Careful Planning Can Create Livable Communities

city From May 18–20, Madison, Wisconsin, hosted a conference to generate discussion on ways that citizens can become more involved in the “smart” growth of their communities.

Experts Discuss a Future Beyond Oil

More than 200 scientists, policymakers, non-profit leaders, and concerned citizens convened in Washington, D.C. from May 7–9 to discuss the consequences of “peak oil” production, the point when the maximum amount of oil that can be extracted from the Earth is reached.

China Integrating "Green" Concepts into Olympic Venues

As Beijing moves forward with construction for the 2008 Summer Olympics, project developers are embracing state-of-the-art energy technologies as well as measures to save water and protect sensitive ecosystems.

Rare Species Have Long Been a Part of New Guinean Tradition

Scientists may have limited information on certain rare animals in western New Guinea (the Indonesian province of Papua), but some of them have long been a part of local knowledge and tradition, according to Bruce Beehler, an ornithologist and vice president of the Melanesia Program at Conservation International.

Biofuels: Miracle Cure or Path to Greater Destruction?

According to officials with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), rapidly rising oil prices and the growing urgency of climate change could spur a major international shift to bio-energy use in little more than a decade.

China's Pharmaceutical Industry Lacks Innovation, Lags Behind

The gap between the Chinese and global pharmaceutical sectors has widened in recent years

Beyond the Science: Using Art to Convey the Dangers of Climate Change

Three artists and a communications professional all dedicated to fighting global warming spoke on a panel at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on April 20. The panel, entitled “Climate and Culture: Using the Arts to Galvanize the Public on Global Warming,” provided a forum for the participants to display their work and address the unique ways their particular media can make emotional connections with the public.

Awareness Brings Small Victories in Battle Against Human Trafficking

There is progress in the fight against human trafficking in Asia, according to Carol Yost, director of the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

Studies Affirm Value of Biodiversity in Meeting Human Needs

The twin goals of meeting humanitarian needs and conserving plant and animal species don’t necessarily have to conflict, according to two studies released at the eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Curitiba, Brazil, in late March.

China to Become Second Largest Tourism Economy within the Decade

As China’s tourism industry flourishes, the country is poised to become the world’s second largest travel and tourism economy after the United States by 2015, according to a new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
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