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Eye on Earth e2 - Eye on Earth, a service of World Watch Magazine in partnership with the Blue Moon Fund, provides our community with a unique perspective on current events, newly released studies, and important global trends. This update service offers context to critical world events that are seemingly disparate yet often closely related, highlighting the connections between human consumption and the natural world, while telling the stories of individuals and organizations that are supporting new approaches to resource use, energy use and urban development. Eye on Earth presents the news of today with an eye towards tomorrow, illustrating how current events will shape our own future and that of generations to come.

Innovative Approach to Development Proves That Grandmas Know Best

grandmothersGrandmothers in the Kati district of Mali, in West Africa, used to advise pregnant women to work harder so their muscles would be strong for childbirth, and to eat less so their babies would be smaller and easier to push out.

"Hot Rocks" Could Power Millions of U.S. Homes, Study Says

geothermal energyGeothermal power, a renewable energy source that has been largely ignored in the United States, can supply a significant share of the country’s future energy needs, according to a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study.

Curitiba's Ex-Mayor Prescribes "Urban Acupuncture"

curitibaJaime Lerner, the three-time former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, a city best known for its innovative approaches to urban planning, is calling for what he terms “urban acupuncture” to bring revitalization and sustainability to the world’s metropolitan areas.

Ecuadorian City Winning Against Traffic, Pollution Problems

Guayaquil, Ecuador.Guayaquil, Ecuador, and its mayor, Jaime Nebot, received international recognition on January 22 for the successful introduction of the Metrovia bus rapid transit (BRT) system and other improvements to public space.

Backyard Poultry Bans Won't Stop Avian Flu, Researcher Says

chickenLast week, in a move to stem the spread of the deadly avian flu virus, officials in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta announced a ban on all backyard poultry production.

Program Aims to Save the "Mona Lisas" of the Animal World

pygmy hippopotamusA new program from the Zoological Society of London is working to identify and protect some of the world's “most bizarre and unusual animals,” according to a news release from the group.

"City Information" Quiz

quizToday our eye is on AOL's "City Information" quiz, inspired by the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future. Test your knowledge of the world's biggest, greatest, and riskiest urban centers now!

Cities Key to Tackling Poverty, Climate Change

state of the world press releaseAs urban populations continue to expand, the world can expect rising environmental pressures but also the emergence of innovative responses to climate change and poverty, the Worldwatch Institute reports in its latest book, State of the World 2007: Our Urban Future.

U.S. Homeowners Can Now "Rent" Solar Panels, Saving Money

solar hot water laundromatResidents of the United States will soon be able to install energy-efficient solar panels on their homes without paying significant upfront costs, according to the renewable energy development company Citizenre.

ExxonMobil Gave Millions to Climate Skeptics, Report Says

earthBetween 1998 and 2005, oil giant ExxonMobil gave nearly $16 million to organizations seeking to create confusion over global warming science, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
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