"With 500 days until the deadline for the millennium development goals (MDGs), goal number five – to reduce by three-quarters the number of maternal deaths, and achieve universal access to family planning – is the furthest from being reached. A study published in the Lancet in May (pdf) concluded that only 16 countries are on track to reach the target by the end of 2015."
Via dilaycock, Lorraine Chaffer
“The Women's Empowerment Principles* are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.”
Via Dr Lendy Spires, Jocelyn Stoller
"While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash. The border between the two countries is defined by land-use policies. In China, land use is intense. Only 11.62 percent of China’s land is arable. Pressed by a need to produce food for 1.3 billion people, China farms just about any land that can be sustained for agriculture. Fields are dark green in contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, a sign that the agriculture is irrigated. As of 2006, about 65 percent of China’s fresh water was used for agriculture, irrigating 629,000 square kilometers (243,000 square miles) of farmland, an area slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The story is quite different in Kazakhstan. Here, large industrial-sized farms dominate, an artifact of Soviet-era agriculture. While agriculture is an important sector in the Kazakh economy, eastern Kazakhstan is a minor growing area. Only 0.03 percent of Kazakhstan’s land is devoted to permanent agriculture, with 20,660 square kilometers being irrigated. The land along the Chinese border is minimally used, though rectangular shapes show that farming does occur in the region. Much of the agriculture in this region is rain-fed, so the fields are tan much like the surrounding natural landscape." Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, food, agriculture, agricultural land change.
Via Seth Dixon, Dustin Fowler
"Amsterdam City Dashboard presents the city of Amsterdam through the lens of data, including demographic statistics, traffic reports, noise readings or political messages.The small collection of information graphics are divided in distinct domains, such as transport, environment, statistics, economy, social, cultural and security. All data is shown in near real-time, based on blocks of 24 hours. Larger dots and darker colors symbolize higher values, whereas an interactive map provides a geographic reference."Tags: Netherlands, urban, statistics, urban ecology, transportation, planning.
Via Seth Dixon
In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.
Via Allison Anthony, Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks
By BECKY KISER Hays Post The Hays City Commission is beginning discussions about renovation of the aging city’s wastewater facility. According to Roger Moerke, Utilities Superintendent-Wastewater, ...
Via Sylvain Rotillon
Metro Detroit treatment plants released about 4.5 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into local streams and rivers as a result of last week's massive rainstorm, according to a preliminary report from the state Department of...
Via Sylvain Rotillon