Feature

  • In BriefFisheries management has generated a litany of failures, but better incentives to link individuals with a collective interest, and approaches that support resilience can turn this around—and already have in some parts of the world. Collectively, these approaches offer the prospect of sustainably managed and economically viable …

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  • In BriefCan conservation go viral? Can a single community-based reserve become self-replicating by inspiring local people to create further reserves? In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the model used for the Kokolopori Reserve—a protected area for bonobos, a matriarchal great ape that shares 98.8 percent of our DNA—has been replicated on …

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Perspectives

  • What do you consider a design issue? Beauty? Form? Material? How about reducing disease, saving chimpanzees, or helping to prevent crime? While not yet the conventional attitude, a new field called public interest design is bringing together a broad range of professionals—from architects to landscape and graphic designers—to tackle new …

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  • Around the world, 34 million people are infected with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Women, young adults, and at-risk populations, such as injectable drug users and commercial sex workers, are most heavily affected. Though a number of treatment regimens are now available to help bring the disease under control, about 60 percent of the …

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  • Most women who give birth in the United States do so surrounded by a variety of health professionals, including doctors or midwives, nurses and doulas. The combined expertise in the room ensures that if something goes wrong, the best care possible is at hand. Such is not the case in many developing nations. A recent […]

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  • When you look into the faces of your students and your children and your grandchildren, tell them that you were there when it began. Tell them that a promise has been made to them. Tell them that the leadership of your country believes it is the obligation of your Nation to provide and permit and […]

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Solutions in History

  • On September 27, 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its long-awaited report on climate change. The message was clear: evidence of climate change is “unequivocal,” and it is “extremely likely” that humankind has been the “dominant cause” of it.1 Yet there was little consensus on what to do next. The conflicts …

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Envision the Future

Interview

Media Review

  • D. O. M, a unique restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, has been shaking up the culinary world. Founded by renowned chef, Alex Atala, the dishes are sourced from the traditional ingredients of Brazil, in particular the Amazon. Think ingredients such as the Amazonian pirarucu fish, the pale, pounded flour of the manioc root, lime green […]

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  • 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 and bottled water. A new video has just come out: “The Story of Solutions: Why making real change starts with changing […]

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Noteworthy

  • The idea of simply giving money to the poor often makes people feel uncomfortable. Liberals fear that doing so only tackles a symptom of the poor’s malaise—and not the deeper, structural causes of their problems, such as lack of education or housing. Giving money is a temporary salve that distracts from the real issues. Meanwhile, […]

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  • Long used for sniffing out bombs and drugs, K9 units are increasingly being put to the test in the global trade of endangered wildlife and timber. This summer, the World Wildlife Fund – Germany (WWF) published Wildlife Detector Dogs: A guideline on the training of dogs to detect wildlife in trade; and the Global Timber […]

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  • The United States wastes about 40 percent of its edible food each year. Food is wasted at each stage along its journey—from creation and distribution through to restaurants and cafeterias. In fact, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other type of waste we produce, with household food waste one key contributor. Many people …

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  • Who would’ve thought that a short video of a high school teacher giving a lecture on subject-verb agreements could get 60,000 hits? Yet, it’s entirely conceivable that this statistic signals the first in an educational revolution that will change the standard classroom forever. An increasing number of teachers are tapping into online videos of …

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  • The earth’s biodiversity is undergoing what some biologists are calling the sixth great mass extinction since life began. Unlike the others, this one is manmade. Given the inexorable rise of the global population to over 12 billion by next century, according to some estimates, it’s often hard to see much of nature coming along with […]

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