Editorial

  • Most of us who care deeply about the conditions of the United States and its public policy are sustained and carried forward by the expectation that serious progress in the directions we favor is coming, sooner or later, and that things will get better. And the harder we work for the change, the better it […]

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Feature

Perspectives

  • Since World War II, many of the United Kingdom’s native woods have been felled and replaced with non-native conifers for fast timber production. The dense growth of conifers prevents light from reaching the woodland floor and therefore reduces biodiversity. Less than 12 percent of the UK’s landmass consists of woodland cover, …

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  • Once again, Father Giovani Presiga is on the phone with a murderer. Calmly he tries to wrangle a life out of a guerrilla commander who has the blood of hundreds of people on his hands. “Let the kid go! He has no money, much less his family!” The victim is from the padre’s parish near […]

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  • Stanwell Chirwa is 42 years old with a history of poaching wild animals in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. He admits to killing 11 elephants, more than 20 buffalo, and kudu and eland. Farming had been his main livelihood, but poor yields and low market prices pushed him into poaching. He was arrested once, but was […]

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On the Ground

  • Legend has it that the Stephens Island wren was the only species driven to extinction by a single living creature. The culprit? A cat named Tibbles, a pet belonging to Stephens Island lighthouse keeper David Lyall. The wren was endemic to New Zealand and was one of the world’s only known species of flightless songbird. […]

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Envision the Future

Interview

Media Review

  • On March 6, 2011, a satellite captured images of a burning village, Tajalei, in Sudan’s Abyei region. Earlier that month, two other villages in the area, on the border between northern and southern Sudan, had also been deliberately set ablaze. At the time of this writing, Abyei’s status following the January 2011 vote for southern […]

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  • Before 1970, the land around the village of Qiugang, in Anhui Province, China, was green, with date orchards and wildlife, and the nearby Huai River was full of fish. “It can only exist as memory now,” says local farmer Zhang Gongli. Factories sprang up near the village, pumping out pesticides and dyes. In 2004, the […]

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  • Readers of Solutions do not need to be told that we are faced with monumental problems. At the center of our many challenges is the fact that the poorest billion of the earth’s inhabitants live on less than the equivalent of $U.S.1 per day, while the richest 1 billion live in luxury based on depleting […]

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Noteworthy

  • Slums of cardboard boxes and metal sheeting are synonymous with many Latin American cities. In Mexico, such crude housing, often unstable and overcrowded, begins at the U.S. border and stretches across the country, sprawling along highways and around the edge of cities. Nine million more homes are needed in Mexico over the next 20 years, […]

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  • With the support of President Evo Morales, Bolivia is poised to pass a national law giving nature unprecedented legal rights. According to Vice President Alvaro García Linera, the legislation will make history in its recognition that “Earth is the mother of all.” The law specifically accords eleven new rights to nature, including the right to …

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  • In an effort to legitimize Liberia’s timber industry, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is putting barcodes on her nation’s trees. The barcodes will be instrumental to a deal signed in May with the European Union, Liberia’s biggest market for timber, that requires Liberian timber imported into the EU to be tracked from source to sale. Starting …

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  • The collapse of fisheries worldwide endangers the livelihoods and food security of tens of millions of people. These fisheries are often small and ill-suited to top-down regulatory intervention. In many cases, a “tragedy of the commons” scenario—in which each individual fisherman seeks only to maximize his own catch—leads to overfishing and …

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