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Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

Optimistically Speaking– The Straight Story

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This week, I participated in a panel-discussion hosted by the United Nations University. Four research fellows espoused on the importance of "Safe Water Provisioning as the Key to Global Health." Yep, I agree. There were about 75 people in attendance, which is unfortunately reflective of the abundant indifference permeating populations…

Tinderbox in Burma (Myanmar)

Tinderbox in Burma (Myanmar)

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Conditions in Myanmar (Burma) are coming to a political and economic head. The ruling military oligarchy is moving quickly to consolidate economic power in advance of upcoming elections. There will likely be little political freedom even after elections. …

Myanmar (Burma) Update: Notes from the Field

Myanmar (Burma) Update: Notes from the Field

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The U.S. government is beginning a reapproachment with the military junta of Burma. It was reported that President Obama met with General Than Shwe of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) during the last ASEAN conference in Asia. It is believed that Obama was pushing for elections…

Building Stupas in the Sand

Building Stupas in the Sand

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Non-zero sum thinking by the political leaders would significantly help the population of Myanmar lift itself out of poverty. Improvements to the basic transportation and communications infrastructure would allow them to participate in the next phase of economic growth and prosperity stemming from the globalization process. …

Today, We’re Made of Star Stuff and BPA

Today, We’re Made of Star Stuff and BPA

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Recent scientific studies reveal toxic chemicals in the blood of newborn babies. This information cannot be ignored, and the author provides an action step to consider.…

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

Water Sustainability – Haiti Has Been Thirsty For Years

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Until we actually walk in the shoes of another human being or culture, our perspective towards that person / society is filtered through our own experiences, opinions and perceptions. The trauma of Haiti and its people is beyond true understanding, especially when witnessing it via the media, while food, water…

Water Sustainability – Power, Poverty and Perception

Water Sustainability – Power, Poverty and Perception

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More people of wealth and wherewithal are waking up to the shared and common goal of preserving our planet, our species, and all living things. It is my view that privately held, socially conscious and engineered companies can energize change and bring solution and sustenance to the end user. In…

Second Order Change in Agricultural Sustainability: Bedouins in Israel

Second Order Change in Agricultural Sustainability: Bedouins in Israel

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A new model sustainability project has been launched in the desert east of the Dead Sea. It is a close collaboration between both Jewish and Arab communities in an effort to demonstrate cooperative efforts in agricultural and renewable resource management. …

Keep the Baby AND the Bath Water

Keep the Baby AND the Bath Water

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Many water delivery systems originate from the nineteenth century, repair and replacement issues are relatively widespread, especially in large urban areas. Herein lies a possible solution. The potential to combine attitude adjustment and ingenuity can derive significant results. For example, If fresh, clean ground water was regarded as precious in…

Water Sustainability — Women, Water and Passion

Water Sustainability — Women, Water and Passion

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The IFAD Gender and Water Report gives some startling facts about the difficulties faced by poor women in the developing world...just in their efforts to get water to their families every day. …

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