Joschka Schloss: Microfinance, Ocean Dead Zones & Nextfest
- THE FUTURE OF OCEANS: DEAD ZONES - 200 AND RISING
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
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
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
MICROFINANCE FOUNDER MUHAMMAD YUNUS WINS NOBEL PRIZE!
a) Finance is a technological tool. Likve java, email,
b) Venture Caps arent the best answer to development
c) Microfinance finally gets attention & the peace
d) What happens if Finance goes the way of Moores Law
Whats 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
Ethan Arpi from his blog
Microfinance Entrepreneur Receives Nobel Prize
Muhammad Yunus Wins Nobel Peace Prize
What is Microfinance
NEXTFEST NYC at the Javitz Center (Podcast c/o PBS
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
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