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A recent paper [PDF] by M. Shoko and Njike, presented at the first Conference on Advances in Geomatics Research, looks at the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) for economic health and recovery for Zimbabwe. SDI provides access to spatial information for decision making, and is said to play a vital role for both government […]

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Maintaining the Responsibility of Land Ownership

by Matt Ball on April 25, 2012

Wubbo Ockels, former astronaut and professor of Aerospace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the Delft University, Netherlands spoke this morning at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam. As a former astronaut for The Netherlands, he has a unique perspective regarding the responsibility that we have for our planet, having gone beyond the bounds of […]

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Ikea Could Build a Neighborhood Near You

by Matt Ball on April 2, 2012

The Swedish furniture maker Ikea has recently launched a new property development branch called LandProp Services to build neighborhoods. The company kicks off this effort with a 11-hectare development in East London called Strand East that isn’t far from the 2012 Olympics site. The site is to have 1,200 homes and apartments, with office, retail […]

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There has been a great deal of maturity in the tools and approaches to sustainability problems over the past four years since V1 Magazine was launched. At the global and regional scale, we’ve seen an increasing application of sensors and systems to monitor, analyze and adapt to global change. At the local and city scale, […]

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This past week in London, scientists from a broad range of disciplines convened at the Planet Under Pressure Conference. Global environmental change was the topic of the event, with new integration of behavioral and social science into a research initiative dubbed Future Earth. The Future Earth initiative acknowledges the human domination of Earth systems or […]

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World Water Forum Focuses on Avoiding Conflict

by Matt Ball on March 13, 2012

The World Water Forum that is taking place in Marseille, France this week aims to defuse some of the tensions around global water stress that is on the rise due to growing population, rapid urbanization, climate change, and demand for food. Concurrent with the conference is a new UN Water Development Report that provides an […]

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Yesterday, a new online sustainability initiative was launched to help visualize new technologies and more sustainable practices. Sustainia, an online virtual world, is being spearheaded by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Europe’s climate chief Connie Hedegaard. The visual presentation aim to help the public visualize what a more environmentally friendly world will look like as a precursor […]

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Ericsson, with their research focus on networked society, are the sponsor of a new documentary on Thinking Cities that looks at the role that cities play. The 15-minute video outlines the necessary approach to address the problems that we face. A cameo is given to Carlos Ratti of MIT’s Senseable Cities Lab, where he compares […]

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Archipelago Marine Research have developed a new sensor-based approach to monitor fishing activity. The company is working alongside the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), and have outfitted a Spanish tuna fishing vessel. The video-based electronic monitoring system uses an array of sensors to monitor key fishing gear, and trigger the video cameras when it detects […]

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A high-level United Nations panel on global sustainability has just come out with a report outlining a far-reaching sustainable development strategy. Titled “Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing“, the report is being described as “a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity.” Central to the report is a call for a science […]

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