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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, November 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), November 2013, volume 9, issue 10...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

futures thinking ... looking ahead

The future of the important commercial and recreational fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico is at risk due to a huge "dead zone", or hypoxic (low oxygen) zone. This is fueled by runoff containing nitrogen and phosphorus compounds from the Mississippi River Watershed, which drains about 41% of the land of the continuous U.S. This runoff promotes a spike in algae growth, which consume valuable oxygen in their decomposition after death. The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium details the process, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued a report.

applied foresight ... using the perspective

Antiobiotics in farm animal feed is an increasing concern. Currently, most food-producing animals are raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and are fed feed mixed with antiobiotics on a daily basis. As a result, pathogens are evolving to antibiotic-resistant strains, potentially ultimately affecting human health. Recently the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future issued a report on the issue. Earlier this year, the Ontario Medical Association of Canada issued a report calling for a ban on adding antibiotics to animal feed.

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

Interested in a course on the future for college credit?
Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC /PSY 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement, and it is offered in either online or face-to-face formats. Registration is open  for the Spring Term of 2014.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2014 Conference, "What If". The conference will be in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 11 - 13, 2014.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.