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June 22, 2018 Environment

Time's Up for Plastic

By: Belinda Waymouth

The proliferating plastic trash crisis calls for drastic measures— 'out’ the worst offenders, demand brand accountability, then bust the myth about biodegradable plastics being the fix. Plastic keeps making headlines....

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June 15, 2018 Environment

Seeking Refuge from the Storm: ten things I learned from kayaking in Bangladesh

By: Michael Buckley

Photos by MONTY. World Refugee Day is celebrated every June 20: this UN initiative was set up to raise awareness about the situation of refugees worldwide. The media tends to...

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June 13, 2018 Environment

Manhattan Beach Passes Historic Ban on Single-Use Plastic Straws, Stirrers, and Utensils to Reduce Plastic Pollution

By: Dana Roeber Murray

Straws are out in Manhattan Beach The Manhattan Beach City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the sale, distribution and use of single-use plastic straws, plastic stirrers,...

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June 7, 2018 Environment

Plastic Pollution is Rising, But So Are We!

By: Lisa Kaas Boyle

By Lisa Kaas Boyle and David Helvarg The inaugural March for the Ocean -- which will be held on Saturday, June 9th in our nation’s capitol, with sister marches around the...

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May 6, 2018 Environment

Plan Bee for Refugees

By: Michael Buckley

Tsechu Dolma, founder of Mountain Resiliency, with log-hive in background. May 20, 2018 marks the first ever celebration of World Bee Day, an FAO initiative. Why...

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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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