How Coastal Mapping and Conservation Can Save Lives

The world’s 15 most at-risk nations for natural hazards are all coastal, tropical, and developing countries. NGOs and governments are spending billions of dollars to construct sea walls, levees, and other barriers to protect against risk. But unlike natural barriers, artificial ones can be easily destroyed by a single extreme weather event. SNAP is exploring how restoring coastal habitats can protect coastal communities and livelihoods, and reduce fatalities and loss of property.

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World Environment Day: Let’s Do It, World!

World Environment Day (WED), observed annually on June 5th, strives to increase awareness about issues facing the environment. Sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program, WED has been celebrated for decades. This movement encourages individuals to take an active role in cleaning up their communities and help preserve natural resources for future generations.

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A Simple Farming Technique Improves Yields and Restores the Environment

Recurrent drought in the Sahel has become the norm in the past decade, resulting in agricultural decline and periodic famine. There is general recognition that drought-resistant practices are critical, but conventional Western methods are commonly applied to solve these problems. The World Agroforestry Centre is using a technique, called farmer managed natural regeneration (FMNR), which promises to address the issue in a unique way.

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greenABLE: Employment and Environment in South Africa

Approximately 40 million tonnes of electronic waste is generated globally each year, and due to the high cost of proper disposal, much of it ends up in landfills. Printer cartridges, like other electronic waste, do not break down easily and the leftover ink contains dangerous substances that can pollute the environment and cause health problems.

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Mission Blue Strives for Ocean Conservation by Creating Hope Spots

Sylvia Earle and her organization, Mission Blue, are working to create dozens of ‘hope spots’ — protected marine environments free from fishing, oil drilling, and dumping. The goal is to protect 20% of the world’s oceans by 2020. This article celebrates the UN-observed World Habitat Day, 6 October, 2014.

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Pitch in for Clean Water in Kenya

One in nine people globally lack access to an improved water source and, of those, nearly half are concentrated in Africa. U.S social enterprise, PITCHAfrica, has found an innovative way to address this issue, improve education and bring the community together with the creation of a water-harvesting soccer stadium in Kenya.

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Saving Habitat and Changing Attitudes in Paraguay

When Scottish biologist Karina Atkinson first arrived in Paraguay to take part in a volunteer program, she was not happy. That feeling didn’t last long however, as she made friends with local people. Her discovery of an artesian lake, Laguna Blanca, sealed her fate and in 2010 the 28-year-old scientist co-founded Para La Tierra, an NGO dedicated to the conservation of Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca.

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Consolidated Environmentalism with Economic Development: Yunguilla, Ecuador

The community of Yunguilla is settled in the mountains an hour outside of Quito, Ecuador. Just a few years ago, their plan was to, as always, clear cut the forest for farming until the soil lost all its nutrients and forced them to move on. There are thousands of communities that live these semi-nomadic lifestyles across the globe. Historically, many …

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Let the Oceans Clean Themselves: The Ocean Cleanup Array

  A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …

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