Kongjian Yu ~ Big Feet Revolution:

UrbanNext | GPE – March 22, 2018: In this short film, which is an excerpt of an interview produced during the symposium “Decoding Asian Urbanism” held at the South Asian Institute at Harvard University, landscape architect Kongjian Yu talks about how ecological lifestyles demand for a new set of aesthetic values. For more videos from urbanNext on Vimeo – please…

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Turning Cities Into Sponges ~ How Chinese Ancient Wisdom Is Taking On Climate Change:

The Guardian | By: Brigid Delaney | March 21, 2018: Landscape architect Kongjian Yu is making ‘friends with water’ to mitigate extreme weather events in modern metropolises. How does a city cope with extreme weather? These days, urban planning that doesn’t factor in some sort of catastrophic weather event is like trying to build something in a fictional utopia. For…

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More Than 800m People Need To Travel 30 Mins For Safe Water, Report Finds:

The Guardian | By: Jonathan Watts | March 21, 2018: To mark World Water Day, NGO says accessing water is getting more difficult in world’s most environmentally stressed nations. Water inequality is increasing in the world’s most environmentally stressed nations, warn the authors of a report that shows more than 800 million people need to travel and queue for at…

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Egypt’s Nile River Pressured By Population Growth, Rising Sea Level:

Circle Of Blue | By: Kayla Ritter | March 21, 2018: Threats to the Nile and explosive population growth are pushing Egypt toward severe water scarcity. The Rundown: The Nile River is a bountiful source of water for Egypt, but threats to the waterway and explosive population growth are pushing the country toward severe water scarcity. Upstream of Egypt, Ethiopia…

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Do Electrified Villages In Developing Regions Need Microgrids?

Renewable Energy World | By: Jennifer Delony | GPE – March 22, 2018: A new video produced with support from international development agency USAID takes a closer look at microgrid development in India and the need to bring these independent solar and battery-based systems to villages already connected to the main grid. Originally published March 16, 2018: Despite having access…

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An Effective Herbal Treatment For Malaria?

Jeunes Patriotes Congolais | GPE – March 21, 2018: The video (in French) presents the work of Jérôme Munyangi, a Congolese Physician-Researcher based in Maniema for the purpose of finding a healing plant that will be effective against malaria. A team of Democratic Republic of Congo doctors, Jerome Munyangi and Michel Idumbo, conducted large-scale randomized clinical trials in the province…

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Facebook Fallout In Focus As EU Presses U.S. Over Data:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Natalia Drozdiak | March 20. 2018: European Union’s justice chief is meeting U.S. officials over privacy issues this week. The European Union’s top justice official is set to quiz her U.S. counterparts over privacy issues on a visit to Washington this week made more timely by fallout over Facebook Inc.’s handling of personal data.…

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Facebook’s Identity Crisis Looms:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Christopher Mims | March 20, 2018: The company’s core business continues to prove vulnerable to exploitation by spammers and bad actors; meanwhile our personal data remains at risk. The mountain of evidence piling up this week exposes the rot at the core of Facebook Inc. Facebook’s troubling relationship with personal data, and the way…

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Fourth Wave Environmentalism Fully Embraces Business:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Fred Krupp | March 20, 2018: Multilateral corporate partnerships and market-based approaches have become standard practice. American corporations began joining with environmental groups to increase sustainability nearly 30 years ago. This trend was still on the horizon in 1986 when I wrote an op-ed for this page describing an emerging style of environmentalism dedicated…

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Facebook’s Lax Data Policies Led To Cambridge Analytica Crisis:

The Wall Street Journal | By: Kirsten Grind | March 20, 2018: Social-media giant’s loose policing of app developers went on for years. Facebook Inc.’s loose approach to policing how app creators and others deployed its user data persisted for years, including after a 2015 effort by the social network to restrict access, according to court documents and people familiar…

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Solar Power Successfully Shared In Mini Grid Trial:

Sustainability Matters | GPE – March 20, 2018: Power reliability is looking more promising after AusNet Services’ mini grid trial in Mooroolbark, Victoria, recently passed a new milestone, demonstrating that batteries and solar shared on the network can be orchestrated to power nearby homes during power outages. The milestone saw AusNet Services successfully separate the small, residential community from the…

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Facebook Security Chief Said To Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation:

The New York Times | By: Nicole Perlroth, Sheera Frenkel & Scott Shane | March 19, 2018: Facebook’s chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter. Mr. Stamos had been a strong…

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ESA Testing Detection Of Floating Plastic Litter From Orbit:

European Space Agency | March 19, 2018: The millions of tonnes of plastic ending up in the oceans every year are a global challenge. ESA is responding by looking at the detection of marine plastic litter from space, potentially charting its highest concentrations and understanding the gigantic scale of the problem. We dump around 10 million tonnes of plastic in…

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Facebook’s Role In Data Misuse Sets Off A Storm On Two Continents:

The New York Times | By: Matthew Rosenberg & Sheera Frenkel | March 18, 2018: Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts, has announced an investigation into Facebook and the data firm Cambridge Analytica. American and British lawmakers demanded on Sunday that Facebook explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest…

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The Real Adam Smith ~ Part 1 ~ Morality And Markets:

Free To Choose TV | By: Johan Norberg | GPE – March 17, 2018: Hour One: Morality & Markets, explores Smith’s life and role in the Scottish Enlightenment, his thoughts on empathy and how we distinguish right from wrong. French wine, Scottish whiskey, and freshly-baked scones all illustrate Smith’s economic principles. True wealth is defined. We discover Smith’s thoughts on…

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