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Why Are We Stomping on the Piss Ants While the Elephants Are a Charging?

John F. Ince | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.

The Bottom Line: Embracing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

Although we've made remarkable progress toward ending overfishing and restoring depleted populations, we have been missing the bigger picture by focusing on individual species -- the marine version of missing the forest for the trees.

Catch of the Day: Transgenic Salmon? Not So Fast

OnEarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, OnEarth Today marks the deadline for public comments on a genetically modified salmon currently under review by the Food and ...

I Was There: Three Years After BP Spill, Applying Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The view from the deck of the Exxon Valdez was grim. The slick was huge; birds and other wildlife were covered in oil, dying; and hardly any containment effort had begun. The spill would kill an enormous number of animals -- seabirds, bald eagles, sea otters, seals and whales.

An Earth Day Note for Farmers

Jason Evans | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Jason Evans

Like all entrepreneurs, though, the farmer has a bottom line to maintain and a tendency to view government regulation as a barrier to progress and profit. And, who would blame them?

The New Sexy: System Impact

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

One would think that a technology used to rapidly accelerate composting would be an ultimate competitor to the traditional composter.Simply, it is just 'sexier' than the time-tested practice of windrow composting.

How This Destroyed Ecosystem Came Back To Life

| Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By Lizzie Wade Back in 1998, Scott Reef was a ghost town. Rising ocean temperatures caused by El Niño had triggered a catastrophic bleaching event...

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

At a time when government funding is strained, can nature offer some of the protection that engineered structures were built to provide? And can nature do it at lower cost?

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Ecosystems perform a wide variety of important services for free. But many of these ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed by human development. Now, communities need to put nature back to work.

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

The Pied Piper of South Georgia Island

Michael Moore | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Michael Moore

After two centuries of human-induced damage, South Georgia would once again host the greatest concentration of seabirds on the planet.

'Hygiene Hypothesis' or 'Old Friends' Theory?

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Is it the "hygiene hypothesis" or the "old friends" theory that makes the most sense? From a recent report on papers from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, it seems like it's just two views from different sides of the same coin.

As Not Seen on TV: BP Fails to "Measure Up" on Promises to Gulf Coast

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

With less than seven percent of this initial commitment to the Gulf Coast met, it's fair to say BP must do a better job of working fairly with the state and federal trustee to move projects forward.

Urban Green and the Cost of Progress: A Counterintuitive Book on Sustainability

James Grundvig | Posted 12.02.2012 | Home
James Grundvig

In reading Urban Green, growth can now be equated to a ticking time bomb. Something in society and nature has to give. But what?

The Next 'Red List'

Posted 09.16.2012 | Green

By Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor The International Union for the Conservation of Nature moved closer to approving its new Re...

Ranching With Wolves

Andrew Gunther | Posted 09.12.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

Most people still see "conservation" and "ranching" as two very separate, and often incompatible, objectives. But farms and ranches should coexist with event our most important native predator species.

Waste More, Want More: Americans Still Throw Away Good Food

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.27.2012 | Green
Andrew Lam

Not long ago, frugality was a virtue. Now, two-third of our economy is based on consumption.

Ecofund: Our Story

Sandrine Beauchamp Faschina | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Sandrine Beauchamp Faschina

Ecofund was born from the action of several real-life heroes of the environment, people like you and me, acting with the means at hand to preserve ecosystems in their community -- and thus our planet!

Big News in Shark Conservation

Leila Monroe | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

All who care about the health of the world's oceans need to take a stand in protecting sharks: refuse to eat shark fins and call on governments and businesses to end the trade in fins.

A Hopeful Start for Our Oceans

Fabien Cousteau | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Fabien Cousteau

Our beloved bodies of water are now showing how fragile they really are. Whether we see oceans as a natural resource bank account, a key component of our health and well-being, or as a heritage for our children, it is imperative that we include them in our march to a better future.

Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World

Sara Robinson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
Sara Robinson

The old industrial-age systems -- state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism -- have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn't an option.

Review: Our Dying Planet

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.24.2012 | Green
Jan McGirk

"We've wiped out a lot of species over the years. This will be the first time we've actually eliminated an entire ecosystem," laments ecologist Peter F Sale, in Our Dying Planet, his latest book, published by University of California Press. It's full of nasty surprises.

If It Bleeds It Leads

Frank Mazzotti | Posted 04.07.2012 | Miami
Frank Mazzotti

Stories about large snakes feed directly into an archetypal fear that humans have of snakes, and stories about a feeding frenzy of snakes wiping out wildlife fuels a feeding frenzy of media coverage that wipes out the truth.

PHOTOS: Must-See Images Of Our Mangrove Coast

Posted 02.04.2012 | Miami

We see Biscayne Bay nearly daily, but are we really looking? Miami-bred artist Barry Fellman's photos of the mangrove ecosystem that nestles Miami are...

Nature's Fashionistas

Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts

When we think of jellyfish, our initial thought may be of their unpleasant sting, but in terms of natural awe, nothing can beat the billowing beauty o...