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Can the solution to climate change help eliminate poverty?

Can the solution to climate change help eliminate poverty? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It is clear that climate change and poverty are two separate problems that affect all corners of the world, but can the solution to one help eliminate the other? Ecosystem-based adaptation is becoming more widely recognized as a possible solution to addressing climate change. Although this program does have its setbacks and limitations, it provides a plan to combat climate change while uplifting poverty stricken communities most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change.
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To deal with one and not the other is a fool's errand.

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Marauders Are Overwhelming Beaches in Rio as Brazil Takes a Dangerous Turn

Marauders Are Overwhelming Beaches in Rio as Brazil Takes a Dangerous Turn | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The return of violent mobs to Rio's most populated beaches is a sign of what's to come. And none of it's good.
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The beaches of Rio have long been a place where tourists and the well off could be relatively confidant that the poor would not show up (or at least not do so visibly on the highest "rent" locales).  This appearrs to be changing and falling back into some of the anarchy and in-your-face inequality that has in recent years been motly confined to the hillside slums.  

 

It is clear from my travels and work over the past many years that inequality and corruption must be solved and justly addressed before any true semblance of effective management can be brought to bear across any particular segment of the coastal zone. 

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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The old labels no longer apply. Rich countries need to learn from poor ones.

 

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary.

Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.

It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.” Forget, too, the more recent jargon about the “global south” and “global north.” It makes little sense to counterpose poor countries with “the West” when many of the biggest economic success stories in the past few decades have come from the East.

All of these antiquated terms imply that any given country is “developing” toward something, and that there is only one way to get there.

It’s time that we start describing the world as “fat” or “lean.”


Via Seth Dixon
PIRatE Lab's insight:

The terms "developing" and "developed" are certainly problematic.  But so too are just about any such terminologies.  "Fat" and "lean" have their own host of problems.  But the unmistakable issue is that the world is much more diverse and harder to characterize than a century ago.

 

My vote would be a scale of corruption.  Or a measure of the disparity of income between the richest and poorest in the country, or perhaps a measure of the wealth/poverty concentration. 

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Joanne Wegener's curator insight, March 7, 2014 5:03 AM

Fat or Lean - what sort of world do we live in

An interesting discussion on the way we perceive and label the world.

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:15 AM

Hoy en día poca claridad de dónde exactamente queda y quiénes son? 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:46 AM

UPDATE: this article (from the Atlantic) on the exact same concept would supplement the NY Times article nicely.