Monday, March 09, 2015
As part of a major restructuring of the country’s legal framework, in 2008 Ecuador adopted a new Constitution by means of a national referendum. The 2008 Constitution – the country’s 20th – had a special component that made it different from any other constitution worldwide: it was the first Constitution to grant essential rights to Nature.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The shale boom has stirred deep controversy across the United States. With vast domestic deposits of natural gas and tight oil now both geologically and economically accessible, many stakeholders, from developers to landowners, are seeking to gain. But others are sounding alarms over contaminated wells, methane flares, and toxic spills. Federal and state authorities, with slow regulatory responses and minimal stake in local impacts, are often leaving local governments to navigate this controversy – and the many impacts of “fracking” – with constrained budgets and limited capacity.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
This is the third and final post in a three-part series about agroforestry. In this post Elias Kohn explores the issue of land tenure and how secure tenure can promote sustainable practices.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
This morning Christiana Figueres briefed civil society on how to successfully approach the Paris climate conference (COP 21).
Instead of listing all of the plans within the UNFCCC to prepare for Paris—of which there are many— she reminded civil society of the need for dynamic action across all sectors and UN bodies.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
This is the second post in a three part series about agroforestry. In this Post, author Elias Kohn considers some of the hurdles to broader implementation of the practice.