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COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change

COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change | geography | Scoop.it

Sea levels and air temperatures continue to rise according to studies, which is expected to lead to more floods and worse heat waves. To help prevent this, the 19th UN Climate Conference takes place this month to discuss how to curb carbon emissions after 2020, including key steps towards a new globally binding agreement by 2015. Check out the infographic on climate change for more information.


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Ocean Infographics | Pinterest

Ocean Infographics | Pinterest | geography | Scoop.it
By presenting information in a compact and creative approach, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge, engage its viewers, and raise awareness of the plight of our oceans. | See more about sharks, infographics and manta ray.
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50 Unique Examples of Landscapes » Design You Trust

50 Unique Examples of Landscapes » Design You Trust | geography | Scoop.it
Photography about nature is commonly called as Landscape and the most important element of these kind of photos is light. Usually landscapes are.
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Super Typhoon Haiyan Headed Toward Philippines

Super Typhoon Haiyan Headed Toward Philippines | geography | Scoop.it
The super typhoon is expected to make landfall in the central Philippines on Friday.
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Coffee and Bananas Get a Boost from Biotechnology in Uganda - US Gov (2013)

Coffee and Bananas Get a Boost from Biotechnology in Uganda - US Gov (2013) | geography | Scoop.it

The battle against food insecurity in rural areas isn’t only fought in the fields. In Uganda, scientists are developing groundbreaking tools in the laboratory to boost crop yields and combat hunger. With funding and technical support from the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) ... an agro-biotechnology laboratory in Kampala is successfully introducing improved plant varieties to rural farmers in order to guarantee food security for more Ugandan households.

 

In the early 2000s, Uganda saw a dramatic reduction in its crop yields nationwide, mostly due to a devastating host of pests and diseases. A full half of Uganda’s Robusta coffee trees were killed by coffee wilt disease, debilitating the country’s coffee exports, and low banana yields forced smallholder farmers (who grow more than 90 percent of bananas in Uganda) to choose between feeding their families or selling their produce for income.

 

Agro-Genetic Technologies Limited (AGT) ... focuses on creating more resilient staple crops in Uganda so that farmers who grow crops like coffee and bananas can thrive. The company uses tissue culture, a technology that enables scientists to grow living cells in a laboratory, to produce pest- and disease-resistant plants. 

 

At AGT, tissue culture helps lab technicians grow “super plants” that replace low-yield crops with faster-growing produce that can withstand common pests and diseases. The company then delivers this transformative technology at an affordable price to thousands of smallholder farmers in Ugandan communities... 

 

http://feedthefuture.gov/article/coffee-and-bananas-get-boost-biotechnology-uganda


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Why do writers of press releases and other PR folks so often think they have to reach for the most extreme superlatives, such as "super plants"?! Don't they realise that this can raise expectations beyond what's reasonable – which otherwise would be considered a great achievement – and therefore might backfire? 

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Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual

Supertyphoon Haiyan: Why Monster Storm Is So Unusual | geography | Scoop.it
The massive typhoon striking the Philippines is both big and late in the season.
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Coral Photos -- National Geographic

Coral Photos -- National Geographic | geography | Scoop.it
See photos of corals and coral reefs around the world in this oceans photo gallery from National Geographic. (Check out some AWESOME pictures of #coral #reefs!!!
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Super Typhoon Haiyan: Daylight Likely to Reveal Damage - The Weather Channel

Super Typhoon Haiyan: Daylight Likely to Reveal Damage - The Weather Channel | geography | Scoop.it
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Daylight will likely reveal the full force of the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan after it slammed into the Philippines' central islands on Friday.
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Reef Relief: Online database to help protect coral reefs | Horses Dolphins

Coral reefs are disappearing at an unprecedented rate, so it is hoped that the newly-launched global database - freely available on line to both the (Reef Relief: Online database to help protect coral reefs: Coral reefs are disappearing at an...
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A Week of Groceries In Different Countries [Pictures]

A Week of Groceries In Different Countries [Pictures] | geography | Scoop.it

People of every society have their own distinct lifestyles and eating habits. Its a well known facts that people from western world consume 2 to 3 times more food per capita than people from eastern countries. This can be attributed to different cultures, income levels and difference in prosperity of the countries. Peter Menzel came up with an amazing idea of capturing a week of groceries in different countries all over the world. He traveled around the globe and observed people’s one week grocery. Here is the collection of his work below. Enjoy the gallery and leave your comments in the comment section!
Read more at http://realitypod.com/2013/05/a-week-of-groceries-in-different-countries-pictures/#5jHuUPqGwRewOO6p.99


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The food contents and contrasts in what different cultures/countries consume in a week is fascinating.

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These photos tell so much about the way people eat in the various countries. Things like, the quantity, the quality, the amount of fresh produce, processed food and soda. I think the food of Turkey appeals the most to me.

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World Bank releases new report on climate change, global warming - The Economic Times on Mobile

World Bank releases new report on climate change, global warming - The Economic Times on Mobile | geography | Scoop.it
Reductions of these so-called short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) would slow rapid melting in mountain regions with glaciers, like the Himalayas and the Arctic.

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The Heat Is On: Which Animals Will Win or Lose in Climate Change? - NatGeo News Watch (blog)

The Heat Is On: Which Animals Will Win or Lose in Climate Change? - NatGeo News Watch (blog) | geography | Scoop.it
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Study: Climate change will significantly impact ocean health by 2100

Study: Climate change will significantly impact ocean health by 2100 | geography | Scoop.it
New research shows that human impact on the climate will heavily influence marine habitats by 2100 (#Climate change will significantly impact #ocean health by 2100, says new research http://t.co/ZnQSFTbbeD...
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Giving women a voice in climate debate | Global Ideas | DW.DE | 15.10.2013

Giving women a voice in climate debate | Global Ideas | DW.DE | 15.10.2013 | geography | Scoop.it
Whether it’s floods, droughts or even food shortages, women bear the brunt of climate change. Yet it's men who steer global climate policy. What needs to change for women to be a driving force at climate talks?
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Your fabulous photos of weather

Your fabulous photos of weather | geography | Scoop.it
A recent selection (Breathtaking views in your #weather photos: http://t.co/pRzE8WuDEN Steve Beasant took this shot in Cornwall.
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Most Beautiful Landscapes Ever

Most Beautiful Landscapes Ever | geography | Scoop.it
Unbelievable Landscapes Around the World

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Incredible new footage of the moment special forces boarded the Arctic Sunrise | Greenpeace UK

Incredible new footage of the moment special forces boarded the Arctic Sunrise | Greenpeace UK | geography | Scoop.it
We've just received incredible new footage that shows the moment Russian special forces abseiled onto the heli deck of the Arctic Sunrise and detained the crew at gun point. Email the Russian Embassy to demand the release of the Arctic 30.
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Startling landscapes in volcano's aftermath

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Mount Sinabung in Indonesia continued to spew volcanic ash on Thursday as thousands of residents remained in temporary shelters fearful of more eruptions.
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Restoring the Gili Islands' coral reefs: Delphine Robbe at TEDxUbud

Delphine Robbe is the impetus behind the Gili Eco Trust, a local NGO actively involved in the protection of reefs and environment of the Gili Islands in West...
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COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change

COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change | geography | Scoop.it

Sea levels and air temperatures continue to rise according to studies, which is expected to lead to more floods and worse heat waves. To help prevent this, the 19th UN Climate Conference takes place this month to discuss how to curb carbon emissions after 2020, including key steps towards a new globally binding agreement by 2015. Check out the infographic on climate change for more information.


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Yolanda and the world's strongest storms

Yolanda and the world's strongest storms | geography | Scoop.it
How does this super typhoon compare with other strong cyclones in earth's history?
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Calling for a sea change in climate science - U-T San Diego

Calling for a sea change in climate science - U-T San Diego | geography | Scoop.it
Calling for a sea change in climate science
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The Argo Floats measure temperature, salinity and pressure in teh world's oceans.
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Climate Change: Bugs Like it Better Than Frogs - Care2.com

Climate Change: Bugs Like it Better Than Frogs - Care2.com | geography | Scoop.it
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Climate Change: Bugs Like it Better Than Frogs
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Photojournalist Peter Essick has traveled the world and seen the effects of climate change firsthand.
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Women bring solutions to waste management in Burundi | UNDP

Women bring solutions to waste management in Burundi | UNDP | geography | Scoop.it
Waste-management projects in Burundi are employing vulnerable populations to recycle in their communities while improving their livelihoods. (Women in Burundi farm & feed their family - thanks 2 a waste management project!
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World Bank's Climate Report Sees Dark Clouds Over Cambodia - Huffington Post

World Bank's Climate Report Sees Dark Clouds Over Cambodia - Huffington Post | geography | Scoop.it
World Bank's Climate Report Sees Dark Clouds Over Cambodia
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More than 25.5 million people in Southeast Asia currently earn their money in the tourism industry and the trend is still rising.
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Climate Change Will Not Spare an Inch of Global Ocean, Study Finds

Climate Change Will Not Spare an Inch of Global Ocean, Study Finds | geography | Scoop.it
Researchers have estimated that the effects of climate change will touch every inch in the world's oceans, and will influence the lives of between 1.4 billion and 2 billion people who live and rely on coastal ecosystems.
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