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Tanzania's Maasai Facing Impacts of Climate Change

Photo Credit: Wikipedia As temperatures continue to rise all over the world and flooding becomes commonplace in certain areas, the human race is already facing the impacts of climate change . The Maasai people of Tanzania, a nomadic cattle herder tribe who has lived in the country since the XV century, is being pushed to the brink of survival. Whil...
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Study Quantifies Climate-Change-Related Deaths

For many, the present and future implications of climate change go unnoticed. Many climate change deniers and other members of the global community still cannot grasp the consequences this issue can entail for them, mainly because they are largely presented using indirect impact measures. Rising average temperatures over land and ocean may make peo...
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Effects of Urbanization On Poverty

Among the effects of urbanization on poverty is the birth of slums, product of weak management policies, insufficient and unaffordable housing - Photo Credit: Wikipedia According to the United Nations, over half of the population of developing countries will live in cities by 2020. This is perceived by many as a huge step forward, for developing co...
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9 Signs that Global Warming is no longer a debate

Global warming is for real No, that was not a wacky idea from a self-proclaimed alarmist. It is a fact with which the vast majority of the scientific community agrees. Still, so many people around the world are nitpicking at best —and flat-out disbelieving at worst —the scientific evidence on the matter. There are a number of reasons why a person c...
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Permaculture: A Miracle System for the Survival of the World

passion-fruits Permaculture is not just a farming technique, it is a culture with social features and certain ethical aspects which are key to its survival.
Permaculture is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere . It incorporates knowlege, tools and resources to create a regenerative, self-substaining society in both the physical and social sense. WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? It is understood as the design and life philos...
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Wealth and Income Inequality

At one point or another, we all have wondered why some people have more money than they could ever spend, while others do not have enough to secure even the most frugal of meals. Why some countries are lit with fireworks that their citizens look at from gravity-defying skyscrapers while others are crippled with ongoing epidemics. Why, if in theory ...
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Sustainable Development: Everything you need to know

Photo Credit: Pixabay As an increasingly obvious need for change fixes itself at the forefront of people’s minds, sustainable development is becoming the hot topic of the global community. The concept itself is not new: the most widely used definition for sustainable development dates from 1987, when Norway’s then Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtla...
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India's Solar Plans Receive Billion Dollar Boost

India has been granted a $1 billion loan by the World Bank to fulfill its ambitious solar power goals. Framed in the UN Climate Summit in Paris, the Asian country seeks to triple its use of renewable energy by 2030. The measure, which many countries —including Germany and the United States— have shown support for would transform India's energy indu...
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Climate Change Is Speeding Up The Spread of Lyme Disease

The deer tick carries the parasites for Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses - Photo Credit:  Wikipedia Warmer winters and longer summers are allowing the proliferation of deer ticks in North America, says Katharine Walter, a graduate student at Yale University. 35 years ago, the ticks —which carry the parasites for Lyme disease and d...
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ExxonMobil Backs Carbon Tax

Photo Credit: Flickr In a move that may seem surprising to many, oil giant ExxonMobil has been lobbying for the implementation of a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions. It is rumoured that the the company has chosen this path to stay clear of more restrictive oil and gas regulations, that could come as consequence of complete intransigence ...
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FLASHBACK NEWS: 1-On-1 With Stina Herberg

stina Stina Herberg, current principal of Richmond Vale Academy, talks about the causes that are dearest to her, her future goals, what and who inspires her.
Stina Herberg, the present principal of Richmond Vale Academy is a force to be reckoned with. At age 20 she started a series of world travels that would take her to over 50 countries in the following years, finally leading her to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as part of the RVA staff, in attempts to make of the island a clim...
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Poverty Facts: Insight On Mankind's Biggest Issue

Check the article below for a compilation of poverty facts in fields such as education, health, economics and the environment - Photo Credit: Wikipedia Poverty is a complex, multidimensional issue that goes beyond the lack of income that characterizes it. It affects how, what and when people eat, how they manage their health, the basic resources th...
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The Real meaning of Being a Leader

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If we were born in this world with the concept of "Good" or "Bad" is different depending on your country, religions or culture. In some part of the world eating beef is an offence, while in other parts of the world it's part of their culture, with this simple example we can see the differences between us. But can this difference explain why we are ...
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SVG’s ‘Treelympics’ wins International Award - Movie

Globe-award TreeLympics The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards
“Treelympics SVG”, the local arm of a worldwide tree planting competition has won the Austria-based Energy Globe National Award 2016 for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). The project, implemented by Richmond Vale Academy, resulted in 1,500 trees being planted in SVG since 2014. Treelympics SVG was among 1,700 submissions from countries across t...
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Four years into the Climate Compliance Program

Tree-lympics RVA starts 6-month teams 3 times a year to ensure the continuity of the Conference and longer projects around the islands.
The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference was established in 2012 to run for 10 years. During this time, it is the objective of Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) to make the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines climate compliant, i.e. self-sufficient food and energy-wise, as well as resistant to natural disasters. This will be ensured both...
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CO2 Turned Into Stone To Fight Climate Change

The future of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies A new study conducted in the Hellisheidi power plant in Iceland has found that carbon dioxide can be turned into stone much more quickly than previously thought, thus reducing the plant's emissios and helping in the fight against climate change. The Hellisheidi geothermal power plant has u...
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Common Malnutrition Diseases

Malnutrition —along with its causes, signs, symptoms and effects —  has been broadly discussed in previous articles. It cannot be stressed enough that this issue is very much alive today, in both the developing and developed world. The rise of the diet culture , which has seen incredibly restrictive and harmful diets being merchandised as some...
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Effects of Malnutrition

Malnutrition is an imbalance in micro and macronutrients —either a deficit or surplus of them— which impedes the body’s capability of growing and staying healthy. As mentioned in previous articles, malnutrition can be caused by several different factors, which include but are not limited to disease, lack of access to safe drinking water, eating dis...
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El Niño & La Niña For Dummies

News outlets over the last few months have been overflowing with reports on the impact of this year’s El Niño. The meteorological phenomenon, the strongest in 35 years, lasted 18 months and caused long droughts, unusually and unbearably high temperatures, along with water shortages and flooding around the world. In its wake, nearly 100 million peop...
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Overlooked Area of Antarctica Sees Major Ice Loss

New research on a relatively unmonitored part of Antarctica shows that the ice in the area has been melting at a faster pace —and for longer— than previously thought. The study, which appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, provides insight on the implications of ice loss in Antarctica for sea level rise. Amundsen Sea Embayment, A...
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