Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

What can a Green New Deal learn from other countries?

From net-zero carbon emissions to transportation fixes, some ideas in the Green New Deal have been tested abroad. A Green New Deal is far from a sure thing. Political challenges are already growing tendrils around the proposal, and it’s not … Continue reading

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Growing up in dirty air ‘quadruples chances of developing depression’

Children who lived in areas with higher air pollution when younger are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18, according to research. In the first analysis of how common air pollutants affect teenage mental … Continue reading

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Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

Insects could vanish within a century at the current rate of decline, says global review. The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More … Continue reading

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Forest soil needs decades or centuries to recover from fires and logging

The 2009 Black Saturday fires burned 437,000 hectares of Victoria, including tens of thousands of hectares of Mountain Ash forest. As we approach the tenth anniversary of these fires, we are reminded of their legacy by the thousands of tall … Continue reading

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Climate Change is changing wind patterns and making Ocean waves stronger

Climate change is changing our wind patterns, which is strengthening waves traveling across the earth’s surface. As climate change has gradually heated oceans around the globe, it’s also been making ocean waves stronger and more deadly, according to a new … Continue reading

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Vertical Gardening Ideas for Small Garden and Balcony

A vertical garden is a garden that grows upward (vertically) using a trellis or other support system, rather than on the ground (horizontally). Anything grown on a trellis or even a fence is technically part of a vertical garden. This technique … Continue reading

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We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too

Nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior. I’ve been an avid hiker my whole life. From the time I first strapped on a backpack and headed into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was hooked on the … Continue reading

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Gardening to extend your life and drop your stress

Dan Buettner has studied five places around the world where residents are famed for their longevity: Okinawa in Japan, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece, and Loma Linda in California and Sardinia in Italy. People living in these so-called … Continue reading

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Why Kids Need Wilderness And Adventure More Than Ever

These days, our kids’ lives are overscheduled, filled with pressure, and can be pretty intense. School, homework, sports and/or other extracurricular activities fill the week and often consumes many weekends as well. We all can feel like there is no … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management

Over centuries, even millennia, indigenous communities have developed interdependent systems of agriculture and forestry that are uniquely suited to the ecological requirements of the land they inhabit. Yet even today says Charles M. Peters, a curator of Botany at the … Continue reading

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