Ukraine has some of the biggest potential shale gas reserves in Europe. The first steps in establishing the industry — with Shell starting to drill the first wells — were just being made when the armed conflict in the east started. After months of fighting, the country’s industrial Donbas region as well as the economy in general are severely damaged and will take years to recover. The role of energy resources in this war might be underestimated.
Tufts University’s Agriculture, Food and the Environment program started 20 years ago as a small program, an experiment at a school focused largely on nutrition. Today, it is the largest graduate program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, which offers many graduate degrees.
According to the U.N., estimated losses from infrastructure destruction in the Donbas region of Ukraine are $440 million since the armed conflict there started. Every day the debt is increasing, and the country is being pulled into economic and humanitarian disaster. It will take years until full recovery is possible. But until the fighting stops, it’s too early to talk about recovery.
The 18th Organic World Congress, organized by the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements , will be held Oct. 13-15 in Istanbul. Our student reporter Amy Jeffs spoke with IFOAM Executive Director Markus Arbenz about what to expect.
The world’s growing population and increasingly limited resources have created a great challenge to our current agricultural systems, conventional and organic. Yet new research and innovation projects show that cities around the world can certainly be part of the solution.
With members and hosts in almost 100 countries, there is very little international oversight for WWOOF. Instead, it is truly grassroots, with national WWOOF organizations in over 50 countries, and 45 more countries with independent hosts who are willing to take on volunteers. For a national membership fee, volunteers get access to anywhere from a few dozens to over 2,000 in-country hosts. After that, no money, not a single dollar, changes hands.
For its fifteenth edition, Bio Marché demonstrates once again how to dust off the image of organic produce and make it more attractive to a broader audience. It offers a diversified organic experience for younger and older visitors alike.
Freedom of expression, of creativity and of association was not a given in pre-1994 South Africa. Redwood is a band made up of youths, mostly from rural Limpopo, expressing themselves in their music. We learn what it means to them to have such liberties in South Africa and how they want to make a living out of these “rights.”
Levels of unemployment are high the world over. South Africa is no exception, with the highest levels in rural areas such as Limpopo. Young people are the ones hit the hardest. Economists, social commentators and politicians alike have put faith in youth entrepreneurship as the answer.
Coal has been long considered unclean energy. However, some energy experts argue that it might be an alternative, at least in the short term, for Russian natural gas that Ukraine and Europe are so dependent on.
SAN DIEGO, U.S. —Aerial MOB is one of a growing number of aerial cinematography companies utilizing drones for filming in commercials, TV shows and feature films. It has done work for shoe companies, car companies, Ivy League universities and even MTV, but a major part of its current focus isn’t on the next high-profile client. It’s on the Federal Aviation Administration. The company, founded two years ago, is one of seven seeking an exemption to the FAA’s ban on commercial drone flights. In June, the FAA said it was considering the exemptions, which have support from the Motion Picture Association of America. In its letter to the FAA, the MPAA said drones are safer than helicopters for filmmaking and offer greater creative freedom.