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April 22, 2018 Environment

Nepal’s Last Wild River

By: Michael Buckley

The Karnali in western Nepal is the nation’s longest river. It flows gloriously free for now, to the benefit of rafting tourism and the people and wild animals that depend...

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April 10, 2018 Environment
Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. (Photo: Christiaan Triebert)

The Connection Between Environment, Conflict and Security

By: W. Douglas Smith

There are two directions the connection between conflict and the environment can take that influence security.  The degradation of the environment can cause conflict and a reduction in security; or...

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March 20, 2018 Environment

Join the Rising Tide Summit at AltaSea

By: Ocean Champions

There’s a big problem facing our planet today, and yet many aren’t talking about it. The beautiful little blue ball that we all live on is 71 percent ocean, but...

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March 9, 2018 Climate & Energy
A solar array in Chile. (Photo: Antonio Garcia / Unsplash)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smaller-Scale Systems

By: W. Douglas Smith

Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Policy, politics and popular opinion sometimes have little relationship to scientific knowledge. Modern...

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February 12, 2018 Environment

Straws Upon Request Makes Sense and Cents

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

New legislation (AB 1884) proposed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to decrease plastic pollution by requiring restaurants to offer plastic straws only upon request is facing pushback. And...

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December 20, 2017 Environment

Biodiversity in the Greater Mekong Region

By: Denise Adaoyibo Onwumere

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According to the WWF,  115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong region.  These include Three mammals, eleven amphibians, two fish, eleven reptiles and eighty-eight plants were...

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November 8, 2017 Environment

DAnCiNG like a CRANE

By: Michael Buckley

November 11 is Crane Festival Day at Gangtey Monastery in eastern Bhutan. The main performers are school kids who enact a special crane dance: this is hands-on environmental education. The Bhutanese...

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November 6, 2017 Environment

America's National Park System: 'The Best Idea We Ever Had'

By: Peter Banner

To quote Wallace Earle Stegner, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at...

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October 24, 2017 Environment
A protestor holds a sign at the Clean Energy March in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016. (Photo: Mark Dixon / Flickr)

Jury Nullification -- If Not Now, When?

By: Peter Banner

Jury nullification is a concept where …members of a trial jury can vote a defendant not guilty if they do not support a government's law, do not believe it is constitutional...

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October 24, 2017 Environment

Extinction Before Our Eyes

By: Tom Kimmerer

We rarely see plants or animals become extinct before our eyes. Extinction is often something far away and abstract - it happened long ago or far away. Yet right now...

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October 11, 2017 Environment
Deforestation to make way for palm plantations in the Leuser ecosystem. (Photo: Nanang Sujana / Rainforest Action Network)

RAN Investigation Exposes Illegal Palm-Oil Production

By: Rainforest Action Network

The Leuser Ecosystem is made up of some of the most important forests still standing today. Literally the last place on Earth where Sumatran orangutans, tigers, rhinos, sun bears and...

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October 6, 2017 Environment

The Solution's in the Soil: Food for Thought

By: Julia Jaye Posin

My first job, ten years old, 6:00 am, meticulously weaving row by row, the satisfying snap and crack sounds rolling one after another, as I loosen the roots from the...

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