The issue of whether chimpanzees deserve to be treated as "legal persons" differs from whether animals should be seen as deserving their own rights to exist a "normal life" beyond their utility and/or rights to them asserted by humans.
It is important to signal to these companies that we want our goods to come from sustainable supply chains, even if it may be at a premium. Yet it is also important to reflect and think about where our goods come from before purchasing more.
The global community needs to make three important New Years resolutions as part of the Milan Charter in 2015 in order to create a food system that makes hunger, obesity, food waste, and injustice part of the past.
It is easy to think that one person, or one business, can never make a meaningful difference, and that short-term priorities usually prevail. However that attitude is in itself as unsustainable as the actions that it will precipitate.
Small-scale, family-run farms not only form the base of rural communities in both the developing and developed world and provide a large number of jobs, but they are also at the center of sustainable production.
Poaching has been intermittently addressed by the UN Security Council as part of the conflicts and broad human rights abuses cited. However, is poaching and the illegal trade the motivation rather than just the means?
More than 140 countries meeting in Geneva last month signed off on a pact to curb the release of toxic mercury around the world by giant coal-burning power plants as well as 13 million poor artisanal gold miners.
As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.
Next year at the Earth Summit, countries and companies have a chance to build upon momentum by committing to deeper actions to spur renewable energy deployment. This is an important opportunity that shouldn't be missed.
As thousands of people marched on the COP-16 climate summit to condemn the false solutions and backroom deals being pushed in the negotiations, solidarity actions unfolded in over 100 cities around the world.
As we recently reported in Science magazine, biodiversity has continued to decline over the past four decades. This is largely due to increased pressures resulting from human population economic growth.