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Where the solar revolution came from – and where it will take us

A new book by solar pioneer Peter Varadi charts the history of solar PV and looks ahead to what our solar-powered energy future might look like.

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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | biomimicry | 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.”


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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.  

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OneZoom: A Fractal Explorer for the Tree of Life

OneZoom: A Fractal Explorer for the Tree of Life | biomimicry | Scoop.it
PLOS Biology is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that features works of exceptional significance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface with other disciplines.

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Rewilding the World

On October 8th 2014 acclaimed writer, George Monbiot and the inspiring conservationist Alan Featherstone, Executive Director of Trees for Life presented their ideas on the concept of 'rewilding' to a sold out lecture room at the University of Edinburgh. In itself it was encouraging to see that their were so many people interested in what these men had to share, that there weren't even enough seats available.

 

Monbiot and Featherstone, who come from very different backgrounds, set out to to describe their perspectives on the social, ecological and developmental benefits of rewilding, including the return of 'keystone species' to degraded habitats across the globe. They also explained how their own experience and connection to the natural world had inspired them to pursue their mission to connect people to nature and to their cause to improve the quality of the natural world left around us.

 

If you follow this link you will be able to watch Monbiot's and Featherstone's lecture:

http://www.sustainability.ed.ac.uk/events/series/visions/rewilding

 


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Earthen musings under the red moon: Photo

Earthen musings under the red moon: Photo | biomimicry | Scoop.it

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