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China at a Tipping Point: Ecological and Spiritual Awakening

Zilong Wang | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Zilong Wang

There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...

Software and Data Helping Overhaul Conservation

Victoria Espinel | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Today, I gave the keynote address at the World Wildlife Fund’s 2015 Fuller Symposium. This year’s theme, “Wired in the Wild,” ...

Wild Wolves: The Old and the New West

Brenda Peterson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Wolves are not only caught in the crossfire between rural ranchers and more urban wildlife advocates; this most misunderstood and maligned animal is also trapped along a cultural fault line between the Old and the New West.

To Be Pro-life Is to Be Pro-Planet

Scott Stearman | Posted 11.11.2015 | Religion
Scott Stearman

The problem is that there aren't enough people who take carbon emissions and its impact on the future of our planet seriously. I have long found this tragic, but now it's tragic and increasingly inexcusable. The data is clear. The images are current and vivid. The situation is dire.

Newborn Orca 'Baby Boom' Depends Upon Our Breaching Deadbeat Dams

Brenda Peterson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

What can we offer these orca families to commemorate their newborns after three years of heart-breaking losses of their calves? We can finally make good our government promises by tearing down the Snake River dams and help nourish orcas with the Chinook salmon they need to thrive.

Confessions of a Carnivore

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I don't see a clear difference between slaughtering a pig and cutting down a seven-story tree. Between netting the wild salmon I eat for dinner and harvesting my breakfast oats.

What If Every Day Was a Parliament of the World's Religions?

John Halstead | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

For five days members of the most diverse religions not only co-existed, but created community together. How was this possible? There was no proselytizing. And the conversation was intentionally inclusive.

Amidst Hottest Year on Earth, Faith Leaders Unite and Call for Climate Action

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

In light of new evidence that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious leaders joined together at the Parliament of World Religions pledging faith-based action to combat climate change. The event took place in Salt Lake City, and brought together over 8,000 people from scores of faiths and nations.

Humanity's Immunity

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

I recently heard Marianne Williamson talk about how we can be humanity's immunity. She's spot on. Just like it's our innate and adaptive immune syst...

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 98 Landykes of the South

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

These are powerfully human stories that help us all understand more about lesbian-feminism and where -- and how -- we live our lives.

Here's What NYC's Diverse Wildlife Looked Like 400 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 09.30.2015 | Travel

At one point (whether you can believe it or not), Times Square was naturally beautiful. Instead of jackhammers and sirens, you'd hear blue jays a...

The Creation of the Cosmos

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

God is the Ground and Source of our being, and at the end of each creative work, God said, "That's good." Striking against the ancient view that order is achieved through violence and domination, the God of the Hebrews creates and orders the cosmos simply and powerfully by his word.

The Narcissism Behind Our Use of Animals

Noah Manne | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Noah Manne

Narcissism has become a defining feature of the human species. While it is a "sick" way of being in the world, it is maladaptive, not absolute. We each can continue to adapt. By choosing to change the way we think and behave, we each can heal what ails the larger organism of which we are a part so we all can be healthier in all ways.

Major Shifts in Science Challenge Religions, and Especially Their Activists

Rory McEntee | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

Pope Francis' May 24, 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, on the state of the earth's environment and humanity's responsibility for action, represents a growing transformational shift in the relationship between science, social justice, progressive secularism, and religious consciousness.

On Hatteras, Putting Ourselves, and the World, Back Together

Auden Schendler | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Auden Schendler

Like summer, turtle hatching season is coming to a close on Hatteras Island, and all along the coast, sunbathers incubate themselves in late summer heat, under strategically planted umbrellas that skirt dozens of fenced nesting areas.

I'm With Stupid: Robots Could Destroy All Life in the Pacific

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.04.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

If you've heard of the film (or the actual object) "Rabbit-Proof Fence," you may have some idea of Australia's unfortunate history with invasive and non-native species.

The Microbes Living In Your Home Say A Lot About You

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science

There are thousands of microbial species crawling around your home right now -- and they can reveal a lot about you and anyone else who live...

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

He May be Argentine, but the Pope's no Che Guevara

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Pope Francis prays for systems that provide financial services and facilitate commercial transactions that will equitably advance human well-being, promote the common good and make the protection of our common home, the earth, a top priority.

Manhattan's Last Forest and the Nature of Cities Everywhere

Dr. Chris Martine | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Dr. Chris Martine

As New York has grown into perhaps the globe's most famous metropolis, Inwood Hill has remained largely the same as it ever was: a verdant oasis on the edge of the city's most densely populated borough.

Laudato Si, Westphalia, and a New Old Principle of Governance

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

History abounds with the problems of creating global governance. Think about how the League of Nations failed, giving way to the United Nations. Look at the establishment of the Eurozone, and the convulsions brought on by the Greek financial crisis. Getting people to the table is hard.

Why 'Laudato Si' Should be on the Reading List of Every CEO

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Upon reading the much anticipated Papal Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', I found myself immediately looking for ways to get it into the hands of the CEOs I know. As I see it, the Pope's messages for business leaders are as follows.

Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home

Thomas Worcester | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

Even before Pope Francis published an encyclical on environmental degradation negative reactions were already multiplying. Certain US commentators did not remain silent and attentive long enough to actually read and digest and reflect upon what the bishop of Rome had to say.

The Dawn Chorus--Nature's Best Symphony

Meg Lowman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Science
Meg Lowman

The time is 4:24 am. I sit upright in bed, awakened by an inspirational choir that has just burst into sound. Vacationing in the woods of northern Vermont, I've taken a summer sojourn back to the temperate forests of my childhood.

Mist of the Earth: A Stunning Exhibition of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Region

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.