From Bean to Cup: Starbucks, Supply Chain, and Sustainability

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Starbucks strives to serve great coffee – and to serve the myriad of communities it impacts. Follow us on a journey from coffee plantation to coffee shop, with stops along the way to improve the human condition and help ensure a sustainable planet.

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Places On Earth Where Nature Will KILL YOU.

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Every Earth Day, we remind ourselves that it is our duty to protect the planet for future generations to enjoy and exist in. We should strive to do what we can to limit the harmful impact upon nature.
But there are locations where nature does’t care for existing peacefully with us. In fact, there are some places so dangerous or extreme that simply going there will kill us!

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Celebrating Great Trees

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This magnificent oak spreads its moss-draped fingers in obscurity on a nameless trail on the Isle of Mull in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides.

Our planet has countless millions of such wonders, a tiny proportion of which have gained fame as sacred or historic sites, or as specimens of unusual size, shape, or age. In celebration of Arbor Day (April 28) we feature a gallery of botanical hall-of-famers.

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Diverse Farms, Diverse Foods: Farm Size and Nutrient Diversity

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Food not only provides dietary energy; it is also the source of many different nutrients that play important roles in human growth and development, as well as disease prevention and longevity.
Getting all the nutrients we need to grow, develop, and thrive requires eating, and producing, a variety of foods.

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100 años de Parques Nacionales

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8 de diciembre de 1916. Europa estaba inmersa en la I Guerra Mundial cuando en España aprobamos la primera Ley de Parques Nacionales. No se trataba de una ley extensa, tan solo bastaron tres artículos en los que hacía alusión a los conceptos estético y paisajístico de algunas zonas naturales, para iniciar un proceso de salvaguarda medioambiental. España se convertía con esta ley en uno de los países pioneros a nivel europeo en cuanto a la protección de la naturaleza.

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Lisboa: Mapas Climáticos para o Ordenamento

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O clima é um importante elemento do ambiente urbano; contudo, a qualidade do clima não é habitualmente tida em consideração no planeamento urbano e na promoção da sustentabilidade urbana e não existe ainda qualquer legislação sobre o assunto.

Reconhecendo a utilidade da investigação sobre clima urbano de Lisboa para a qualidade do ambiente, que tem sido desenvolvida desde a década de 80 no Centro de Estudos Geográficos, a Câmara Municipal de Lisboa decidiu apoiar o desenvolvimento de estudos que conduzissem à elaboração de linhas orientadoras para o ordenamento da cidade de modo a:

  • mitigar a ilha urbana de calor;
  • promover a ventilação;
  • melhorar a qualidade do ar.
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Protecting Chile’s Rivers from Hydroelectric Development

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Chile has historically relied on its rivers to generate electricity, with 113 hydroelectric plants constructed throughout the country. Many of these projects faced opposition, but none galvanized the country and attracted international attention like HidroAysén, a proposal to build five mega dams on two of Patagonia’s wildest rivers.

The seven-year effort to stop HidroAysén became the largest environmental movement in Chile’s history, as a coalition led by the Consejo de Defensa de la Patagonia (“Patagonia Defense Council”) was united under a single banner, Patagonia sin Represas (“Patagonia without Dams”).

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GOES-R The Future of NOAA’s Geostationary Weather Satellites

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Operating from two primary locations, GOES-East and Goes-West, NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have been providing continuous imagery of and data on atmospheric conditions, solar activity and Earth’s weather systems for nearly 40 years.

Now, with the next generation of weather-observing satellites on the horizon, NOAA is poised to once again significantly improve weather forecasting and severe weather prediction. The GOES-R series represents the first major technological advancement in geostationary environmental observations since the launch of the GOES-I series in 1994.
The GOES program formally began on October 16, 1975, with the launch of GOES-1. Although the satellite was spin-stabilized, only viewing Earth about 10 percent of the time and providing data in only two dimensions, it gave forecasters their first near-real time look at atmospheric conditions from a fixed location.

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