Harnessing the Power of Caterpillar Saliva
Innovations in agriculture—which have the potential to benefit millions of Americans, our economy and the environment—are under threat.
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.
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.
Americans May Gain Access to Cuba’s Groundbreaking Medicines
Due to the Obama administration’s recent actions, life-saving treatments developed in Cuba can now enter the normal regulatory process at the Food and Drug Administration, and, if approved, begin benefiting American patients.
Introducing Burness 30 for 30
To celebrate Burness' 30th anniversary, we're committing to raising $30,000 for a new computer lab for the the African Education Project, a Zambia-based non-profit founded and led by a former Burnesser.
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.
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.
This Story Will Not Self-Destruct in 10 Seconds
Burnesser Ellen Wilson started in communications in 1986 with a telephone and a phone book. Lots has changed since then, but one thing has remained the same: the power of a good story.
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?
Save the Ugali!
I recently visited smallholder farmers in Iringa, Tanzania, with a team of nine journalists. We learned that ugali, the most common staple starch in my home country of Kenya, is under threat! But we also saw some incredible projects underway to save the dish.