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5 Key Questions About the Green New Deal

5 Key Questions About the Green New Deal

By Dan Lashof The Green New Deal means different things to different people. In some ways, that’s part of its appeal. On the other hand, a Green New Deal can’t mean anything anyone wants it to, or it will come to mean nothing at all. More concept than concrete plan so far, the Green New […]

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    Places to Watch: 3 Forest Regions at Risk Right Now

    Places to Watch: 3 Forest Regions at Risk Right Now

    By Mikaela Weisse and Katie Fletcher This edition of Places to Watch examines forest clearing detected between Nov. 9, 2017, and Jan. 31, 2018 in Indonesian Papua, Cameroon and Brazil. Due to occasional cloud cover that can obscure satellite recognition, some loss may have occurred earlier. Oil Palm Plantation Encroaching on Primary Forest in Indonesian […]

    Historic Latin American Treaty Protects Environmental Activists

    Historic Latin American Treaty Protects Environmental Activists

    The people on the front lines of protecting the environment need some protection as well. According to a Feb. 2 report by Global Witness and The Guardian, 197 activists were killed in 2017 for defending their communities and natural resources against agribusiness, mining companies, infrastructure projects and poachers. The majority of these killings took place […]

    ‘Blended Burger’ Allows a Simple Shift to More Sustainable Eating

    ‘Blended Burger’ Allows a Simple Shift to More Sustainable Eating

    By Richard Waite, Daniel Vennard and Gerard Pozzi Burgers are possibly the most ubiquitous meal on Americans’ dinner plates, but they’re also among the most resource-intensive: Beef accounts for nearly half of the land use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food Americans eat. Although there’s growing interest in plant-based burgers and other alternatives, […]

    Water Scarcity Threat to India and South Africa

    Water Scarcity Threat to India and South Africa

    By Alex Kirby Water scarcity is now a real threat in two developing countries at the forefront of efforts to reduce climate change, India and South Africa. This is not the tragically familiar story of extreme weather, stunted crops and foreshortened lives. It is a different sort of threat: to urban life, to industrial development […]

    $2 Billion Investment in Forest Restoration Announced at COP23

    $2 Billion Investment in Forest Restoration Announced at COP23

    By Mike Gaworecki Last Thursday, at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (known as COP23), the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that $2.1 billion in private investment funds have been committed to efforts to restore degraded lands in the Caribbean and Latin America. The investments will be made through WRI’s Initiative 20×20, which has […]

    4 Signs to Watch at COP23

    4 Signs to Watch at COP23

    By Paula Caballero, David Waskow and Christina Chan Two years after the world joined together to forge the Paris agreement on climate change, representatives from around the globe will convene in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 6 for the next round of United Nations talks. The summit marks a critical stepping stone for global climate action. […]