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Middle East 'Cern' taking shape

Middle East 'Cern' taking shape | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
An audacious project to use science for diplomacy is taking shape in the heart of the Middle East.
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Oldest and Youngest Populations

Oldest and Youngest Populations | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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YOUNG AND POOR...

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A third of US birds 'in decline'

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A third of all bird species in the US are in decline, according to a comprehensive new report finds that underlines the threat to American birds.
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Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N.

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced: U.N. | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
GENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance of Islamist militants or are having difficulty in reaching
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Warming 'pause' may last until 2025

Warming 'pause' may last until 2025 | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures is being caused by the Atlantic Ocean and could last another 10 years, say researchers.
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Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty

Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal convicts two top Khmer Rouge leaders of crimes against humanity and jails them for life.
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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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Willy De Backer's curator insight, July 22, 2:17 PM

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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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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Ebola death toll reaches 2,288 - WHO

Ebola death toll reaches 2,288 - WHO | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed 2,288 people, with half of them dying in the last three weeks, the World Health Organization says.
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End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email

End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Limiting work-related messaging during off-hours is both humane and efficient.
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Check this additional piece on the subject of making space for rest, solitude and priorities: http://bit.ly/1r8dUL1

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Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N.

Documented death toll in Syria war at least 191,369 through April 2014: U.N. | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
GENEVA (Reuters) - At least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria's conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, the United Nations
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Book Review: Is the Planet Full? edited by Ian Goldin

Book Review: Is the Planet Full? edited by Ian Goldin | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"Ultimately, Is the Planet Full? argues that the world we live in may already be overpopulated due to our current institutional arrangements failing to adequately manage resources in an equitable and sustainable way. Goldin and colleagues highlight that counter to popular opinion “the planet may be far from full” (p.228), but only if we address key governance challenges in managing our societies, economies and environment."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, August 11, 3:25 AM

Good review on a new interesting book about population growth.

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Full of stupids and idiots
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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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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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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

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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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