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How an Indigenous Community Is Boosting Crop Productivity While Conserving the Rainforest (Video)

In the Napo province of Ecuador, the Kichwa people have been cultivating naranjilla—a citrus fruit that looks like a tomato but tastes like a blend of lime and rhubarb—and selling it informally in markets across the country for many years. In fact, naranjilla production has been the primary cash crop for indigenous Kichwa communities in the Hatun Sumaco parish.

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7 Reasons You Should Care about the UN Climate Talks in Paris

You could be forgiven for thinking that the UN Paris Climate Talks, going on through December 11, a gathering in Paris of dignitaries and diplomats from nearly 200 countries, will have little bearing on your day-to-day life. But these global climate negotiations are different. The outcome of this conference—what many believe are our last, best hope of achieving the binding international agreement we urgently need— will impact you personally, along with billions of people around the world.

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11 Tips for Conserving Water

Taking a long hot shower is something many of us take for granted, just like turning on the tap when we need to drink, bathe or cook. But for the 750 million people around the world who lack access to clean and safe water, finding enough to cook, clean, or bathe with is a harrowing daily ordeal.

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Postcard from Haida Gwaii: Where Sustainability Dates Back 13,000 Years

I did a lot of research before embarking on my recent trip to Haida Gwaii, the remote archipelago off the coast of British Columbia, so I knew to expect breath-taking natural beauty — densely forested mountains and cold, clear waters that ebb and flow onto long, empty beaches.

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What the World Needs from the Paris Climate Conference

The U.N. climate conference, to be held in Paris in December, represents the culmination of decades of complex climate negotiations that began in 1992. The COP21, as the conference is known, may well be the endgame — our last, best chance to achieve a global, legally binding climate agreement.

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