Saturday, October 25, 2014
  1. Man Bites Shark

    Bradnee Chambers

    Man Bites Shark


     calls for global action to protect sharks, particularly via the Convention on Migratory Species.

    Shark with hook Richard Ling/Flickr

    Sharks have long been portrayed as man-eaters, a menace to any swimmer brave (or foolish) enough to share the water with them. This depiction could not be further from reality: Sharks are actually extremely vulnerable, and their dwindling populations urgently need global protection. READ MORE

  2. Coal and Corruption

    Marina Lou

    Coal and Corruption


     shines a light on the coal industry's corrupting influence.

    coal and corruption Hu Guolin/ZumaPress

    Coal-related corruption stories are breaking worldwide – not just in developing countries. If a country like Australia, with its robust civil society and strong democracy, is struggling with widespread graft among high-level government officials, no country is safe from the corrupting influence of the extractive industries. READ MORE

  3. Selfishness for All?

    Simon Zadek

    Selfishness for All?


     explores the potential of self-interest to spur action on climate change.

    Newsart for Selfishness for All? Jerry Evans/Wikimedia Commons

    At this week's special UN summit, intended to spur action on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a simple message: Beyond the long-term shared benefits of such action, countries and businesses would benefit in the short term. But, while self-interest is a useful tool, it cannot replace concerted policies. READ MORE

  4. Cleaner, Greener, and Richer

    Christiana Figueres

    Cleaner, Greener, and Richer

    &  emphasize the job-creating potential of action to mitigate climate change.

    Solar mirror solar power Sandia Labs/Flickr

    By aiming for a meaningful, universal agreement that puts the planet on the path toward de-carbonization, world leaders meeting in New York for this month's UN climate summit can help to ensure a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world that provides millions with decent work opportunities. It is an opportunity that all should seize. READ MORE

  5. What Water’s Worth

    Asit K. Biswas

    What Water’s Worth

    &  warn that current efforts to improve the management of water scarcity are woefully inadequate.

    Oasis in Winter Prabhu B Doss/Flickr

    Nearly 200 years ago, Lord Byron wrote, “Till taught by pain, men really know not what good water’s worth.” Humanity still has not fully grasped water’s value, but the impending water crisis is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore – especially for those who are already feeling its effects. READ MORE

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