Yale's 2010 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality. These indicators provide a gauge at a national government scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals.
How much life could you find in one cubic foot?
With a 12-inch green metal-framed cube, photographer David Liittschwager (of the Endangered Species Project)
surveyed biodiversity in land, water, tropical and temperate environments around the globe for National Geographic. At each locale he set down the cube and started watching, counting, and photographing with the help of his assistant and many biologists. The goal: to represent the creatures that lived in or moved through that space. The team then sorted through their habitat cubes and tallied every inhabitant, down to a size of about a millimeter
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Don Berto’s Garden.
"The plants of the ancient Maya whisper their secrets to those who speak a shared language."
The 25 richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth.
Of the 25, here are the hottest of the hotspots
. An interactive map
. And the latest news
about how companies like Office Depot
are helping Conservation International protect threatened animals
who don't get to vote in even the world's [cough]
most enlightened democracies