President Donald Trump is taking steps to solidify his evangelical base by reaffirming students’ rights to pray in public schools and giving religious organizations easier access to federal programs. (Jan. 16)
From the Pacific Northwest to the shores of the Atlantic seaboard, the breadth and scope of America is like no other place on Earth. Travel with geoscientists and explore how time and the forces of nature have shaped the continent and influence the life in the United States. Episode 3 of the 4-part Faces of Earth series.
Spain’s water crisis and illegal water extraction is having fatal consequences, not only for the environment. There are believed to be a million illegal boreholes in Spain, used to irrigate agricultural zones. Last year, a toddler died after falling into an open borehole near Malaga, Spain. Felipe Fuentelsaz is an activist campaigning against illegal boreholes and water extraction and pushing for sustainable water usage, hoping to improve awareness of the issue among both farmers and consumers. For the past 16 years, Felipe has been using satellite imaging to locate illegal boreholes and agricultural zones, which he then reports to the local water authority. But so far his efforts have had little impact. He is mainly active in the Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is under threat because some 1,000 illegal boreholes have been drilled here for fruit cultivation. 30 percent of the EU’s strawberry production is located in the region. Groundwater levels in the park have fallen dramatically as a result of the illegal wells: its marshes, streams, rivers and lagoons are increasingly dry. Felipe Fuentelsaz believes that Europe uses too much water, and is determined to help bring about improved management of water resources. But Spain faces a dilemma: the country is still struggling with the fallout from the financial crisis and its economy relies heavily on agriculture, one of its few stable economic sectors. But export commodities such as fruit and vegetables are highly water-intensive.
How do you effectively lead sustainability initiatives and build a strong business case for sustainability in your organization? Learn from Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh, senior sustainability scientist at ASU.
So with synthetic biology we use that term to where we turn micro organisms into factories. So, I’ll give you a stark example that in the 1980s a chemical company in Japan called Showa Denko, K.K. took bacteria and the bacteria produced L-Tryptophan, which they sold on the American market. But after the bacteria produced stuff, they’d have to add other things into the mixture. So he said, let’s just genetically engineer the bacteria by adding a different gene that produces something that we wanted to add to the VAT anyway. And then a year later let’s do another gene and let’s do another gene. And they weren’t aware that the number one result of genetic engineering is surprise side effects. And it ended up having contaminants, very small amounts 0.1% 0.01%, five or six contaminants. The L-Tryptophan past the U S pharmacological standard of purity, but it also killed about a hundred Americans and caused 5 to 10,000 to become sick or permanently disabled.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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