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Maude Barlow, the author of Blue Planet, is the chair of the board of Food and Water Watch, founder of the Blue Planet Project, a much honored and tireless human rights activist, and a recipient of the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (the "alternative Nobel Peace Prize"), as well as numerous other commendations. She is also the author of over a dozen books on environmental issues, problems raised by "free trade...

Documentary

With a burgeoning, wealthier middle class demanding luxuries once reserved for the privileged, cooks in China have come under fire for a hallmark dish of many Chinese weddings since the Ming dynasty: shark fin soup.

No one knows exactly how many sharks have been killed for their fins in recent years, but as a top predator, the ripple effects of decimating their populations and lowering their numbers drastically...

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A prison is not the first place one would expect to find an art exhibit, nevertheless one exploring themes of...

Since Istanbul, Turkey is notorious for its hours-long traffic jams, one might not get terribly excited over the...

A new residential community development on the outskirts of Sydney is stepping up to the sustainability challenge—...

Few were surprised to hear of the selection of Malala Yousafzai for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but, alongside the...

Middle and upper class women’s struggle to break into the business world has been making headlines lately, but what...

Moroccan food has a rich and diverse history, having been influenced by many different cultural exchanges over...

Solutions that tackle environmental barriers to employment are making significant strides in the women's economic...

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), only 13 percent of firms are owned by women—far less than other...

The Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoria is one of the most densely populated areas of the country, which sadly makes it...

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This book addresses the following problem that will be of interest to readers of Solutions: in spite of ever stronger scientific evidence that the climate is warming due to human emissions of...
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In Turkey, women often have fewer opportunities than men, receiving less education, lower pay and less assistance in developing businesses. An online initiative is seeking to narrow the gender gap by...
Blog
Women in MENA face significant social barriers to employment, in addition to environmental and economic barriers. While cultural expectations may pressure women to stay in the home as family...
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While modern media is filled with stories of violence, conflict, and strife around the world, we rarely hear stories of peaceful endings, reconciliation and hope for the future. The Boston-based...
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It's not at all controversial to say that people want to be healthy. But health priorities can differ between individuals. The just-married 30-somethings want a healthy environment in which to raise...
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Let's get two things straight from the beginning: First, Benjamin Barber is one smart fellow. Second, his prescription for saving democracy is wildly off base. In his most recent book, If Mayors...
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For non-profit organizations focused on advancing their causes, communicating their work to the public may not be a priority. A media organization led by the granddaughter of French marine scientist...
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We live in a culture that values order and predictability. As a result, most of our artifacts and institutions are fragile—easily damaged by random forces. What if an object were antifragile, and...