Friday, March 27, 2015

3 ways to engage, empower and activate environmentally minded youth | Devex

3 ways to engage, empower and activate environmentally minded youth | Devex: "I co-founded and run an environmental education and youth leadership nonprofit called EarthEcho International. While some may think that makes me biased on the subjects of youth and environment, I would argue it just makes me well-informed. You see, when we first started EarthEcho more than 10 years ago, we — like many other environmental organizations — thought awareness was the key. We soon discovered that young people possess a curiosity and drive that requires more than simple awareness — they want to take action, they want to have an impact. And that’s where the rest of us come in.

As environmental advocates, educators, community and corporate leaders and citizens, there are three things we can do to help young learners and leaders have a profound impact on the environment and the future: engage, empower and activate."



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The 50 smartest private high schools in the US - Business Insider

The 50 smartest private high schools in the US - Business Insider: "Beautiful campuses and strong athletics are important, but for the best schools, it always comes down to the academics.

Our friends at Niche created a list of the smartest private high schools in America.

Niche determined the bulk of the rankings by weighing each school’s composite SAT/ACT score, the average score of the colleges attended by graduates, and the percentage of graduates who go on to attend a four-year college. You can read more about Niche’s methodology here.

Here are the top 50 schools, presented with their composite SAT range, which refers to the range of SAT scores that correspond with the school’s composite ACT score."



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California Seeks to Head Off Initiative to Execute Gays - NYTimes.com

California Seeks to Head Off Initiative to Execute Gays - NYTimes.com: "“It is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians,” she said. “This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible and has no place in a civil society.”

The highly unusual announcement by Ms. Harris — by all appearances, California law gives no discretion to the attorney general in handling these kind of initiatives — comes as gay groups and others have called on her to block the measure. Ms. Harris, who was just elected to a second term, announced earlier this year that she would run for the Senate in 2016.

In her statement, Ms. Harris signaled her absence of legal options as she threw the ball to the courts. “If the court does not grant this relief,” she said, “my office will be forced to issue a title and summary for a proposal that seeks to legalize discrimination and vigilantism.”"



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Detail | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Detail | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: "Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.



 The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.



 “The work of these six countries in this regional initiative, and their outcomes, will be pivotal in finding ways to increase food production sustainably – something we must do in the course of the next generation – if we are to meet the needs and expectations of a seafood-hungry planet,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative.



 “FAO predicts that by 2050 the world will need to increase food production by an average of 60 percent globally and 77 percent in developing countries,” Konuma said. “Changing diets are also increasing demand for more fish. But further intensification of aquaculture must be ecologically sustainable – we must achieve ‘Blue Growth’.”"



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Monday, March 23, 2015

7 Things To Do If You're Feeling Overwhelmed - Forbes

7 Things To Do If You're Feeling Overwhelmed - Forbes: "Here’s a suggestion:  make sure that  everyone in a meeting knows “TTOG” – topic, time, owner, goal.  That is, What are we talking about? How long are we going to spend on it? Who’s responsible for it? (that is, who’s ‘on point’ for moving it forward), and – this one’s important – Why are we discussing it?  If you make a habit of clarifying these things (or asking others to clarify it for meetings they own)  everyone’s time will be much better spent."



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The longest-lived animals on Earth, in one chart - Vox

The longest-lived animals on Earth, in one chart - Vox: "When you think of animals that can live a really long time, you probably think of tortoises and parrots.

The ocean quahog — a species of clam that lives in the North Atlantic — likely doesn't come to mind.

But this chart by Niall McCarthy, based off data collected by Discovery News, shows an interesting point: almost all of the longest-lived animals on Earth are in the ocean. And several of them can survive for two centuries or more."



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A lawyer in California is pushing a ballot measure to legalize killing gay people - Vox

A lawyer in California is pushing a ballot measure to legalize killing gay people - Vox: "A California lawyer proposed a ballot initiative to legalize the execution of gay and lesbian people in the state.
The measure isn't expected to end up on the ballot, since it's clearly unconstitutional, but it's drawing attention to California's bizarre ballot initiative process.
California's attorney general is likely required by law to clear the initiative. But the state's Supreme Court is likely to step in and stop the measure, particularly if the proposal gets enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
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