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A Global Treaty on Rivers: Key to True Water Security by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

No broad-based international agreement on sharing rivers currently exists, even though much of the world depends on water from rivers that flow through more than one nation.

But that may be about to change, as two separate global river treaties are close to being approved.

by fred pearce

Is peace about to break out on the world’s rivers?

It is amazing that until now there has been no global agreement on sharing international rivers. From the Mekong to the Jordan and the Niger to the Euphrates, there has been nothing to stop upstream countries from building giant dams that cut off all flows downstream. Yet in the coming weeks we could have two such treaties.

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Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever by Bruce Stutz: Yale Environment 360

Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever by Bruce Stutz: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Along the Delaware River estuary, efforts are underway to restore wetlands lost due to centuries of human activity. With sea levels rising, coastal communities there and and elsewhere in the U.S. and Europe are realizing the value of wetlands as important buffers against flooding and tidal surges.
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Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars by Eric Wagner: Yale Environment 360

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars by Eric Wagner: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Sea stars on both coasts of North America are dying en masse from a disease that kills them in a matter of days. Researchers are looking at various pathogens that may be behind what is known as sea star wasting syndrome, but they suspect that a key contributing factor is warming ocean waters.
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Loss of Snowpack and Glaciers In Rockies Poses Water Threat by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360

Loss of Snowpack and Glaciers In Rockies Poses Water Threat by Ed Struzik: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
From the Columbia River basin in the U.S. to the Prairie Provinces of Canada, scientists and policy makers are confronting a future in which the loss of snow and ice in the Rocky Mountains could imperil water supplies for agriculture, cities and towns, and hydropower production.
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Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn

Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Security analysts in London and Baghdad say control of rivers and dams has become a major tactical weapon for Isis
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How Citizen Scientists Are Using
The Web to Track the Natural World: e360 Gallery

How Citizen Scientists Are Using <br/>The Web to Track the Natural World: e360 Gallery | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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Peak Coal: Why the Industry’s Dominance May Soon Be Over by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

Peak Coal: Why the Industry’s Dominance May Soon Be Over by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The coal industry has achieved stunning growth in the last decade, largely due to increased demand in China. But big changes in China’s economy and its policies are expected to put an end to coal’s big boom.
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How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360

How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Scientists in the U.S. and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat. Their goal is to make these staples more resilient as higher temperatures, drought, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to the world’s food supply.
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12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty's biggest challenges

Want to learn more about the issues surrounding poverty in the world today? We ve assembled a collection of some of the best data visualizations for just that.
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The evolution of London: the city's near-2,000 year history mapped

The evolution of London: the city's near-2,000 year history mapped | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
How did London become what it is today? Researchers at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis trawled huge datasets to map the transformation of the capital since Roman times
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Why Wave Power Has Lagged Far Behind as Energy Source by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360

Why Wave Power Has Lagged Far Behind as Energy Source by Dave Levitan: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Researchers have long contended that power from ocean waves could make a major contribution as a renewable energy source. But a host of challenges, including the difficulty of designing a device to capture the energy of waves, have stymied efforts to generate electricity from the sea.
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Could Google save the uncontacted tribes? Online maps monitor Amazon

Could Google save the uncontacted tribes? Online maps monitor Amazon | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Missouri team has already used Google Earth images to assess the demographic health of a village of isolated people on the border between Brazil and Peru.
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UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming.
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Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360

Will Increased Food Production Devour Tropical Forest Lands? by William Laurance: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As global population soars, efforts to boost food production will inevitably be focused on the world’s tropical regions. Can this agricultural transformation be achieved without destroying the remaining tropical forests of Africa, South America, and Asia?
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Qatar World Cup: migrants wait a year to be paid for building offices

Qatar World Cup: migrants wait a year to be paid for building offices | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Workers who fitted out lavish offices used by tournament organisers say they are trapped after collapse of contractor
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Climate Change Isn’t Main Culprit in Decline of Coral Reefs: Report

Climate Change Isn’t Main Culprit in Decline of Coral Reefs: Report | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
By the Caribbean Journal staff

Just one-sixth of the original coral cover in the Caribbean remains.

And if things stay the way they ar
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In disappearing Mexican jungle, it’s tribes vs. biologists

In disappearing Mexican jungle, it’s tribes vs. biologists | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360

China’s Dirty Pollution Secret: The Boom Poisoned Its Soil and Crops by He Guangwei: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
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On Front Lines of Recycling, Turning Food Waste into Biogas by Rachel Cernansky: Yale Environment 360

On Front Lines of Recycling, Turning Food Waste into Biogas by Rachel Cernansky: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
An increasing number of sewage treatment plants in the U.S. and Europe are processing food waste in anaerobic biodigesters, keeping more garbage out of landfills, reducing methane emissions, and producing energy to defray their operating costs.
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Can Waterless Dyeing Processes Clean Up the Clothing Industry? by Lydia Heida: Yale Environment 360

Can Waterless Dyeing Processes Clean Up the Clothing Industry? by Lydia Heida: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
One of the world’s most polluting industries is the textile-dyeing sector, which in China and other Asian nations releases trillions of liters of chemically tainted wastewater. But new waterless dyeing technologies, if adopted on a large scale, could sharply cut pollution from the clothing industry.
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Global flows in a digital age | McKinsey & Company

Global flows in a digital age | McKinsey & Company | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The movement of goods and services, finance, and people has reached previously unimagined levels. Global flows are creating new degrees of connectedness among economies—and playing an ever-larger role in determining the fate of nations, companies, and individuals. To be unconnected is to fall behind. A McKinsey Global Institute article.
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A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate by Timothy E. Wirth and Thomas A. Daschle: Yale Environment 360

A Blueprint to End Paralysis Over Global Action on Climate by Timothy E. Wirth and Thomas A. Daschle: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The international community should stop chasing the chimera of a binding treaty to limit CO2 emissions. Instead, it should pursue an approach that encourages countries to engage in a “race to the top” in low-carbon energy solutions.
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans as Antarctic Ice Melts

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans as Antarctic Ice Melts | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.
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Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360

Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish.
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Where on earth have you been? Create a custom map to show your life's travels

Where on earth have you been? Create a custom map to show your life's travels | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
Use our world map interactive to find out what percentage of countries around the globe you've visited and compare and share your personal map. Plus, discover suggestions for the top 10 places you haven't visited yet
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This could be used to produce some interesting maps, based on almost anything you have national level data for.

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In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops and Timber Coexist by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360

In the Pastures of Colombia, Cows, Crops and Timber Coexist by Lisa Palmer: Yale Environment 360 | IB Geography (Diploma Programme) | Scoop.it
As an ambitious program in Colombia demonstrates, combining grazing and agriculture with tree cultivation can coax more food from each acre, boost farmers’ incomes, restore degraded landscapes, and make farmland more resilient to climate change.
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