Big Opportunity in the Big Easy

June 1 marked the official beginning of hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. But many coastal residents are still focused on recovery and clean up from last year’s deadly storms.

Deserts Swallowing Up China's Grasslands and Cities

In recognition of the grave perils of increasing desertification, the United Nations has declared 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification and the theme of World Environment Day on June 5, 2006 is, "Don't Desert Drylands!".

Corporations Make Case for Mandatory Carbon Caps

Although the United States has not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, many U.S. corporations are realizing that taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions makes good business sense.

Beijing's Global Environment Institute Tests the Boundaries of NGO Activity

Few fledgling nongovernmental organizations can claim the kind of success that Beijing-based Global Environmental Institute (GEI) has enjoyed: an operating budget of half a million dollars, a board comprised of internationally prominent environmental professionals, an impressive portfolio of projects, and even a spin-off organization.

The Human Hand Behind Avian Flu

For the first time since the avian flu reemerged in Asia, the virus is believed to have passed to a third human after jumping to first one individual, then another, reports the New York Times.

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.
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