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Special Series: 7 Billion

Special Series: 7 Billion

The City Solution At the time of Jack the Ripper, a hard time for London, there lived in that city a mild-mannered stenographer named Ebenezer Howard. He's worth mentioning because he had a large and lingering impact on how we think about cities. Howard was bald, with a bushy, mouth-cloaking mustache, wire-rim spectacles, and the distracted air of a seeker. His job transcribing speeches did not fulfill him. He dabbled in spiritualism; mastered Esperanto, the recently invented language; invented a shorthand typewriter himself. And dreamed about real estate. London in the 1880s, you see, was booming, but it was also bursting with people far more desperate than Howard. Urban planning in the 20th century sprang from that horrified perception of 19th-century cities. The tide of urbanization must be stopped, Howard argued, by drawing people away from the cancerous metropolises into new, self-contained "garden cities." And here's one more change since then: Urbanization is now good news.

7 billion people and you: What's your number? Sources: All population data are based on estimates by the UN Population Division and all calculations provided by the UN Population Fund. The remaining data are from other sections of the UN, the Global Footprint Network and the International Telecommunications Union. Want to find out more? Visit the UN Population Fund's detailed population calculator, 7 billion and me. Notes on the data: Only birth dates after 1910 can be accommodated and only countries with populations of more than 100,000 people are included. Three country groupings - developed, developing and least developed - featured in the conclusions are those referenced by the UN for assessing the Millennium Development Goals. Read the answers to frequently asked questions here.

[] Faut-il toujours plus de croissance ? Nicolas Sarkozy veut aller chercher « ce point de croissance qui nous manque » pour que l’économie française progresse au même rythme que les autres économies avancées. Paradoxalement, on assiste dans un même temps au développement de la notion de décroissance... La croissance caractérise une augmentation soutenue, pendant une longue période, de la production d’un pays. Ce phénomène reste quantitatif, généralement, on retient comme indicateur de la croissance le PIB à prix constants. Le P.I.B. est un agrégat de comptabilité nationale dont la construction, comme celle de tous les indicateurs, n’est pas sans poser des problèmes d’interprétations. Dans quelle mesure la croissance économique, bien que favorable sur de nombreux points, est-elle souhaitable à notre époque ? En premier lieu, la recherche continue de croissance a des bienfaits. Relevons d’abord que la recherche de croissance est ancrée dans notre système. Elle contribue plus précisément à vaincre la pauvreté de deux manières.

Hamish Blake, Ultimate Wingman | Hamish & Andy Hamish is taking himself to the front line in Andy's love life; after months of Love Coaching he now turns to Wingmanning, showcasing some iconic moves to (questionably) support Andy's search for love. Hamish went on to dress Andy as a superhero thinking it would attract the ladies. However, the only person who was interested was a kid who believed Andy was an ACTUAL superhero, and he had some pretty challenging questions. Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff If your selected country was not represented by a population pyramid in the lesson, you may wonder what it looks like. The U.S. Census Bureau has an International Data Base that can help you create one. Is your country a fast, slow or no growth pyramid?

Dwindling Resources Trigger Global Land Rush UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 1, 2012 (IPS) - A global scramble for land and mineral resources fuelled by billions of investment dollars is threatening the last remaining wilderness and critical ecosystems, destroying communities and contaminating huge volumes of fresh water, warned environmental groups in London Wednesday. No national park, delicate ecosystem or community is off limits in the voracious hunt for valuable metals, minerals and fossil fuels, said the Gaia Foundation’s report, " Opening Pandora's Box ". The intensity of the hunt and exploitation is building to a fever pitch despite the fact the Earth is already overheated and humanity is using more than can be sustained, the 56-page report warns. "We're calling for a global moratorium on large-scale new mining, extraction and prospecting," said Teresa Anderson of The Gaia Foundation, an international NGO headquartered in London, UK that works with local communities. The easy-to-get resources are gone.

Tax Calculator Christopher Lewick. "Nous irons chercher les ressources de demain dans l'espace" Les astéroïdes recèlent d’infinies réserves minières. Planetary Resources, une start-up financée par Google, veut lancer dès 2020 des « robots foreurs » pour en extraire de l’eau et des métaux précieux. Une nouvelle ère dans l’exploration spatiale. Paris Match. Quel genre de trésors espérez-vous trouver sur les astéroïdes ? Un astéroïde de 500 mètres de long contient autant de platine que l’ensemble extrait sur la Terre depuis le début de son extraction. Comment allez-vous vous y prendre concrètement ? Quand allez-vous lancer votre première mission ?

Human Development Reports | United Nations Development Programme Dwindling Resources and Why Population Growth Must Stop Earth’s population is approaching seven billion at the same time that resource limits and environmental degradation are becoming more apparent every day. Rich nations have long assured poor nations that they, too, would one day be rich and that their rates of population growth would decline, but it is no longer clear that this will occur for most of today’s poor nations. Resource scarcities, especially oil, are likely to limit future economic growth; the demographic transition that has accompanied economic growth in the past may not be possible for many nations today. Nearly 220,000 people are added to the planet every day, further compounding most resource and environmental problems. Select the reports you are interested in:NO-SPAM: Under no circumstances will we EVER rent, sell or give away your email Much has been written about population growth since the first edition of Malthus's famous essay was published in 1798. Writers sometimes confuse population issues. Discussion Questions 1.

World Standards - Everything you always wanted to know -Pourquoi nous en voulons "toujours plus" ?- - TROMMENSCHLAGER FRANCK - PSYCHANALYSTE ET PSYCHOSOCIOLOGUE A LUXEUIL LES BAINS #70#, LURE VESOUL SAULX, AU RELAIS DES PSYCHOLOGUES BESANÇON #25# Nous ne sommes pas mus, tels les animaux, par des instincts primaires, mais par des pulsions sophistiquées : sexuelles, bien sûr, mais aussi orales (les satisfactions de bouche), anales (dans l’enfance, elles tournent autour du rapport à la propreté et, plus tard, rendent désireux d’accéder à la richesse, à la maîtrise et au pouvoir), sans oublier la pulsion « scopique » (origine du plaisir de regarder). Étymologiquement, une pulsion est une poussée, un mouvement vers un but, l’« objet » (le partenaire amoureux, la situation de vie), à même de satisfaire notre convoitise et d’éliminer nos tensions. Cependant, rien sur cette terre ne saurait l’apaiser définitivement. Aussi le cycle recommence-t-il, encore et encore. Ce n’est jamais assez ! Contrairement aux animaux qui, après la saison des amours, se désintéressent de leurs congénères de l’autre sexe, nous désirons jusqu’à notre dernier jour, ou presque. La méconnaissance de nos vrais désirs La quête incessante du « phallus » 1.

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