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Bat conservation in Mexico and Latin America

Bat conservation in Mexico and Latin America

Rodrigo Medellin, a leading bat expert from Mexico, is the first winner of the new Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award for his on-going work to study, raise awareness and highlight the importance of Latin America’s bats.

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Hydrogen Trailblazers

Hydrogen Trailblazers

Officer Tom McCloghry is a cop on the beat, patrolling downtown Columbia, South Carolina to keep the streets safe. And, though it’s not so unusual these days to see police on Segways, this one is different. This is a hydrogen hybrid Segway, created with support from the National Science Foundation. In just the last few years, Columbia has transformed itself into a hotbed of hydrogen research–thanks in large part to the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fuel Cells at the University of South Carolina

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Taking Action on Climate Change

Taking Action on Climate Change

Pioneers John Elkington, Bjorn Stigson and David Suzuki fear that things may get worse before they get better on climate change issues. Only when our daily lives are disrupted and we have realized the connection between our actions and their consequences, will we finally unite on the issue.

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Volunteering in Ethiopia

Volunteering in Ethiopia

Check out what this Edinburgh teacher has to say about her career development break, where she volunteered with VSO in Ethiopia.

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West Africa’s Marine Bushmeat

West Africa’s Marine Bushmeat

With West African fish stocks under increasing pressure from foreign industrial fishing fleets, scientists are concerned that local people may be forced to increasingly hunt other marine wildlife such as turtles and marine mammals.

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21st Century Leadership

21st Century Leadership

What does it take to be an effective leader in the 21st century? According to John Elkington, Mark Moody Stuart, Rajendra Pachauri and others, leadership on the sustainability agenda will require the vision to make decisions with the next 50 or 100 years in mind, and to identify and support emerging innovators and changemakers.

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Mauritania’s Risky Catch

Mauritania’s Risky Catch

West Africa’s coastal fish stocks are being depleted by foreign fishing fleets from Europe and Asia. Overfishing is threatening the region’s fish resources and the livelihoods of the people of West Africa.

For the fishermen of Mauritania, it is getting hard to make a living. Having to venture out further to sea, their small boats are at risk of capsizing in a storm or being overrun by the foreign trawlers.

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Rethinking Our Economic System

Rethinking Our Economic System

Our economic model is believed by many to be broken. Pioneers Jonathan Porritt, Achim Steiner, Bjorn Stigson and others emphasize the need to challenge the orthodoxies of our current model, envisioning a transition from an economically-driven framework to one that acknowledges ecological infrastructure as the foundation.

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Reducing ozone depletion

Reducing ozone depletion

The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The phase out is planned via a timetable. For example, the substance hydro chlorofluorocarbon has a first deadline of 2015 and a final phase-out by 2030.

In its daily work, UNIDO focuses on cost-effective ways to reduce ozone-depleting substances such as freons, halons and chlorofluorocarbons, in the areas of refrigeration, plastic foams, halons, solvents, fumigants and aerosol.

Once the government of a developing country identifies a company that requires assistance in eliminating an ozone depleting substance that originates during the production cycle, it approaches UNIDO with a request to find a solution and introduce a more advance technological process in line with international standards.

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Our scarcest resource is time

Our scarcest resource is time

Pioneers Lester Brown, David Suzuki, Jonathan Porritt and others say that we are in a race against time. We are living in a small window when we can still affect positive change, have the technology to deliver that change, and could see the benefits of action towards sustainability for the planet. Inaction poses the greatest security threat.

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