Environment Posts

Firefighters of the Forest

At a time when the world is desperately looking for solutions to limit and control forest fires, Guatemala’s forest communities demonstrate that the solution is quite simple: hand over control of forests to the people who live in them.

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The Unexpected Force That’s Making Us Sick

Maine native Nick Seaver has noticed more of his friends talking about Lyme disease. What’s behind this trend?

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In Africa, Protecting Community Lands Is Good for People, Peace and Profit

Governments, companies and investors benefit when they recognize the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

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The Human Cost of Conservation: “Yellowstone Model” Wreaks Havoc Abroad

In the highlands of north-central Guatemala, old-school conservation methods are causing serious problems for indigenous communities who have sustainably harvested and cared for the area for hundreds of years.

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A Forest Hero is Fêted in a Concrete Jungle

Paul Pavol, from the forested island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea, flew 9,000 miles to accept the fifth Alexander Soros Foundation Award for Environmental and Human Rights Activism.

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Evening of Storytelling Features Leaders from the Developing World

Aspen New Voices Fellows recently gathered in Nairobi to share the personal stories behind their work in development.

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How Do You Conserve a Place That’s Inhabited?

When a government decides to conserve land by making it a national park, what happens to the Indigenous Peoples who have lived there for generations?

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What if Defending Your Home Got You Killed?

In 2015, a hidden war claimed the lives of more than three people each week, according to a new report by NGO Global Witness. The cause of this war: land.

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Your Summer Vacation Might Be at Risk

Climate change threatens 31 UNESCO World Heritage sites in 29 countries. Find out which ones are at risk—and what can be done about it.

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GDP Is a Good Answer to the Wrong Question

A leading economist says we shouldn't use GDP to measure a country's well-being. He won this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his ideas. Here's why.

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