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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.

Rare Species Have Long Been a Part of New Guinean Tradition

Scientists may have limited information on certain rare animals in western New Guinea (the Indonesian province of Papua), but some of them have long been a part of local knowledge and tradition, according to Bruce Beehler, an ornithologist and vice president of the Melanesia Program at Conservation International.

Biofuels: Miracle Cure or Path to Greater Destruction?

According to officials with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), rapidly rising oil prices and the growing urgency of climate change could spur a major international shift to bio-energy use in little more than a decade.

Beyond the Science: Using Art to Convey the Dangers of Climate Change

Three artists and a communications professional all dedicated to fighting global warming spoke on a panel at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. on April 20. The panel, entitled “Climate and Culture: Using the Arts to Galvanize the Public on Global Warming,” provided a forum for the participants to display their work and address the unique ways their particular media can make emotional connections with the public.

Awareness Brings Small Victories in Battle Against Human Trafficking

There is progress in the fight against human trafficking in Asia, according to Carol Yost, director of the Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program.

Studies Affirm Value of Biodiversity in Meeting Human Needs

The twin goals of meeting humanitarian needs and conserving plant and animal species don’t necessarily have to conflict, according to two studies released at the eighth Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Curitiba, Brazil, in late March.
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