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The cultural challenge for cities to meet the Paris climate targets

By Paul Owens, Director of the World Cities Culture Forum

Last week states, cities, major NGOs and business leaders gathered in Bonn for COP23 to collaborate on the frameworks and policy solutions that will support countries’ efforts to achieve Paris Climate Agreement targets. The summit cemented world cities’ already ascendant role as leaders of global efforts to address climate change, with mayors setting ambitious targets and working collaboratively with cities around the world.

As cities take on increasing responsibility for helping nations meet their Paris Climate targets, they have an additional unexpected, and until this point largely overlooked, tool at their disposal to enact their sustainability and resilience agenda – their local cultural and creative industries.

The battle for Bristol Bay isn’t over

By David Aplin, interim managing director of WWF’s U.S. Arctic program

Time and time again, the people of Bristol Bay, the State of Alaska, and the United States have said overwhelmingly that the risks associated with development of the Pebble Mine are too great. Bristol Bay’s sustainable ecosystems and all of the values they support should not be compromised. Local business leaders don’t want it. The region’s tribes don’t want it. And more than a million Americans have gone on record demanding that this national treasure be protected.

Can anti-poaching activism save 25 million birds a year?

It’s 3 a.m. and I am running through a dark field with a live, wild quail in my hand. I have just extracted it from a poacher’s net in the Famagusta region of Cyprus, one of the most dangerous places for birds on Earth. A poacher’s patrol car passes nearby. Ahead of me in the dark is one of the masterminds of the Committee Against Bird Slaughter’s (CABS) Cyprus operations, Bostjan. Our odds are pretty good. Bostjan has been evading poachers in Cyprus for six years. He knows how far we need to be from the headlamps of a poachers’ car to remain undetected and, perhaps more importantly, he knows how to calm down angry men. We gain some distance from the patrol car and continue working. By the end of the night, we have found six massive quail nets, and the relentless electronic decoys that draw the migrating birds to their deaths.

Hōkūleʻa Joins the Centennial Tribute to Queen Liliʻuokalani

In honor of Queen Liliʻuokalani, Hōkūleʻa this morning set sail along the southern shoreline of Oʻahu to join in an observance ceremony shared across the island chain. At around 8:30 am, Hōkūleʻa was faced toward the direction of Iolani Palace, Kawaiahaʻo and Washington Place and her sails were lowered. At this moment, double rainbows appeared…

We Biked 5,000 Miles and Saw an American South Few People Know Exists

We two brothers embarked on an epic ride and found that the lines between left and right and conservative and liberal are often quite contrived, and many of these people have more in common than we could have imagined. We hope that this film can be part of a much needed bridge being built.

Enduring Hearts: The Stories of Three Young Girls Sharing a Common Bond as Heart Transplants

By Thomas Smith Grace, Emery, and Mya are three inspiring and courageous girls in metro Atlanta who share a unique bond as a result of a stressful, scary, and life-changing experience they endured within the last seven years. They all became heart transplant recipients during that time. After hearing the terrifying seven words “We need…

Indigenous Cultures and Hi-Tech Drones Reveal Secrets of Siberia

It takes a variety of approaches and perspectives from researchers and locals alike to make sense of this place from a social-ecological perspective, blending insights from geography, ecology, human and natural history, and climate.

UN’s Ocean Envoy Calls for a Decade of Ocean Science

The UN’s new Special Envoy for the Ocean says a new Decade of Ocean Science is needed to galvanize efforts to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources by 2030.

Our Ocean Conference: Emerging Themes and Solutions to Plastic Pollution

By Lark Starkey Plastic – the word on so many lips during the 4th International Our Ocean Conference held in Malta last week. Plastic and it’s harm to oceans, communities, health, and economies. But as EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella succinctly and powerfully summarized: “This event is about solutions.” And solutions are rapidly emerging, both in…

Be a Hero for Marine Animals on World Animal Day

By Julie MacInnes for Humane Society International/Canada As a child, I remember going to an aquarium and watching the dolphins perform tricks in a showroom tank. I was struck by the contrast between these majestic, intelligent creatures and the cruel, concrete walls of the tank meant to confine them. Today is World Animal Day (#WorldAnimalDay). A…

Preserving and Deciphering Ancient Rock Art in Texas

Ingenious research has revealed the hidden meaning in paintings more than 4,000 years old.

Renewed Excavations in the Rising Star Cave

More remains of Homo naledi and evidence about how the bones may have entered the cave may be on the way.

The Fish and Wildlife Service must atone for tiger’s death

By Delcianna J. Winders, PETA Foundation’s vice president and deputy general counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement Early last week, while I sat at work with my dachshund, Littles, by my side, another dachshund, Journey, found herself in the jaws of an escaped tiger who was roaming the streets of Henry County, Georgia. Journey survived the…

The Beauty and Lessons of a Cloud-Covered Total Eclipse

Many people treat failure as a negative variable best managed, mitigated, or outright avoided. Instead, failure is the dark matter of scientific knowledge—unseen but holding the universe together.

Proposed Rare Earths Mine Threatens Protected Forest, Lemurs, and Farmers in Madagascar

By Edward Carver The device you are using right now, as you read this story, was likely made with rare earth elements from China. Rare earths are used in computers and cell phones, among many other modern devices, and demand for them continues to rise. But in the last several decades, rare earth mining has…