From encounters with orang-utans to sugar palm projects in Indonesia, Willie Smits has been on a curious journey – and he may have found a promising source of clean energy along the way. Isabel Hilton reports.
Groups like the Defense Intelligence Agency, the pinnacle of military intelligence in the United States, are best known for analyzing opposing military forces. The "bean counting" of other military can be world changing, such as Winston Churchill's investigations into Nazi Germany's military buildup.
However, the Defense Intelligence Agency realizes that greater geographic factors drive the foundations of cultures and can be a great advanced warning for future threats. Watch the first half of this promotional video and see what the Defense Intelligence Agency thinks the main things to look out for are.
Tony Burton's insight:
First half of video reveals which factors the US Defence Intelligence Agency believes will influence geopolitics over the next 30-40 years.
The relevance of geography is clear, even if the video does have the world rotating in the wrong direction at minute 2.12!
In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Robert Martin, co-author of a recent study on industrial farm animal production, explains how a powerful and intransigent agriculture lobby has successfully fought off attempts to reduce the harmful...
After three decades of unbridled economic growth and mounting ecological problems, China and its new leadership face a key challenge: cleaning up the dirty air, polluted water, and tainted food supplies that are fueling widespread discontent among...
Recent studies in Asia and Australia found that community-managed areas can sometimes do better than traditional parks at preserving habitat and biodiversity. When it comes to conservation, maybe local people are not the problem, but the solution.
The U.N. climate panel concluded last month that carbon emissions should be capped at a trillion tons, a total the world is rapidly approaching. Now comes the hard part: How will we decide how the remaining emissions are apportioned?
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years.
Tony Burton's insight:
If you only have 20 mins to get a grasp of the complexities of the activities of the Mexican drug cartels (worldwide), then this is the video to watch! It looks at the threem main groups and their very different business models.
As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.