The future of our marine environment

Against the backdrop of the Java Sea, Indonesia’s president-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo delivered his first speech after officially being declared winner of the recent election. Amid all the talk of renewed unity after what was a bitter campaign, one bold statement went largely unnoticed. Yet it was an important sign of intent from our new …

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Scaling the heights of fashion

At Pari Radja’s flagship store, an international buyer is scanning leather items encased in glass. Her fingers dance past purses airbrushed in all the colors of the rainbow, maroon-white batik “cap” wares and wallets coated with tiger prints and jersey cow splotches, to settle on the company’s classic stingray skin billfolds. “This all used to …

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Evans Wadongo: Lighting the Way for Africa

Born in the Western part of Kenya, Evans, the youngest of 5 boys, attended Bisunu Primary School, a rural primary school that was a 10 km walk away. After completing his studies there, he attended Kakamega High School, where he graduated with top marks and was consequently listed as one of the top 100 best …

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In Indonesia, a Worrying Silence on Climate Change

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Dive into the limpid waters off Indonesia’s resort island of Bali and you’ll spot the beginnings of an environmental success story. Older reefs are recovering from the devastating coral bleaching of 1998 and 2009. New corals are now taking …

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