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RIP: Captive Gorilla Shot at Zoo

It's a story as old as the 1933 classic film King Kong. Humans take a gorilla out of his natural habitat, then imprison and display him to masses, and ultimately execute him. On Sunday a three year old boy at the Cincinnati Zoo was able to breach the perimeter and fall inside the "Gorilla World" exhibit. Show More Summary

8 Reasons to Go to Arizona's Saguaro National Park

There is no symbol more emblematic of the American southwest than the saguaro tree -- standing tall with two arms reaching out from it toward the sky. If you've ever purchased El Paso brand Tex-Mex products at the grocery store, you've seen at least some version of this tree. Show More Summary

Reducing Conflict and Remembering Those Who Died Fighting

This weekend, as we reflect on remembrance and those who won't return from conflict, it is helpful to reflect on conflict itself and why we even have it. Resource scarcity is at the root of global conflict. Resource scarcity is a lack...Show More Summary

Meatless Monday: Vegan Takes a Holiday

Happy Memorial Day, the unofficial launch of summer and summer holidays. Where to go? And what to eat? A growing number of vegan tour groups make travel more fun and remove the worry about what's in your dinner. Think of it as plant-based...Show More Summary

Zoo Gorilla Shot Dead After Child Enters Enclosure: How These Tragedies Can Be Prevented

style="float: left; margin:10px"My blogs are normally about dogs. As an animal lover, however, I am so angered and saddened by a recent incident at the Cincinnati Zoo that I can't help but speak out. Piecing together various accounts, here's what happened: A 4-year-old boy crawled through a barrier and fell into a gorilla enclosure. Show More Summary

G7 Leaders Commit to Cut Near-term Warming by Reducing Super Pollutants

Reducing HFCs, black carbon, and methane can cut rate of warming by half In their May 27th declaration, the leaders of the G7 commit for the first time to cutting near-term warming by phasing down short-lived super pollutants black carbon, methane, and HFCs. Show More Summary

Donald Trump: "There is No Drought" and Other California Water Inanities

Today in a rally in Fresno, California, Donald Trump made a few comments about water. They were all inanities, parroting old Republican mis-statements and misrepresentations about the causes of California's water challenges. Apparently,...Show More Summary

Loose Nuke: Trump, the Nuclear Threat and a Memorial Day for Earth

Donald Trump and his reckless refusal to disavow using nuclear weapons is a threat to all life on earth. It's that simple. Ask yourself, would there be any more Memorial Days if no one is left to mourn? No. If all human life is extinguished...Show More Summary

The EU's Hard Choice: Climate Change or National Politics

Last year's Paris Climate Agreement at COP21 marked a paradigm shift in the international response to climate change. Skeptics argue the targets aren't ambitious enough, but few can deny that COP21, thanks in part to Europe's leadership,...Show More Summary

Pretty Much Everything Donald Trump Said About Energy and Climate Was Wrong, Ignorant, or Gibberish

The presidential campaign of Donald Trump has largely been a policy-free, fact-free, detail-free event, based on emotion (especially fear), pandering to shallow slogans ("Make America Great"), and the aggressive personal and ad hominem...Show More Summary

250 top leaders from all over the world at the Global Green Growth Forum - 3GF Summit 2016

Denmark is host to more than 250 top leaders from all over the world at the Global Green Growth Forum - 3GF Summit 2016 in Copenhagen on June 6-7. #3GF16 For the fifth time, top leaders from the private sector, governments, and civil society from more than 35 countries meet at the Global Green Growth Forum - 3GF Summit in Denmark. Show More Summary

The Cities Beneath Our Seas

If we fail to look after our coral reefs we will lose our shot at a healthier, brighter future They've been called the 'tropical rainforests of the sea', the world's 'underwater cities' and even likened to Shakespeare plays. If these...Show More Summary

Kickapoo to K Street -- An Organic Odyssey

I have taken many a circuitous journey not the least of which was a mid-May tour dedicated to organic food and agriculture. Varied in scenery and scape, it offered resolutions of grandeur and revelations of growth. On this excursion,...Show More Summary

Six Months Later, Do You Want to be the Good COP or the Bad COP?

A Historic Agreement Signed and Soon to be Ratified In November 2015 at the COP21, after a long period of behind-the-curtain negotiations, the historic Paris agreement was signed. We hear that it has been a success. The agreement, however, should not be seen as the completion of a process but rather, the beginning. Show More Summary

Recreating Forests of the Past Isn't Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problems

Wildfires are getting bigger and more costly. Can we return them to a less dangerous state by looking to the past? U.S. Department of Agriculture, CC BY Stephen Pyne, Arizona State University Tiger, tiger, burning brightIn the forests...Show More Summary

Dealing With Sinking Cities and a Risky Future

Just consider a simple forecast. Without action, parts of Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and numerous other coastal cities around the globe will continue to sink faster than the sea level rises. We already know our coastal cities are under threat from rising sea levels, driven by climate change. Show More Summary

Earth Feels What WE Eat

Have you ever stopped mid-bite and wondered if what you are eating affects Earth? I'm sure we have all thought about how a particular food or meal might affect ourselves, but when we think of Earth, we think of a planet that sustains...Show More Summary

No, America's National Parks Are Not for Sale. A Q&A With National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

I am often asked about the role of corporate partners and how their philanthropy supports the National Park System. More recently, I've heard concerns about commercialization attaching itself to the national parks themselves. I always...Show More Summary

Solving "Wicked Problems" - the Road to a Better World?

What makes a problem "wicked" rather than just daunting, formidable or really, really tough? Wicked problems are ones in which we operate with incomplete or contradictory and rapidly-changing information with a large number of stakeholders and with connections to many other problems. Show More Summary

What the World Humanitarian Summit means for Climate Change

I joined about 6000 other delegates from around the world this week for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit. While doesn't provide humanitarian aid, we're increasingly concerned with just how hard climate change is biting,...Show More Summary

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