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Understanding the Donor World

All international donors struggle to find new and more effective ways of investing money. What are the development problems? What are the local resources and...

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In recent years, “climate justice” has emerged as a new framing for climate change activism, one in which the grassroots energy of the environmental justice movement intersects with the global...

There has been a long overdue flurry of recent activity in developing better indicators of national progress, prosperity, well-being, and happiness. This activity has arisen from the growing...

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,”...

In 2010 the United States government supported a proposal by Monaco that would have imposed a ban on the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna under the Convention on International Trade in...

In March 1995, after several years of study, the oil company Esso proposed to the Norwegian government that they be allowed to sink the steel understructure of an offshore platform named Odin...

Others On the Ground

Oberlin, Ohio─a city of approximately 10,000─is located fourteen miles from Lake Erie, thirty-five miles from Cleveland, and─ as a a sober crow would fly it─84 eighty-four miles from Detroit....

What is the Oberlin Project on the ground? Today, it is trying to finish this article before grabbing a beer at Oberlin’s local bar to brainstorm the long-term business plan for energy...

It won’t work … people have been doing things the same way for too long…you can’t take water off of these lands, they will dry up.
─Wood River Rancher, 2003

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I am struggling to come to terms with the possibility that Japan may economically be the “new normal,” a situation where the economy is in recession for prolonged periods of time, seeing only...

I was new to nature conservation when I became Cape Flats Nature’s first project manager in late 2002 and was introduced to the ecosystems formally known as the Cape lowlands: once an unbroken...