Tagged: drought

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Did the age of colonialism start on this beach in Lanzarote?

This morning I visited a historical site that once set the stage for the last try-out before real state colonialism started. It was here, on this beach in the South of the Canary Island of Lanzarote, that the Norman conquerors Juan de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle landed in 1402. Close to the shoreline they built a castle and...

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Second Planetary Security Conference in the Peace Palace

If you follow my tweets on @alex_verbeek you may have noticed that the familiar green frame of the photos is sometimes alternated with the red frames from the other, much smaller, Twitter account that I use: @planetary_sec. Those tweets with the red frames are about planetary security issues. It is about those issues where the planetary change that we are...

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Scary Predictions on a Very Dry Future

One of the reasons why I prefer to get most of my news through Twitter is its function as an independent barometer of what keeps us busy these days. The number of retweets of an article ,and the number of favourites that a tweet gets, are a good indicator. But it is especially the combination with the personal comments and...

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Environmental challenges in the media

A number of articles and reports were published this week about the huge challenges that we are facing on our small planet. It is too much to digest in one weekend, especially the more than 300 pages of the interesting third ‘Turn Down The Heat’ report of the World Bank. Here are some analyses and statistics that you don’t want...