|The Economist explains: Why cities sink|
Kamis, 23 Februari 2017 15:07
Main image: IF A city sinks into the ground but nobody notices, is it really sinking? After many years of tempting fate Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, found its answer in 2007 when a regular (if especially high) tide triggered a massive flood: 76 people were killed and nearly 590,000 made homeless. The process of land subsidence is slow, often invisible and affects most citizens only rarely. But a World Bank report from 2013 reckoned that by 2050 “risks from sea-level rise and sinking land” will cost the world’s large coastal cities up to $1trn a year. According to data released by NASA and the European Space Agency earlier this month, parts of a 715km aqueduct in California sank more than 60cm between 2013 and 2016. The Oroville dam, at the head of the aqueduct, has spent most of February threatening to flood communities below. Why do cities sink?The gradual subsidence of most cities has several causes, both man-made and natural. It starts with the hundreds of millions of people migrating into urban centres in search of better jobs and higher standards of living. This puts pressure on certain pockets of the planet to keep up with the intensified demands for basic human sustenance. The indiscriminate use of groundwater, a scourge of rapidly-expanding cities, is a prime contributor. Dried-up ...
|Personalities or problems?: Why biographical documentaries have prevailed at the Oscars|
Jumat, 17 Februari 2017 23:01
Main image: IN THE months following the release of “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), the percentage of Americans attributing global warming to human activity rose from 41% to 50%. Six weeks after “Super Size Me” (2004) premiered, McDonald’s removed the “supersize” option from their menu. SeaWorld caved under the public pressure generated by “Blackfish” (2013), phasing out its orca breeding program in March 2016. Documentaries can have a tangible impact on society, and there are plenty of weighty issues for film-makers to bring to light. Yet in the past five years, those sweeping, substantial features have not been rewarded at the Academy Awards. Instead, the biographical documentary has risen to be a winner with both juries and audiences; since 2012, the Academy has preferred a biopic over investigative documentaries. These winning biopics—three on musicians (“Searching for Sugar Man” in 2013, “20 Feet from Stardom” in 2014, “Amy” in 2016), one on an athlete (“Undefeated”, 2012) and one a whistleblower (“Citizenfour”, 2015) —all revolved around compelling personalities. Nominees that focused their lens on social or political issues rather than individuals, such as “Winter on Fire” (2016), “The Salt of the Earth” (2015) and “Al-midan” (2014), were less successful. It is a trend that has developed ...
|Two down: A bullish case for copper|
Kamis, 16 Februari 2017 22:44
Print section Print Rubric: Strikes and other supply constraints fuel long-term optimism on copper Print Headline: Two down Print Fly Title: Copper UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Gene editing, clones and the science of making babies Fly Title: Two down Main image: 20170218_fnp501.jpg DURING the commodity “supercycle”, prices largely marched up and down in unison, fuelled by the strength (or weakness) of demand in China. Since last year commodities have again been on a tear, but for more idiosyncratic reasons. In the case of copper, strikes and supply disruptions in two of the world’s largest mines have helped push prices this week to their highest level in 20 months. This fits into a narrative of longer-term potential supply shortages that has investors licking their lips over prospects for the red metal. A strike that began on February 9th at ...
|An urgent need for Environmental Education|
Sumber: Inside Indonesia
Rabu, 01 Februari 2017 16:14
Can Indonesia save its beauty and biodiversity through Environmental Education?