1 Nov 2017

How a group of Mongolian herders took on a mining giant — and won

Original article published by Devex By Sophie Edwards Camel herders in Mongolia. Photo by: Alan Fieldus / CC BY-NC WASHINGTON — Tending camels in the Gobi desert — moving them to fresh grazing pastures in the spring and summer, and to shelter in the winter — has been a way of life for families in Mongolia for thousands of years. But cycles of freezing winters and dry summers — a natural phenomenon which the herders

4 Jan 2017

Moving Away From Agricultural Burning in Ukraine

by Dr. Gail Stevenson Meeting with the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service The International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI) organized a study tour for six Ukrainian farmers and experts to the United States in October to explore alternatives to open burning with the support of TMU. The group visited university agricultural research stations and numerous farms in Pennsylvania through an excellent collaboration with the Pennsylvania State College of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance, after which the

Likhachev Foundation Cultural Fellowships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY THE LIKHACHEV FOUNDATION: The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for two-week cultural fellowships in Russia (St. Petersburg) from 15 to 28 May 2017 for foreign professionals in the field of arts and culture who work on projects related to Russian culture and history and aimed at a broad foreign audience. Airfare

11 Aug 2016

Central Europe Looks Beyond Coal

Central Europe Looks Beyond Coal Kristina Sabova   Alternative energy production and new conservation tools are raising hope in Central Europe. Our region includes communities near the former “Black Triangle,” the border region shared by Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, that has long suffered from the polluting emissions of industry, coal-fired power plants, and open pit mines. The European Union is working on its future climate and energy scenarios, to bring clean and affordable

13 Nov 2015

Conversation: Martin Robards and Eduard Zdor

Environmental advocates Martin Robards and Eduard Zdor hail from different sides of the Bering Strait, but share expertise and interests in protecting the regional ecosystem and traditional ways of life in the north Pacific. In this conversation, they cover everything from the preservation of sea-hunting communities in Chukotka to the enduring value of sitting back and watching television with fellow scientists from time to time.   MR We’re here to talk about traditional natural resource

30 Sep 2015

Unlikely Allies: Owls And Loggers

In the Russian Far East, a logging company is helping to flag habitat for one of the world’s biggest owls. By Vicki Croke They may look like Muppets, but Blakiston’s fish owls are fierce predators. Photo: J. Slaght/WCS Russia. They are mysterious and massive owls, perhaps the largest in the world, weighing up to 10 pounds, and sporting wingspans of about six feet. They’re so big that in the dark forest, people have mistaken them for

30 Jul 2015

Sakhalin Environment Watch Strikes Legal Gold

Press Release July 28, 2015, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Today in the Sakhalin Provincial Court a hearing was held for an appeal filed by the Vostok-2 gold mining prospector partnership about the Smirnykh District Court’s decision to halt the gold mining operation on the Langeri River (http://ecosakh.ru/index.php/news-eco/item/1447-ekologi-cherez-sud-mogut-zakryt-zolotodobychu-na-reke-langeri). This lawsuit was filed by Sakhalin Environment Watch in February 2015, and on April 23rd the court of original jurisdiction met the lawsuit’s demands in full after six hearings and an