From the monthly archives: January 2012

Prof. Alexander J. Motyl,
Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Holodomor in Ukraine and Food Insecurity Today: “Implications for the Media, NGOs, and International Organizations”

Let me start my brief talk with selections from an article that appeared in The New York Evening Journal in April 1935. The author is Harry Lang, an […]

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Dr. Mark G. Robson, PhD, MPH, DrPH,
Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, Professor of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences – Rutgers University

“The world produces enough food to feed everyone.”

World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent […]

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Mr. Tutui Nanok
Agriculture Sector Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister, Nairobi Kenya


The Horn of Africa is one of the most food-insecure regions in the world. More than 40 percent of people are undernourished, and in Eritrea and Somalia the proportion rises to 70 percent. The seven countries of the region – […]

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Distinguished Participants,

It is a special privilege for me to be invited to this panel. I speak to you, both as an Indian and as head of the Rio+20 Secretariat. We are reaching a crucial phase in preparing for Rio+20.

In preparing for today, I went back to Agenda 21 which we had crafted 20 […]

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Lloyd C. Irland, The Irland Group, Wayne, Maine, USA

1. Adapted from a talk presented at Pennsylvania State University at a conference Diverse Landscapes of Ukraine, a Celebration of twenty years of independence, sponsored by the Woskob Foundation. A version with full footnotes is available from the author.
2.; author is also Faculty […]

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The Amazon rainforest sustains one of the richest concentrations of plant and animal biological diversity in the world. It also recycles rainfall from the coastal regions to the continental interior, ensuring an adequate water supply for Brazil’s inland agriculture. The greatest emerging threat to Amazon rainforests and communities is industrial soy plantations which […]

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In December 2007, the Malaysian company Vitroplant had been granted the permit to begin developing 70% of Woodlark Island into palm oil plantations. By 2008, the government of Papua New Guinea decided it would no longer allow Vitroplant Ltd. to deforest 70% of Woodlark Island for palm oil plantations. This change came about after one […]

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December 15-16, 2011 at United Nations Headquarters

Photo Credit: International Institute for Sustainable Development

Update on Zero Draft:

The second intersessional meeting of UNCSD was held on December 15 and 16, 2011, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The purpose of the meeting was for member states to provide comments and […]

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The High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review to the Economic and Social Council concluded on Friday, July 8th 2011 with the promulgation and unanimous consent for a declaration detailing means for increasing progress towards achieving the education MDG. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang referred to the declaration as a “remarkable […]

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Author Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, MD and Jill Kriesky, PhD; University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

Conventional vs. Unconventional Gas Production

World natural gas supplies are much more abundant than previously perceived. As just one example, the Marcellus shale, a […]

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