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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.

U.S. Mines Pollute Water Despite Predictions of Low Impact, Says Report

waterA new report reveals that the vast majority of U.S. metal mines pollute clean water even though the required environmental impact assessments predicted they wouldn’t.

U.S. Supreme Court Deliberates Monumental Global Warming Case

traffic jamThe first substantive discussion between U.S. states and the federal government over federal climate change policy took place in the U.S. Supreme Court on November 29.

Biggest Companies, Largest U.S. State Work to Save Fisheries

boatsFish populations, over-harvested in much of the world, now have some sizable friends on their side, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

Urban Agriculture Provides Cubans with Food, Jobs

city scapeMore than 1 million tons of vegetables and spices were grown in Cuban cities from January to March of 2006, according to the news service Latin America Press.

Mountaintop Removal Mining Scars Landscapes, Communities

mountain top removal miningPublic awareness of the relatively new but highly invasive method of surface mining known as “mountaintop removal” is growing in the United States, thanks to a combination of cutting-edge technology and the work of advocacy groups.

Composting Toilets Offer Solution to Water, Sanitation Problems

composting toiletPredictions of more-severe droughts and worsening water shortages as the Earth’s climate changes have led to an increased interest in composting toilets.

Medics from Cuba, Elsewhere Help Bridge Divides Post-Disaster

medicIn the aftermath of a natural disaster, medical providers often have the ability to soften sharp social and political divides in areas either experiencing violence or on the brink of conflict.

Water Crisis Due to Inequality, Not Scarcity, Says Report

drippy faucetAs part of the launch of the 2006 Human Development Report, Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently invited four water and development experts to offer their perspectives at a panel in Washington, D.C.

Celebrating a "100-Mile" Thanksgiving

local foodsThis Thanksgiving, some North Americans are showing thankfulness for the bounty of the land in an unconventional way. Embracing the so-called “100-Mile Thanksgiving” challenge.

A Whale of an Auction on eBay

wspaIn an effort to raise public awareness of Iceland’s recent return to commercial whaling after a 20-year hiatus, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an international wildlife conservation group, is using the online auction site eBay to sell off “shares” of a fin whale to prevent it from being killed.
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