"Ethiopia is three years from completing a dam to control its headwaters, and while Egypt points to colonial-era treaties to claim the water and to stop the project, the question remains as to who own the Blue Nile."
A paper published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calculates the amount of natural resources used in producing various animal products. The authors write that so far, there have not been detailed, reliable estimates of the burden that different types of animal products impose on the natural environment. Know […]
George Monbiot's Blog: The richer we are and the more we consume, the more self-centred and careless of the lives of others we appear to become (...)
A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three issues of concern rose from 6% in mid-January to 23% in mid-February. By early April – though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had just published two massive and horrifying reports – the proportion had fallen back to 11%.
"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."
Australia is currently the fastest-growing OECD nation. In 2013, Australia’s population grew by 1.8% compared with the OECD average of 0.7%. This is not as high as the 2.2% in 2008, which was the most rapid rate of growth since 1960. However, among Asian countries, only Singapore and Afghanistan have populations that are growing faster....In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?
National Geographic Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built National Geographic Governments are spending billions of dollars to reduce risks from these coastal hazards and climate change, usually to build infrastructure like seawalls, dikes and...
McKinsey: 'cleantech sector is gaining steam' Blue & Green Tomorrow Despite critics and equity indexes suggesting the cleantech sector has performed badly in recent years, consulting firm McKinsey says the industry is “gaining steam – with less and...
"The story map is a new Esri medium for sharing not only data, photos, videos, sounds, and maps, but for telling a specific and compelling story by way of that content. This is all done with sophisticated cartographic functionality that does not require advanced training in cartography or GIS."
Marine reserves are a hot topic in Australia, with federal and state governments debating whether to allow recreational fishers to take fish from within their boundaries. But new research demonstrates…