Land law is essential to food security
Apr29

Land law is essential to food security

The most common form of culture shock for Peace Corps Volunteers after service is grocery stores. When you go from a country with only two types of pasta, 5 different beers, and habitually drinking Nestle Nido dried milk to a Whole Foods with 200 different salad dressings or 500 different beers from around the world, you enter paralysis. I was ready for “grocery shock” when coming home, but what I wasn’t ready for was driving. I had...

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Hamburg’s wastewater solution of the future
Apr16

Hamburg’s wastewater solution of the future

According to UNESCO, poor wastewater management, or lack of it, means that only 20% of global wastewater receives proper treatment. With wastewater directly impacting biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems, disrupting their integrity and services humans rely on for health and economic development, UN-Water has called for wastewater to be considered as part of an integrated, full-lifecycle, ecosystem-based management system that operates...

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The green economy powers Africa forward
Apr16

The green economy powers Africa forward

The statistics are impressive: Africa’s combined GDP is more than $2 trillion dollars, the continent is home to seven of the world’s fastest growing economies and 70% of the population is 25 years or younger and hungry for growth and innovation. Africa’s economy is booming Over the past decade Africa has been one of the world’s fastest-growing continents with an average growth rate of more than 5%, partly due to improved governance...

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The circular economy in Europe
Apr16

The circular economy in Europe

In Europe there is a move towards a ‘circular economy’ where existing materials and products are reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled. In other words what was once regarded as waste can be turned into a resource, with many economic and environmental benefits. Two leading examples of countries adopting circular economy policies are the Netherlands and UK. The circular economy in Europe At the EU-level, resource productivity in...

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San Diego developing alternative water supplies
Apr16

San Diego developing alternative water supplies

San Diego faces numerous challenges from climate change including increased temperatures resulting in more hotter and drier days, more prolonged heat waves, and more frequent droughts reducing availability of freshwater resources. In addition to reduced water availability from climate change, San Diego is challenged by increasing demand for water – by 2035, the San Diego County Water Authority projects an increase in demand of 20%...

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