Archive for April 2013

Reviving Rivers: A Sign of Hope for the Colorado

Apr 30th, 2013 | By
Colorado River Delta

By Suzanne York, With over 7 billion people on the planet, demand for water for household, agricultural, and industrial use is increasing even faster than population growth.  Many areas, such as the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, are already experiencing competing demands on water in a region heavily reliant on this most precious of
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Valuing Life: Spotlighting the Crisis of Girls in India

Apr 24th, 2013 | By
petals in the dust

By Suzanne York, It’s a subject that few want to discuss, but one of paramount importance.  It is the topic of violence and discrimination against girls (including child marriage), which is occurring with increasing frequency. In India, the past few months have brought increased attention to gender violence, based on some horrific, yet sadly
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From Rural to Urban in 60 Seconds or Less?

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By
Ethiopia's kids - the main reason to invest in a healthy environment

By Suzanne York, As we celebrate Earth Day this year, it is a good time to think about how we can improve not just the environment but also peoples’ lives.  In the face of globalization and the push for endless economic growth, our societies need to determine the best way to grow and where and when it’s needed.
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A Week of Happiness: Prioritizing Well-being for Our World

Apr 17th, 2013 | By
Happiness is...Rio's Carnival (photo credit:

By Suzanne York, As you recover from the stress of filing taxes, you can take some relief and pleasure in this being Sustainable Happiness Week.  It kicked off on April 13th, and runs through April 20th. Where is it easiest to feel happy?  Check out this infographic from Sustainable Cities Collective to see the
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Ethiopian Park is ‘Awash’ in Pollution and Population Pressures

Apr 8th, 2013 | By

By Suzanne York, Ethiopia is the cradle of humankind.  It is also home to an array of animal species.  Yet both people and nature are under threat, mainly due to environmental degradation, poaching, and human population growth. Today there are close to 90 million people in Ethiopia (it is the 2nd most populous nation
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Overcoming Poverty by Addressing Environmental Challenges

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By

By Suzanne York, Last month, as a conference was taking place in Ethiopia on the potential of PHE projects (population-health-environment) to empower communities, the United Nations released its 2013 Human Development Report.  This analysis assesses the status of health, education, and wealth in developing countries. While the report, titled The Rise of the South:
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