Global Resources and the Built Environment
With staggering statistics, John Fernandez persuades his audience that rapidly expanding urban centers are consuming too much of the world’s resources, setting the stage for global crisis. Yet Fernandez counters his own bleak picture with some bright examples of design that could help humans live within thei
Leading an Environmentally Sustainable Enterprise
Climate change poses perhaps the premiere threat to coming generations, says Martin Madaus, but to avoid its worst impacts, we must confront the issue now. To that end, Madaus exhorts business leaders to focus immediately on building environmental sustainability into their operations, as he has begun to do at Millipore.
Frans Hemsterhuis (1721-1790)
The Frans Hemsterhuis (1721-1790) website, prepared by the philosophy reference librarian at the University of Groningen, provides information about the life and work of this 18th-century Dutch philosopher. The site gives a brief biographical sketch, and an overview of Hemsterhuis's philosophical thought, which focused on human beings and the relationships they have with their environment. The feature of the site which is likely to be of most interest to serious scholars, however, is the selecti
Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership
The United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) aims to coordinate research, evidence and policy advice on the impact of climate change on the marine environment. Its website lists partner organisations, scientists and government agencies, provides news, monitoring reports and climate projections. An ecosystems linkages page gives a basic outline of the links between climate change and impacts on the oceans.
The great plant hunt
The Wellcome Trust commissioned and funded the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to create the Great Plant Hunt to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins birth and to inspire young people about Darwins scientific ideas and their impact. The Great Plant Hunt is aimed at primary school children encouraging them to explore the natural world and collaborate with other schools in the largest ever school science project. Schools are tasked with setting up walks around their school grounds so that t
Landolt Börnstein Substance / Property Index
This website "lists all substances and their properties which are reported on in the indexed Landolt-Börnstein volumes. In total, 160 000 organic and inorganic compounds are described by names, molecular structures, chemical abstract numbers and other identifiers. Properties are directly linked to the full documents at Springerlink." The site can be searched or browsed by index. The search function is available free; full text is available to subscribers. Students should check whether their uni
Small-molecule spectroscopy and dynamics
The website for this course (5.80 Small-Molecule Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Fall 2008) has been made available by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Chemistry as part of the MIT OpenCourseWare project. "The goal of this course is to illustrate the spectroscopy of small molecules in the gas phase: quantum mechanical effective Hamiltonian models for rotational, vibrational, and electronic structure; transition selection rules and relative intensities; diagnostic patterns
Aigine Cultural Research Center
The Traditional Knowledge in Kyrgyzstan website is maintained by the Aigine Cultural Research Center, a non-profit nongovernmental organization. It seeks to deepen knowledge about traditional knowledge pertaining to the ethnic Kyrgyz population. This includes coverage of ecological knowledge, traditional healing, ethno medicine, oral history and family practices. It is therefore of interest to anthropologists of the region. The site includes collections of video and photograph materials. Copyrig
Energy : engineering themes : Ingenia Online
This webpage presents full-text articles from the Royal Academy of Engineerings quarterly magazine Ingenia - this section covers topics within the energy field.
University of Nottingham. Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Gender: Trajectories in International Development
Gender: Trajectories in International Development.
Dengue Surveillance Among Children In Sri Lanka: Essential Data To Guide Policy
Surveillance of dengue infection among children in Sri Lanka is providing practical assistance to the global effort to combat this neglected — but nevertheless costly and potentially fatal — disease, according to research presented at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia (November 3-7, 2010). Hasitha Tissera from [...]
24. Population and the Environment
Global Problems of Population Growth (MCDB 150) World population will continue to rise until at least 2050. Environmental impact is the product of the number of people and how much of their income and technology is devoted to either consumption or conservation. So far, the balance is far at the consumption end and, globally, environmental problems are increasing. Environmentalism has not come close to counteracting the footprint of a billion extra people every dozen years. The only massive succ
Making a Living, Creatively: The Role of Intellectual Property
Robert P. Merges, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Professor of Law and Technology; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; University of California, Berkeley
China at 60: Myths and Realities Pt 2
China at 60: Myths and Realities Pt 2 Albert S. Willner, Director of the China Security Affairs Group at CNA in Alexandria, Virginia Pt 2: China: A Security Perspective China's security perceptions, requirements and priorities are changing in response to a host of internal and external drivers. The People's Liberation Army in particular is undergoing a transition to address these changing dynamics which present new opportunities and potential challenges. How are China's security priorities ch
The China-Africa alliance
Africa is critically important to China’s global strategy, for a number of reasons: the continent’s geopolitical importance; its large, untapped market; and its abundance of natural resources. And as more Chinese companies feel the need to enter new markets and seek more resources, Africa will only see increased Chinese business and investment activity.
Shining a light on China
With an economy that’s set to grow at around 10 per cent despite the financial crisis, labour costs among the lowest in the world and a huge untapped domestic market with pent-up consumer demand to match, China beckons every businessman with an eye on containing costs and expanding his reach. But, business person beware, cautions INSEAD Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy Jonathan Story, who has just written a new book, 'China Uncovered - What You Need to Know to Do Business
Latino Roots in Lane County: Contemporary Stories of Settlement in Lane County, Oregon
“Latino Roots in Lane County: Contemporary Stories of Settlement in Lane County, Oregon” is a 33-minute bilingual documentary that uses in-depth interviewing in the tradition of Latin American testimonio and oral history and was made in conjunction with the museum exhibit. It includes video interviews with six of the families featured in the Latino Roots [...]