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Natural Resources

Having the Will to Do It

Pablo Freund | Posted 04.18.2014 | Green
Pablo Freund

The admiral's speech summarized over 60 years ago what in my view remains society's largest problem today. The dynamics of quality of life and energy use in society are still the same.

Missing a Trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Next week, over 1,000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

Climate Change: Case Closed

Rep. Alan Lowenthal | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Every minute we waste on this "myth of disagreement" is one minute longer we have to wait to take concrete action, making any solution more difficult and more expensive.

When Water Scarcity Becomes Personal

Keith Proctor | Posted 03.22.2014 | Green
Keith Proctor

Like many Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in their country, Sabeen has found another crisis in Jordan: water scarcity.

Shining a Spotlight on Water Defenders

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Mark Ruffalo

For too long, we have paid little attention to our planet's most crucial natural resource: water. Sadly, most of what we hear is not great news -- massive contaminations, scarcity, areas of high stress and more. This isn't exactly reassuring.

This is What Community Health Looks Like: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project gives $1,000 away, every day, to change-makers all over the world who are creating more peaceful, just and sustainable communi...

Mining the Abyss

Peter Neill | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

"Resource nationalism" pertains here -- the right of a nation to exchange its resources for return to its population and general social welfare that is sustainable over time. Globalization has stood that idea on its head.

Next 40 Years Will Not Be as Easy

Richard Ha | Posted 01.27.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

Nate Hagens, who is a well-known authority on global resource depletion, dropped by the farm yesterday. Nate used to work on Wall Street as a vice pr...

Food Security: Transplanting Rural to Urban

Yen To | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Yen To

Food security is an eco-socio-economic issue that strikes at the fundamental human processes we have devised for our own longevity. These examples demonstrate alternative methods of addressing the global issue, locally.

Peak Oil Is Dead

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green
Michael T. Klare

Reservoirs of energy once considered inaccessible can be brought into production, and others once deemed exhausted can be returned to production; rather than being finite, the world's petroleum base now appears virtually inexhaustible.

Fears of Extinction

Huron Pines | Posted 03.08.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

In a follow-up post to her December 24 blog about the federally endangered Kirtland's warbler, Kay Charter continues providing insight on the critical...

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Go ANOTHER Year Without Designating New Wilderness?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that created a new designation for public lands that retain their "p...

A Very Special Bird for Michigan

Huron Pines | Posted 02.23.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

Photo: Gene McGarry The Kirtland's warbler is a conservation success story and one that exemplifies the positive impact of the Endangered Species Ac...

The Kirtland's Warbler--Tiny Bird. Big Pluck!

Huron Pines | Posted 02.16.2014 | Science
Huron Pines

By Joy Leisen, Special Projects Coordinator, Huron Pines Mystery, intrigue, tragedy, controversy, and even murder--the story of the Kirtland's warb...

Moving Past the Commodity Supercycle: Are We There Yet?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Some analysts are predicting that the commodity price boom of the new millennium as something that has played itself out. Have we entered a phase of descending commodity prices in general?

Capturing Africa's Missing Billions and Making It Work for Its People

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Winnie Byanyima

For a continent so rich in natural resources, how is it that many of Africa's countries fall among the lowest in global rankings of economic growth, despite exports of minerals, oil and gas from Africa worth roughly seven times the value of international aid to the continent?

Can Africa Follow China's Industrialization Path?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

If anything, China had to import all that. This should make industrialization relatively easier for Africa, a region super-rich in commodities. But that depends on how that wealth is spent. Is it going to build Africa's human capital?

An Intimate Look At Our Most Precious Resource

Posted 09.26.2013 | Green

It's easy to forget how beautiful our blue marble can be. But photographer Edward Burtynsky's aquatic landscapes have given us a new appreciation for ...

Democracy Sees Off Investors, For Now

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

To the dismay of politicians and executives alike, Indians have stalled hundreds of billions of dollars worth of projects by refusing to surrender the necessary natural resources.

Resource-Backed Investment Finance in Least Developed Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.23.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

What kind of financing opportunities could result for infrastructure from the combination of natural resource abundance, governments' lack of capital market access, and weak governance environments? As it turns out, quite a few.

Ghanaians Gain Ground on Accountability for Oil Wealth

Barbara Borst | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Barbara Borst

Sudden oil wealth sounds like a winning lottery ticket, but for many countries, it's a disaster. Too often, a gusher breeds corruption, economic dislocation and conflict.

Austerity: No Walk in the Park

Jesse Marks | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Jesse Marks

Unfortunately, the sequester is only the latest of a series of actions that have cut funding to America's national park system. In fact, in a recent study, all but one of the 23 national parks surveyed have seen budgets decline consistently since 2010 (some by more than 25 percent).

Can Nature Save us From Climate Change?

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

Nature is a powerful tool right at our fingertips offering tangible results. Conserving our natural resources gets to the root of the problem. If we reduce carbon pollution, we will reduce the increasing impacts of climate change.

Q&A With Ramez Naam: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Doom yourself to horrific climate change by burning all that carbon and releasing all that CO2. Or power down society, reducing total energy usage around the planet. One leads to ecological collapse. The other is a reversion, in many ways, to poverty."

Are African Lions One-Trick Ponies?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For the African growth story to be more than the "one-trick" resources story, its leaders have to prioritize the diversification of their economies. Natural resource extraction offers immediate benefits but this growth path is unlikely to translate into tangible improvements in the lives of most Africans.