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The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) identified many services provided to humans by nature, termed ecosystem services (ES),1 and demonstrated that these services make major contributions to improving human well-being. More recently, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study advocated that ecosystem services should be measured and valued to facilitate their...

As I wandered through the streets of Caracas on my first trip to Venezuela nine years ago, a huge urban farm in the midst of concrete high-rises caught my attention. It wasn't tucked away on a side street or in a residential area, but was right out in the middle of the bustling downtown. I asked a local walking by if he could tell me anything about the farm—whose initiative was it, how long...

Noteworthy

A prison is not the first place one would expect to find an art exhibit, nevertheless one exploring themes of freedom and human rights. But this is exactly where Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei...

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

But, this is not just any new car.

The...

A new residential community development on the outskirts of Sydney is stepping up to the sustainability challenge—and creating an unusual amount of attention in the process. Constructed over what was...

Few were surprised to hear of the selection of Malala Yousafzai for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but, alongside the famed young Pakistani girl was another, less well-known child activist also being...

Middle and upper class women’s struggle to break into the business world has been making headlines lately, but what about the even greater challenges faced by low-income and minority women?...

Moroccan food has a rich and diverse history, having been influenced by many different cultural exchanges over hundreds of years. This is reflected in the types of foods and spices that can be found in...

Solutions that tackle environmental barriers to employment are making significant strides in the women's economic empowerment space. Transportation, safety concerns, and gender-safe spaces are issues...

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), only 13 percent of firms are owned by women—far less than other middle-income regions like East Asia, Latin America, and Europe/Central Asia, according...

The Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoria is one of the most densely populated areas of the country, which sadly makes it a hotbed of poverty and STIs, such as AIDS. One of the groups trying to improve the...

Presidents of colleges and universities from California to Maine, including community colleges, four-year colleges, and multi-campus research institutions, are joining together to endorse a new...

A new global report by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) teamed with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and others, provides compelling evidence of the growing impact of...

Preparing communities to cope with potential disasters is a tricky challenge, particularly when no one can predict with any confidence either the likelihood or the impacts of disasters.

To...

The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new initiative in June 2012 called Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI), in collaboration with leading insurers from around the world. One of...

The Rockefeller Foundation has established a bold new project aimed at improving the resilience of cities around the world. They define resilience as, "the capacity of individuals, communities,...

The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines recently. A report by Greenpeace called ''Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating...

Perspectives

While poverty is traditionally associated with immediate economic hardship, it is particularly debilitating if it persists over time and is passed on across generations. This is true throughout the world. People can still succeed despite short...

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) atrocities against women have provoked worldwide outrage, generating increased support for U.S. action in the region and hundreds of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since August. Yet for all this...

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative (ISFC) is a nonprofit organization working in California's Sonoma and Marin Counties.1 It gathers clergy and lay-people for monthly roundtable discussions about food and faith. In June 2014...

One of my favorite memories from my childhood was finding a box turtle living under a line of gnarly Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) trees in my suburban Chicago neighborhood. It was not until many years later that I realized that this...

Interview

A Kurdish Filmmaker's Campaign to Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Editorial

Thomas Piketty's Great Inequality Debate is Missing a Solution

Featured Media Review

Book

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...