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The "Circular" Economy - What it Is, and Why it Is Important

John Friedman | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
John Friedman

Let's assume you're traveling at a set speed on a very, very long road, but one that does have an end. Assuming nothing else changes, you will eventually get to the end of the road. At that point, there is nowhere else to go.

This Is How Fracking Works

Posted 12.09.2014 | Business

Forget what they say about money; energy is LITERALLY what makes the world go round. And as science and technology have made extracting and utilizing ...

How the Supreme Court Could and Should Be the Key to Federal Climate Action

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 11.14.2014 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

Our government persists with a business-as-usual path, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that continued carbon emissions threaten the climate system on which civilization and nature as we know it depend.

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.

Offshore Oil and the Energy Debate

Peter Neill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

The energy industry has transformed the American landscape -- removed mountain tops, scarred vast areas of open pits, destroyed agricultural lands, and poisoned aquifers. Why would we even think of permitting them to despoil anything more? Why would we trust them with the ocean?

Ecological Debt and the Global Footprint Network

Peter Neill | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Ecological debt has transcended the physical and political boundaries of any individual nation to become a global phenomenon that involves every person on earth in the calculating and recalculating the sums through collective and individual behaviors worldwide.

The Future of Conservation and the Tragedy of Triage

Michael Paul Nelson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Michael Paul Nelson

Because the ESA is a flagship of conservation legislation, one can expect this new meaning to influence the direction of conservation far beyond the formal purview of the ESA.

New Victim, Same Tragedy: The Plight of the American Mustang

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

The American Mustang was a brutal reminder of how the bureaucracy of federal institutions is, at times, ignorant of the cause and effect of their decisions, and the distress they produce. Nothing prepared me for the cruelty of man toward beast that flooded the screen.

Haitian Tourism Project Leads to Environmental Damage and Community Repression

Beverly Bell | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Other Worlds and the Solidarity and Resistance Collective for the Population of Île-à-Vache "Destination Île-à-Vache" is a government-driven t...

What Do We Need Nature For?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

There is an old saying: What you understand, you care for. What you care for, you love. What you love, you protect.

Women-Led Resistance Against False Development

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Aura Lolita Chavez Ixcaquic, Maya K'iche from the Mayan Women's Movement, Guatemala By Deepa Panchang and Jessica Hsu As a member ...

Mother India Cannot Survive Without Grandmother Nature

K. Ullas Karanth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
K. Ullas Karanth

Hopefully, Mr. Modi will recognize that the fragile nature he holds in temporary custody is a product of millions of years of evolutionary Karma. Grandmother Nature gave birth to Mother India, which he has sworn to serve.

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.

Vietnam in a Quandary: China's Aggression, America's Seduction

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

Thi Quang Lam, a former general in the South Vietnamese army talks about issues related to contemporary Vietnam and its growing unrest, spurred in large part by China's aggression and Hanoi's muted response.

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

We do know that people like to breathe, drink water and eat. Preserving the resources needed to ensure sustenance is a requirement of all political processes and governing regimes. You can't have a Tea Party without clean water to brew tea.

A Sushi Burrito: The Real Estate, Natural Resources, Family Office and Crowd Investing Conference

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Jorge Newbery

Mix real estate, natural resources, family office, and crowd investing into one conference? This sounds akin to a restaurant with too many chefs, like...

Will 'Milk Life' Go Global? Big Dairy Sets Its Sights on Asia

Mia MacDonald | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Could the U.S. dairy processors' new slogan, "milk life," make it big in Asia? If dairy multinationals like Nestlé and Danone have their way, the answer might be yes.

Having the Will to Do It

Pablo Freund | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.22.2014 | 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 05.22.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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.