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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest

Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants a 1,360 Acre Forest | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
As a teenager, Jadav Payeng began planting trees on a barren sandbar in India. 30 years later, it's home to a sprawling forest.

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Glocal Issues: problems and solutions
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Ebola outbreak in West Africa now the largest on record

Ebola outbreak in West Africa now the largest on record | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
More than 500 deaths in region that until now had never seen the disease; fear and panic have sent some patients into hiding
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Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations

Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption

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Three coal leaders are also the ones doing well on the economy. So being ecologically irresponsible pays off. The economic and political power of these countries in the EU also means we can forget about a smart social-ecological transition. 

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Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media

Reclaiming Our (Real) Lives From Social Media | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
How to wean yourself off social media, so your days can belong to you once more.
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Social media's hold on us is real. Some age groups are spending three hours or more a day online reading and posting to social sites.

 

The editors of the Hedgehog Review wrote in their Summer 2011 issue, “We spend more and more time in front of screens and less and less time in face-to-face communication, as well as less and less time by ourselves without some means of electronic communication to distract us from any possibility of solitude.”


Here's what one person is doing to regain some balance. 

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The BRICS's new aid bank

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At a summit next week, the five 'emerging economies' of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – BRICS – will launch their first project: a development bank. It can only work, however, if it runs on similar principles of the World Bank.
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Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’?

Should Germans Read ‘Mein Kampf’? | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
A new edition of Hitler’s book may help them confront their past.
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A few years ago I filmed outside the Bavarian prison where Hitler wrote his venomous diatribe. After the failed 1923 Munich putsch, he was sentenced to five years for treason, but served just 13 months. According to historian Ian Kershaw, working on the book gave Hitler “absolute conviction in his own near-messianic qualities and mission.” Using phrases from Mein Kampf, Kershaw writes that by the time of Hitler’s release from prison at the end of 1924, he had gained “the feeling of certainty that he was destined to become the ‘Great Leader’ the nation awaited, who would expunge the ‘criminal betrayal’ of 1918, restore Germany’s might and power, and create a reborn ‘Germanic State of the German nation.’” Hitler's twisted ideas of national redemption through the violent cleansing effects of a perverted religious science were set—and too many people were prepared to suspend their critical reasoning and listen.

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How the Mighty Have Fallen

How the Mighty Have Fallen | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
An interactive timeline of recently ousted high-ranking officials in China.
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Flights to U.S. Face Scrutiny After Threats Are Reported

Flights to U.S. Face Scrutiny After Threats Are Reported | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The Department of Homeland Security said it would increase screening of passengers and cargo on United States-bound flights in response to threats from Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen.
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The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever.

The War to End All Wars? Hardly. But It Did Change Them Forever. | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
World War I destroyed kings, kaisers, czars and sultans; it demolished empires; it introduced chemical weapons; it brought millions of women into the work force.
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Civilization, Soil and Survival

Civilization, Soil and Survival | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
We know from the record of history that when civilizations do not respect their topsoil, they fail almost without exception.
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U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human trafficking centers

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking.
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Stunning Night Sky Images: Earth & Sky Photo Contest 2014

The winners and notable photos of the 5th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, (www.twanight.org/contest), a program by The World at Night (TWAN) in collaboration…
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Canada approves huge oil pipeline

Canada approves huge oil pipeline | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Canada has conditionally approved a pipeline to bring crude from the Alberta oil sands to the country's Pacific coast over heavy criticism.
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Civilization, Soil and Survival

Civilization, Soil and Survival | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
We know from the record of history that when civilizations do not respect their topsoil, they fail almost without exception.
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Fear of Ebola Breeds a Terror of Physicians

Fear of Ebola Breeds a Terror of Physicians | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Health workers with Doctors Without Borders have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes by Guineans who believe they are the cause of the virus’s spread.
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Unintended Consequences: Autism, ADHD and Early Diagnosis

Unintended Consequences: Autism, ADHD and Early Diagnosis | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Clinical psychologist Enrico Gnaulati speaks with Vision’s Gina Stepp about astronomical increase in young children diagnosed with mental disorders.
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Seeing the Signs, Discerning the Times

Seeing the Signs, Discerning the Times | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Are we as adept at seeing the signs of our troubled times for what they portend, and if so, how do we respond?
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E.F. Schumacher claimed that the modern world “tumbles from crisis to crisis.” True. But there is hope.

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Simpler and more foreign : the future of English

Simpler and more foreign : the future of English | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
SEVERAL weeks ago, Johnson discussed his debate with Nicholas Ostler about the lingua franca of the future. Johnson thinks that English has a very long run...
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Video Article: The End of Agriculture?

Destroy the soil and we destroy our capacity to produce healthy food, yet we're losing topsoil at astonishing rates around the world.
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Soil erosion and soil degradation combine to make a global threat that may mean less food in the midst of population growth. Loss of topsoil at 1% a year seems like a little, but in a century it's all gone. In fact some say in 30 years the US with some of the best soil in the world will be in deep trouble. We can all do something about the problem.

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Bundestag commemorates World War I in special parliamentary session

Bundestag commemorates World War I in special parliamentary session | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
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Millions at risk in South Sudan

Millions at risk in South Sudan | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Some four million people in South Sudan are likely to face critical food shortages next month, British aid agencies warn.
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Book Review: Of War and Peace

Book Review: Of War and Peace | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Reviews of The Great War, The Last of the Doughboys and The War That Ended Peace.
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More than 50 million displaced worldwide, UN says

GENEVA, June 20-More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the U.N. refugee agency said
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Social Issues: The Pursuit of Happiness

Social Issues: The Pursuit of Happiness | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Happiness is often regarded as a basic human right these days, but does a person’s ability to be happy depend on circumstances?
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Refugee figures 'highest since WW2'

Refugee figures 'highest since WW2' | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The number of people living as refugees worldwide exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says.
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Japan's plan to freeze Fukushima toxic water hits snag

TOKYO - The operator of Japan's destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant said Tuesday efforts to freeze radioactive water may take longer than expected.
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