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Communities Organise to Confront Climate Change in El Salvador

Communities Organise to Confront Climate Change in El Salvador | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Local residents say that the organisational traditions developed in times of war are now being applied to social and environmental projects, primarily to confront what everyone identifies as the effects of climate change.

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Crisis and Alternatives

A more just world order requires a fundamental change in economic goals – a shift everywhere but particularly in the North from the pursuit of growth to that of equity. But such a change is inconceivable without a profound transformation in the nature of political and social life within and across nation

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America's first climate refugees: "It's happening now ... The village is sinking"

America's first climate refugees: "It's happening now ... The village is sinking" | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Residents of Newtok, Alaska, know they must evacuate, but who will pay the $130 million cost of moving them?
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A Psyche the Size of the Earth: James Hillman

A Psyche the Size of the Earth: James Hillman | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

When some cancers are hypothesized to begin in people suffering recent loss, what loss? Is it only personal? Or does a personal loss open the gates to that less conscious but overwhelming loss--the slow disappearance of the natural world, a loss endemic to our entire civilization? In that case, the idea that depth psychology merges with ecology translates to mean that to understand the ills of the soul today we turn to the world, to its suffering. The most radical deconstruction of subjectivity, called "displacing the subject", today would be re-placing the subject back into the world, or re-placing the subject altogether with the world. 


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Visualizing The Future Urban World

Visualizing The Future Urban World | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Think of the world’s biggest, most important cities and you probably picture London, New York, Beijing, Singapore--the bustling cities of today.
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ddrrnt's curator insight, August 4, 2013 3:57 AM

Very nice visualisations.

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Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide

Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Climate Change Now Seen as Security Threat Worldwide - Defence establishments around the world increasingly see climate change as posing potentially serious threats to national and international security, according to a review of high-level statements...
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The ecozoic city

The ecozoic city | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The writer Thomas Berry described as the ecozoic the “reintegration of human endeavours into a larger ecological consciousness”.

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Climate smart villages in India show early signs of success

Climate smart villages in India show early signs of success | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Recently, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Climate Change (CCAFS) introduced the model of ”Climate Smart Villages (CSVs)”. The idea was to raise awareness among farming communities in South Asia about various  technological, institutional and policy-oriented options that have the potential to increase their climatic resilience, adaptation, agricultural productivity and income, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Interventions that were made, related to weather, water, carbon, nutrient, energy and knowledge management, are currently being evaluated by the farming communities in a participatory way.

 
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Reinventing America

What history shows, to sum up thousands of years of examples in a few words, is that empires accomplish their biggest projects early on, when the flow of wealth in from the periphery to the imperial center—the output of those complex processes I’ve termed the imperial wealth pump—is at its height, before the periphery is stripped of its movable wealth and the center has slipped too far into the inflation that besets every imperial system sooner or later.  The longer an empire lasts and the more lavish the burden it imposes on its periphery, the harder it is to free up large sums of money (or the equivalent in nonfinancial resources) for grand projects, until finally the government has to scramble to afford even the most urgent expenditures.


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We Need To Redesign Our Economy To Make It Work For Profits, People, And The Planet

We Need To Redesign Our Economy To Make It Work For Profits, People, And The Planet | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

When the richest quarter of the world’s population uses about half of our global resources--and take the liberty to produce half of the global waste--while another third live in poverty, it is clear that our economic and societal systems are failing us.

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Why food riots are likely to become the new normal

Why food riots are likely to become the new normal | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed: The link between intensifying inequality, debt, climate change, fossil fuel dependency and the global food crisis is undeniable
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Why are there such differences in UK regional well-being and what can we do about it?

Why are there such differences in UK regional well-being and what can we do about it? | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Today the government of Taiwan announced that they were going to launch a ‘national well-being index’, following in the footsteps of the UK’s Measuring National Well-being Programme and other Beyond GDP initiatives. But why are they bothering to measure well-being?

Well, at nef we believe that measuring well-being can lead to better policy-making – partly because it gives us a better understanding of how well-being is distributed across population groups and regions, but also because it tells us about what its most important determinants are. This means that policy-makers can design, develop and evaluate policies to influence the factors that will make the most difference to how people experience their lives.

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Loss of wild insects hurts crops around the world

Loss of wild insects hurts crops around the world | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Researchers studying data from 600 fields in 20 countries have found that managed honey bees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, primarily wild bees, suggesting the continuing loss of wild insects in many agricultural landscapes has negative consequences for crop harvests.

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Food Security in the Age of “Water Grabbing”

Food Security in the Age of “Water Grabbing” | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Gaining control of water is often a motive behind land grabs, and according to a 2013 report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, up to 57 million hectares of land and 454 billion cubic meters of water are grabbed each...
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The Future of Work: A Manifesto

The Future of Work: A Manifesto | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The future of work starts right here, right now. (A #mustread for all managers!

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Antoine Moore's curator insight, January 12, 10:28 AM

I say "Yes!" to this.

Michael Hohenwarter's curator insight, February 1, 3:42 AM

Work is the process of creating something for the purpose of human flour­ishing. Let’s get rid of what doesn’t do that. Work has meaning for every indiv­idual. Work involves identity.

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Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless'

Climate change 'will make hundreds of millions homeless' | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Rising carbon dioxide levels indicate rise in temperatures that could lead agriculture to fail on entire continents
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Brighton & Hove is world's first One Planet Living City

Brighton & Hove became the world’s first designated One Planet City on 18 April 2013 when the city’s Sustainability Action Plan officially received independent accreditation from BioRegional for its plans to enable residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources. BioRegional is an award winning charity with an international reputation for developing sustainable solutions.

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The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity

The Looming Threat of Water Scarcity | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Some 1.2 billion people—almost a fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage. The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and inefficient use of existing resources restrict the amount of water available to people. It is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, with almost half of the world living in conditions of water stress.

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Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems

Feeding Cities: Getting What We Want, Sustainably, Out of Future Food Systems | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
How do we farm sustainably in an ever-urban world?

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Suzette Jackson's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:07 AM

our communities are crying out for #localfood #sustainably grown food, but all we get are global companies pushing internationally grown, #GMO #outofseason #Tasteless fruits and vegies #farmersmarkets here we come!

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Solving the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation

Solving the World Water Crisis Requires International Cooperation | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Finding solutions to the world water crisis demands cooperation at the international, national, regional and local levels.

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Living Machines, Plant-Based Waste Water Treatment | BiophilicCities

Living Machines, Plant-Based Waste Water Treatment | BiophilicCities | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Across the United States, and in many other countries, we have begun to feel the strain that our crumbling infrastructure has on our economy and daily lives. Replacing large, centralized infrastructure is costly, highly political, and frequently sees no payback. Many localities are incentivizing point-source reductions in water and energy consumption and production of waste. In the case of the latter, Living Machines are used to treat the waste water produced within a building’s envelope. When operating properly, Living Machines  can significantly reduce the total water demand by treating the waste water generated and recycling it throughout the building for non-consumptive uses.

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Forward Thinking In The 21st Century

Forward Thinking In The 21st Century | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

Now the smart money is taking another approach: Working under the assumption that climate change is inevitable, Wall Street firms are investing in businesses that will profit as the planet gets hotter...

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Majority of British children will soon be growing up in families struggling 'below the breadline', Government warned

Majority of British children will soon be growing up in families struggling 'below the breadline', Government warned | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The majority of British children will soon be growing up in families which are struggling “below the breadline” because of welfare cuts, tax rises and wage freezes, the Government is warned today.
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Advancing Sustainability with Inspiring Visions of the Future

Advancing Sustainability with Inspiring Visions of the Future | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
The use of visions in sustainability is not new, but design-driven visions might be. However, the sustainability narrative is fundamentally negative – apocalyptic, doom and gloom - and designers ha...
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Forget Peak Oil, We’re At Peak Everything

Forget Peak Oil, We’re At Peak Everything | The Big Picture | Scoop.it
Peak oil is the concept that new discoveries of commercially exploitable oil resources do not keep pace with growing demand. By extrapolating the data, you can estimate when we will run out of it for all practical purposes.
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British farming in crisis as crop losses from 'relentless' floods pile up woes

British farming in crisis as crop losses from 'relentless' floods pile up woes | The Big Picture | Scoop.it

It is an issue that can become only ever more pressing: it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 9 billion people in the world. How to feed them will become one of the most urgent concerns facing national governments. "There's going to be increased global competition, so having strong domestic supply will help insulate us," the NFU's Bicknell said.

After a disastrous 2012, farmers now sense the wind may be changing. The horsemeat scandal has underlined the problems that come when squeezed margins and complex, international food chains collide.

A backlash could be on the cards. Watkins says the butchers of Elgar country are reporting brisk trade as more consumers reappraise the way they value food. Such a trend has been building for years, but maybe 2013 is set to become a tipping point.

 

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Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds

Roundup-resistant weeds colonized sixty million US acres in 2012 - up fifty percent from the year before. Last year’s drought took a big bite out of the two most prodigious US crops, corn and soy. But it apparently didn’t slow down the spread of weeds that have developed resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), used on crops engineered by Monsanto to resist it. More than seventy percent of all the the corn, soy, and cotton grown in the US is now genetically modified to withstand glyphosate.

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