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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.

Reflections on Climate Week and The Path Forward

Last week’s climate talks started with a bang and ended with a thud. A clear message emerged from the UN summit on climate change early in the week—now is the time to act.

Air Fresheners Unregulated, Potentially Dangerous, Group Says


Air FreshenerA study of 14 common household air fresheners has found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

A Climate Turning Point?


White HouseJust after the summit of 80 heads of state at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, and just before the world’s 16 top carbon-emitting countries began talks at the White House on Thursday, climate experts gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the question: is the world finally at a climate turning point?

The Benefits of a Low-Carbon Future

The Stern Report, compiled for the UK government and released in late 2006, estimates that the costs of climate change under a “business-as-usual” scenario could equal the loss of 5 to 20 percent of gross world product each year.

Despite Progress Against Trafficking, World Still Hungry for Exotic Creatures

TigerEarlier this month, the Chinese government invited law enforcement officers from the Association of South East Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) to meet with counterparts in China to discuss strategies to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

Help Wanted: International Climate Change Mitigation Seeks Leader

Yesterday, representatives of 150 countries, including more than 80 heads of state, gathered at a high-level summit hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to build momentum for a new international agreement on climate change.

Worldwatch Perspective: With the 2007 Farm Bill, the Local Goes Global

Iowa FarmThe 2007 Farm Bill, a critical piece of legislation that highlights America’s agricultural priorities, has been on lawmakers’ agendas this fall.

Worldwatch Perspective: The Meaning of $80 Oil

PumpjackThe price of oil hit its highest level in a quarter-century this week—and is now closing in on the inflation-adjusted record set in 1981. What’s so surprising, though, is not the high price of oil—at over $80 a barrel—but the timing of this price increase.

Pesticides Pose Risk in Rural and Urban Communities Alike

Organic FarmIn a recent study of 60 children of Latino farmworkers in the U.S. state of North Carolina, nearly 90 percent of those tested were found to have pesticide metabolites in their urine, according to a report in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Gas Flaring Wastes Resources, Pollutes Atmosphere

Oil RigEvery year, the oil industry burns off up to 170 billion cubic meters of natural gas released in the oil extraction process, according to a new report commissioned by the World Bank.

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