Sustaining humans

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  • The Human Development Report Office (HDRO) is pleased to inform that the 2014 Human Development Report 'Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, on 24 July 2014.

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  • Human Behavior and Environmental Sustainability: Problems, Driving Forces, and Research Topics includes: environmental Sustainability as a problem for human society, societal driving force of the environmental, Specific of social and behavior research, concluding remarks.

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  • Tourism is big business and getting bigger. In the 20 years from1980 to 2000 global tourism receipts increased at an annual rate of nearly 8 per cent, much faster than the rate of world economic growth of around 3 per cent. In 2000, income from tourism combined with passenger transport totaled more than $575 billion, making this sector the world number one export earner, ahead of automotive production, chemicals, petroleum and food (UNEP web site1).

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  • Human development has different meanings depending on the area we will focus on. It is the ontogenetic process of individual development for psychologists. It considers systematic psychological changes in several areas, such as motor, cognitive, emotional, social, that occur in human beings over the course of their life span. To sociologists and economists, among others, human development is the consideration of the macrolevel countries or regions and their development conditions related to human needs.

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  • Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a basic necessity. However, such access is highly variable around the world and in particular in Africa, Asia and South America. Much progress still remains to be made in infrastructure improvements and poverty reduction. A recent World Bank report, for example, noted that more than 100 million people in the Latin American region alone lack access to potable water and adequate sanitation systems. Compounding the issue of water availability is contamination of water supplies and the lack of wastewater treatment facilities.

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  • Urban Ecology is the study of ecosystems that include humans living in cities and urbanizing landscapes. It is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that aims to understand how human and ecological processes can coexist in human-dominated systems and help societies with their efforts to become more sustainable. It has deep roots in many disciplines including sociology, geography, urban planning, landscape architecture, engineering, economics, anthropology, climatology, public health, and ecology.

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  • The world’s climate is changing, and it will continue to change throughout the 21st century and beyond. Rising temperatures, new precipitation patterns, and other changes are already affecting many aspects of human society and the natural world. Climate change is transforming ecosystems at extraordinary rates and scales.

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  • Limitations on the availabilityof water resourcesareamong the greatest challenges facing modern society, despite the fact that roughly 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Human society depends on liquid freshwater resources to meet drinking, sanitation and hy‐ giene, agriculture, and industry needs.Roughly 97% of the earth’s surface and shallow sub‐ surface water is saline and about 2% is frozen in glaciers and polar ice.

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  • For a timely answer to the question of sustainability, or how to provide for future generations, there needs to be shared accounting of our social and physical resources. Supply chain transparency makes it possible to map resource flows and ensure dependable production while avoiding social and environmental problems. Open channels of communications can support a collective effort to account for the impacts of supply chains and engage more people in the invention of long-term solutions, or sustainable design....

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  • As part of the world’s commitment towards the right to development, peace and security, gender equality, eradication of multi-dimensional poverty and sustainable human development, the GoN endorsed the Millennium Declaration in September 2000. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the GoN has incorporated the MDGs into the strategic framework of the country’s Tenth Plan/Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (2002/03-2006/07).

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  • Urban agglomerations and their resource uses are becoming the dominant feature of the human presence on earth, profoundly changing humanity’s relationship to its host planet and its ecosystems. The cities of the 21 century are where human destiny will be played out and where the future of the biosphere will be determined.

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  • Once sustained human infection is documented, early in a pandemic, especially before a vaccine is available or during a period of limited supply, HHS may implement travel-related and community-based public health strategies in order to impede the spread of the virus and reduce the number of people infected.

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  • In this chapter, you will learn: Understand how natural world works, understand how human systems interact with natural system, accurately determine environmental problems, develop and follow a sustainable relationship with natural world.

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  • Purpose of study: To provide scientific foundation for planning and adjusting strategies, plans and policies of Lai Chau Province’s socio-economic development; To contribute to defining new and modern development methods for Lai Chau Province, which is basing on HRQ and technology with the orientation of sustainable development.

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  • The environment is key to sustaining human economic activity and well-being, for without a healthy environment, human quality of life is reduced. Most people would agree that there are also many reasons to protect the environment for its own inherent worth, and especially to leave a legacy of fully functioning natural resources. Sustainable land management refers to the activities of humans and implies that activity will continue in perpetuity. It is a term that attempts to balance the often conflicting ideals of economic growth and maintaining environmental quality and viability....

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  • The planet is a marvelous place with its blue skies, wild storms, deep lakes, and rich and diverse ecosystems. The tides ebb and flow, baby animals are born in the spring, and tropical rain forests harbor an astonishing array of life. The Earth sustains living things and provides humans with the resources they need to maintain a bountiful way of life. These resources include water, soil, and nutrients to grow food, and the mineral and energy resources to build and fuel modern society, among many other things....

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  • The Strategic Learning concept presented in this book owes a lot to the two great learning laboratories that have shaped my ideas. The first was my two decades as a CEO. These years infused in me a strong sense of pragmatism. Life in the trenches, I discovered, is always messy. So the most important question to ask about any business idea is simply, Does it work? In these pages, I’ve tried to capture some of the ideas that do work, so that my colleagues in business leadership may benefit from them....

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  • First and foremost, it is a book geared towards fish aquarists. And it is a heavy read with alot of chemistry and biology. To sum up the book: the author wrote the book to bring it to the reader's attention that an aquarium is a sort of (semi)closed ecosystem, and it needs to be thought of as this in order to be successful in raising the plants and animals inside the aquarium. she then describes the biological principles behind her methods of setting up and maintaining "low-tech" planted aquariums (as opposed to hi-tech, like those of takashi amano). She uses...

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  • Introduction: A sustainable energy future with a stable global climate is central to the present worldwide debate on climate change due to the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the main greenhouse gas (GHG) from human activities.

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  • Due to economic growth and increasing population, energy demands must be satisfied in a sustainable manner assuring inherent safety, efficiency and minimized environmental impact. Nuclear power has long posed a dilemma for environmentalists and scientists alike. On the one hand it is seen as a cheap, clean energy source whilst on the other some have concerns over its ability to dispose of radioactive waste.

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