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Business-as-usual is sure to deliver us a future that is both unsustainable and undesirable, with climate change arguably our most pressing problem. Had we begun to tackle it when first identified, incremental changes and modest actions along the way might have done it. With all the procrastinating, transformative change is now necessary.

The same goes for other issues, from biodiversity loss and species...

Documentary

Syrian refugee women put on their own version of Sophocles' play, Antigone, from December 10 to 12, 2014 at Al Madina Theatre in Beirut, Lebanon. Antigone is about a young woman who buries her beloved brother even though to bury him goes against the ruler's decree that he lie in public shame because he died fighting for the throne in a civil war in Thebes. It is the story of a resilient and strong-...

Noteworthy

Good news from off the coast of California in the United States: once ravaged by whaling, the California blue whale...

Paris' first female mayor began her term with a dramatic democratic move: opening the city budget to public...

Sometimes, powerfully innovative solutions are as simple as a bar of soap. Science has already proven that regular...

Turkey, a rapidly growing economy with a booming tourist industry, now has approximately 77,000 restaurants (230 of...

Founded in 1992, WADI is an Iraqi-German association that launches and supports various programs focused on...

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...

Other Media Reviews

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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...
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...
Book
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...
Blog
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...