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Teaching students to live in a global world seems more important each year, but how is that possible if teachers remain locked in their classrooms? An organization is providing the resources to bring learners closer to history by supplying teachers with the tools to take their student's learning beyond the classroom.

Primary Source, based in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts provides educational tools for K–12...

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Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond addresses important questions currently facing the continent: Is Australia's rapidly growing human population and economy environmentally sustainable for its estuaries and coasts? What is needed to enable sustainable development?

The editor is Dr. Eric Wolanski, a coastal oceanographer and ecohydrologist. Eric has around 360 publications and was awarded an Australian...

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The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines...

Is there a connection between neuroscience and conflict resolution? Beyond Conflict, a Cambridge-based NGO, would...

It is said that history repeats itself. Facing History and Ourselves is an NGO seeking to prevent some of history's...

Whale conservation just took a significant step forward. Earlier this year, the International Court of Justice (ICJ...

Plastics can be found in every ocean and sea around the world. Around 80 percent of the litter found in the ocean...

In the United States, homelessness is a big issue. Currently there are around 1.75 million people without a home,...

When wars end, those who fought them are often forgotten. The same has been true with the Iraq and Afghan wars. The...

Two island countries on opposite sides of the globe both made news recently for declaring fishing-free zones on...

Five years ago, a 20-minute YouTube video called “The Story of Stuff” went viral. The creators can now count 40...

Other Media Reviews

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People who live in the relatively rich world consume too much. We consume too much for our health, too much for the future of the ecosystems in which we live, and too much for global freedom from...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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REVIEWING Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business Rebecca Thistlethwaite, Chelsea Green, 2012 Farming in the United States is ebbing, and the growers who remain in...
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REVIEWING Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution Marjorie Kelly, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012 In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. —Genesis - Bereishit 1:1 Since the...
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REVIEWING Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World Alyse Nelson, Jossey-Bass, 2012 Alyse Nelson is the president and CEO of the transnational organization Vital Voices. Since...