makeover: From devastation to destination

Haiti's tourism makeover: From devastation to destination | All Things Geography | Scoop.it
Haiti is hoping to leave its tumultuous past behind and re-invent itself as an investment and tourism destination.

 

Great article on Haitis efforts to encourage FDI and use tourism to help them  kick start their economy and ultimately develop.

 

At least eight hotels — including Comfort Inn, Best Western and Marriott — plan to build or expand properties on the island-nation, according to Paul Altidor, Haiti's ambassador to the US. Haiti's government is also revamping economic institutions and recruiting people with investment experience in an effort to streamline business endeavors and provide transparency to potential business partners. However, challenges such as homelessness, lack of infrastructure, and Haiti's image as an international charity case threaten it's ability to move forward, experts say.

 

"We're trying to move away from survival mode to investment mode," Altidor said. "We're not convinced that sending humanitarian aid to Haiti is going to push us out of this poverty hole. We're looking for capital and knowledge."

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