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Earth’s Tallest Land Animal Needs Endangered Species Protection

Earth’s Tallest Land Animal Needs Endangered Species Protection

In response to recent scientific consensus on giraffes‘ vulnerability to extinction, five wildlife protection groups today petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect Earth’s tallest land animal under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The legal petition, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States, […]

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    Paul Allen’s ‘Great Elephant Census’ Shows Catastrophic Decline in Africa

    Paul Allen’s ‘Great Elephant Census’ Shows Catastrophic Decline in Africa

    Results of a multiyear survey effort released Wednesday reveal that Africa’s savannah elephants are far worse off than anticipated. A survey called the “Great Elephant Census” estimates that only around 352,271 elephants remain—down from previous estimates of 419,000 to 650,000 elephants in 2013. The report’s authors estimate they recorded 93 percent of all savannah elephants […]

    Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development

    Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development

    Following hundreds of years of oppression under colonial rule and decades as a pawn in a bipolar world, Africa has been left a damaged continent. Here Kumi Naidoo explains this historical context in which a new pan-African civil society initiative is developing, of which he is the start-up director. Over the past few years the […]

    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Growth of Global Solar and Wind Energy Continues to Outpace Other Technologies

    Worldwatch Institute Global use of solar and wind energy continued to grow significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), and the use of wind power increased by 18 percent, to 521 TWh. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Although hydropower remains the world’s leading renewable energy, solar and wind continue […]

    Dirty Energy vs. Clean Energy in the Race to Power Off-Grid Energy Markets

    Dirty Energy vs. Clean Energy in the Race to Power Off-Grid Energy Markets

    Sierra Club International By Justin Guay A war is shaping up that pits an entrenched, aging and uncompetitive fossil fuel industry against a young, innovative and increasingly competitive set of renewable energy technologies. The former relies on their entrenched status chock full of obscenely high subsidies to fight of a set of disruptive innovations that […]

    Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

    Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Topped $620 Billion in 2011

    Earth Policy Institute By Emily E. Adams The energy game is rigged in favor of fossil fuels because we omit the environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil and natural gas from their prices. Subsidies manipulate the game even further. According to conservative estimates from the Global Subsidies Initiative and the International Energy Agency […]

    Radical Shifts in Energy Policies Ignite Global Green Economy

    Radical Shifts in Energy Policies Ignite Global Green Economy

    United Nations Environment Programme A new partnership launched today by four United Nations (UN) agencies aims to support 30 countries over the next seven years in building national green economy strategies that will generate new jobs and skills, promote clean technologies, and reduce environmental risks and poverty. The new Partnership for Action on Green Economy […]

    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    Landmark Study Exposes the Impact of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals on You, Your Family and the Environment

    United Nations Environment Programme World Health Organization Many synthetic chemicals, untested for their disrupting effects on the hormone system, could have significant health implications according to the State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organization (WHO). The joint study calls for […]

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    How Organic Farming Contributes to a Sustainable Food System

    Worldwatch Institute Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service. Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including […]