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Disappearance of the Aral Sea

The Aral Sea, on the border of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, is a cautionary tale about how changes to ecosystems can have far-reaching impacts on the communities that depend on the services they provide.

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Commemorating the International Day for Biological Diversity

Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity. We are increasingly finding that "biological diversity"---life on earth, including the variability among living organisms within species and between species---is essential to human well-being.

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Maya Nut Trees Make A Comeback

In Central America, the Maya Nut is making it clear that trees are worth more standing than cut down.

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Food Price Crisis Triggers Questions about Global Food Security

Skyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world's largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.

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The 10 Big Questions For Corporate Forest Product Purchasing

Corporate procurement managers are increasingly looking for ways to ensure that wood and paper-based products are environmentally and socially sound. The WRI/WBCSD procurement guide being released today is a toolbox to help them.

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Companies Respond to Ecosystem Degradation

Climate change may dominate headlines today. Ecosystem degradation will do so tomorrow. Why should business care?

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Ironically, Flood Control is Flooding New Orleans

Man-made flood-control systems—such as levees, upstream dams, and canals—continue to be responsible for widespread damage to the New Orleans and Louisiana landscapes.

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Ecosystem Services

A Guide for Decision Makers

Presents various methods that use ecosystem services—the benefits of nature such as food, fuel, natural hazard protection, pollination, and spiritual sustenance—to enable decision makers to link ecosystems and economic development.

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Immigration Linked to Degraded Ecosystem

Border security is not typically recognized as being tied to environmental changes, but in this recent article by The New York Times, the links are clear. It details how declining fish catches in northwest Africa are fueling immigration to Europe.

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