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Why damming world's rivers is a tricky balancing act

Why damming world's rivers is a tricky balancing act | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
If we accept that controversial dams will continue to be built for economic benefit, how can we limit their damage on the environment?

 

"Of all the ways we have engineered Earth in the Anthropocene, the Age of Man, surely nothing rivals our audacious planetary-wide re-plumbing of the world's waterways. But is our control of Earth's arteries causing dangerous clots?"  The human-environmental interaction theme of geography is as readily apparent in this issue as any.  


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Jose Sepulveda's comment, June 30, 2012 5:24 PM
It would be possible if only the whole ecosystem is managed so as to damp negative synergies and keep permanent monitoring over the river as a whole, from its origin to its final discharge into the sea.
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Rio+20: reasons to be cheerful - The Guardian (blog)

Rio+20: reasons to be cheerful - The Guardian (blog) | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog)Rio+20: reasons to be cheerfulThe Guardian (blog)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.
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The Future We Want: Sustainable development: What does it mean?

This fun clip will explain it:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  "The Future We Want" ...


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The cost of environmental degradation

OUR correspondents discuss green growth as a method of resolving the tension between economic growth and preserving the environment...

 

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Nature's sting: The real cost of damaging Planet Earth

Nature's sting: The real cost of damaging Planet Earth | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The economic consequences of destroying the Earth's natural resources are severe.
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Blooming horrible

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Too much of a good thing


SOUTH-EAST of New Orleans, where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico, the North American land mass does not end so much as gently give up.
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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K.

Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.

 

All people are a combination of their genes as well as the environment (a mix of 'nature' and 'nurture').  A recent study of over 5,000 twins throughout the UK saw regional concentrations where it appears that environmental factors had a greater than normal influence (centered around London).  I'm still scratching my head wondering what to make of this data, but this is a compelling project.     


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Biodiversity and the Environment: Silent Spring For Us?

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- Global Research, June 20, 2012

With her 1962 book, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson got DDT and other synthetic pesticides banned and saved bird life. Today it is humans who are directly threatened by technologies designed to extract the maximum profit at the lowest private cost and the maximum social cost from natural resources....http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=ROB20120620&articleId=31503


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