Friday, February 27, 2015

SDGs fail to address interlinkages between goals and targets - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog

SDGs fail to address interlinkages between goals and targets - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog: "Care must be taken to simultaneously defeat hunger, increase agricultural productivity and avoid adverse impacts on the natural resource base. If we do not address key interlinkages among goals and targets, and reduce tradeoffs, several goals will remain out of reach of the poorest.

For example, an increase in agricultural land to help end hunger can lead to biodiversity loss, as well as overuse and/or pollution of water resources and downstream (likely negative) effects on marine resources, which in turn could exacerbate food security concerns."



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Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons: "At the same time, and often with our help, governments and other institutions, including those representing all religions, are taking steps to reaffirm the universal human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. So while this fight is not yet won, this is no time to get discouraged. It’s time to stay active. It’s time to assert the equality and dignity of all persons, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. And with Randy helping to lead our efforts, I am confident that’s exactly what we can and will do."



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Most dangerous transport systems for women

Most dangerous transport systems for women: "The poll was conducted in 15 of the world's largest capitals and in New York, the most populous city in the United States.
Polling could not be conducted in five of the largest capitals - Cairo, Dhaka, Kinshasa, Tehran and Baghdad - due to conflict or
YouGov and its polling partners unable to guarantee the necessary online sample of women."



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Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34bln per year

Floods, storms and heat projected to cost SE Asia $34bln per year: "Falling crop yields, damage to infrastructure and heat-related illnesses brought on by climate change could cost the four Southeast Asian countries of the lower Mekong River basin $34 billion per year, researchers say.

Southeast Asia is one of the regions hardest hit by the impacts of climate change, such as floods, typhoons, droughts and saltwater intrusion - when seawater flows up rivers, threatening agriculture and infrastructure.

A report released on Monday found that climate change could cost Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam $16 billion per year in lost worker productivity, crop production and natural resource assets, plus $18 billion in infrastructure damage because of flooding, storms and extreme heat."



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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Oregon’s Kate Brown will be the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.

Oregon’s Kate Brown will be the nation’s first openly bisexual governor.: "When Kate Brown, Oregon’s current secretary of state, becomes governor next Wednesday, she will be the nation’s first openly bisexual person—and second LGBT person after New Jersey’s Jim McGreevey, who came out as gay just before stepping down amid scandal in 2004—to hold that office. Brown will take the place of current Gov. John Kitzhaber, who announced on Friday that he is resigning over corruption allegations involving his fiancĂ©e, Cylvia Hayes. "



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'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died

'Shark Lady' Eugenie Clark, Famed Marine Biologist, Has Died: "Clark pursued her dream to be an ocean explorer, earning a B.A. in zoology from Hunter College in 1942 and a master's and Ph.D. from New York University. She had hoped to attend Columbia University, her first choice for postdoctoral studies, but a scientist there told her, "If you do finish, you will probably get married, have a bunch of kids, and never do anything in science after we have invested our time and money in you.""



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Google Plans New Headquarters, and a City Fears Being Overrun - NYTimes.com

Google Plans New Headquarters, and a City Fears Being Overrun - NYTimes.com: "MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Apple is moving into Silicon Valley headquarters that look like a spaceship. Facebook is expanding its campus with a new building designed by Frank Gehry. Now it’s Google’s turn.

This week, Google, the search giant, is expected to propose new headquarters — a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels, a Danish architect known for his innovative designs.

The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city."



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