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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.

UK Government Calls for International Action as Scientists Discuss Oceans' Role in Climate Change

ice core extractionAddressing the Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) conference in Birmingham, England, on October 25, Sir David King, the UK government’s chief scientific advisor, warned that, “Governments ignore the capabilities of science today at the peril of their own population.”

UN "De-lists" Companies from Global Compact Initiative

Global CompactIn early October, the United Nations “de-listed” 335 companies from the UN Global Compact, a voluntary business initiative that brings together companies in support of universal environmental and social principles.

Maathai Recounts Life Journey in Unbowed

wangari maathaiWangari Maathai, the founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movem

Consumers Can Help Reverse Fishery Declines, Says Report

clamsA new study in Science predicts that all fish and seafood species could collapse by 2048 if current population declines continue. But fishery depletions may be avoided with the help of an unlikely ally—consumers—says Worldwatch Institute researcher Brian Halweil.

New Strain of Bird Flu No Surprise to Experts

free range chickens in a feeding frenzyA new strain of the avian flu that is resistant to current vaccines has begun infecting people and poultry in Asia.

Worldchanging Offers Tips on Creating a Better World

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century A new book from the staff and contributors of WorldChanging.com, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, compiles some of the most innovative new technologies, initiatives, and ideas of today.

Antimicrobial Soaps: Worth the Risk?

soapChemicals found in antibacterial soaps and other “germ-fighting” household products may pose greater health and environmental risks than we suspect, according to Rolf Halden, co-founder of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Water and Health.

"Complementary" Currency Helps Local Communities

currencyOver the past 10 years, more than 5,300 Chicago school children from impoverished neighborhoods have tutored their peers and earned free computers for their homes. Five parks in Calgary, Canada, have become pesticide free, and a formerly homeless 70-year-old woman in Madison, Wisconsin, received free crochet lessons in exchange for cooking and cleaning for neighbors.

Army Corps Seeks to Relax Gulf Wetlands Protections

marshThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has devised a proposal that would permit property owners and developers to fill in up to five acres of “low-quality” wetlands when undertaking projects in the six southernmost counties of Mississippi.

The Latest Fashion from London: Domestic Wind Turbines

Home wind turbines like this one from Futurenergy are increasingly popular in Britain.Domestic wind turbines are gaining in popularity in Britain, where some 80,000 homes now use small renewable power generation units to provide energy for residents, reports a recent Reuters article.
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