Dubai is showing off its latest wonder, a floating villa in the middle of the ocean. The Floating Seahorse – as it is known – features an underwater bedroom with a view of transplanted coral and the waters of the Persian Gulf. The glass walls of the living and dining room open out on to a deck that has a netting area which allows a look at the water below.
Cornell sociologist Kim Weeden joined a panel discussion on how to combat economic inequality as the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. Weeden outlines how the cycle of inequality perpetuates from generation to generation in three different spheres: family, school, and neighborhoods.
Did you happen to know that there was a pretty massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last week? Because the corporate media definitely didn’t get the memo. Nearly 90,000 gallons of oil was spilled out of a Shell oil rig. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
What do you do with 2,000 pounds of produce that’s perfectly edible but a little blemished? You could throw it out, contributing to the massive food waste problem, which results in roughly a third of the world’s food supply going to waste. Or you could collect it, chop it up, and cook it into a meal for more than 5,000 people. That’s what volunteers in Washington, D.C., did as part of the Feeding the 5000 campaign, which has held similar events around the world to draw attention to food waste.
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis discusses what he believes will happen in the next round of negotiations between the European Union and Greece and explains what he feels is fundamentally wrong with the terms upon which those negotiations will proceed.
Watch economist Yanis Varoufakis in our latest RSA Spotlight – the edits which take you straight to the heart of the event! Loved this snippet? Watch the full replay: https://youtu.be/L5AUAIzciLE
Today, there are 795 million hungry people in the world. Food is a basic human right, yet this right is violated every day. The magnitude and impact of crises and disasters is increasing. The poorest and hungry are less able to absorb, recover and adapt. 75 % of the poorest populations rely on agriculture for their food and income. Livelihoods that depend on agriculture are on the front line of protracted crises, food chain emergencies and natural hazards and climate-related disasters. When a climate-related disaster strikes, 25 % of the total damage and losses are absorbed by the agriculture sector.
Protecting, saving & restoring agricultural livelihoods is central to FAO’s work around the world. We must take action in 4 areas: govern crises and disaster risk, early warning for early action, reduce community vulnerability, and prepare and respond. We must take action at all levels: local, national, regional, and global.
Building resilience bridges short-term humanitarian aid and long-term development interventions. Building resilience brings together risk reduction and crisis management. It must work across all sectors of agriculture: livestock, fisheries, forestry.
To achieve Zero Hunger, we need to ensure access to food, conserve natural resources, and slow the pace of climate change.
With resilient livelihoods, we can eradicate hunger, for present and future generations.
For more than 60 years, Ecuador’s oil industry has centered on reserves underneath the amazon jungle. But while oil has helped boost the country’s economy, pollution and land invasions have had a devastating impact on indigenous groups like the Waorani.
May 20, 2016 Headlines
In Oregon, residents of Hood River County have voted to block Nestlé Waters from building a $50 million bottling plant that would have sucked 100 million gallons of water out of Oxbow Springs each year. The ballot initiative, which was passed Tuesday, bans all large water bottling operations in the county.
May 20, 2016 Headlines
In India, a severe heat wave has shattered the national benchmark for the hottest day on record, as the temperature in the city of Phalodi topped a staggering 123 degrees Fahrenheit. Several hundred people have died so far from the extreme temperatures across India. Increasingly deadly heat waves have been linked to climate change.
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