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A series of high-profile environmental disasters in 2013, including northern China’s winter “airpocalypse” and the discovery of thousands of dead pigs littering Shanghai’s main water source, have indelibly illustrated the stakes of not enacting stronger environmental policies. In recent years, the Chinese government’s policies have started to reflect the need to balance economic growth with...

Amazon deforestation is a consequence of global demand for food.1 Forests get cleared mostly to graze livestock, but some get cleared to grow soybeans, as soy is a more profitable crop. Brazilian soybean production increased from 1 million tons in 1969 to 63 million tons in 2009 to about 90 million tons today, which would make it the world's largest soy producer, much of which is...

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The Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoria is one of the most densely populated areas of the country, which sadly makes it a hotbed of poverty and STIs, such as AIDS. One of the groups trying to improve the...

Presidents of colleges and universities from California to Maine, including community colleges, four-year colleges, and multi-campus research institutions, are joining together to endorse a new...

A new global report by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and others, provides compelling evidence of the growing impact of...

Preparing communities to cope with potential disasters is a tricky challenge, particularly when no one can predict with any confidence either the likelihood or the impacts of disasters.

To...

The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new initiative in June 2012 called Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), in collaboration with leading insurers from around the world. One of...

The Rockefeller Foundation has established a bold new project aimed at improving the resilience of cities around the world. They define resilience as, "the capacity of individuals, communities,...

The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines recently. A report by Greenpeace called ''Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating...

Is there a connection between neuroscience and conflict resolution? Beyond Conflict, a Cambridge-based NGO, would say there is.

In an ongoing collaborative effort with MIT's SaxeLab for Social...

It is said that history repeats itself. Facing History and Ourselves is an NGO seeking to prevent some of history's worst atrocities by educating students about them.

The organization provides...

Whale conservation just took a significant step forward. Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a ruling that Japan's whaling expeditions to the Southern Ocean are not...

Plastics can be found in every ocean and sea around the world. Around 80 percent of the litter found in the ocean starts on land, and most of it is plastic. This plastic rubbish pollutes the water and...

In the United States, homelessness is a big issue. Currently there are around 1.75 million people without a home, and many of these are young teenagers. The most common reasons for being homeless are...

When wars end, those who fought them are often forgotten. The same has been true with the Iraq and Afghan wars. The US has not turned on its veterans as it once did after Vietnam, but neither is there...

Two island countries on opposite sides of the globe both made news recently for declaring fishing-free zones on their shores. And both have novel ways of patrolling and enforcement—drones.

The...

Five years ago, a 20-minute YouTube video called “The Story of Stuff” went viral. The creators can now count 40 million total views of their series, which includes videos on the stories of cosmetics...

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The really “smart” phone of the future? Fully recyclable, responsibly produced in the People’s Republic of China, and built on blood-free minerals from Congo’s South Kivu province.

Good news: in Amsterdam, apparently, the future has just...

In more and more river basins around the world, water use is bumping up against the limits of a finite supply. Groundwater is being overpumped, wetlands are drying out, lakes are shrinking, and large rivers—from the Indus and the Nile to the...

In 2013, the global consumer electronics industry accounted for more than $1 trillion in sales, and worldwide phone sales of consumer electronics totaled 435 million units just in the second quarter, according to Gartner.1 There is no...

At last the Garden of Eden in southern Iraq will have ecologically sound waste treatment and re-use.

Iraq forms the southeasterly bend of the Fertile Crescent and literally means the land between two rivers: the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers...

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Let's get two things straight from the beginning:

First, Benjamin Barber is one smart fellow.

Second, his prescription for saving democracy is wildly off base.

In his most...