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Drop In! Top Schools From Berkeley to Yale Now Offer Free Online Courses

Drop In! Top Schools From Berkeley to Yale Now Offer Free Online Courses | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
On average, it will cost $55,600 to attend Princeton, Penn, Michigan or Stanford next year. But now you can enroll in online courses at all four universities online for free.
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Open Knowledge Repository by WB

First opendata, now openaccess. World Bank launches Open Knowledge Repository.

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A Digital Revolution for Studying Human Anatomy

A Digital Revolution for Studying Human Anatomy | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Medical informatics experts want to bring the digital revolution to studying human anatomy.The BioDigital Human is a three-dimensional, fully interactive visualization program. While it won’t completely replace old-fashioned dissection, its users can explore a human body in ways not possible with a cadaver, much less a medical atlas.


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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

"Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen"

 

Excellent article in Grist on the need to cut nitrous oxide emissions.


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14 Jaw-Dropping Facts About The Spanish Economy

14 Jaw-Dropping Facts About The Spanish Economy | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Last year was about Greece and Italy, but suddenly everyone's talking about whether Spain will be the Too Big To Save Eurozone economy that explodes the Global economy.
Scotty Barber at Reuters has put together a fantastic set of charts on the Spanish economy.

 

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Analysis: Low cost era over for China's workshops to the world

Analysis: Low cost era over for China's workshops to the world | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn Technology's agreement to improve the lot of its 1.2 million workers in China who make Apple Inc's iPads and iPhones is a signal that China is losing its title as the world's...
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General Mills Releases 2012 Global Responsibility Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

General Mills Releases 2012 Global Responsibility Report – Press Releases on CSRwire.com | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Press Releases get your corporate social responsibility news and information out to journalists, investors, and industry professionals utilizing CSRwire’s targeted reach.
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Fairfood International at the World Banana Forum

Fairfood International at the World Banana Forum | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Fairfood International’s Advocacy Manager Hana Ivanhoe and Research Manager Darcie Renn are just back from an exhilarating and thought provoking meeting of the World Banana Forum (WBF) in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
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Entire nation of Kiribati to be relocated over rising sea level threat - Telegraph

Entire nation of Kiribati to be relocated over rising sea level threat  - Telegraph | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati is negotiating to buy land in Fiji so
it can relocate islanders under threat from rising sea levels.
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Essay: Is there an optimal degree of sustainability? | Ethical Corporation

Essay: Is there an optimal degree of sustainability? | Ethical Corporation | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Corporate sustainability is not a one size fits all concept. Successful strategy balances all business pressures...

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The New Kid on the Block: Metrobus Opens Line 4 in Mexico City | TheCityFix

The New Kid on the Block: Metrobus Opens Line 4 in Mexico City | TheCityFix | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Do you know what BRT is about?Read here about the case in Mexico City

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Starbucks to stop using beetle coloring in its menu items

Starbucks to stop using beetle coloring in its menu items | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
In response to consumers, Starbucks has decided to stop using a red food coloring derived from beetles.
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Infographic: Reasons why Americans Don't Recycle

Infographic: Reasons why Americans Don't Recycle | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Recycling programs have been around for decades, and most Americans know that reuse saves resources and energy. Yet, just half of U.S. population recycles daily, and 13 percent don’t recycle at all.

 

There is a 96% energy savings from reprocessing aluminum, 21% for glass, 45% for newsprint, and above 75% for common plastics, according to Popular Mechanics.


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Containerization Shaped Globalization

Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove...

 

The economies of scale that globalization depends on, relies on logistics and transportation networks that can handle this high-volume.  In a word, the container, as mundane as it may seem, faciliated the era within which we live today. 


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Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 7, 2014 5:26 PM

I always enjoyed TED videos. What really struck me was the opening sentence of the video, "everything is everywhere these days." This is so true in so many ways. The video uses different examples that you can find in different stores from places all over the world. How many things can you could in your bedroom that says "Made in China" or some other place other than the US? This is very common as we all know. Products and goods come from all over the world and even over seas. This is a process that we call globalization. However, the video introduces a process called containerization. This process saves an ample amount of time for the workers. The process was a success. "shrinking the world and enlarging human choice."

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 7:48 PM

Globalization has connected the world in such a way that we hadn't thought possible. This idea has created rising economies all over the world and has made transport of goods and services move faster and continues to increase this rate with advances in technology. Containerization is a staple of globalization and without it, none of these products would be able to get from country to country. In essence it has developed the world of import and exports. To add to this success, globalization has also created jobs and communities which revolve heavily around the transport of goods. It saves time by using massive containers to move goods and it creates opportunities in places where it had not been possible before. 

Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca's curator insight, May 27, 3:45 AM

I believe this video is very interesting. It tells us that everything we have today is thanks to globalization and the reason we have it so fast is because of shipping containers! In the video it told me that before my time it was impossible to get swordfish from Japan or cheeses from France, but now thanks to globalization it is all possible. Globalization is even behind the reason how our phones were made! 

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Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum > Resources

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum > Resources | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. Downloadable resources.

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Car-saturated Mexico City lets bicycle riders rule the roads on Sunday mornings

Car-saturated Mexico City lets bicycle riders rule the roads on Sunday mornings | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Most days, traffic in the capital has a “Mad Max” feel. But 80,000 riders get weekly taste of what could be.
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Rebuilding the dream: jobs for the environment

Rebuilding the dream: jobs for the environment | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

"We seem to forget that everything that is good for the environment is a job. Solar panels don’t put themselves up. Wind turbines don’t manufacture themselves. Houses don’t retrofit themselves and put in their own new boilers and furnaces and better-fitting windows and doors. Advanced biofuel crops don’t plant themselves. Community gardens don’t tend themselves. Farmers’ markets don’t run themselves. Every single thing that is good for the environment is actually a job, a contract, or an entrepreneurial opportunity."

 

Excellent analysis on the Climate Progress blog from the new book of the White House's former green jobs advisor Van Jones.


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Is artificial intelligence possible?

Is artificial intelligence possible? | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Can computer intelligence ever match the skills of the human brain, asks mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy.
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New Storage Projects Turns CO2 into Stone: Scientific American

New Storage Projects Turns CO2 into Stone: Scientific American | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it
Iceland is experimenting with pumping carbon dioxide underground and converting it into rock...
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ICT for climate-smart agriculture and "green growth": Online forum 5-16 March 2012 | e-Agriculture

ICT for climate-smart agriculture and "green growth": Online forum 5-16 March 2012 | e-Agriculture | Piccolo Mondo | Scoop.it

Interesting online forum on ICT4climate-smart agriculture coming soon!

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