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Researching solutions to global water shortages
Director of the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Clean Water Technologies. Making sure the world’s population has enough drinking water is one of the biggest challenges we face today. A rapidly increasing global population, the fact that only a very small percentage of global water is available for consumption and an uneven global distribution of clean drinking water are the main problems in regard to the current global water crisis. Professor Hilal discusses these problems and some o
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2.5 Obesity and ageing

So, it seems that a part of the explanation for Ron's obesity, and the health problems that have led him to seek medical advice, may relate to the environment in which he is living, and more specifically the diet that he has chosen. It may also be a diet that is especially effective in activating the reward circuits in Ron's brain. However, Ron is also in his later middle age. A longitudinal study of people of this age in the USA suggests that average body weight increases by 1–2 kg per dec
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Getting Started with Azure HDInsight with Matt Winkler | Azure Friday

Matt talks about Azure HDInsight - Hadoop running on Azure, that allows customers process big data.

Areas covered in this video:

  •  Understanding examples of using Hadoop in Azure
  •  Understanding big data
  •  Using Azure to create a data cluster
  •  Writing a hive query

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The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything
Lionheart's Elizabeth Dulin narrates this classic children's story written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd. (06:57)
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1.4 Obesity

At the time of writing (2004) 20% of the adult population of the UK is classified as obese. The number of obese children has doubled since 1982, 10% of six year olds and 17% of fifteen year olds are now classified as obese. As shown in Table 4, obesity is recognized when the BMI exceeds 30 and occurs quite simply when energ
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Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you will:

  • Have gained an understanding of the four dimensions of globalisation in relation to climate change;

  • Be able to distinguish between the three approaches to achieve sustainability;

  • Know the difference between ‘government’ and ‘governance’;

  • Identify what makes ecological citizenship distinctive;

  • Understand how the medium of the web can aid transitions to sustainability.


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5 The contemporary Arctic climate

There is a remarkable seasonality in the Arctic climate. For example, the flow in some of the great rivers of Russia and North America that empty into the Arctic Ocean almost stops in winter (Figure 21). During May, ice in the rivers starts to break and in June there is a rapid flood of fresh water followed by
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5.2 Lighter living costs and constraints

The costs of ‘light living’ actions need, of course, also to be considered. Some actions involve no cost or save money, for example, less flying, shopping or meat eating, or can even make money, such as letting out a spare room to increase household occupancy. Others are low cost with a rapid payback time; for example, replacing an incandescent light bulb with a low-energy compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) should pay back the new lamp's cost in lower electricity bills in about
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References

Baggott, S. L., Cardenas, L., Garnett, E., Jackson, J., Mobbs, D. C., Murrells, T., Passant, N., Thomson, A. and Watterson, J. D. (2007) UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory, 1990 to 2005, Harwell, Oxfordshire, AEA Technology.
Brower, M. and Leon, W. (1999) The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices, New York, Three Rivers Press.
Cabinet Office (2007) Poli
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Yellen Grilled on Fed Partisanship

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6.4 The role of governments and business

Despite all the possibilities for individual and group action to lighten carbon footprints, there will still be people, groups and organisations who will not be doing much. Many individuals limit themselves to ‘every little bit helps’, with relatively minor effects on their carbon footprint, like reusing plastic bags or recycling paper. This avoids having to consider more significant changes in car and air travel, home energy use, diet or shopping. Others will simply carry on producing an
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Conclusion

This free course provided an introduction to studying Languages. It took you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance, and helped to improve your confidence as an independent learner.


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From Rasputin to Putin and back again
Professor David Gillespie, from the University of Bath's Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, explores Russian culture and the country's search for a national identity.
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Sam Olukoya on Child Marriage in Nigeria
Learn more: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/africa-reproductive-health-family-planning-reporting-initiative Here Sam Olukoya discusses his project on child marriage and its consequences, specifically Vesicovaginal fistula, a potential consequence of the obstructed labor these young girls often endure. Sam Olukoya of Lagos, Nigeria is part of Pulitzer Center's collaborative reporting project on reproductive health in Africa "The Promise of Life: Reproductive Choice in Africa" (http://bit.ly/
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2.3 Summary

This section showed that computers pervade our daily lives, but that many of them are invisible to us.

It investigated the information requirements of certain individuals, such as shoppers and doctors. You learned that their requirements can range from the simple and obvious to the complex and not so obvious.

You also learned that it is not just individuals who require information: it is also essential to the operation of organisations. The example of loyalty cards was used
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Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century [Audio]
Speaker(s): Irina Bokova | In this lecture, Irina Bokova will explore the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world, and the role of the United Nations and international organisations in sustaining a rules-based international order and strengthening effective global governance. Irina Bokova (@IrinaBokova) has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and was successfully re-elected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the
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2.4 Changing environmental attitudes

So, from the start of the Industrial Revolution, people have been aware that the development of an industrial economy brings problems as well as benefits. But the benefits, in terms of productive capability, mobility, convenience, cheap consumer goods, and profits, were usually felt to outweigh the disadvantages, particularly by those in positions of power. Many of the accompanying negative factors, such as poverty and unemployment, or the creation of more destructive machines of war, if they
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How to Make a Rocket Pin Wheel
In this kid's science video learn all about how to make a rocket pin wheel. This is a great craft/experiment while teaching about the transfer of energy. (03:19)

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4.1 Human predation and extinctions

There are a number of ways in which humans have altered ecosystems, that have led to the decline of particular species. We will leave to one side any major interference such as felling forests to provide land for agricultural and urban development, and instead begin by looking at examples where we have eroded or eradicated stocks of particular species. This has notably been a consequence of the over-exploitation of food species (prey items). Predators do not normally eliminate their prey (see
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