Is it a house or a home? A temple to the new India, or a warehouse for its ghosts? Ever since Antilla arrived on Altamont Road in Mumbai, exuding mystery and quiet menace, things have not been the same. "Here we are," the friend who took me there said, "Pay your respects to our new Ruler."
The insatiable demand of the global building boom has unleashed an illegal market in sand. Gangs are now stealing pristine beaches to order and paradise islands are being dredged and sold to the construction industry. Neil Tweedie investigates a hidden disaster
Canberra d224 il via libera a una sorta di shopping incondizionato da parte di Pechino. I cinesi sempre più interessati all'acquisto di terreni...
Non si ferma la corsa di Stati, multinazionali e fondi di investimento per impadronirsi di terre fertili a prezzi stracciati. Un tentativo di garantirsi le risorse alimentari di cui il Pianeta avrà presto bisogno che assume sempre più il volto di una nuova colonizzazione. E che sta
Anche gli italiani fanno land grabbing. Dal 2007 in avanti hanno preso parte alla grande corsa alla terra che secondo la Banca Mondiale ha coinvolto negli ultimi 3-5 anni tra i 50 e gli 80 milioni di ettari soprattutto nel Sud est asiatico, in Africa e in America Latina. Le multinazionali si prendono enormi appezzamenti
China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world's biggest importer of wood products. And in its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf). The nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency compared Mozambique's official harvest numbers to global import numbers and calculated that 93% of Mozambique's timber was illegally harvested in 2013, up from 76% in 2007-and most of that goes to China.
After days of coordinating with me over patchy cell phone connections, Hao Shengli arrived in Mozambique's capital city of Maputo. He'd come to load up on supplies and to collect me for the long ride back to the farmland he owned in a remote southern part of the country.
George Monbiot: The scoured, scorched Highlands could be brought to life - maybe an independent nation will have the courage to act
In the past several years, one of the topics covered in detail on these pages has been the surge in such gimmicks designed to disguise lack of demand and end customer sales, used extensively by US automotive manufacturers, better known as "channel stuffing", of which General Motors is particularly guilty and whose inventory at dealer lots just hit a new record high. But did you know that when it comes to flat or declining sales and stagnant end demand, channel stuffing is merely the beginning? Presenting... Where the World's Unsold Cars Go To Die
La PepsiCo dice basta al Land Grabbing nella filiera produttiva. Una vittoria della campagna
Ho vissuto e lavorato in Ucraina. Così gli amici mi chiedono di questo paese - noto da noi solo per qualche giocatore, per la bellezza delle sue donne, e perché
Can insects feed a growing global population? - CC, click on image for license and information.
Living Lots NYC is a clearinghouse of information that New Yorkers can use to find, unlock and protect our shared resources. 596 Acres started with vacant lots and remains committed to helping fill these holes.
If you live in an urban area in the United States, you've probably seen a fair number of vacant lots dotting the streets. In 2001, nearly 15.4 percent of urban lands across the country were vacant, and the picture hasn't improved much in more than a decade. A 2011 review of state and local laws
In this blog and other blogs that will follow, I will show you how laws of nature limit human expectations borne from ignorance and arroganc...
The total area of land controlled by foreign investors globally is similar to the size of Poland, according to the most up to date estimates contained in an ...
Creating an innovative path for Mumbai: Combining local construction skills and best practices from around the - Check out 'Homegrown Cities' on Indiegogo.
A lot can change in 28 years, and Google has put together a very graphic demonstration of just how much can happen geographically with a new effort that combines global, annual Landsat satellite image composites with its Google Earth Engine software. The result is a series of interactive time la
Consider this. It is 1607. The English have been taking lands in Ireland for several centuries. First written down in the 7th century, Irish customary law is sophisticated and still administered by trained traditional magistrates (Brehons). Now rulings in the English courts on Gavelkind (1605) and Tanistry (1607) finally deny that customary law delivers property rights. Family holdings are made tenancies of by now well established Anglo-Irish elites, and the commons, crucial to grazing and hunting, are made more absolutely the property of the elites and new waves of English and Scottish settlers. Irish communities may use the commons at the will of these new owners.