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Endangered! – Extended Until March 3

  ENDANGERED! Extended to March 3, 2017   ©Nick Brandt, Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli, 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York and Zurich   John Jay College – President’s Gallery Haaren Hall, 899 Tenth

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Racing Extinction – Film Review

Joanne Guerra Racing Extinction   Racing Extinction, directed by Louie Psihoyos, is a 2015 documentary in which undercover activists illustrate the mass extinction of animals due to human activity. These activists traveled globally and brought to light issues of the

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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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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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“EcoCinema Cafe”: 3-day environmental film festival at John Jay

From April 21 through 23, 2015, in the John Jay Cafeteria, Lindsey Kaymen (Director of Environmental Health and Safety) will present the annual “EcoCinema Cafe” film festival a joint project of the college’s Sustainability Committee, the Environmental Education Fund (EEF) and

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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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Brown bag lunch talk: Illegal trade in e-waste between Europe and West Africa

Professor Lieselot Bisschop will discuss the illegal trade in e-waste between Europe and West Africa, during a brown bag lunch on March 25, 2015, at 1:40 p.m. at John Jay College (Manhattan).  Bring your own lunch and join fellow students, environmental scholars, and

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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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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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Boots on the ground: Protecting rhinos in South Africa from poachers

The SEJ Program welcomed anti-poaching ranger Matt Bracken for a talk on his efforts to confront rhino poaching in South Africa. His presentation centered on the role that demand for rhino horn in Vietnam and China has played in creating

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