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For all the tea in Kenya

The Kenyan tea industry is an excellent reminder that insurance does not just follow growth in Africa – it is fundamental ...

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How do you feed the world without starving the planet?

This headline on cnn.com caught my attention for a number of reasons. One, I just attended the Swiss Re ...

STORY URL: How do you feed the world without starving the planet?
With 7.1 billion mouths to feed, and plenty more on the way, the world needs to find new ways to feed its citizens.

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Food security and inequality: something's got to give

Being able to sit in on a 'fishbowl' dialogue session on the topic of food security at Swiss Re's 150 ...

STORY URL: How to Double Global Food Production by 2050 and Reduce Environmental Damage: Scientific American
Five steps, reflected in the maps below, could be taken to help feed the large population predicted for 2050 as well as reduce the sizeable harm agriculture imposes

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Does environmental protection bury the nuclear phase-out?

As potential solutions for a nuclear phase-out in Switzerland become more concrete, they reveal a trade-off for environmental groups and ...

STORY URL: Energiewende: Grüner Atomausstieg liegt noch in weiter Ferne - Schweiz Nachrichten - NZZ.ch
Ein neuer Bewertungsindex der Umweltverbände beurteilt die Umsetzung des Atomausstiegs kritisch. Dabei zeigen sich auch ökologische Zielkonflikte. Der Index selbst dürfte die Harmonie zwischen den...

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"Freaky food" label to help cut food waste

My local supermarket, the Swiss supermarket chain Coop, has just launched a new brand of food. Food sold under the ...

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Fracking

There's a huge amount of noise in the media around fracking in the UK media - inevitable with the recent protests ...

STORY URL: How safe is fracking?
DOZENS of protesters, including a member of parliament, were arrested on August 19th during demonstrations around Britain against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking....

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A new emerging risk?

The problem isn't that our oil reserves will run out one day because demand will outstrip supply. The problem is ...

STORY URL: http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21582516-worlds-thirst-oil-could-be-nearing-peak-bad-news-producers-excellent

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We need energy independence

Renewable energy, our saviour! If only everyone was for renewable energy and used renewable energy then the world would be ...

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Pesticide hazards

George Monbiot writes in the Guardian about the risk posed by Neonicotinoids, a widely used insecticide: http://www.theguardian.com ...

STORY URL: Neonicotinoids are the new DDT killing the natural world
George Monbiot: UK is collaborating in peddling the corporate line that the toxic insecticides are safe to use – they are anything but

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Changing the norm, rewriting the rules

South African social and serial entrepreneur Vuyisa Qabaka shares his hope that humanity embraces a socially charged mindest. Among many ...

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Bees: food supply = canary: coalmine?

Back in the spring, it seemed like I couldn’t visit my inbox or facebook stream without receiving requests to ...

STORY URL: Dennis vanEngelsdorp: A plea for bees | Video on TED.com
Bees are dying in droves. Why? Leading apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp looks at the gentle, misunderstood creature's important place in nature and the mystery behind its alarming disappearance.

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Seoul shows the way

The first time I came to live and work in Zurich, I was amazed by the city's first-rate public transport ...

STORY URL: C40 Cities: Seoul Car-Free Days Have Reduced CO2 Emissions by 10% Annually
Seoul's Weekly No Driving Day program is improving air quality, congestion and saving energy. Every year, two million cars stay off the road – decreasing traffic volume by 3.7%. CO2 vehicle emissi...

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Inspiring the next generation

Since 2007, New York Sun Works (NY Sun Works) has been inspiring urban students to think differently about everything from ...

STORY URL: New York Sun Works
http://nysunworks.org/

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Casual paper

Some colleagues of mine have been having a discussion about which might be the lesser of two evils. Here at ...

STORY URL: Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | Video on TED.com
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique. ...

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Making the best of a bad habit

Over 7 million tons of food are thrown away in the UK on an annual basis, according to the Waste ...

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