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Food Wasteland: What World Environment Day Hopes to Address

World Environment Day is focused on food waste, which results is a widening gap between those who are free to waste food and those who cannot.

The world is awash in wasted food. Almost half of all global food production finds a place squeezed between piles of trash in landfills, dragging along with it squandered financial investments and ever-crucial environmental resources.

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It is impossible to build a sustainable or resilient society without expanding wealth. Things like renewable energy and materials, recycling and other methods of resource recovery, or collaborative consumption are essential ingredients for sustainability, but they are not nearly enough. Without a concurrent, dramatic expansion of wealth, there will be continued recession, economic hardship, and political destabilization, which are certainly not the ingredients of a sustainable society.

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Skype's New Education Platform Connects Classrooms Around the Globe

Teachers have long embraced Skype. Now the company is embracing them back with special features for educators.


Good news for teachers looking to collaborate with their colleagues in other parts of the world. Skype has a new free service just for educators called Skype in the classroom, "a free global community created in response to, and in consultation with, the growing number of teachers" using the tool to help students learn.

Teachers already access the eight-year-old service for joint projects, global language exchanges, and guest lectures, but have had a hard time using it to find like-minded collaborators. Skype in the classroom solves that challenge by letting a teacher specify what grade or subject she teaches, and what kinds of projects she's interested in working on together, when she first sets up a profile.

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How schools are forced to spend money.

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