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Art Of Endangered Animals Sparkles On World Animal Day

Ecologists from Florence, Italy established a special day for animals on October 4, 1931. Now an internationally recognized event, World Animal Day celebrates animal life in a wide variety of ways. Coincidentally, October 4 is also the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the catholic patron saint of animals. World Animal Day is a […]

October 3rd

Can Protecting Nature Reduce Poverty?

Little is known about the mechanisms through which ecosystem conservation programs affect poverty, but scholars are now accumulating evidence about the effects of environmental programs on social outcomes. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights the progress being made by researchers in Costa Rica to answer the question of […]

August 20th

Understanding The CBD Ecosystem Approach

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international convention for protecting the diversity of life on Earth. As opposed to treaties focusing on individual species or biomes, this international treaty encompasses biodiversity on a global scale. It focuses on establishing a global network of protected natural areas, for the purpose of protecting natural capital at […]

August 13th

Seeing Past Fossil Fuels

In recent weeks I have read a number of reports published on the BBC which look at energy issues. One article in particular by science editor David Shuckman caught my attention. It looked at how European countries might replace Russian Gas imports. In the wake of the Ukraine crisis and the possibility of tit for […]

May 23rd

Moving Towards Global Unity

The recent events in Ukraine have been described as the most serious international diplomatic incident to have occurred since the end of the cold war. To those familiar with the power politics of that earlier time, the signs are eerily familiar; a sovereign country being destabilised by the actions of two competing power blocks; an […]

May 6th

Nationalism and the Global Consensus

Like most people I am proud of my culture. I was born in Scotland and spent the first 25 years of my life there. Although I now live happily in Canada, in many ways I still think of Scotland as being home. It is the landscape which shaped my perceptions of nature and beauty, the […]

February 21st

GoalZero & Barebones Match Purchase Dollars for Haiyan Relief

Leading mobile solar equipment manufacturer Goal Zero Solar and their sister company Barebones (makers of greenhouses, tents, and more) have teamed up to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan to get their basic needs met: Four essential human needs: Power, shelter, water and food. These make up the four essential needs for human life. Both Goal […]

November 20th

Costa Rica Opens First Carbon Market in Latin America

A new environmental bank, BANCO2, opened in Costa Rica this week: Costa Rica expects to sell 16 million tonnes of carbon credits over eight years on its new carbon exchange, Latin America’s first, a venue that allows polluters to offset their emissions with permits they can buy. Launched last month, the exchange provides a forum […]

November 6th

Slavery and the Shrimp Industry

Forced Labor, Child Labor and Debt Bondage  The two words, “slavery” and “shrimp”, seem an unlikely combination, with little or no relevance to one another. In fact, the element of “modern-day slavery” in the processing of shrimp is something that has sparked a report from the Solidarity Center called, “The True Cost of Shrimp”. The […]

August 6th

McDonald’s sets sights on local food… or, at least its version

Restaurant chain McDonald’s yesterday rolled out a new menu item in Italy built around the country’s iconic food staple, pasta. The new dish, “Insalata di pasta” is made up of bleached, processed white flour pasta with tuna, tomatoes, peppers, capers, and olives, and was rolled out at a premium price of €4.90 (currently about $6.33). It’s […]

May 24th

Five reasons why slower growth isn’t necessarily bad

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about how America is on a slow slide to oblivion given our lowest-in-history birthrate and U.S. Census projections showing slower population growth. While it’s true that fewer babies were born last year than in previous years (due to the recession, most likely), our total fertility rate – […]

January 17th