Posts by christyhoover

China Goes Green

On May 23rd, Sheri Liao, China’s best-known environmentalist and founder of Global Village Beijing, spoke to the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. Liao has long been at the forefront of the grassroots movement towards a greener China, serving as an environmental advisor for the Olympic Committee and spearheads many projects for Global Village, an […]

Rural India Proves Sustainable Energy Viable

A United Nations-backed solar energy project has literally shed light on rural India. The program, which launched in 2003 and has since won the prestigious Energy Globe Award, has made a positive impact in rural communities where residents previously relied mostly on dangerous kerosene lamps to light the night. The southern Indian state of Karnataka […]

World’s Most Important Rivers Seriously Threatened

The Ganges, the Colorado, the Nile, the Yangtze: these are but a few of the world’s greatest rivers, whose names paint a majestic image and whose places in history are nothing short of legendary. The Ganges, sacred to Hindus, is considered the physical form of the goddess Ganga. According to Hopi Indian legend, mankind emerged […]

Migrant Workers Exploited While U.A.E. Prospers

A quick glance at Dubai’s skyline confirms that the United Arab Emirates’ (U.A.E.’s) three decade long economic boom is running at full throttle. Once a quiet, somewhat impoverished corner of the Persian Gulf, the Emirates has become a top tourism destination and a major hub for foreign investment in the region. New skyscrapers and five-star […]

Paris Offering a Free Ride

In an effort partially intended to curb vehicle congestion and pollution in the French capital, city hall has rolled out a scheme to offer more than 20,000 bicycles at more than 1000 stations around Paris. Tourists and locals alike can take part in the program, which will operate on a swipe-card system, and is free […]

New Life for the Dead Sea

In a joint effort by Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, a $5 billion project is being proposed in an attempt to revive the Dead Sea. In what is also being billed as a peace conduit, involved parties hope the project will not only save the fast-diminishing body of water – a resource shared among […]

For the love of humanity, get off my beach!

Archbishop Desmond Tutu referred to South Africa as ‘The Rainbow Nation,’ due to the rich multicultural diversity of the population. A country with stunning natural beauty, exotic wildlife, abundant natural resources, temperate climes and a stable economy, South Africa has become a sought-after address, particularly in cosmopolitan coastal cities such as Durban and Capetown. Yet […]

Serious Corruption Reported in 71 Countries

Nearly 3 billion people ñhalf the world—are living on less than $2.00 US per day. Not surprisingly, nearly a billion of these people are chronically undernourished, thirty thousand children die poverty-related deaths per day, more than a billion people have no access to safe drinking water, and millions per year die of diseases which could […]

Galapagos Threatened by Introduced Species

The isolated and biodiverse archipelago of Galapagos is a double World Heritage site, with both the land and the marine area being protected. While Galapagos is in many ways thriving, the flora and fauna are being threatened by invasive species. More than 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast, Galapagos has a rich ecology which caught […]