Tripoli, 20 September 2013: Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan have signed a UN-backed agreement on the shared use of a massive underground aquifer system straddling the four countries known as the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.
Global politics and foreign affairs from around the globe
Curated by Seth Dixon
Moorish architecture, like all Islamic architecture, has distinctive motifs: rounded arches, Arabic calligraphy, vegetative design, and decorative tiles.
This photo gallery with its explanations are a nice virtual tour. Although this style was born in the Mediterranean areas of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, it has spread throughout the Muslim World and the images reflect this geographic dispersal.
"An influential set of conservatives argues changing demographics won't doom the GOP, but the smart money -- and the math -- are not on their side. This much is undisputed: In 2012, President Obama lost white voters by a larger margin than any winning presidential candidate in U.S. history. In his reelection, Obama lost ground from 2008 with almost every conceivable segment of the white electorate. With several key groups of whites, he recorded the weakest national performance for any Democratic nominee since the Republican landslides of the 1980s."
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While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.
The world is waiting to see how the drama in the Middle East unfolds.
You know that you should know more about the current events in Syria; so read this article to get started.
It's amazing how sarcasm (be it Oatmeal, xkcd or the Onion) can effectively convey important geopolitic subtexts. What merits 'international outrage?' What doesn't? Why not? If you don't see this newly-discovered outrage to be hypocritical how come?
This make be think of Weber's definition of 'the state.' Max Weber defined the state as the "entity which upholds the claim to the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force in the enforcement of its order." All the other countries are perfectly fine with the Syrian government killing Syrians and doing nothing about it because, among the club of states, that historically has been the perogative of the state. Chemical weapons, however, are banned by international treaties and now the international community sees something worth stopping. I'm not saying that this is how it should be; I'm just trying to explain what is as I see it.
My wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.
Every morning, when I roll out of bed, I check an app on my cellphone that tells me the air quality index as measured by the United States Embassy, whose monitoring device is near my home. I want to see whether I need to turn on the purifiers and whether my wife and I can take our daughter outside.
Most days, she ends up housebound. Statistics released Wednesday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that air quality in Beijing was deemed unsafe for more than 60 percent of the days in the first half of 2013.
Wild fires of Canada and Indonesia, sand storms and steam spewing volcanoes were among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month
This is gallery of 20 satellite images is truly stunning...there are some great teaching images in there.
No one quite agrees on what counts as America's "Midwest," but its pattern of urbanization is one of a kind.
Regions can have very nebulous borders...the Midwest is a perfect example of a vernacular region with as many different borders as there are people to draw them.
Guide to the countries waiting in the wings to join the European Union club.
With Croatia joining the EU this summer, many are starting to ask, "who's next?" This is the guide of countries that have applied for EU membership and that might be joining in the future.
Finally, a Billboard That Creates Drinkable Water Out of Thin Air I've never cared much for billboards. Not in the city, not out of the city — not anywhere, ...
I live near some billboards and they are an eyesore and pull down property values. This, however, is a billboard design to give back to the community--just awesome.
Two Pennsylvanian children will live their lives under a gag order imposed under a $750,000 settlement
I've lived in central Pennsylvania for a few years, and it's deals like this that make me so skeptical of the fracking industry. Here's a good site that discusses the environmental dangers of fracking.
Along the border of Mexico and the U.S., a geologically and tectonically complex area serves as a visual reference point for astronauts on the International Space Station.
What a great teaching image! Plate tectonics and rifting, agriculture, international borders, urbanization, dry climates, human and environmental interactions...the applications are endless.
"For anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's been a sweltering few weeks. In fact, last month was the fifth hottest June in recorded history."
The fact that is the most jarring is comes from the government's climate data. For 340 consecutive months – more than 28 years – the earth has been warmer than historic averages. This isn't about making the present more bareable in the summer months, this is about securing a sustainable future. Now is the time to rise the the challenge.
"This is how I lovingly describe my current relationship with the United States. The United States is my alcoholic brother. And although I will always love him, I don’t want to be near him at the moment. I know that's harsh, but I really feel my home country is not in good place these days. That's not a socio-economic statement (although that's on the decline as well), but rather a cultural one."
While I am not endorsing all of the ideas presented, the author makes some thoughtful points about American culture that are worth considering.
July 15, 2013 Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels.
Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has access to electricity.
“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” said Merino.
The first phase of the program, called “The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program” was initiated on Monday (July 8) in the Contumaza province, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. These installations will power 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.
The program plans to install about 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems to provide for approximately 500,000 households at an overall cost of about $200 million.
Peru is the third-largest country in South America, with a population over 24 million. It has average solar radiation levels which can reach 5 kWh per m2 a day in the Sierra (foothill of The Andes). Peru is also home to the first major PV installation in Latin America.
This follows Peru’s public commitments to accelerate renewable energy development, as reported here previously by CleanTechnica.
Peru Unveils Plan to Use Solar Panels to Provide Electricity to 2 Million People, Latin American Herald Tribune
Maternity care and childbirth cost far more in the United States than in other developed countries, but studies show that their citizens do not have less access to care during pregnancy than Americans.
More expensive care is not the same thing as more effective care and it most certainly does not mean the best system.
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The images from this photo shoot in Brezzanone, Italy are incredibly clever. Not only does it capture the beautiful vista, the ingenious spatial contraption alsos for people to be on this playful tableau without detracting from the setting. That table maximizes the amount of landcape to be seen in the photograph, and I sincerely wish I had one.
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Posted by Kate Voss, UCCHM Water Policy Fellow.
The geopolitics of water management in the Middle East are primarily governed by the basic distribution of freshwater resources: there are vast differences between the naturally available water resources in the region. Layer to this the additional complexity of political stability, financial assets, and other socioeconomic factors, and the potential for improved transboundary water management in the Middle East becomes vastly complicated.