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Why Certifications Like Rainforest Alliance Matter

One certification program that keeps growing, avoids controversy, and now scores more multinationals under its umbrella is Rainforest Alliance
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More Coal Mining or Saving Tigers? India Wrestles with the Choice

Choices such as this have been faced since the dawn of the industrial era, but are now critical and politically sensitive as India…
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WWF Urges Rio+20 Attendees to Measure Natural Capital

Natural capital, which incorporates social and environmental, as well as financial, dimensions into national accounts and corporate balance sheets, provides a much more…
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World Sparrow Day Puts Focus on the Humblest Urban Dweller

Yesterday was World Sparrow Day and today I’m going to deviate from my usual postings dedicated to this common, yet dwindling bird species.…
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A New Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

By Peter Kareiva, Robert Lalasz and Michelle Marvier By its own measures, conservation is failing. Biodiversity on Earth continues its rapid decline. We…
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Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet

The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet are hosting a symposium on March 1,…
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Monsanto Fails UCS Test for Sustainable Agriculture

Monsanto likes to think of itself as a sustainable agriculture company. They proudly trumpet their commitment to improving crop yields in the face…
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Why Biodiversity Loss Deserves as Much Attention as Climate Change

Biodiversity loss is probably a challenge that is often ignored as climate change looms. Currently the world is losing species at a rate that…
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From Detroit to Doha, Citizens Are Building a Greener Economy

My recent stay in Detroit and current trip to Doha have opened my eyes to how citizens are taking matters into their own…

USDA Approves Monsanto’s Drought Resistant Corn Amidst Skepticism

Last week the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it was allowing unlimited, nonregulated planting of Monsanto’s MON 87460 genetically…
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World Leaders Launch ‘OceanElders’ to Preserve Marine Biodiversity

So what happens when you put together Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Richard Branson, Neil Young and Ted Turner? Apart from a really great…
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Walmart Donates $500,000 Towards Urban Wildlife Protection

Urban wildlife conservation is a growing branch of conservation ecology with good reason. Due to increase in human encroachment on forest lands, more…
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“Last Stand” Against Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam Raises “True Cost” Questions

Opponents of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam system in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon are mounting a "last stand" attempt to halt…

Are Girl Scout Cookies Biodiversity Killers and Censorship Monsters?

With $700 million annual revenue from cookie sales, Girls Scouts has recently come under fire for not only failing to adequately address, but…
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Restoring our Ecosystems – The American Chestnut

Biodiversity – By Dr. Reese Halter A century ago the most dominant tree in the U.S. – the American chestnut towered the land…