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How the middle income choose to consume is decisive for our ecology

17 March 2011
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Pedro Walpole, SJ Consumption is not driven by the world’s population growth but by the availability of energy. Energy availability and consumption of a growing middle income level, which hardly existed 50 years ago, needs to be studied not just by marketing analysts, but by social analysts around the world for scenarios of where...
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Global food prices soar, attract speculators

15 February 2011
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José Ignacio Garcia The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced last 3 February that world food prices reached a record high last month, the highest since FAO started its global monthly tracking since 1990 through its Food Price Index. Obviously the situation is more worrying for least developed countries that need to resort...
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Sharing power

21 January 2011
Whakatane sea and landscape with Moutohora Island Reserve in sight.  Photo credit: Pedro Walpole

Pedro Walpole What is it to share power or transform it? The world is changing not through the newsbytes on global television but by the creeping ill feeling that much is wrong in how the world is operating and that we must go deeper to find meaning and right relation. This was the overriding...
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Cancún Conference on Climate Change reaches an unexpected agreement

14 December 2010
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The agreement reached late on the night of 10th December by the representatives of the 193 Parties to the Cancún Conference on Climate Change is a pleasing surprise, a breath of fresh air in the midst of the previous pessimism about debates on climate change. During the weeks previous to the conference, commentators...
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Breathtaking Figures: New Studies on Status and Economics of Earth’s Biodiversity

11 November 2010
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The general trends of the worldwide ecosystem degradation are commonly well-known for long. Among the most recent studies however, two documentations released on the occasion of the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity 2010 deliver new and mostly alarming figures on the real extent of the world’s biodiversity losses. And for the first...
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Environment Refugees’ Unclear Legal Status: New Approaches Urgently Needed, Study Says

15 October 2010
Shalom City Refugee Camp Kenya. Photo credit: MMFO.org

The phenomenon is well known since long, but concrete numbers are rare: more and more people are forced to relocate permanently from their homes, due to environmental degradation and ecosystem losses. Projections for 2050, released by the International Organization of Migration in 2008, range from 25 million to one billion people displaced by the consequences...
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MDG achievement in 2015 needs to include employment targets

15 September 2010
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Social investments in MDG achievement must include job and livelihood generation as financing MDG will increasingly depend on public and private investments and not on official development handouts. With the country’s unemployment rate reaching 8 percent last April, among the highest in Southeast Asia, around 3.1 million of an estimated labor force of 38.5 million...
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Western Pacific heading for rough weather and increased landslide risk

15 August 2010
Satellite image of Typhoon Morakot (Typhoon Kiko in the Philippines), August 2009

Last 22-25 June 2010, nearly a thousand scientists gathered at the Taipei International Conference Center to discuss the current understanding about the factors that induce such extreme events. Recent findings from the work of around 4,000 scholars were presented at the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting (http://www.agu.org/meetings/wp10/) in Taipei in the desire to understand...
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The GMO debate is open

15 July 2010
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The recent approval from the Commission of a GM potato springs the debate about the acceptance of this technology in Europe after many years of refusal. In March the European Commission authorized the cultivation of a genetically modified potato called Amflora, from the Basf company. This news would be unremarkable, except that it is...
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