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Sustaining Seven Billion People

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"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

 


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, July 5, 9:53 PM

Thanks to environmental reporter Wes Thomas and professor Seth Dixon for this incisive analysis of how to provide sustenance to a world population nearing the 7 billion mark.  Dixon says the key is tracking the "sum of what is available...and perhaps nothing is better suited to the task than satellites."  Ever since the launch of "Landsat" and resource imaging satellites, scientists have been collecting data on global resources such as water, land use, forests, and crop production.  Dixon and Thomas say it's time the data were  put into a plan to fight hunger and habitat destruction around the world.  Such a plan may work if we as humans can keep from killing ourselves over religion, politics, and territory.  A tall order , indeed.  Aloha de Russ.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 6, 9:09 AM

Such studies of the agriculture around the world are essential. The way we are doing agriculture to support seven billion people now, peaking at 9-10 billion in another 60 years, it is clear that we are putting severe strains on the environment.  But we have grown lazy, and we are doing it all wrong.

 

We CAN drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, and thus quickly reduce the amount of arable land we need.  We CAN grow plants in ways that actually sequester more carbon and improve the soil it over time rather than erode and degrade.  And we CAN in fact grow all the food we need in the space we live in, thus enabling us to recycle all the water used as well, which is mostly just lost in evaporation. 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 13, 2:52 AM

Vital debate for the future

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US States Map - List of USA States with Abbreviations

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US States Map and Abbreviations – States maps showing all the 50 states with their Abbreviations along with full names.

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US States Map and Abbreviations – States maps showing all the 50 states with their Abbreviations along with full names.

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Interactive bird song poster: Minnesota DNR

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This interactive illustration will help users identify and listen to 24 birds common to Minnesota.

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How do 32 teams from 32 countries communicate at the World Cup?

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With so many players and referees from different parts of the globe it's a wonder that World Cup soccer games operate as smoothly as they do. But, miscommunication has occurred on the field. In fact it was one incident during the 1966 World Cup in England that gave birth to the red card, yellow card system.

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The Odyssey

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Happy 4th! We love 'Merica. - Tackk

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The FT’s summer books 2014 - FT.com

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Lionel Barber Editor of the Financial Times Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia (Atlantic) is a gripping narrative featuring TE Lawrence, the adventurer, archaeologist, Arabist and spy whose exploits in the first world war helped to shape the modern
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Why The Evolution Of Flight May Be Universal

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Is the evolution of flight a biological fait accompli? Or was the origin of winged insects, flying mammals like bats, and the roughly 10,000 species of birds that use earth’s atmosphere, simply a one-off evolutionary fluke likely not to repeat itself on another earthlike planet? While the dinosaurs were essentially wiped [...]
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The Great War

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The legacy of World War I remains on display today in places as varied as France, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine.
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Three maps: before, after, current.

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Brazil 2014: World Cup faces

end cast Brazil 2014: World Cup fans go crazyimages credit www. Music We Are One (Ole Ola) created olga.e. thanks for watching
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New species of mouse-like creature with 'elephant trunk' discovered

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A mouse-like creature with an elephant’s “trunk” has been discovered in a remote desert in Namibia.
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Free Technology for Teachers: An Animated Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

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The amazing diversity of languages around the world, in one map

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It's really astonishing.  People on Earth speak thousands of different languages. But given the ubiquity of some languages, like English and Mandarin, it's easy to forget just how many there are around the planet. This map provides some great perspective.


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An Ingenious Cookbook Uses Infographics Instead Of Words

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Ever get lost in a cookbooks long narrative of instructions? Us, too. One illustrator boiled 50 recipes down to simple sketches.

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Size of Political Groups in the new EP

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The new European Parliament meets for the first time in plenary on Tuesday 1 July. At the start of the new term there are set to be seven groups as last time. Our table shows the number of MEPs in ...
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Alternative Designs for Tower Bridge | History Today

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75 Books That Build Character

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Great books have great messages and all 75 of these have ones that build character.


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Every Noise at Once

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50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth [Infographic] - Giraffe Childcare

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How the Many Types of Sea Glass Get Their Colors | Design | WIRED

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Mary Beth Beuke, author of the new book Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass, sifts through tens of thousands of fragments and explains her color-rarity analysis.
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This Flowchart Helps You Quickly Determine What that Light Is in the Sky

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If you're out at night and look up (which you certainly should), and see a light in the distance, this helpful chart from The League of Lost Causes will help you determine whether you're looking at a planet, a star, a satellite, or something else.
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Israel Is Building a Futuristic Transit System of Magnetic Pods | Autopia | WIRED

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Israel’s biggest defense contractor is getting into mass transit, building the world’s first aerial maglev to carry people in egg-like pods around its campus at 44 mph. If all goes according to plan, you may soon see it in Tel Aviv. SkyTran is a personal rapid transit system that features two-person pods hanging from elevated…
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The 17 Coolest Signatures Of Famous People Throughout History

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Pablo Picasso, Kurt Vonnegut, and Barack Obama.
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Infographic: The rich culture of soccer is everywhere — except for the US - Deseret News

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Soccer has taken the world by storm, weaving itself into cultures all over the world.

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