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China's toxic harvest: Growing tainted food in "cancer villages"

China's toxic harvest: Growing tainted food in "cancer villages" | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
China's relentless focus on GDP growth has created unchecked industrial pollution, contaminating the nation's food supply. The story of one so-called 'cancer village' in Yunnan province where residents are dying.
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8.3 billion metric tons: Scientists calculate total amount of plastics ever produced

8.3 billion metric tons: Scientists calculate total amount of plastics ever produced | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study published today in the journal Science Advances.
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Extraordinary Photos: The Essence Of The Dinka Tribe In Sudan / Painted Bodies of Africa | Nat Geo Video

Extraordinary Photos: The Essence Of The Dinka Tribe In Sudan / Painted Bodies of Africa | Nat Geo Video | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Art does not exist only to entertain, but also to challenge one to think, to provoke, even to disturb, in a constant search for truth - invest in your soul
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Prelude to global extinction

Prelude to global extinction | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
In the first such global evaluation, Stanford biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses.
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World Population Day: Earth's inequalities | 11.07.2017

World Population Day: Earth's inequalities | 11.07.2017 | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
There are 7.5 billion people on Earth, with 150 people being added to that every minute. July 11 is World Population Day, a UN-designated event focusing on resource distribution, overcrowding and the future.
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This stresses pupils at school

This stresses pupils at school | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Many kids in junior high school and high school spend much time worrying. This was seen in the latest Municipal Youth Survey (Ungdata) from 2016 in which 190,000 Norwegian teenagers aged 13 to19 participated.
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A Rape Survivor Has Been Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Having A Stillbirth

A Rape Survivor Has Been Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Having A Stillbirth | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Evelyn Beatriz Hernández Cruz, who is just 19 years old, is just one of many women sent to prison because of El Salvador's strict abortion laws.
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France wants to ban sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, end coal by 2022

France wants to ban sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, end coal by 2022 | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
The country’s ambitious plans to stem climate change will be a challenge.
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Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs

Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, is working with the fishermen to help develop better fishing methods.

Involving local people in figuring out how to improve their farming and fishing methods provides more lasting and widespread benefits than just introducing new technologies or methods, the researchers showed. The findings are described in the journal Agricultural Systems, in a paper by Boru Douthwaite of the research funding agency WorldFish, based in Malaysia, and Elizabeth Hoffecker, lead researcher at the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), based at the MIT D-Lab.
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Can development minerals avoid abuses and fuel African growth?

Can development minerals avoid abuses and fuel African growth? | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Rising urbanisation in Africa could spur governments to breathe new life into the development minerals sector
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FEATURE-Afghanistan's female lawyers risk danger to help women branded 'cheap and filthy'

FEATURE-Afghanistan's female lawyers risk danger to help women branded 'cheap and filthy' | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Maliha was convicted of being a prostitute and spent years in a women's prison, until lawyer Mahdis Doost came to her defense
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UK withdrawal from EU fisheries agreement threatens marine environment

UK withdrawal from EU fisheries agreement threatens marine environment | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Contention over post-Brexit environmental regulation is bubbling over as the UK withdraws from an Europe fishing convention. Campaigners are concerned that important cross-border marine protections may be rolled back.
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Wilderness areas are being destroyed but the World Heritage Convention can protect them

Wilderness areas are being destroyed but the World Heritage Convention can protect them | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
A University of Queensland-led international study published today urges the UNESCO World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas within Natural World Heritage Sites.
Lead author and UQ Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences James Allan said the study revealed that only 1.8 percent of the world's wilderness is protected in these sites.
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The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine – George Zarkadakis | Aeon Ideas

The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine – George Zarkadakis | Aeon Ideas | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Mainstream economics is built on the premise that the economy is a machine-like system operating at equilibrium. According to this idea, individual actors – such as companies, government departments and consumers – behave in a rational way. The system might experience shocks, but the result of all these minute decisions is that the economy eventually works its way back to a stable state.
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The financial system killing environmental activists | DW Environment | DW | 13.07.2017

The financial system killing environmental activists | DW Environment | DW | 13.07.2017 | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
A Global Witness report reveals 2016 as the deadliest year yet for environmental defenders. International investors are accused of bankrolling the projects that hundreds of people have been killed protesting.
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NIH-funded team uses smartphone data in global study of physical activity

NIH-funded team uses smartphone data in global study of physical activity | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Using a larger dataset than for any previous human movement study, National Institutes of Health-funded researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, have tracked physical activity by population for more than 100 countries. Their research follows on a recent estimate that more than 5 million people die each year from causes associated with inactivity.
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Environmentalists in Brazil blame government for Amazon land violence

Environmentalists in Brazil blame government for Amazon land violence | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Plans to reduce forest protections linked to attacks on inspectors and campaigners, environmental groups said after two land rights activists murdered
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First Floating on Water Cities Project

First Floating on Water Cities Project | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Lancé à San Fransisco en 2008, le Seasteading Institute a été conçu par les patrons de la Silicon Valley pour créer des îles ex nihilo. L’idée est
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What jobs will survive as robots move into the workplace?

What jobs will survive as robots move into the workplace? | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Can the arrival of robots in the workplace bring jobs back from overseas and improve working conditions? There's evidence it can.
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Volvo says from 2019 all new models it introduces will be electric or hybrid

Volvo says from 2019 all new models it introduces will be electric or hybrid | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Five new EVs between 2019 and 2021, and every other new Volvo will be a hybrid.
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Traffic found to be a major source of atmospheric nanocluster aerosols

Traffic found to be a major source of atmospheric nanocluster aerosols | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Finland has found that automobile traffic can be a major source of atmospheric nanocluster aerosols. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they obtained air samples from several locations in Helsinki and elsewhere and looked for extremely small traffic-originated nanocluster aerosol (NCA) particles and what they found by doing so.

Most everyone knows that automobiles emit pollution, which consists of particles like soot and gasses such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The result in congested areas is dirty air, which besides being unsightly, is also harmful to health. But as the researchers with this new effort note, less is known about the extremely tiny particles that are also emitted into the air from cars and trucks.

To learn more about such tiny particles, the researchers collected air samples near roadways under various conditions in Helsinki and other spots throughout Europe. They then tested the air samples for both the tiny particles and the nanoclusters that are formed when they combine with other particles. Tiny particles in the air, they note, as well as nanoclusters, come from a variety of sources, not just traffic. They can be emitted by factories, and in many cases, from natural sources such as plants. To separate other sources from those created by traffic, the researchers compared air samples from the same places when the wind was blowing in different directions.
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Drought-hit Ethiopia moves to protect its dwindling forests

Drought-hit Ethiopia moves to protect its dwindling forests | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Forests can provide more stable water, harvests and jobs - but rural population growth make protecting them a challenge, officials say
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At food trading 'chokepoints', climate change could disrupt supplies - report

At food trading 'chokepoints', climate change could disrupt supplies - report | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
International trade in food relies on a small number of key ports, straits and roads that face increasing risks of disruption due to climate change
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How can we manage Earth’s land?

How can we manage Earth’s land? | Globalization & Society Topics | Scoop.it
Overpopulation, climate change, mass migration… our relationship with terra firma has never been more complicated. Could Earth’s land be an overlooked, increasingly precious resource?
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