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Joschka Schloss: Microfinance, Ocean Dead Zones & Nextfest

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    THE FUTURE OF OCEANS: DEAD ZONES - 200 AND RISING FAST. http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1019-09.htm The number of dead zones in the world s oceans
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      THE FUTURE OF OCEANS: DEAD ZONES - 200 AND RISING
      FAST.
      http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/1019-09.htm

      The number of "dead zones" in the world's oceans may
      have increased by a third in just two years,
      threatening fish stocks and the people who depend on
      them, the U.N. Environment Program said on Thursday.


      NUMBER OF DEAD ZONES RISING FAST
      Patches of plant life are surrounded by water from the
      Gulf of Mexico near Pilottown, Louisiana, south of New
      Orleans July 26, 2006. The number of 'dead zones' in
      the world's oceans may have increased by a third in
      just two years, threatening fish stocks and the people
      who depend on them, the U.N. Environment Program said
      on Thursday. Today, the best known is in the Gulf of
      Mexico, where fertilizers and other algae-multiplying
      nutrients are dumped by the Mississippi River. (Lee
      Celano/Reuters)
      Fertilizers, sewage, fossil fuel burning and other
      pollutants have led to a doubling in the number of
      oxygen-deficient coastal areas every decade since the
      1960s.

      Now experts estimate there are 200 so-called ocean
      dead zones, compared with 150 two years ago.

      "Some successes are being scored but in other areas --
      like sewage, nutrients from fertilizer run off, animal
      wastes and atmospheric pollution; sediment
      mobilization and marine litter -- the problems are
      intensifying," UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
      said in a statement.

      The first "dead zones" -- where pollution-fed algae
      remove oxygen from the water -- were found in northern
      latitudes like the Chesapeake Bay on the U.S. East
      Coast and the Scandinavian fjords.

      Today, the best known is in the Gulf of Mexico, where
      fertilizers and other algae-multiplying nutrients are
      dumped by the Mississippi River.

      Others have been appearing off South America, Ghana,
      China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and
      Britain.

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      MICROFINANCE FOUNDER MUHAMMAD YUNUS WINS NOBEL PRIZE!

      So…
      a) Finance is a technological tool. Likve java, email,
      electricity, etc.
      b) Venture Caps aren’t the best answer to development
      and
      innovation
      c) Microfinance finally gets attention & the peace
      price
      d) What happens if Finance goes the way of Moore’s Law

      Commentary:
      What’s more, articles about microfinance detract from
      other equally important developments taking hold in
      the field. One of these developments is the pro-poor
      business model, which provides low-income consumers
      with affordable products that actually meet their
      basic needs.
      Ethan Arpi…from his blog
      http://www.nextbillion.net/blogs/2006/09/01/a-call-to-journalists-stop-writing-about-microfinance


      Microfinance Entrepreneur Receives Nobel Prize
      http://www.wri.org/business/topic_content.cfm?cid=4161

      Muhammad Yunus Wins Nobel Peace Prize
      http://www.nextbillion.net/blogs/2006/10/13/muhammad-yunus-wins-nobel-peace-prize

      What is Microfinance
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfinance


      NEXTFEST NYC at the Javitz Center (Podcast c/o PBS
      Newshour)


      The usual arguments about whether technology actually
      helps or creates more prolems. The usual
      shortsightedness of futurist.

      A report and minior debate between PBS Economics
      correspondent Paul Solomon & Chris Anderson of Wired
      who stages Nextfest.

      Note the Livestraw is the most notable invention seen
      here and would fit under the Microfianance category
      above.
      http://www-tc.pbs.org/newshour/rss/media/2006/10/27/20061027_nextfest28.mp3







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