Stories: Environment

  • African fishermen find way of conservation in the Koran

    Photo by Fall 2007 IRP Fellow Eliza Barclay. A fisherman in Tanzania cleans a fish caught in a way his imam would approve of. Pemba, Zanzibar - For years, Salim Haji was told by government officials and international groups that his methods of fishing were destroying the coral and weren't sustainable. But few fishermen on this small island off Tanzania's coast...

  • China Spurring Illegal Timber Trade in Tanzania

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - China's growing hunger for timber may wipe out much of Tanzania's commercially valuable forests in two decades, scientists warn. The Asian powerhouse is the fastest growing importer of Tanzania's indigenous hardwood products, both unprocessed and semiprocessed. Chinese carpentry companies transform much of the wood into furniture and other wood products for export to the United...

  • Turkey at an Energy Crossroads

    Introduction Turkey is an energy-transit nation that links Caspian and Central Asian suppliers with European consumers. But threatened interruptions to oil and gas transmission lines running through Turkey's Anatolian heartland have raised new questions about the country's place in the global energy market. In August 2008, Kurdish militants in Turkey bombed the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, forcing the world's second-longest conduit of...

  • Japan as ground zero for no-waste lifestyle

    Kamikatsu, Japan - Tucked almost imperceptibly into cedar-blanketed mountains an hour's winding drive from the nearest metropolis, Kamikatsu seems an unlikely spot for a revolution. But try to throw even a candy wrapper away here, and it's quickly apparent that residents are radically reshaping their relationship to the environment. This is a town singularly focused on banishing waste – all...