The times we live in . . .

25th February 2013

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11th May 2012

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Article: How much water is on the Earth? This image explains it perfectly →

How much water is on the Earth? This image explains it perfectly

4th May 2012

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fastcompany:

“Edel was interested in ways of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the city,” explains Melanie Hoekstra, director of operations at The Plant. The building is uniquely suited to food production; it contains food-grade materials (these allow for legal and safe food preparation) because of its meatpacking history. Instead of combining farming with other types of manufacturing, The Plant is sticking entirely to food—and lots of it.

A Meatpacking Plant Transformed Into A Vertical Farm

Repurposing urban and industrial spaces. Being creative.

Source: fastcoexist.com

3rd May 2012

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3rd May 2012

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A visual for the current state of worldwide development. (SOURCE: NASA)
This is where we are. Where do we want to be 100 years from now and how do we get there from here?

A visual for the current state of worldwide development. (SOURCE: NASA)

This is where we are. Where do we want to be 100 years from now and how do we get there from here?

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3rd May 2012

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How Chemicals Change Us - NYTimes.com →

Scientists are observing with increasing alarm that some very common hormone-mimicking chemicals can have grotesque effects.

Nicholas D. Kristof

29th April 2012

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Article: Technology is creating a world without strangers →

Technology is creating a world without strangers

Collaboration and real world communication with neighbors will make our lives better. Hiding behind walls and shuttered windows watching TV is a lonely way of life.

Right?

29th April 2012

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America's 10 most polluted cities, 2012 - Yahoo! Real Estate →

Transitioning to a hydrogen and natural gas based economy, and improving controls in industrial processes to reduce toxic emissions are imperative - sooner rather than later.

27th April 2012

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Adjusting to Life in a Hyperconnected World →

smarterplanet:

Adjusting to Life in a Hyperconnected World

In the spring of 1997, during a presentation in Paris on IBM’s new e-business strategy, the CIO of a major European retail chain mentioned that his company had just spent a lot of money remodeling their stores.  He was wondering if they had done the right thing, given all this new economy talk.  We were in the middle of the dot-com frenzy, and the buzz in the air was that in the Internet-based new economy, brick-and-mortar businesses, like other businesses grounded in the physical world, could not possibly compete in this fast-moving digital space and were therefore headed for extinction. 

Similar questions were being raised all around us.  In my local library, in whose advisory council I have been serving since those days, we were making plans to leverage the new Internet capabilities, such as introducing an online catalog and providing wireless Internet access in the library building.  But we were also wondering if a library building would be needed at all in the future, given the growing digitization of books, music, videos and just about all content. 

As it has turned out, the Internet, along with the overall digital revolution has proven to be a transformation of truehistorical proportions, propelling us from the industrial society of the past two centuries to a new kind of information society and knowledge-based economy.  But, it has not quite worked out the way some predicted back in those dot-com bubble days.

The physical world continues to be alive and well.  No one is asking questions about the viability of cities, given that people can now work and shop virtually.  To the contrary, urbanization is one of the biggest trends of the 21st century.  According to the UN Population Division, more people now live in urban areas than in rural areas.  That proportion will rise to over over 60 percent by 2030, and close to 70 percent by 2050.  Over the next four decades, all the world’s population growth will take place in urban areas, in addition to the continuing migration of the rural population to cities. 

Furthermore, the Web has evolved toward its Web 2.0social networking phase.  And, these social networking capabilities have reminded us that humans are inherently social.  We get together, establish communities and organize into a wide variety of institutions to get things done more effectively.  We like to communicate, share ideas and learn from each other. 

(read more on Irving’s blog)

27th April 2012

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Report finds wave of Mexican immigration to U.S. has ended: The study by the Pew Hispanic Center cites the economic downturn and increased enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border as factors in the drop in the number of Mexicans coming to the country.
Photo: Migrants thread their way along footpaths just north of the Mexico-Arizona border in 2007. A new report says immigration from Mexico has come to a statistical standstill. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Report finds wave of Mexican immigration to U.S. has ended: The study by the Pew Hispanic Center cites the economic downturn and increased enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border as factors in the drop in the number of Mexicans coming to the country.

Photo: Migrants thread their way along footpaths just north of the Mexico-Arizona border in 2007. A new report says immigration from Mexico has come to a statistical standstill. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

22nd April 2012

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Africa sitting on sea of groundwater reserves →

Africa sitting on sea of groundwater reserves

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22nd April 2012

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Air pollution prematurely killing 13,000 people a year in Britain, says MIT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/20/air-pollution-killing-13000-people-year

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Air pollution prematurely killing 13,000 people a year in Britain, says MIT
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/apr/20/air-pollution-killing-13000-people-year

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22nd April 2012

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22nd April 2012

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alexwukoson:

Our beautiful mess. Happy Earth Day.

alexwukoson:

Our beautiful mess. Happy Earth Day.

22nd April 2012

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ninaalalala:

“We live in profit-driven economies that often fail to create the most effective method of efficiently utilizing natural resources to satisfy the needs of humanity. As a result, some places get more resources than necessary, while others barely get any resources A perfect example of inefficiency is food distribution. Some countries get too much food, while others get barely enough.

I don’t have the answers, but to encourage an effort in creating solutions, I used my refugee experience of living a simpler life, as a scenario of what life might be like for our children & grandchildren if economies collapsed, due to the our inability to efficiently utilize natural resources. This series is meant to bring you out of your comfort zone to help you rekindle your appreciation for the little things in your life & provide some food for thought.”

Artworks by Boris Pelcer