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China's Water Crisis

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For years, China claimed to hold an estimated 50000 rivers within its borders. Now, more than half of them have abruptly vanished.

Via Seth Dixon
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More good news from China.

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Paige Therien's curator insight, April 26, 12:04 AM

China is attributing the disappearance of over 50 percent of their country's rivers to inaccurate sources; more effective technologies today give an accurate picture of China's waterways compared to the former data based off of sources from the  1950's.  While it is probably true to some extent that previous numbers were off, there still needs to be much concern for the state of China's current waterways and why waterways that once existed have disappeared.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 4:48 PM

Cutting corners in safety and cleanliness has caused pollution in the rivers. All the money they saved cutting corners now has to be invested in diverting clean water to northern areas of the country. I hope someday they realize that you cannot do things super cheaply without paying for it in another area.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 9:41 PM

What has happened to these rivers? Are they purposely being depleted from China? How do they expect to supply water for their residents if they are building things over these used-to-be rivers?

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Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth

Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Economists ignore a crucial constraint on human prosperity: energy.
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Huge backlash against Paul Krugman's ripping of the "degrowth" movement.  Here's yet another example of why he is wrong.

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Whose Century Is It?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Food and the “21st-Century Trade Agreement”

Whose Century Is It?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Food and the “21st-Century Trade Agreement” | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

In pro-TPP rhetoric, the deal is marketed as a “21st-century trade agreement.”2 But the deal isn’t as futuristic as its boosters want you to believe; rather, it’s a massive double down on the strategies and philosophies of NAFTA and other 20th-century free trade agreements. And like those earlier deals, TPP has the potential to impact agriculture and food systems on a large scale.

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A bit on why the TPP is not a good thing for small-farmers.  Canada and Japan are not liking the TPP when it comes to food.  But Japan wants so desperately to sell its Toyotas and Sony TVs...

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Will Fiction Influence How We React to Climate Change? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

Will Fiction Influence How We React to Climate Change? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

interesWill movies and novels about the effects of climate change make a difference in how people react to global warming?

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Interesting debate on whether or not "cli-fi" moves and novels make a difference in how people react to global warming.

 

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Unlocking the power of women farmers

Unlocking the power of women farmers | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Focusing on women farmers will increase food production and gender equality, says Ken Davies from the World Food Programme
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Steps to empower women farmers...

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A Gathering of Silverbacks: Age of Limits 2014

A Gathering of Silverbacks: Age of Limits 2014 | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
We are in the realm of highly improbable events that almost daily transform our world. A review of the Age of Limits conference.
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This is a great recap by Albert Bates, attending the Age of Limits conference.  The silverbacks are some of the best minds we have on life and living in a time where we have moved beyond our limits.

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Thinking in a Foreign Language Could Sway Your Moral Judgments | Science | WIRED

Thinking in a Foreign Language Could Sway Your Moral Judgments  | Science | WIRED | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Would you sacrifice one person to save five? Pitting principle against utility, ends against means, it's a complicated moral equation—and ostensibly one we'd solve the same way whether we considered it in our native language or a foreign tongue. After all, our morality is supposed to be consistent. Yet psychologists say that's not always the case: people may be more likely to make a calculated utilitarian decision when considering it in a second language.
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I find this fascinating... So, I wonder how katakana loan-words spoken in Japanese factor into these experiments... 

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Beyond “Free” or “Fair” Trade: Mexican Farmers Go Local

Beyond “Free” or “Fair” Trade: Mexican Farmers Go Local | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
We usually think of the demand for local, organic foods as coming from the North. But in southern Mexico, the growing localist movement is a strategy for survival.
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I was struck by the similarities between Mexican rural areas and farming and Japan.  Corn is very much the soul of Mexico as rice is the soul of Japan.  Imported corn and rice may be cheaper, but it's the traditions and taste of the locally-grown produce that people choose.

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Your Food Is Poisoning You

Your Food Is Poisoning You | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Despite being treated like Bigfoot believers by their opponents, pesticide ascetics are inching their way toward credibility. Introduced by Monsanto in the early 1970s under the trade name Roundup (and used primarily back then as a weed killer), glyphosate is now used throughout the world on wheat and soy crops and since 2007 it has been the most widely used herbicide in the U.S.
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I don't see how the Ag Chem companies can claim that spraying that kind of volume of chemicals on crops isn't going to have any effect on human health.  

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I went to the nutritionists' annual confab. It was catered by McDonald's.

I went to the nutritionists' annual confab. It was catered by McDonald's. | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Our nutrition experts are in bed with Big Food. And we wonder why we're fat.
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This is always good...

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Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online

Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
By using social media bots, celebrities, politicians and others can falsely inflate the number of friends and followers they have, possibly swaying public opinion about a new song — or a policy position.
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This disturbed me.  Part of the promise of the internet was it's ability to empower everyday people, to give them a voice.  Now that voice is going to be drowned out by bots?!  Who/What can you trust anymore...?

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The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation

The Sharing Economy Is About Desperation | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
We don't give rides to strangers because we like them. We just need the money.
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Yeah, counter arguments...

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How New Legislation in Boston Gave New Life to Urban Farms - Modern Farmer

How New Legislation in Boston Gave New Life to Urban Farms - Modern Farmer | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
The new ordinance means farmers will be able to grow – and, importantly, sell for profit -- within the city limits.
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Strange that there were laws preventing the selling of produce grown within city limits in the first place...

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How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’ | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

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Green modernism would kill off the wilderness – Brandon Keim – Aeon

Green modernism would kill off the wilderness – Brandon Keim – Aeon | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Some of the world’s most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake
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Seems to piggyback on some of the Dark Mountain rhetoric.  Wildness is at stake.  And Wildness is something magical.

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Are We What We Buy? Consumer Society and Its Discontents

Are We What We Buy? Consumer Society and Its Discontents | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

People in affluent countries consume too much for the future of the planet. Much of this consumption is unnecessary for well-being and is stimulated by our current version of capitalism predicated on endless growth. Yet stimulating change is difficult.

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A post from the Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy blog.  Summarizes a pair of recent colloquia (of which there is video on the SCORAI homepage).  

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Global Village Construction Set

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Sharing the world's first low-cost, DIY, open-source Tractor, Compressed Earth Brick Press, Power Cube, and Soil Pulverizer.
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It's life sized, lego-like, building block appropriate technology.  

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The Wrong -- and Right -- Solution For Feeding 9 Billion People

The Wrong -- and Right -- Solution For Feeding 9 Billion People | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
The five steps (freeze agriculture's footprint, grow more on existing farms, use resources more efficiently, shift diets, reduce waste) are all good technological fixes, none of which are terribly complicated. So if they are so great, why aren't we i...
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Article by Eric Holt Gimenez from Food First.  He looks at the National Geographic's recent issue on food and agriculture and critiques Jonathan Foley's Five Step Plan to Feed the World.

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.

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David Orr-- environmental educator-- commenting on systems and cities.

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Why 1.5 million people are on a dating site called Farmers Only

Why 1.5 million people are on a dating site called Farmers Only | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

Dating sites like OKCupid and Match.com are great if you live in a city, where you go on dates with matches and never seen them again if it doesn't work out. But what if you live in a town with, say, 8,000 people?

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LOLed at this one...

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Hefty Global Goals from a Vatican Meeting: Stabilizing the Climate, Energy for All and an Inclusive Economy

Hefty Global Goals from a Vatican Meeting: Stabilizing the Climate, Energy for All and an Inclusive Economy | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
A Vatican meeting of scientists, economists and theologians produces a joint statement charting a technical and moral path to a sustainable and just human future.
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How much of a dent would a full-fledged ecological movement from the religions of the world make on the problems we face?  I don't know, but I'm happy to see them finally coming to the table.

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Fancy Japanese Bananas Have Serial Numbers

Fancy Japanese Bananas Have Serial Numbers | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

AEarlier today in Tokyo, limited edition bananas went on sale. They even had serial numbers. Yes, serial numbers. On bananas.

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I don't know what to say about this one...

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The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?

by Richard C. Lewontin

The New Synthetic Biology: Who Gains?<br/><br/> by Richard C. Lewontin | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

ANothing in history suggests that those who control and profit from material production can really be depended upon to devote the needed foresight, creativity, and energy to protect us from the possible negative effects of synthetic biology. In cases where there is a conflict between the immediate and the long-range consequences or between public and private good, how can that conflict be resolved?

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A long read, but well worth it.  To what ends does science work toward?  For whose good?  I tend to agree with Vandana Shiva: 

"Synthetic biology, the next wave of genetic engineering, allows seed, pesticide and oil companies to redesign life so that they can make more money from it."

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Big food: Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat

Big food: Michael Pollan thinks Wall Street has way too much influence over what we eat | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
Michael Pollan explains what studying the food system taught him about capitalism, and more
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Nice interview here...

 

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How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other | Business | WIRED

How Airbnb and Lyft Finally Got Americans to Trust Each Other | Business | WIRED | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it
From Airbnb to Lyft to Tinder, the sharing economy is rewiring the way we interact with each other.
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Sure, let's hope Airbnb is around long enough to continue the trust train...

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Great Transition Initiative

Great Transition Initiative | Riffing on a Sustainable Society | Scoop.it

The Great Transition Initiative is an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere. By enhancing scholarly discourse and public awareness of possibilities immanent in these troubled times, and by fostering a broad network of thinkers and doers, it aims to contribute to a new praxis for global transformation.

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