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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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Departure to new ideas

Awaiting my delayed flight home after facilitating a funding longer lives dialogue session in Zurich yesterday, I'm reflecting on the ...

STORY URL: Risk Window | Swiss Re
http://riskwindow.swissre.com/risk-window#qst=18;cnt=9;age=1

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Perceptions may not be reality? China vs. US survey views.

There is a wealth of data in the risk perceptions survey, and no doubt some of the results will be ...

STORY URL: Risk Window | Swiss Re
http://riskwindow.swissre.com/risk-window#qst=6;cnt=65538;age=1

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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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Mountain biking longevity

While mountain biking this morning at 6:15am along "the ridge" single track trail, which is both ...

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Australian baby boomers and retirement

Up to 40% of baby-boomers do not know when they would like to retire or when they expect to retire ...

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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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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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Who has the guts to change the system?

Organic farmer Wendy Peter explains why organic farming cannot be compared to industrial farming. She shares that large-scale industrial farming ...

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Monsun - unbürokratische Hilfe

In Indien profitieren heute mehr als 1,5 Millionen Bauern von Mikroversicherungen. Swiss Re bietet eine sogenannte Indexversicherung an. Das ...

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Ageing Asia - A Golden Opportunity

That the world is ageing is not news. But the ageing issue demands close attention in Asia, because the region ...

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Living to 110? Swiss Radio debate

Swiss Radio 2 (SRF2) have just finished a series of programmes on ageing and longevity. I was lucky enough to ...

STORY URL: Die langlebige Gesellschaft: Sind wir darauf eingestellt?
Wissenschaftlich ist klar: Wir werden in Zukunft länger und gesünder leben und das wird für die ganze Gesellschaft einschneidende Veränderungen mit sich bringen. Sind wir darauf eingestellt?

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India agrees on universal pension

Thousands of older people from across India gathered in New Delhi in March to peacefully protest for their rights to ...

STORY URL: India agrees on universal pension | Latest news | HelpAge International
The Government of India has made an unprecedented commitment to improve the Indira Ghandi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) and ensure every older person receives a pension.

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