Sadly, 35 of 200+ sites designated as natural World Heritage properties are considered in danger and face threats such as pollution, human armed conflict, poaching, uncontrolled urbanization, and unchecked tourism and development.
I get frustrated watching nature shows or reading about fascinating habitats that I know are becoming increasingly threatened, with no mention about how threatened they are, and much less (and more importantly) how we can help personally.
Maureen McGowan is the director of Handcrafting Justice, a Sisters of Good Shepherd project that sells handmade goods made by impoverished women in the developing world. This is no mom-and-pop charity.
The recent failed election in Cote d'Ivoire, which has generated competing claims to the presidency and a high risk of return to widespread violence, is the latest in a series of electoral setbacks in sub-Saharan Africa.
Madagascar's story is a chess game between the French and the Americans, who have been vying for influence for the past decade. Per usual, the real losers are the people, who have been plunged into unimaginable suffering.