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SEJ students forage in Central Park, make salads from gathered greens

By Staci Strobl Central Park can feed you if you know what to pick.  Environmental Crime (SUS 240) students toured with Widman Steve Brill, a foraging expert, in Central Park on Saturday May 9, 2015. Exploring the deviant behavior of

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Environmental Club sails the Hudson River

The Environmental Club of John Jay College and SEJ Prof. Sandra Swenson organized a sail on the Hudson River on Tuesday April 28, 2015.  After walking along the Hudson River Park to the 79th street boat basin, the group sailed

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Bear gall bladder trafficking for traditional Asian medicine

By Sacha Chadwick A surprisingly unheard of phenomenon in many Western countries, bear gall bladder consumption is very popular in the Eastern and Southern Asian regions, most notably in Japan, China, and South Korea. What Westerners would consider ‘strange’ and peculiar,

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The (il)legal trade in e-waste between Europe and West-Africa

By Lieselot Bisschop Contemporary society generates ever higher quantities of waste as a result of increased consumption and production. The use of chemicals in manufacturing products has also contributed to a higher toxicity of waste (Pellow, 2007). E-waste – waste

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Species loss and the need for environmental education are common themes discussed by SEJ experts

By Joan Hoffman Human predation is rooted in the financial gain to be made from selling various species and their parts. Four of our wildlife and environmental specialists from our prior brown bag lunch talks at John Jay College: Julie

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Reporting back from the Galapagos

By Mary Ting During winter break, I had the opportunity to be part of a twelve-day tortoise conservation-focused tour to the Galapagos Islands organized by Russell Burke, biology professor at Hofstra University. The group included a number of noted turtle scientists,

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Law as a solution to climate change

Recent court filings in Europe accuse governments of insufficiently countering climate change By Lieselot Bisschop In 2012, Roger Cox, a Dutch lawyer, published a book called Revolution Justified: Why only the law can save us now. This provides a well-documented historic account of

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Air pollution in Tonawanda (N.Y.) sickens and kills, according to pending civil suits

By Mykola Rudchyk People living in Tonawanda, New York, outside Buffalo, have been suffering from illegally-released toxic gases in the air for years. There are 52 factories and plants in a five-mile radius around the town. The area has been under

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Beautiful and repurposed, a winning combination

Celeste Hernandez, a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who took the Introduction to Sustainability Studies course last semester, continues being eco-creative! She used a found bottle to make a ‘bottle bank’ and has decorated it with discarded CDs.

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Hunting the horn leaves the rhinos forlorn: Rhinoceros poaching in Africa

By Ellen Osborne Even though rhinos are on the World Wildlife Fund’s list of critical species, over one thousand rhinoceroses have been poached in the last five years. To combat the increase of illegal poaching, INTERPOL launched Project Wisdom, which

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