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The why and how of your own urban garden


By Preethi Sukumaran Just like there’s a billion dollar business idea and a New York Times bestseller in each of us, so too lurks a farmer in each of us – with the urge to grow beautiful living things. Scientists with clever sounding PhD thesis topics have tried to explain this urge to grow new […]


August 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Food | Read More »

The fight for Borneo’s soul

Borneo rain forest. Photo courtesy: Ben Sutherland

by Neo Chai Chin With palm oil companies slashing vast swathes of forest, the Dayaks of West Kalimantan are desperately struggling to save their ancestral lands and way of life On the porch of a wooden house deep in West Kalimantan, a shirtless man sits, staring out at endless rows of palm oil trees surrounding his […]

March 26th, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Activism,Sustainable Agriculture/GMO/Organic,Sustainable Development | Read More »

The Science of Tree Shade

Website source of image: http://www.texasbusiness.com/files/image/article/full_3186.jpg

by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary Singapore has urban forests with trees that provide refreshing shade for its citizens. Beginning in the 1960s, the country’s modern founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, had the foresight to promote tree-planting as a means to transform Singapore into a tropical garden city-state.  Anyone who comes here today is […]

March 1st, 2012 | Posted in Biodiversity,Green Cities/Communities | Read More »

Calendar of World Environmental Events 2012


by Bhavani Prakash A very belated Happy and Green New Year to all our readers.  This is our first post for 2012. Like last year we start with the key environmental (and related) events in the months ahead. We also take the opportunity to thank our team of Guest Writers for their wonderful perspectives so far and […]

January 20th, 2012 | Posted in Green Festivals,Green Meetings | Read More »

Wanda Embar: Veganpeace

Dairy Cows.Courtesy : Veganpeace

By Bharathi Shiva Wanda Embar (WE)  is the Founder of Veganpeace, a website dedicated to “inspire people to strive towards a more peaceful world where animal and human rights are respected and honored.”  Embar, who was born in Leiden, the Netherlands studied mathematics at the University of Leiden and later at the University of Toulouse, […]

December 8th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Food/Meat Reduction,Health,Sustainable Agriculture,Sustainable Agriculture | Read More »

Conference on “Sustainable Environmental Management in Urban Asia”


Our readers may be interested in the forthcoming conference in Singapore on 15-16 December 2011, on “Sustainable Environmental Management” organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Master of Science in Environmental Management programme. The two day conference will address the issues regarding Urban Planning that are unique to Asia.  The information (as obtained from […]

November 24th, 2011 | Posted in Climate Change,Green Cities,Green Meetings | Read More »

How can I convince my friend to use the stairs?


by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary As someone who is interested in green living, you are no doubt aware of the benefits of indoor and outdoor walking–both for people and for the Earth. So it is likely that, whenever you find yourself inside a multistory building, you consciously choose to use the stairs, rather […]

October 31st, 2011 | Posted in Energy,Health and Wellbeing | Read More »

Reviving the Lost Legacy of Rice Biodiversity: The Story of Ghani Khan

Ghani Khan

Rice means life and survival for billions of people. Relying on a narrow range of rice strains grown in monocultures has led to increased pest problems and erosion of rice biodiversity. Anitha Reddy shares a story of a farmer from India, Ghani Khan, who has successfully eschewed modern hybrid rice seeds to return to traditional varieties of rice […]

October 13th, 2011 | Posted in Biodiversity,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Ethics : The Kaani Tribe in India

Kaani Woman and Man

Indigenous peoples are ethnic groups native to a land or region. Usually they have a close relation to the land and live in consonance with nature. They believe that land and people are inseparable and interdependent. It is this aspect of their lifestyle-the intertwining of their lives with their natural surrounding that are a subject of fascination to modern man.  Today at a time […]

September 7th, 2011 | Posted in Indigenous Communities,Sustainable Development | Read More »

Have You Thrown Something Away Today?

Photo 1 Image Credit: EarthScholars Research Group

by James H. Wandersee and Renee M. Clary It is considered admirable when people pick-up litter and discard their own trash.  Clean cities and homes are considered progressive and inviting.  We are frequently admonished to “dispose of our trash properly.” Society uses the word trash to include things that are broken, empty, soiled, redundant, outdated, […]

August 8th, 2011 | Posted in Behaviour Change,Waste Management | Read More »


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