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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.

"Sustainability" Is Growing Theme of Business Schools

board & diplomaEnvironmentally conscious entrepreneurs looking to get a business degree now have a variety of options when choosing a graduate school.

Worldwatch Perspective: Nobel Committee Is Wise to Broaden the Definition of Peace

Muhammad YunusThe Norwegian Nobel Committee’s surprising decision last week to award the 2006 Peace Prize to micro-credit pioneer Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank he founded is a courageous step toward broadening the definition of peace.

Natural Products Conference Raises Awareness of Niche Industry

A USAID/FRAME conference in Washington, D.C. brought together experts from the natural products sector.More than 100 experts and advocates from the non-timber natural products sector—which includes such products as rattan, essential oils, and textiles—convened in Washington, D.C., on October 3-5 to discuss common goals and develop partnerships.

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz Calls for "Greening" of Globalization

Professor Joseph StiglitzAddressing a packed World Bank auditorium on September 26, Columbia University economist Joseph Stiglitz discussed the issues and challenges associated with globalization in today’s rapidly changing world.

Bus Rapid Transit Systems Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Gain in Popularity

A bus stop in Curitiba, BrazilThis summer, the bus rapid transit system of Bogotá, Colombia, earned the distinction of being the world’s first mass transport project to be approved for participation in the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Salmon Farms Spread Deadly Lice to Wild Salmon

salmon filetSalmon farms can pass fatal infections of sea lice to young salmon in the wild, according to a study published October 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, conducted in British Columbia’s Broughton Archipelago, provides the most direct evidence yet that the increase in salmon farming results in more wild salmon deaths.

Global Warming Film Brings Moral Message to U.S. Audiences

GWLThe Great Warming, a feature-length film documenting the effects of climate change on individuals and communities across the globe, will be released in U.S. theaters on November 4.

Scientists Link Urban Air Pollution to Distant Forest Fires

MODIS (Terra) data show a smoke cloud over HoustonIn an example of how far-reaching the effects of a natural hazard can be, a team of 15 scientists has documented how forest fires burning on the border between Alaska and Canada caused serious air pollution in Houston, Texas, more than 5,000 kilometers away.

Debate Continues over Sun's Role in Climate Change

sunVariations in the Sun’s luminosity, or brightness, since 1978 have been too small to account for the global warming that has occurred in the past 30 years, according to an international team of researchers.

Wind Power Expanding in Developing and Industrialized Nations

Wind MachineWind power is rapidly becoming a viable and economical energy source worldwide, even in developing countries, according to a September 28 article in the New York Times. Last year, wind turbine installations rose nearly 48 percent in India and 65 percent in China.
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