What Failure Taught Me: is recycling really a lie?

When I challenged myself to be “plastic-free” for a week, I expected a really exciting, satisfying outcome. “Look!” I would tell myself at the end of it, “that was so simple! I can live like this forever.” Blame it on the way 21st century life is designed, blame it on human error, or just blame it on me particularly—whoever is deserving of blame, the outcome remains, that the week was unsuccessful.

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The Great Starvation

Orcas, the majestic yin yangs of the Northwest Pacific ocean, need your help. For the last three years, not one calf in the southern resident population has been born.

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Anna Chahuneau
Beyond Earth Day

It was 1970. The nuclear non-proliferation treaty had passed and the Beatles had disbanded; climate change was already in full march. The year prior, Senator Nelson had witness a horrific event, the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill, and he had decided he had enough. Environmental causes and disasters needed to come under the spotlight, and for that purpose he created Earth Day.

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Homage to unsung heroes

I usually don’t write personal pieces on this page, but today I feel a certain obligation to. I am writing today to inform you all of the murder of an environmentalist friend, a protector of the forest, and a kind and light-hearted man, along with the murder of two other conservation heroes whom I did not have the pleasure to meet in person.

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Anna Chahuneau
Dubai, a changing city

What do you envision when you imagine Dubai? Skyscrapers and artificial islands, or perhaps indoor skiing and luxury malls. If so, you are right, but perhaps not for much longer. Dubai is changing...and for the better. 

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Anna Chahuneau
Two Animals, two controversies

Tiger reintroduction, strategical mistake or stroke of genius? As recently as 1999—that is, 18 years ago, Cambodia was home to one of the world’s largest tiger populations. Today, the species is functionally extinct in this country. In parallel, did you know that on average, poachers kill one African elephant every 15 minutes? 

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Anna Chahuneau
The Last of the Wild?

Modern conservation efforts are not only a plan to save what might be harmed in the future, but they are also a race to protect – and perhaps restore – places that are already influenced by human activity, even if no human has ever been there.

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Anna Chahuneau
A Two Part Story: The Brazilian Rainforest

While large-scale environmental degradation is often seen as a strictly modern issue, it is necessary to recognize cases of habitat destruction in the past. One of the most striking examples of natural overexploitation is the Atlantic Coast Rainforest of South America. 

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Anna Chahuneau