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Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) is recognized internationally as a leader in developing rural ecotourism and community protected areas as a means of economic development and resource conservation. NCRC’s initiatives have facilitated sustainable economic development in scores of poor rural areas of Ghana and other nations in West Africa. Founded in Ghana in 1996, NCRC […]

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De-Growth Versus Sustainable Development

The first decade of the twenty-first century saw a rapid expansion of the global economy to the continued detriment of the global ecosystem. With growing awareness of and concern for climate change, biodiversity loss and peak oil, the physical limits of these systems are now the subject of two movements to mitigate – or prevent […]

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The Benefits of Nature – Does Nature Make Us Better Human Beings?

Over the past few decades, science has demonstrated the beneficial impact of nature on everything from stress relief to healing. Now, a 2009 study suggests that exposure to the natural environment may also enhance our ability to care, our appreciation of community, even our generosity. The Benefits of Appreciating Nature – Why Exposure to Nature […]

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Greenhouse Gases: Human-Made, Natural or Both?

Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide are all ‘greenhouse gases,’ which allow sunlight to enter the atmosphere freely but which also absorb and trap infrared radiation, or ‘heat,’ providing a blanket of gases that protect the planet from the sun’s rays. Without these gases, life on earth would be unsustainable, and the earth’s atmosphere […]

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Indigenous Peoples & Environmental Conservation

Loss of biodiversity has become one of the most pressing global environmental issues of our time. While countless species of flora and fauna are threatened by environmentally unsustainable activities of the human race, attention is often focused on large animals such as apes and big cats. Many environmental groups around the world are struggling to […]

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The Overwhelming Benefits of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is equated with the natural healing methods from India.  With a history that goes back to at least 5,000 years. A lot has been said about Ayurveda, with many people from all walks of life attesting to its effectivity. This healing tradition is very different from Western medicine because it treats ailments holistically. So, […]

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Makeup Advice – Avoiding the Risk of Contamination

Makeup and skincare products have finite shelf lives. Using cosmetics contaminated with yeast, fungi, or bacteria can lead to very serious skin or eye problems; including conjunctivitis and staph infections. By taking a few precautions, cosmetics users can adequately protect themselves against facial blemishes and other skin conditions that could end up necessitating a costly […]

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Going Grassroots: Marketing Value, Passion, and Action to the Community

You may wonder how it happens. A product or service receives viral attention and notoriety seemingly overnight. It’s the holy grail of marketing and the dream of every organization with a message to spread and no budget for advertising. Grassroots movements, products, and communities build on four critical elements. Value Does it have value? Value […]

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How to Take Good Care of Dogs in Winter

Winter is right around the corner. It is inevitable that some people will be happy about it while there are others who will find the season a bother. While it may be true that the white wonderland that comes with the snow is magnificent to the eyes, the freezing weather and risks that go with […]

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A Primer on Argan Oil

Argan oil is one of the many healthy oils that has recently risen to fame due to celebrities, health gurus, and medical practitioners vying for its health, beauty, and weight loss benefits, almost at par with the health and beauty benefits of forskolin, a substance derived from the Indian Coleus (Coleus forskohlii or Plectranthus barbatus). Argan […]

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