Day Zero:

Vimeo | By: Jamie Hancock | GPE – May 12, 2018: Cape Town is currently suffering from a water crisis due to a number of different factors. The residents are having to cut their daily water usage down to a limit of 50 litres per day per person and on the most part are collectively achieving this. The management of…

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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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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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The No-Till Gardening Revolution ~ Why Farmers Are Putting Down Their Plows:

Return To Now | By: Sara Burrows | GPE – February 04, 2018: After thousands of years of turning the soil upside-down, farmers are finally realizing they’re killing the microorganisms that keep soil alive… Faced with losing the farm, more and more are converting to the ancient “no-till” methods of permaculture. Originally published January 27, 2018: In the no-till gardening…

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Democratic Republic Of Congo ~ UN Agencies In Urgent Bid To Prevent Famine In Kasai:

World Food Programme | GPE – January 27, 2018: KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Originally published January 17, 2018: Farmers – who fled…

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Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest ~ How Iran Fits An Alarming Pattern:

The New York Times | By: Somini Sengupta | GPE – January 27, 2018: UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria. Somalia. And now Iran. In each country, in different ways, a water crisis has triggered some combination of civil unrest, mass migration, insurgency or even full-scale war. Originally published January 18, 2018: In the era of climate change, their experiences hold…

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Why The World Population Will Never Exceed 11 Billion People:

THINK Global School | Hans Rosling | GPE – January 19, 2018: In part 5 of a 6-part lecture, Hans Rosling uses statistics to give an overview of population growth and an explanation of why the total human population will never exceed 11 billion, as others predict and fear. THINK Global School is a traveling high school where students live…

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Climate Change Effects On Conflict Are Complex, Tenuous, And Misunderstood:

Circle Of Blue | By: Codi Kozacek | GPE – January 16, 2018: Climate change is here, but will we fight over it? Originally published March 30, 2016: Research by renowned climate scientist James Hansen and an international team of researchers found in March 2016 that climate change could cause massive disruptions to global sea levels and weather patterns within…

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‘People Were Screaming’ ~ Troops Destroy $200,000 Aid Camps In Somalia:

The Guardian | By: Moulid Hujale | January 15, 2018: More than 4,000 people are homeless two weeks after security forces demolished camps sheltering internally displaced Somalis. Two weeks after being forcibly evicted from their shelters, thousands of vulnerable families are still living rough in the outskirts of Mogadishu. Somali security forces went in and destroyed 23 camps for internally…

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Denver Has A Plan For Its Many Luxury Apartments ~ Housing Subsidies:

Wall Street Journal | By: Laura Kusisto | January 08, 2018: The Lower Income Voucher Equity Program will help lower-income tenants pay the difference between what they can afford and the market rent. Denver has a plan for its glut of sparkling new, high-end rental apartments with amenities like gyms, roof decks and sometimes even pet spas: It will use…

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Habitat On The Edges ~ Making Room For Wildlife In An Urbanized World:

Yale Environment 360 | By: Richard Conniff | January 03, 2018: Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive. One morning not long ago, in the southern…

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5 Maps Show How Important Indigenous Peoples And Local Communities Are To The Environment:

World Resources Institute | By: Katie Reytar & Peter Veit | GPE – January 03, 2018: Indigenous Peoples and local communities are some of the best environmental stewards. Their livelihoods and cultures depend on forests, clean water and other natural resources, so they have strong incentives to sustainably manage their lands. Originally published December 20, 2017: Today LandMark, the first…

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Devastating Climate Change Could Lead To 1m Migrants A Year Entering EU By 2100:

The Guardian | By: Fiona Harvey | December 21, 2017: Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple. Climate change will drive a huge increase in the number of migrants seeking asylum in Europe if current…

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Restoration ~ One Of The Most Overlooked Opportunities For Economic Growth:

World Resources Institute | By: Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné & Andrés Anchondo Ortega | December 19, 2017: Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people — governments, NGOs, investors, the public — are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. Research shows that every $1…

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The Impacts Of Bringing Electricity To Rural & Vulnerable Populations:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | December 09, 2017: Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living…

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Why Companies Should Dip Their Toes In Clean Water (And Sanitation) ~ The Private Sector And SDG 6:

Pacific Institute: By: Abbey Warner | GPE – December 10, 2017: “Companies seeking to manage water-related business risks can and should contribute to improved water management and governance that is also in the public interest. If done responsibly, integrating private sector action into global policy frameworks and local implementation practices makes it possible for companies to contribute considerable resources and…

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Humanitarian Data Breaches ~ The Real Scandal Is Our Collective Inaction:

IRIN | By: Nathaniel A. Raymond, Daniel P. Scarnecchia & Stuart R. Campo | December 08, 2017: Why it’s time for an independent investigatory body. The news that a platform used by at least 11 major operational NGOs and UN agencies may be relatively easy to breach, potentially exposing the personal, location, and demographic data of tens of thousands of…

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America’s ‘Dirty Little Secret’ ~ The Texas Town That Has Been Without Running Water For Decades:

The Guardian | By: Oliver Milman | November 23, 2017: Sandbranch is a small, poor, largely African American community just outside Dallas but its residents have to rely on charitable donations of bottled water. It’s a sweltering Saturday in October and Pastor Eugene Keahey is becoming agitated. His flock live in a Texas town that hasn’t had running water in…

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