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FIFA approves goal-line technology

FIFA approves goal-line technology | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Football's world governing body has agreed to allow the introduction of either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems.

The technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Tokyo in December, the Confederation Cup in 2013 and also the World Cup in 2014.

The decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) -- custodians of the game's laws -- followed a vote at the Zurich headquarters of FIFA, the international association of football federations on Thursday.

It means footballing authorites around the world can introduce the technology into their competitions, using either the Hawk-Eye or GoalRef systems that have been undergoing tests.

 

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Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture

Why climate talks need to focus on agriculture | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Other sectors often dominate discussions, but climate-smart farming offers potent solutions, says Frank Rijsberman.
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Intercropping with nitrogen-fixing plants to avoid unnecessary use of mineral fertilisers that emit greenhouse gases, appropriate agroforestry management, utilizing cover crops or promoting no-till agriculture have been validated by the CGIAR as efficient climate-smart agriculture tools.

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A system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel

A system that could turn atmospheric CO2 into fuel | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Scientists in Canada are developing an industrial carbon dioxide recycling plant that could one day suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it into a zero-carbon e-diesel fuel. Developed by tech start-up Carbon Engineering and partly funded by...
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In Iceland they have tried a similar approach and it worked well... only it needed the help of a vulcano!

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Is gluten-free good for the planet?

Is gluten-free good for the planet? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
‘Free-from’ produce is muscling in on bread and pasta, but the environmental and social consequences of increased demand for grains like quinoa are being overlooked
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The rise in popularity of gluten-free grains may have helped producers improve their daily lives, but there have been environmental consequences... "the rise of quinoa production in Bolivia means farmers rarely give the soil time to recover and that producers plant the crop continuously on slopes and valley areas".

Is Conservation Agriculture one of the possible ways to address this growing concern?

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World Cities Day

World Cities Day | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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Today is World #CitiesDay Our future will be mostly urban, are we sufficiently prepared for that? Gentrification, efficient and low-impact transport systems or waste management are just some shared challenges... Have a look at some of the events taken place today globally and think how you can contribute to more sustainable cities. A couple of references worth exploring are the work of ICLEI (http://www.iclei.org/) and the Global Compact Cities Programme (http://htl.li/DA1X4).

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CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR

CIMMYT’s Bram Govaerts Receives 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application | EGFAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

The 2014 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, Endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation was presented to Dr. Bram Govaerts during the awards ceremony of the World Food Prize (W...

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The award given by the World Food Prize Foundation recognizes “researchers under 40 who emulate the scientific innovation and dedication to food security demonstrated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug.” Govaerts, a native of Belgium working in Mexico, was honored with the award for his work developing “leading-edge, sustainable programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems in Mexico and other regions of the world into productive and sustainable production operations,” according to the WFP. Govaerts, 35, serves as the Associate Director of the Global Conservation Agricultural Program as well as the leader of theSustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture (MasAgro) program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).


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Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin

Packaging-free supermarket opening in Berlin | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Berlin is about to get an innovative supermarket that does not include any wasteful packaging. Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) is the brainchild of Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, who grew tired of purchasing food that came in an absurd amount of disposable packaging. They aren’t veterans of the food industry; they’re just two gals who dropped out of their college studies to make a difference.
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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another?

 

"Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots."


Via Seth Dixon
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A good market lesson brilliantly explained!

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CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 2014 8:03 PM

For use in understanding the placement of businesses in Human Geography.

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:34 AM

A great video lesson that gets at the heart of location theory and competition.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 1, 10:11 AM

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Differences between organic and non-organic food

Differences between organic and non-organic food | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Research is first to find wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals
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Is it the case for cerals as well?

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FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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FAO´s new database, claimed to be the most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date.

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Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe

Tesla expands Supercharger network in Europe | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Tesla says you can now take a Model S from Amsterdam to the Alps using new and free Supercharger stations.
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Tesla is proposing a no-expenditure model after you purchase your car. Its network of free charge stations is already set in the US and about to expand in Europe. Brave strategy!

more info at: http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/01/20/ready-or-not-tesla-is-expanding-across-the-globe/

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Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off?

Is solar-powered desalination ready to take off? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
From Isle of Man to Saudi Arabia, renewable desalination is gaining interest around the world as solution to water scarcity and food crisis
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Renewable desalinization has direct and tremendous impact implications for sustainable agriculture and from a climate-change perspective.

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Yet another good collection of them... #maps

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Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure

Chinese machines help turn trash into treasure | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
The Beijing Subway's Line 10 will soon have reverse vending machines, which will pay customers for their empty plastic bottles.
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A eco and smart action by the Beijing Subway.

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Starving for Answers

Starving for Answers | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Why Hunger and Thirst Don't Have to Doom the World.
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Olivier De Schutter makes some interesting remarks here on food production vs. fighting starvation. How do they interlink?  "Interconnected systems of overproduction won’t feed the world. In fact, it is both what ails humankind and what starves it..." 

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Smart African Innovations

Smart African Innovations | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Despite what some may think, solutions to many of the world’s health challenges do not always require advanced technology. Small interventions, like hand washing or cleverly re-imagined basic tools, can be transformative.
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United Nations: more consultants, fewer rights

United Nations: more consultants, fewer rights | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
GENEVA The United Nations both here in Geneva and worldwide is relying increasingly on consultants with short-term contracts to do its work, seriously hampering the organization’s overall professionalism. Consultants, many who have come to Switzerland with their families from other countries,
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Dura lex, sed lex.

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Agriculture: The next frontier

Agriculture: The next frontier | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Africa's newfound taste for an old grain has experienced problems [mdash] drought, low yields and costly imports. But new projects are driving the continent towards self-sufficiency.

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New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster

New wheat breeds can help avert food security disaster | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Efforts to develop wheat varieties tolerant to drought, heat, extremely wet and cold conditions must be sped up as weather becomes more errratic, 2014 World Food Prize winner argues
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Wheat breeders involved in the monumental global challenge of ensuring food security for 9.5 billion people by 2050 face enormous hurdles. We need to double the amount of food produced to meet demand as population grows steadily.


Wheat, a major staple crop, currently provides 20 percent of the overall daily protein and calories consumed throughout the world. Production must grow 70 percent over the next 35 years, according to the international Wheat Initiative.

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2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification

2013 Report - Sustainable Intensification | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

In short, Sustainable Intensification can be relevant as a new paradigm for African smallholder farmers as long as suitable, sufficient resources and practices are supported and delivered at scale. Often success can be achieved on a small scale – a plot or a farm – but often with only one or two of the economic, social and environmental objectives attained. The challenge lies in meeting all the objectives and in scaling up success to a regional or national production system.
African smallholders face many barriers to sustainably intensifying their incomes, their production and their nutrition, not least their physical access to the inputs of intensification, which may be limited for a variety of reasons. Land tenure must also be assured if smallholder farmers are to invest in Sustainable Intensification. Aside from security of rights to land, by women as well as men, intensification also requires a demand for the increased output, greater and more accessible financial investment (whether on a large scale or in the form of microcredit), available labour, better knowledge and skills and access to both input
and output markets. 
Although the concept of Sustainable Intensification is relatively simple, experience suggests it is difficult to achieve, especially in its entirety – namely, using a more sophisticated set of inputs of all kinds while increasing outputs. One such difficulty is the responsible and efficient use of inputs. For farms in the developed world this may mean a decrease in their application, but for many farmers in SSA, who use virtually none of these inputs, a prudent and precise increase in their use can intensify production without forfeiting resilience and sustainability.
The challenges are complex as are the technologies and processes required to find appropriate solutions. The paradigm of Sustainable Intensification shows the way forward. What is needed is research into appropriate innovations (technological and socio-economic), targeted financial investments and publicprivate partnerships, active participation in the process by smallholder famers and, above all, political leadership.


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Cornell Conservation Agriculture Group (soilhealth.org)'s curator insight, August 4, 2014 1:22 PM

Sustainable Intensification is the new name on the block and this paper does a good job of describing its meaning and use in Africa.

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How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
These cities aren't telling contractors what they want to buy. They're laying out problems they want to fix.
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Exciting trend. As it is often the case... BCN is rocking in innovation.

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The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of?

The CGIAR: the most important international organisation you’ve never heard of? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
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A quick overview about the CGIAR work.

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San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News

San Francisco Just Became the First Major U.S. City to Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles - RYOT News | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
San Francisco just became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of single-use water bottles.
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SF, at the avant-garde once again... Good move.

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EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter

EU-US trade and investment talks: Why they matter | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Talks to free up more trade and investment between the European Union and the United States got under way early in 2013. A good agreement in 2014 would be...
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if successfully concluded, TTIP would be the most significant bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to date, covering approximately 50% of global output, almost 30% of world merchandise trade (including intra-EU trade, but excluding services trade) and 20% of global foreign direct investment (FDI).

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CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR

CGIAR doubles funding to $1 billion in five years / CGIAR | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
A Global Agricultural Research Partnership

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CGIAR hits major donor milestone.

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Victor Kommerell's curator insight, December 18, 2013 12:01 PM

Funding of CGIAR Research Programs has doubled to 1bn between 2008 and 2013 ...

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Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers

Hand Planter Could Save Time, Money for Small Farmers | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Jelle Van Loon breaks tools for a living.

At the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center outside Mexico City, which is known by the Spanish acronym CIMMYT, the shaggy-sideburned enginee...

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