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Pity the Dugongs: U.S. DOD Says Court Has No Jurisdiction

Tom King | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Tom King

The dugong is a sacred animal on Okinawa, associated with the ancient origins of the Okinawan people and with their continuing welfare. As a result, the dugong is officially listed as a "Natural Monument" under Japan's "Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties" (LPCP). What will become of the dugongs' case in Okinawa?

Can Ocean Health Be Saved Through Underwater Apps?

Brett Greene | Posted 11.25.2014 | Denver
Brett Greene

On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.

Taoism Is Environmentalism

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Arthur Rosenfeld

Recently, I penned a review of the movie Interstellar, a science fiction blockbuster that chronicles a plan to find a new place for mankind to live af...

Galápagos Struggle for Survival: Darwin Foundation vs. Santa Cruz Municipality

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | San Francisco
Cecilia Alvear

Darwin Foundation gift shop in Santa Cruz island, Galápagos. Darwin Foundation photo. In the beginning it was just a "little shop around the corner...

Are We Failing Our Kids?

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Our children's health and welfare is our responsibility. As countries across the globe are celebrating Universal Children's Day and recommitting to improve the welfare of kids everywhere, I can't help but wonder if we're doing enough to protect our kids here at home.

10 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Thanksgiving

Lori Popkewitz Alper | Posted 11.21.2014 | Green
Lori Popkewitz Alper

gen change Although every day provides an opportunity for reflection and change, Thanksgiving stands out as the perfect day to kick off a few new habits that will effect the longevity of our planet. If each of us revamped our consumption and waste habits by slightly adjusting what's already in place, the overall impact could be huge.

The True Value of Clean Water

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

By preserving our planet's oceans and waterways, we also enhance and restore the vast, under-appreciated cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits they provide.

Preventing the Sixth Mass Extinction Requires Dealing With Climate Change

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Anthony D. Barnosky

Allowing the climate change we're now causing to continue would virtually guarantee that human beings will be the first species in the planet's history bring on a mass extinction of life on Earth.

Hundreds of Fluffy Penguin Chicks Rescued in South Africa

David DiGregorio | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
David DiGregorio

There's no doubt that the biggest threat to penguins are humans. From destroying habitats to spilling oil, we do not make life easy for these resilient birds.

Saving Simon Rodia's Watts Towers in L.A. (VIDEO)

VernissageTV | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts

In spite of being one of the most unique works of art, the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia are on The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide list of th...

5 Measures of Conservation to Affordably Monitor Our Effectiveness

David Wilkie | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

Most conservation practitioners would rather spend the next dollar raised on reducing threats than monitoring the effectiveness of their actions. Not surprisingly, few have ever attempted to gather scientifically credible data on any of the numerous exhaustive lists of indicators.

Being Good Environmental Stewards, No Matter Where We Live

The Corps Network | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
The Corps Network

Davon Baynes, a Corpsmember with Civic Works Real Food Farm in Baltimore, MD - recently travelled to the Boulder White Cloud Mountains in Idaho. W...

Interstellar Is a Crying Shame

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment
Arthur Rosenfeld

As accompaniment to a bag of popcorn it's delightful; as a piece of cinematic art, however, it is a violent, awful revelation of human hubris, shortsightedness, and self-importance.

Saving the World, One Park at a Time

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

More than 300 terrestrial animal species have been driven to extinction since 1500. The creation and maintenance of well-managed protected areas provide the greatest promise of ending the extinction crisis confronting our Earth's best of the wild.

Slowing the Brain Drain in Central Africa to Protect the Environment and Public Health

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

By Karla Renschler Central Africa--long plagued by conflict and widespread poverty--faces another significant challenge to sustainable development...

Jerry Brown's California, Barack Obama's America: Starkly Different Democratic Realities

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Looking at the political shards left over from Tuesday's election, shadowed so heavily by President Barack Obama's sharp decline from his strong re-election just two years ago, we see two starkly different realities for Democrats in the nation's largest state and the nation as a whole.

From Cooking to Conservation: Women Take Action to Protect the Planet

Meg Lowman | Posted 11.06.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

In my work as a conservation biologist, I often find myself as the only woman at the table. Despite the many advances of women in the boardroom and on the corporate payroll, the world of conservation brokers remains male-dominated. Why not engage the other 51 percent of the population?

Show Me the Deals: Impact Investors Look for Opportunities in Conservation Finance

David Bank | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
David Bank

In conservation finance, at least for the moment, the shortage is not in the availability of capital, but in the pipeline of investment vehicles that meet investors' criteria for risk-adjusted returns and experienced management teams, according to a detailed new survey of conservation impact investors.

Rewilding: A Cultural Meme for Rehabilitating Our Hearts

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.04.2014 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

While we won't ever get back the world we once had, we all need to do all we can to make sure that future generations inherit a planet that is the very best we can leave them.

Making Our Voices Heard, Number One Reason for Latinos to Vote

Dulce Saenz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Dulce Saenz

With everyone eagerly anticipating the results of the elections on Nov. 4th, it's becoming clear that the Latino community wants to make a statement by showing up at the voting booth.

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

Biodiversity: What's Worth Saving?

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

New economic analysis shows it's a great deal to reduce coral losses -- but likely not to make more protected areas.

Sisterhoods Among Animals: What Dolphins Teach Us

Brenda Peterson | Posted 10.30.2014 | 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.

This Is How We #DroughtHack

Eric Garcetti | Posted 10.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti

L.A. is water. Our story begins on the banks of the L.A. River -- and it was man-made rivers we built that provided the lifeblood that allowed our city to grow from its original pueblo into the global metropolis we are today. Now, amidst a record drought, water is becoming increasingly scarce -- and increasingly precious.

Strong After Sandy: Healing the Past, Investing in the Future

Wendi Weber | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Wendi Weber

The eye of Hurricane Sandy came ashore two years ago, devastating communities along the Atlantic Coast with record storm surge, fierce winds and torrential rain.