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Save the Oceans, Feed the World, Make a Profit?

What’s good for the fish is good for the fishing communities — and for impact investors. That’s the thesis of three new vehicles for investing in sustainable fisheries that will…

A Sense of Ownership: local communities are empowered to act on deforestation

An edited version of this article first appeared on TruthAtlas. BALE, ETHIOPIA–In the dappled shade of his eucalyptus plantation, Munir Adem recollects. “Before, the forest belonged to the government. There…

Eco-Marketing for the Future

What really is green marketing? In one source, it was reported to be “the marketing of products that are presumed to be environmentally safe; thus green marketing incorporates a broad…

How to Make a City Great

By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how. What makes…

The Fragile Future of the “Mountains of Life”

Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur, a biology professor at the University of MA (Boston) and a noted wildlife photographer, respectively, came together to catalogue the biodiversity and changing geography of…

Vandana Shiva on Resisting GMOs: “Saving Seeds is a Political Act”

Trained in physics and philosophy, Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and…

Richard Branson’s “B Team:” Business for Good

Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media and Chair of New York Tech Meetup, talks to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, about “the greatest challenge and opportunity of…

Money Does Grow on Trees in One Peruvian Town

How Forestry Has Transformed a Small Farm Town in Peru The Andes Mountains, the largest mountain range in the world, are home to 32% of Peru’s population, many of which…

Panama: Dam Promises or Dam Lies?

With massive infrastructure projects such as the Panama City Metro and the Panama Canal expansion underway, Panama is on the brink of exceeding its national electricity capacity. There is little…

The Elephant has left the room

In late 2012, at the Booth Theater in New York, I watched Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. During intermission, seeking distraction from the pain of the play, I…

Food Fortification in the Midst of Turmoil?

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still…

Shrimp and Sea Cucumber Farms Offer Models for Aquaculture Investments

From shrimp in Mexico to sea cucumbers in Madagascar, pioneering NGOs are testing new approaches to open ocean aquaculture that emphasize environmental stewardship and increasing local wealth — and lay the foundation for financially…

Eating Insects Makes for A “Sustainable” Snack

Last fall, I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. The conference, entitled “Global Systems 2.0,” focused on potential interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental…

Panama: The Indigenous Activists Who Paralyzed a Nation

by Nick Swyter In February 2012, members of Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngäbe-Buglé, blocked the country’s main roadway to protest mining and hydroelectric projects they say won’t benefit their…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or Repair: The Pop Up Repair Shop in NYC

Throwing away broken stuff has never been an easier choice. For some items, prices have never been lower; for others, instant obsolescence means you always have an excuse to upgrade,…