Monthly Archives: October 2016

Tapping into Volcanos to Find New Renewable Energy Sources
By admin October 31, 2016

In an era of increasing global warming where producers are researching new ways of generating energy in the most sustainable way, a breakthrough has been reached regarding renewables, more specifically, related to water superheated by magma in Iceland. An interesting State-financed project, the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) had been set up in 2000 to

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Internet of Things (IoT): Technology and Sustainable Development
By admin October 28, 2016

Over the years we have seen how technological advancement and innovations have been reshaping people’s view about modern life while adding tremendous value in our global economy. While we are achieving great social-economic growth via technologies, we must also learn to become better at adopting technologies to facilitate sustainable development, to ultimately secure a long-lasting

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Politics of the Sea
By admin October 26, 2016

With 75 percent of the world being comprised of water it is a mystery why so much focus on development, property, identity and politics is associated with land. Surely there is a body of law as it relates to our oceans and seas. There is a boundless amount of literature that is also related to

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Energy Solutions in Southeast Asia: The Singapore International Energy Week 2016
By admin October 25, 2016

The Singapore Energy Week (SIEW) kicked off today at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in Singapore, where energy professionals, policymakers and commentators will discus and share current solutions and best practices within the global energy sector. The Energy Week includes many events and conferences such as the Singapore Energy Summit, the Asia Clean Energy

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World Polio Day Reminds Us the Fight is Not Over
By admin October 24, 2016

Monday 24 October 2016 will be seen as a historic day in the fight against poliomyelitis. The day marks the last annual World Polio Day before the disease is officially eradicated. Yet the future is not as bright as one would envision, even if we have the cure to eliminate polio, we certainly have not

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Habitat III: Building 21st Centruy Cities
By admin October 21, 2016

This week from 17 – 20 October 2016, leaders from more than 190 nations are discussing the future of the world’s citis as part of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, capital of Ecuador. The conference is aimed at reinvigorating the global commitment to sustainable urbanization, implementing

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The Purpose of Today’s Nation State
By admin October 19, 2016

There is a wealth of information on the history of nation states as well as a body of political theories, dating back centuries, that outline what the state is, what its purpose is and how that has transcended to encompass more responsibilities today that has rendered modern states, mere depictions of their more ancient counterparts.

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Is Globalization a Force for Good for African Farmers? A Look into Ethiopia’s Teff Market
By admin October 18, 2016

Ethiopians have been planting teff for more than 3,000 years and, together with coffee, teff nowadays represents one of Ethiopia’s inescapable foods. Many food companies such as Love Grain in the US and Tobia Teff in the UK are involved in the teff business and both have stated the potential that this grain has to

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The Gender Gap at Home
By admin October 17, 2016

Women are globally triumphing in historically male-dominated areas. 2017 may begin with women at the helm of countries such as Germany, Liberia, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and the US; and running Fortune 500 companies and international institutions like General Motors, the IMF, YouTube, and possibly the United Nations. Slowly and incrementally, support is growing

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Sustainable Development of Chinese Enterprises Overseas
By admin October 14, 2016

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) official definition, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is known as a “cross-border investment by a resident in one economy with the objective of obtaining a lasting interest in an enterprise resident in another economy.” Ongoing debates surrounding the impacts of FDI on sustainable development, as they

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Linking the Gaps: The “Mesh Wi-Fi” System in Idjwi
By admin October 11, 2016

  The “forgotten” island of Idjwi, in the region of South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was subjected to an innovative transformation, which has made a significant difference in the lives of its inhabitants. The island lacks infrastructure, technology is almost non-existent and most of the 250,000 people living in the island

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Self-Reliance is the Key to Enduring Development in Afghanistan
By admin October 10, 2016

Foreign aid is essential for creating sustainable infrastructure, institutions and industrial units in war-ravaged countries, and Afghanistan makes no exception to this case. The funds received are fundamental in the shorter term for the training, education, employment and skill development of the Afghan youth, which, according to the World Bank, represents more than half of

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The Bubble is Expanding: On-going Housing Frenzy taking China by Storm
By admin October 7, 2016

Currently, China is undergoing an unprecedented housing boom. After tanking in 2014, the housing market rebounded in 2015 and went into overdrive this year. Based on the information provided by China Index Academy, home prices in 100 major Chinese cities have risen for 17 consecutive months through September. Also, the private-sector think tank indicates that September’s

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A Collective Trauma: Geopolitics and Emotions
By admin October 5, 2016

In 2010, scholar and author Dominique Moisi set out to prove his thesis, put simply, that geopolitics are intertwined with emotions. He notes the paradox with joining these two structures as geopolitics is about rationality, objective data, economic resources, military might, and the cold political calculus of interest. Whereas, emotions by contrast, are “essentially subjective,

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A New Approach to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
By admin October 4, 2016

The United Nations have called the Millennium Development Goals “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history” as extreme poverty has been cut in half worldwide. In addition, gender equality has made remarkable progress with 90 per cent of countries having more women in parliament since 1995. However, the ability to make peace as a driving

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Avocados may not be as Green as they look
By admin October 3, 2016

Avocados have become a staple in our modern diets. What was once an exotic fruit today has become a trendy add to our everyday recipes; whether smashed, crushed or sliced on toast, it is without doubt a fruit which is savoured all across the world. This particular fruit has not only become part of our

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