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It may be the 21st century, but nearly half the world’s population still cooks and heats with open fires or primitive stoves that burn wood, animal dung, charcoal and other polluting solid fuels. The article in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology describes impressive progress being made to ... keep reading
Copşa Mică was virtually unheard of in its own country until the fall of communist dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, in 1989, opened Romania's borders to international media. Some newspapers called it the most polluted town in the world, and a photo of its soot-covered inhabitants even made the front cover ... keep reading
Today is Global Sharing Day 2013, the second annual event that is dedicated to sharing more of everything in our lives as part of a solution to our most complex global problems. As pioneered by The People Who Share, this is notably the first worldwide event to hail the importance ... keep reading
Our ocean is changing rapidly from the burning of fossil fuels. Last week an unfortunate milestone was reached, carbon dioxide levels in the air passed 400 parts per million (ppm) according to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. These results mark the highest carbon dioxide levels in human history and ... keep reading
March 2012 set records for warm temperatures that promoted early leafing and flowering across large areas of the United States. A team of scientists at the USA National Phenology Network, which is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, have published a studywhich shows that 2012 was the earliest ... keep reading
Enoughness... it's an interesting concept...an alternative to the Western World View . - 40% of the Earth’s resources owned by 1% of the population.- The combined wealth of the three richest men in the world exceeds the total GDP of the poorest 47 counties.3.5 billion people survive ... keep reading
Sea-level rise—a growing threat that washes away beaches, attacks costal development, and raises the platform for launching ever more damaging and deadly storm surges—can be cut significantly by reducing local air pollution from black carbon, methane, and tropospheric ozone, along with factory-made coolants called HFCs. This is the ... keep reading
Six sustainable development goals, informed by research and with provisional targets for 2030, are proposed by David Griggs and colleagues in a Nature Comment piece to inform discussions at the United Nations in New York on 20–21 March. “Planetary stability must be integrated with United Nations targets to fight ... keep reading
It may be the 21st century, with all its technological marvels, but 6 out of every 10 people on Earth still do not have access to flush toilets or other adequate sanitation that protects the user and the surrounding community from harmful health effects, a new study has found ... keep reading
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