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From Vacant City Lots to Food On the Table

October 16, 2010

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Once a month, Latino and African American families–often people who live just a few blocks from each other but rarely had a chance to meet in the past–gather at the garden and have a barbecue. Tomatoes, chard, and corn grow in raised beds across the street. Muslim families from the local mosque just a few […]

The Great Melt: The Coming Transformation of the Arctic

October 16, 2010

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The big, once-unthinkable question is not if—but when—the ice will disappear completely each summer. Predicting such a monumental shift is a tricky business. When the ice collapsed in the summer of 2007, scientists were caught napping. The ice shrank to an area that climate models predicted we would not see until 2055. Some estimates on […]

World job crisis is a threat to democracy, says IMF head

October 12, 2010

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The International Monetary Fund was seeking to defuse growing tensions over global currencies yesterday amid fears that the US will respond to its stubbornly high unemployment figures by slapping tariffs on Chinese goods. via World job crisis is a threat to democracy, says IMF head | Business | The Observer.

Fears of Chinese land grab as Beijing’s billions buy up resources

October 3, 2010

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While much of the developed world is baulking at its debts in the aftermath of the financial crisis, China has continued a global spending spree of unprecedented proportions, snapping up everything from oil and gas reserves to mining concessions to agricultural land, with vast reserves of US dollars. This year alone, Chinese companies have laid […]

GM maize ‘has polluted rivers across the United States’

October 3, 2010

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“Our research adds to the growing body of evidence that corn crop byproducts can be dispersed throughout a stream network, and that the compounds associated with genetically modified crops, such as insecticidal proteins, can enter nearby water bodies,” said Emma Rosi-Marshall of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. via GM maize […]