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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.

Everyday Citizens Can Help Fight Biodiversity Loss

Western Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla)Global warming and habitat destruction are contributing to the decline of many of the world’s species, but there is action you can take.

Experts Discuss Future of Rare Wildlife in Korean DMZ

Korean DMZAt a June 4 conference in Seoul, South Korea, scientists and environmental experts discussed prospects for the biologically rich Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula.

Crop Yields Expand, but Nutrition Is Left Behind

Heirloom TomatoesFarmers today can grow two to three times as much grain, fruit, and vegetables on a plot of land as they could 50 years ago, but the nutritional quality of many crops has declined, according to a new report from The Organic Center.

São Paulo Bans Outdoor Ads in Fight Against Pollution

Sao Paulo SkylineIn January, the city of São Paulo, Brazil, enacted a ban on virtually all outdoor advertising. Billboards, neon signs, and even buses and taxis have been wiped clean of advertisements in the municipality, the world’s fourth largest.

“Barefoot College” Empowers the Rural Poor

rainwater harvesting systemSince 1972, the “Barefoot College” in Rajasthan, India, has been a technical resource for the “washouts, copouts, and dropouts” of rural villages around the world, as founder Bunker Roy put it in a May 2006 article in Fast Company.

Inequality Gap Grows in Asia, United States

Homes of rich and poorIn a new study, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports that the gap between the rich and poor in many Asian countries, particularly China, has grown significantly in recent decades as economies have boomed. The United States is struggling with the same issue as new technologies such as the Internet converge with fluid and speculative economic markets, bolstering the “super-rich,” according to The Observer.

Biofuels Must Be Made Sustainably, Says European Commission

Palm Oil PlantationThe European Commission is developing legislation that will require minimum sustainability standards for biofuels development, European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said at the recent International Biofuels Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on July 5–6.

Beijing Traffic Restriction Not a Silver Bullet for Air Pollution

Beijing SkyA recent traffic restriction that limited driving in China’s capital city during the four-day “Good Luck Beijing” Olympic test games initially resulted in a measurable improvement in the city’s haze, according to Beijing officials. But over the full period of the restriction, air pollution levels in fact showed a slight increase, The Washington Post reported.

Worldwatch Perspective: Nothing is Simple, Not Even Biofuels

E85 EthanolIf you want to do something right, then it’s not going to be simple. Unfortunately, this is a general rule of life. It’s true not only for cooking, relationships, and work, but also for understanding what “sustainable” biofuels really are.

Pygmy Elephants Threatened by Logging, Oil Palm Plantations

Pygmy ElephantsEncroaching plantations and rampant logging are threatening populations of the pygmy elephant, a species unique to the dense tropical forests of Malaysian Borneo.

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