Editorial

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Perspectives

On the Ground

Solutions in History

Envision the Future

  • Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29:18 Soon after I moved to Oberlin in 1990, a battle-scarred veteran of local politics told me “son, you gotta understand one thing about this town . . . If you put all Oberlinians in a burning building, they could not agree on how to get […]

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Interview

Media Review

  • Robert Goodland was the first ecologist hired by the World Bank and worked hard for 30 years to improve that institution’s environmental and human rights practices. He was the first winner of the IUCN’s Harold Jefferson Coolidge medal for lifetime achievement in the conservation of nature. Robert was initially assigned to the task of screening …

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  • The world has changed. We now live in the “Anthropocene,” a new ecological age where humans and the rest of nature are so tightly interconnected that we are forced to take a broader, whole systems view of the world and humanity’s place in it. Mary Wood has produced a compelling and comprehensive analysis of what […]

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  • Following the Pulitzer prize victories of organizations like Inside Climate News and Pro Publica, non profits are growing in acclaim and credibility as journalistic organizations. The latest addition to this trend is the recent founding of The Marshall Project, a new site dedicated solely to reporting and investigating the criminal justice …

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  • How much do we really understand about the energy Americans use and produce? Wyoming, Louisiana, and Alaska consume the most total energy per person, according to brand new rankings published by EnergyTrends.org. Meanwhile, Vermont, Pennsylvania and California were the states ranked most friendly to renewable energy, based on both state …

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Noteworthy

  • 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 islands are Puerto Rico in the Atlantic, and Palau in the Indian Ocean, which shares maritime boundaries with Indonesia, Micronesia and the Phillipines. …

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  • 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 sufficient recognition of the problems these soldiers face re-integrating into society. Part of the challenge veterans […]

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  • 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 hurts seabirds, fish, turtles and other marine animals that mistake it for food. In parts of Peru, […]

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  • 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 lack of affordable housing, poverty and not being able to find work. In Austin, Texas, on any given night, around 2000 […]

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