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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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"
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.
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.
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.
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."