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The Global Risks Landscape 2011 sets out all the risks the authors see in the world on a matrix which positions the various risks by their perceived impact on the global economy and by the perceived likelihood of their happening. It’s part of the Executive Summary of the World Economic

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Whether or not you’re heading for a national park this weekend, Ian Shive’s online presentation of national park photos is worth a viewing. The Nature Conservancy is kindly hosting the display in its Mark Godfrey Selects section. Along with the photos, Mark Godfrey interviews Ian Shive about his photography. When asked,

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The World Land Trust has free e-cards on its website that don’t even require registration to use. You can send them to up to 25 people for free. The animal e-cards come in 3 categories – Wildlife, Romantic, and Christmas. The 23 Wildlife e-cards include 3 new ones. They show

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If you like looking at photos of mammals (and who doesn’t?!), check out the American Society of Mammalogists Image Library. The Society has photographs of most of the mammals from 27 categories, ranging from ocean going mammals to land mammals. The categories are in Latin, but some of them look

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Plants that are native to your region (native plants) tend to be more pest and weather resistant than imported plants. As well, native plants will attract your local wildlife and beneficial insects. But what plants are native to your region? The Canadian Wildlife Federation has an online directory of the major

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If you’re going to be in the UK in the next month or so, there’s an unusual activity that you can do. Greenpeace has had a campaign urging Mattel to stop using rainforest trees in Barbie’s packaging. So now Greenpeace has hidden hundreds of the delinquent dolls around the UK and

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Hello Online introduces children who are typical of the children helped by humanitarian organizations. Hosted by the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC),  Hello Online lets you virtually learn the story of 14 children. Included among the children are Jonathan who lives in Manitoba and plays hockey. His online colleagues include Chrismone who lives in

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If a picture’s worth a thousand words, then the Marine Conservation Biology Institute is using many thousands of words to tell about the important life that is in our oceans. They have a photo gallery on their website that is filled with 25 downloadable jpeg photographs. The photos include some of

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Texas Parks and Wildlife has a kids section that is both creative and fun. Among my favorite parts is the Dinosaurs page in the Wild Things section. Also, the Animal Olympics is where I learned that mountain lions can broad jump 30 feet in a single bound. There’s also a Texas

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Rainforest Concern was established in 1993 to protect threatened natural habitats, the biodiversity they contain and the indigenous people who still depend on them for their survival. They protect and manage forest corridors, provide programs of alternative incomes for people living close to forests, encourage research, and manage volunteer programs. Rainforest

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The Hardwood Forest Foundation is involved in educational programs and activities in both Canada and the United States. Through 20,000 videos and over 300,000 books they reach teachers and students and tell them about sustainability and smart forest management. The Foundation’s website has an educational game about how wood touches our daily

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Some zoos have webcams of their animals so people can visit the zoo virtually. Washington DC’s National Zoo may have the largest collection of webcams, since their website features 19 webcams. With that many, it’s likely that at least a few will actually have their animals in view when you look

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April is Arizona’s Water Awareness Month, and the Arizona Department of Water Resources is celebrating with a whole month of water conservation ideas. They are presented on their website in the form of a rather creatively presented calendar. Among the tips is The Numbers Game for Watering Plants (April 7th on

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One of the largest collections of free online wildlife and worldly games and activities belongs to a website called Eco Kids.  The Games and Activities are in 8 categories, ranging from wildlife to climate change to land use and more. For this Friday File, I enjoyed playing several of the

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If you’ve ever wanted to spend a day with President Bill Clinton, meet Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber backstage, or have a one-hour tennis lesson with John McEnroe, the fantasy auction “Bid To Save The Earth” Green Auction might be of interest. The deep-pocketed opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime celebrity experiences are fun

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