No doubt you know some folks who, upon hearing the word “fatwa,” will say something about “damned terrorists.” Others might think of Salman Rushdie, and immediately equate the word with an assassination order. But, as Robyn Purchia from sister site Eden Keeper notes, a fatwa in Islam is merely a “call to action”; like other […]
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The discovery of an endangered species doesn’t have to mean the end of human activity in its habitat. The story of the Barton Springs Salamander shows that people and threatened animals and plants can coexist… with a little planning.
By all accounts, the environment seems to be in peril. As years continue to pass, we continue to see the consequences of human-caused actions. Depletion of resources, climate change, and the extinction of species have been increasing on an alarming scale.
Fans of the polar bear, and people concerned about the environment, won a major victory in May 2008 when the big, white bears were listed as a “threatened species” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It took lawsuits and petitioning efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, Greenpeace, and other organizations to overcome the […]
By Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute In 1543, Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres,” in which he challenged the view that the sun revolved around the earth, arguing instead that the earth revolved around the sun. With his new model of the solar system, he began a wide-ranging […]
Editor’s note: Last week, we published a piece by our editorial intern Oscar Cardenas on the endangered status of many herbs used in alternative health practices. Today, we’re pleased to give you Oscar’s second piece on the subject, which focuses on the popular herb Echinacea. Imagine an organism, native to the American prairie, whose value […]
Editor’s note: As part of his editorial internship with Green Options Media this Spring, I asked San Francisco State senior Oscar Cardenas to create a blog series that we could publish at the end of the semester. Oscar choose medicinal herbs and the environment for his broad topic — this post is the first of […]