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From Bali: Nusa Penida

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There exists a solemn rite that every Balinese Hindu is expected to complete at least once during this lifetime. They must make a special pilgrimage to “Nusa Penida”, the black magic island, to visit a…

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- Oct 17, 2012
The Future of Life

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E.O. Wilson’s highly influential work The Future of Life begins where one would imagine: the present. Half of all species thrive in tropical rainforests, though any locale with liquid water, organic molecules…

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- Oct 15, 2012
Visiting the World Wide Fund for Nature in India

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India is a country with incredible biodiversity and hundreds of cultures and languages, and they all have to coexist in a country with limited resources. Izilwane’s Altaire Cambata sits down with some…

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- Aug 13, 2012
A Winding Road: Population and Consumption in India

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In a world where the opulent often clashes with the impoverished, where modernity clashes with tradition, India has swept travelers off their feet by embracing both and the contradictions therein. Here,…

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- Jul 09, 2012
An Interview with Sharon Matola

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Altaire Cambata had the chance to meet Sharon Matola, the founder of the Belize Zoo – and still the only zoo in Belize – while studying abroad at the Tropical Education Center. Here, Altaire and Sharon…

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- Jul 02, 2012
The Global Impact of Climate Change

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What are the implications for indigenous or place-based cultures facing the imminent and gradually-destructive processes of climate change? There is a significant amount of literature that suggests the…

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- Jan 02, 2012
Human Planet

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Human Planet, the eight-piece documentary by the BBC provides well-timed insight into increasingly diminishing indigenous ways of life. However, is stunning footage enough to communicate their messages…

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- Dec 12, 2011
Saving Big Cats: an interview with Dr. Laurie Marker

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Dr. Laurie Marker is the co-founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which helps protect these charismatic big cats worldwide. She helped develop international captive breeding…

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- Dec 05, 2011
Ecosystem Services: A Solution to Extinction

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Here is the theory: by assessing the true monetary value that plants, animals, and ecosystems hold for the health of humankind, policy-makers are more likely to respond to their rapid degradation.

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- Aug 26, 2011
Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice

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Ethnobotonist and author Mark Plotkin delves into the world of traditional medicinal knowledge and the mysteries of Amazonian biology, culture and spirituality. Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice is a plea…

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- Jul 06, 2011