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The Future is Going Off-Grid

Nov 15th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. In terms of dirty energy vs. clean, the writing is on the wall. Despite promises made to the contrary, jobs in the fossil fuel industry are not likely to come back, and even if they did, not for long. The costs of solar and wind are falling well below coal and oil,
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The Loss of Wildlife – Is Anyone Listening?

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
[photo credit: Diana Robinson, Flickr, Creative Commons Mother elephant with twins in Amboseli]

By Suzanne York. The prediction is so shocking that it is difficult to comprehend – our world is on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020. The Living Planet Report 2016, by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Zoological Society of London, reports that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on
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Climate Change, Poverty, and Overcoming Business as Usual

Oct 20th, 2016 | By
[photo: FAO]

By Suzanne York.   Amazingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, climate change has been barely mentioned in the U.S. presidential elections. This, despite the fact that 2016 is likely to be the hottest year on record. Fortunately, the leaders of other countries seem to have a better handle on it. A landmark international climate agreement was
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Removing Barriers to Reproductive Health

Oct 5th, 2016 | By
[photo credit: https://publichealthwatch.wordpress.com]

By Suzanne York. Recent legislation in California is empowering women to make the best choices for themselves and their families, in terms of reproductive health. Though it seems as if our nation should have passed legislation easing access to reproductive health years ago, it’s nevertheless a positive path forward. As the saying goes, “better late
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Women and Gender Issues Missing from the Conversation at IUCN Conference

Sep 9th, 2016 | By
[Patricia Gualinga (right) presents the Living Forests proposal and speaks out against oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo by Emily Arasim, WECAN]

By Suzanne York. The clock is ticking and global environmental problems are mounting, with droughts, biodiversity loss, and acidic oceans and much more taking a toll on the planet. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Congress, currently taking place in Hawai’i, is tackling this growing list of threats to the environment. The
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The Anthropocene – Are We There Yet?

Aug 30th, 2016 | By
Earth at Night [image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Earth_at_Night_2001.jpg]

By Suzanne York. It’s official, more or less – we have entered the Anthropocene epoch, a time when humanity’s impact on the planet is so transformational that it’s pushed the world into a new geological period. “New Age of Man” An international working group, after seven years of deliberation, voted unanimously (with one abstention) at
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Orangutans and Their Incredibly Shrinking Forests

Aug 18th, 2016 | By
Orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan [photo credit: Suzanne York]

By Suzanne York. One thing is for certain – there is not a lack of specially recognized days, especially for Earth’s endangered species. Last week there was World Elephant Day. This week, we have World Orangutan Day. If only the day could be celebrated with uplifting photos and stories.   But sadly, orangutans are facing multiple
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Solutions for Saving Elephants on World Elephant Day

Aug 11th, 2016 | By
[photo credit: @ChrisAustria.com]

By Suzanne York. One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. Perhaps it is appropriate that World Elephant Day (August 12) follows Earth Overshoot Day, the date when humanity exceeds the carrying capacity of the planet. This is because human beings are doing a good job of wiping wild elephants off the face
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Earth Overshoot and Ending Our Debt to Nature

Aug 8th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Most people in the world will blithely go about their lives on August 8th, without knowing that on this day, we go into debt to nature. Otherwise known as Earth Overshoot Day, it is the day when humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds the planet’s ability to replenish its natural capital.
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Charting a Course from Charcoal to Clean Energy

Jul 28th, 2016 | By
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By Suzanne York. Forests play a major role in maintaining life on Earth.   Yet with some exceptions (see India Plants 50 Million Trees in One Day), deforestation continues, with seemingly little regard for the consequences. The recently released UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) State of the World’s Forests (Sofo) report found that, amongst tropical
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