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New Ways to Learn: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The practice of giving daily has changed my life. In 2012, I co-founded The Pollination Project which makes daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

Land-Based Food Won't Sustain Polar Bears in a Low-Ice Arctic, Study Says

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.02.2015 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

As summer and autumn sea ice diminishes in the Arctic Sea, polar bears spending more time on shore have been spotted eating eggs, hunting down the nesting birds that lay them, hunting other land animals and even chewing on edible plants growing onshore. But is that enough to sustain them in an ice-scarce Arctic? No, says a new study.

Los Angeles's 30 Newest Species

Aaron Pomerantz | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Aaron Pomerantz

LOS ANGELES -- A recent study has revealed 30 previously unknown species of flies, living right here in the bustling city of Los Angeles. This is remarkable because we usually don't think of urbanized areas as being particularly biologically diverse. But our lack of information on urban environments has allowed for an interesting research opportunity. A few years ago, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County initiated a project called BioSCAN to search for biodiversity in heavily urbanized areas.

Challenging Our Children's Carbon Footprint

Ella Jameson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Ella Jameson

If you do have children, perhaps one of the most valuable lessons you can impart from a young age is the importance of living as greenly as possible - because after all, it's our children, and our children's children, who will feel the effects of our carbon footprints the most.

HUMAN: A New Film by Yann Arthus Bertrand

Tadzio Mac Gregor | Posted 04.18.2015 | Arts
Tadzio Mac Gregor

Years after his last success, Yann Arthus Bertrand will reappear this September during the 70th United Nations General Assembly with his latest feature film, HUMAN.

Rebirth, Miracles, and Magic

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Where can we find the magic we need to free ourself from this self-destructive spell of consumerism, this soul-destroying pursuit of distractions? Magic is always present, just as the Divine is always present.

The Jewish Holiday You've Never Heard Of

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Today is Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, the "New Year for trees." This is a minor Jewish festival and of all the Jewish holidays, probably the one most people have never heard of. Its name translates as the 15th of the month of Shevat.

Beetle vs. Bird: Expert Panel Weighs in on Biocontrol of Invasive Tamarisk Trees

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Science
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

Tamarisk was introduced to the Western U.S. from Eurasia in the late 1800s, and over the next 50 years it was widely planted as a fast-growing, drought-resistant ornamental and riverbank stabilizer.

Did the Anthropocene Begin with a Bang or a Drumroll?

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science
Anthony D. Barnosky

How do you mark the instant when human impacts so changed the planet that the signs will remain embedded in Earth's rock record for time immemorial? That is essentially the question that three important new scientific studies tackled this month.

Unequal and Unhappy

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Over the past 35 years, Americans have become $27 trillion wealthier. That's an extra $90,000 per person, or $360,000 for a family of four. But it doesn't seem to be making us better off.

Racing Away From Ferguson and the Challenge of Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

The times are perilous. We are confronting a potentially devastating set of ecological, social and cultural crises, which means that as scholars we have a great obligation. It's time for us to step up to the plate.

Great Gift Ideas for Gifted Kids and Adults

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

People who are exceptionally intelligent in one or more areas can be particularly difficult to choose gifts for, either because their interests are so esoteric (e.g., physics) or so focused that you are inclined to expand their horizons (e.g., no more puzzles, no more comics!).

Noah: Colonist, Ecologist, Sociologist

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Picturing Noah as a colonizer of an empty world rather than a survivor of a doomed world enables us to use Noah as a model for dealing not only with catastrophes, but also with the lesser setbacks of ordinary life.

A Health Check-up for Our Environment -- Ignored at Our Own Risk

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Chinese river dolphin has disappeared before our eyes within only two generations. Will we change course before other branches on the tree of life die off? It would be foolish to assume that we can somehow maintain our prosperity and our very future without the rich biodiversity on Planet Earth.

Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

These stories of the soul are part of our human history, our spiritual and mythic heritage that has nourished us with the sacred meaning of life -- as real as grains ground into flour.

Sisterhoods Among Animals: What Dolphins Teach Us

Brenda Peterson | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Brenda Peterson

While on a humpback whale research trip to Hawaii I kayaked into a warm-water bay and was suddenly surrounded by a wild pod of sleek spinner dolphins, including mother-calf duos accompanied by babysitting aunts and sisters.

Out of the Ark and Into the Garden: The Story of Noah in the Sabbatical Year

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

One question for us today, in this year of Shmita, is: how can we get ourselves back to the garden? Back before our fellowship with the animals was lost?

Review: Hyperobjects--Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

What would it look like if we actually recognized the legitimate and inscrutable existence of things apart from ourselves? How would this alter how we interact with each other and with the planet?

Diwali: Hearing Earth's Cry

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

On the occasion of Diwali 2014, I want to share a reflection on one of the central narratives associated, in the Hindu tradition, with this festival. This is the narrative that connects Diwali with the celebration and rejoicing over the return of Rama to his home, after a lengthy exile.

Extinction Machine: User's Guide

Joseph Carlisi | Posted 12.13.2014 | Green
Joseph Carlisi

The one universal law or rule that seems to hold constant in nature is the seeking of balance. All natural systems are in a continuous state of change...

Faith Perspectives for the UN Climate Summit: Ecotheology in GIFs

Carolyn Davis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week, and many of the marchers who flooded the streets of downtown New York came representing a multitude of faith traditions.

Climate Rally Draws Tens of Thousands to the Streets

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Alex Cacioppo

One contingent of the multitudinous climate rallies that coalesced as a mass of more than 300,000 people on Sunday, September 21, stirred to life outside the TimeWarner Center, on Columbus Circle, which was symbolic on a number of levels.

It's Time to Take Evolution Into Our Own Hands

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

As founder and director of the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and a professor of ecology an...

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Evolutionary biologists have news for anyone accustomed to thinking of evolution as a long-term proposition: Evolution also takes place on a day-to-day basis, and it's a tool we must use to keep drug-resistant diseases from spiraling out of control and to prevent mass extinctions.

Why I Oppose Fracking

Randy Credico | Posted 11.05.2014 | New York
Randy Credico

New York has a growing tourism industry based on scenic beauty, clean water, and unspoiled nature. Small family farms and ranches are making a comeback. Our new breweries and wineries are gaining worldwide recognition. They all depend on our clean pure water. Fracking would destroy all that.