As humans transform the planet to meet our needs, all sorts of wildlife continue to be pushed aside, including many species that play key roles in Earth's life-support systems. In particular, the transformation of forests into agricultural lands has dramatically reduced biodiversity around the world.
Gothic, Colorado is the setting of Hope on Earth a conversation between environmental scientist Paul R. Ehrlich and Michael Charles Tobias. Butterflies, chickens, Jains, gorillas, circumcision, Kant, gun control, China, abortion, and vegetarianism are just some of the topics covered by their conversation.
Stanford University announced that it would divest its $18.7 billion endowment of stock in coal-mining companies, becoming the first major university to lend support to a nationwide campaign to purge endowments and pension funds of fossil fuel investments.