Getting ready for the week ahead! A quick update, with lots of news and pictures!

I am in Rio now. Lots has been going on, so here is a quick summary!

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Water-Energy-Food nexus – what is it and how might it be approached at Rio+20?

In the latest of our Rio+20-themed blog posts (and the last before our competition winners travel out to the Earth Summit), our winner Ed, who will be sponsored by Northumbrian Water in Rio, looks at the Water-Energy-Food nexus (one that is particularly pertinent to NIReS) and where the balance should be between these three crucial natural resources.

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Optimistic thoughts …!

In the latest of our blog entries looking forward to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, our competition runner up, James, who will be attending the Earth Summit in person thanks to sponsorship from Newcastle University‘s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, reflects on his changing hopes and feelings for the summit with less than two weeks to go. Don’t forget, you can follow the progress of our competition winners through this site, but also through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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Sustainable Development 101

Ed Byers, winner of our Rio+20 competition, will be travelling in a couple of weeks (sponsored by Northumbrian Water) to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, along with runners-up James Robinson and Claire Chisholm.

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What would you say?

OK, so we are sending three of our students to attend the Earth Summit in person in June, and this has set us all thinking.

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Rio+20: I grew up under Thatcher …

Well, after all of the fantastic entries you’ve read over the last few weeks, it’s time for our winner’s entry.

Ed Byers, a PhD student in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (and what a strong showing that School made overall in the competition – really impressive!) snatched the prize with his thought-provoking, powerful and well-argued entry which analysed the factors most likely to achieve real change following this year’s Earth Summit.

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