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Climate Change

For millions of years, the global climate has fluctuated. However, the trajectory of climate change is being drastically altered by humanity. Our accelerated economic development is having a serious impact on the world's climate. Read on

Education for Sustainable Development

As defined by the Brundtland Commission, "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". The Brundtland Commission, formerly also known as the World Commission on Environment and Development was formed in 1983. Read on

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Genetically Modified Crops

Genetically modified crops (GM crops) are crops which have had their DNA altered in a way that does not occur naturally. Individual genes which promote durability or nutritional value are transferred from one organism to another to create biologically robust plants. Read on

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Overfishing

Global consumption of fish is outpacing natural production, posing a significant threat to marine ecosystems. Commercially valuable species such as tuna, swordfish, marlin, cod, halibut, skate, and flounder are fished at enormous quantities to the point where populations of said species are dangerously low. Read on

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Carbon Trading

Carbon trading essentially puts a price on a country's carbon emissions as a means of encouraging a reduction in greenhouse gases. Emerging countries such as China, Brazil and India are proving to be big players in the global carbon trading marketplace. Read on

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Land and Conflict

Up to one quarter of the world's population is estimated to be landless. For decades, indigenous people all around the globe have been fighting for their land rights. Although most people spend a large part of their lives in places where food is produced, they rarely own their own land. Read on

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Forests - Our Green Lungs

Forests all over the world are vanishing at an alarming rate. As the green lungs of Mother Earth, they are vital to our health and survival. The year 2011 was proclaimed by the United Nations as the "International Year of the Forest". Its aim was to promote awareness and knowledge about the conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of the present and future generations. Read on

Grow It Where You Live - Seeds in a Globalised World

Seeds, worldwide, are the basic material for food production. This basis is threatened by international seed companies which pressure the sector with the aim of privatising and monopolising it. More and more severe regulations affect the exchange of seeds or results in them being given away for free. Read on

Bitter Truth: Biodiversity and The Business of Food

2010 was the International Year of Biodiversity and offered the world the opportunity to reflect on the role of biodiversity in our daily lives – in fact our bodies and our selves. We rarely make the connection between biodiversity of plants and animals, which we celebrate in the wild and our culture of food and lifestyles. Read on

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Carbon Capture Storage Technology and India

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), or carbon sequestration, is a means of separating out carbon dioxide when burning fossil fuels, collecting it and subsequently “dumping” it underground or in the sea. CCS is an integrated concept which consists of three components comprising of CO2 capture, transport and storage (which also includes measurement, monitoring and verification). Read on

Garbage Sorting in China

With the ever-increasing amount of garbage piling up at a speed which exceeds the capacities of landfills and incinerators ability to accomodate it, the Chinese authority now seeks to deal with the problem at the source. Garbage sorting has started already in the big cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen and is headed to some local communities, only this time the implementation will come with strict regulations and penalties. Read on