Maggie Colquhoun

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Deforestation: The Over-Looked Climate Driver and What You Can Do About It

One of the largest contributors to climate change is deforestation, accounting for 15 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. This driver, however, does not receive sufficient attention in climate discussions in developed countries, since the most threatened forests tend to be in developing …


Palm Oil, Deforestation, and the Fast Food Industry: Would You Like a Side of Forests With That?

I travel a lot for my job and after long days on the road the one thing that gets me through is constancy. I pack basically the same clothes for …

Palm Oil

Deforestation and Climate Change

Deforestation and climate change are very closely linked, mainly because one leads to another.<p>Deforestation, also known as the practice of cutting …

Carbon Dioxide

How sustainable is wood?

Deforestation is one of the most visible of humanity’s destructive impacts on the planet, with mowed-down forests around the world emptied of animal …

Impoverished 'Models' Will Make You Rethink Our Privileged, First-World Consumerism

On first glance, the images look like they’ve been lifted from a striking Vogue spread.<p>But upon closer inspection, it becomes more clear that these Kenyan “models” have probably never flipped through the high-fashion magazine’s glossy pages.<p>Back in 2007, Swedish advertising and fashion photographer …

Earth Day and Animal Products Don't Mix

Americans care about the environment. The majority of us think protecting the natural world should be given priority over economic growth, while nearly 40 percent of us consider ourselves environmentalists. So on this 45th Earth Day, let's all take one simple step to help protect the environment. …

Animal Rights

Stop Wasting California's Water on Fracking - Earthworks

California is in the middle of a severe drought.<p>How severe? State officials expect the 2015 statewide snowpack to be about 6% of normal.<p>Can you …

Land Art

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.<p>From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and …

Rare Earth

Chatham Daily News

More people from Chatham and Thamesville affected by the flooding of the Thames River can now apply for financial assistance from the province.<p>A …

LTVCA to plant 90,000 trees this spring

A special partnership between the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is greening the region one tree at …

Find out how roadkill is helping ecologists

Scientists track nearly 30,000 instances of roadkill in California<p>Sunday, April 5, 2015, 5:44 PM - While most would look away when encountering …

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Global development professionals network,Population,Environment,Pollution,Oil spills,Food security,Poverty,Oceans,Farming,Trees and forests,Climate change<p>How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people


10 Shocking Photos That Will Change How You See Consumption And Waste

As individual and anonymous consumers, it's seemingly impossible to even <i>estimate</i> the physical ramifications of our daily consumption and waste. While our personal imprints may not seem in themselves worthy of alarm, the combined effect of human's habits and rituals is hard to look away from.<p>Cell …

“I feel powerful.”

“My birthday is coming.”

“I’m breaking open geodes!”

“She helps me with my math homework. When I run out of fingers to count on, she lets me use her fingers too.”

A couple days back, I posted the portrait of a young man who described an influential principal in his life by the name of Ms. Lopez. Yesterday I was fortunate to meet Ms. Lopez at her school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy. “This is a neighborhood that doesn’t necessarily expect much from our children, so at Mott Hall Bridges Academy we set our expectations very high. We don’t call the children ‘students,’ we call them ‘scholars.’ Our color is purple. Our scholars wear purple and so do our staff. Because purple is the color of royalty. I want my scholars to know that even if they live in a housing project, they are part of a royal lineage going back to great African kings and queens. They belong to a group of individuals who invented astronomy and math. And they belong to a group of individuals who have endured so much history and still overcome. When you tell people you’re from Brownsville, their face cringes up. But there are children here that need to know that they are expected to succeed.”

“Sometimes the gaps are so large, you don’t even know where to start. The lesson plan says that you’re supposed to be teaching about tectonic plates. But if they’re going to understand tectonic plates, they need to understand density. And if they’re going to understand density, they need to understand mass and volume. And if they’re going to understand mass and volume, they need to know how to multiply. And some of the scholars don’t know how to multiply. The gaps can be so large you don’t even know where to start. How do you fill the gaps created by years of miseducation? Sometimes it feels so hopeless you want to give up. But I was up at 2 AM the other night, reading all the comments people were writing on the posts about Ms. Lopez, and I just kept scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, and it reminded me that I have a purpose and I need to keep going.”

“I want to be a ballerina.” “What’s the best part about being a ballerina?” “Dancing.” “What’s the hardest part about being a ballerina?” “Dancing in front of people.”

10 Scary Facts About Our Planet and What to Do About Them

A nod to this ghoulish time of year, below are some scary facts about our changing planet.<p>The best way to tackle our fears when confronted with …