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  • Digital Dilemma: Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

    Digital Dilemma: Is the Internet Killing (or Saving) the Planet?

    With resource-saving notions like “the paperless office” and “telecommuting,” the digital age holds great environmental promise. But have digital technologies really helped to improve global sustainability? In the Worldwatch ...

  • Argan oil: Too much of a good thing?

    Argan oil: Too much of a good thing?

    Most people have heard of the health benefits of using olive oil instead of butter or other saturated animal fats. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil have been shown to reduce levels of harmful cholesterol, and as a result nutrition experts have ...

    Carol Dreibelbis

  • Innovation of the Month: Food Fermentation for Biopreservation

    Innovation of the Month: Food Fermentation for Biopreservation

    Although the word “bacteria” is usually associated with sickness and disease, it is the driving force behind fermentation, a food process on which humans have relied for millennia. Some of the earliest recorded instances of fermentation ...

    Brandon Pierce

  • New reports reveal the human and financial costs of large-scale land acquisitions

    New reports reveal the human and financial costs of large-scale land acquisitions

    The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a coalition of groups working for the rights of rural people to access and use their local natural resources, recently released two reports on the state of large-scale land acquisitions and investments, ...

    Laura Reynolds

  • Lost in the Bee-Line

    Lost in the Bee-Line

    Pesticides. Sprayed across vast expanses of farm land, they have become a ubiquitous part of industrial agriculture. But there may actually be more consequences to their use than we had previously predicted. A recent study headed by Chensheng Lu at ...

  • Going green in 2012: 12 steps for the developing world

    Going green in 2012: 12 steps for the developing world

    Many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make this year. For some, these changes will be financial; for others, physical or spiritual. But for all of us, there are important resolutions we can make to “green” our lives. ...