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What is environmental mitigation? It might just help save the planet

Opinion: Efforts to offset environmental damage with environmentally friendly projects should be a priority in US development.
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Heliostats at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System are seen from above on March 3, 2014 in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor's note: This essay is the fifth in a series, “Conservation Innovation: Voices of a New Generation,” which has been produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on GlobalPost. The essays were written for presentation in Sydney, Australia during the November 2014 World Parks Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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Austrian teachers learn how to spot Islamic State recruits

The Vienna School Board has developed a process to identify radicalization in students and prevent "jihadi brides."
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A student at Vienna's Higher Commercial Vocational School left the Austrian capital in April to join the Islamic State in Syria. That incident and others since have prompted the Vienna School Board to launch a training program for teachers to help them spot the warning signs of radicalization before its too late. (Christopher Livesay/GlobalPost)

VIENNA — At the start of the school day, hundreds of students file into Vienna’s Higher Commercial Vocational School. Most wear sneakers and hoodies. Some wear headscarves, which isn’t at all unusual for a student body with a large Muslim minority.

But it was unusual when Samra Kesinovic, a trendy kid who liked to wear makeup, dyed her hair blonde and danced to pop music at lunch, wrote “I love al Qaeda” on the bathroom wall one day in January.

“She was brainwashed,” says the school's principal, Peter Slanar. Like other middle and high schools here in the capital, Higher Commercial has become one of the front lines in Vienna's battle against terrorism after several Austrian and other European teens joined up with the Islamic State (IS).

Samra was one of them.

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How green bonds can fund a conservation renaissance

Opinion: The shortfall in funding to protect nature is not as insurmountable as it might seem.
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Black spotted turtles sit in a pool at a quarantine centre in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur on September 11, 2014. Conservationists are fighting to save Pakistan's Indus River dolphin as well as these turtles, at risk from poachers who hunt them to sell to collectors and traditional medicine dealers. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor's note: This essay is the fourth in a series, “Conservation Innovation: Voices of a New Generation,” which has been produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on GlobalPost. The essays were written for presentation in Sydney, Australia during the November 2014 World Parks Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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Bronx youth turn to unconventional jobs in bleak job market (VIDEO)

The Bronx has the highest unemployment rate in the state of New York. Here's what millennials there are doing about it.
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(Emily Judem/GlobalPost)

Editor's note: This story is part of a Special Report on global youth unemployment, Generation TBD. It was produced by The GroundTruth Project in partnership with the Bronx Documentary Center.

NEW YORK — When Luis ran away from his rural home in Guatemala he had no idea he would end up washing dishes in a New York City restaurant to make ends meet. During his three-month trek to America, he said, he did not envision himself working as a day laborer to send money back home to his family.

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Why reversing deforestation is all about love

Opinion: How love stories and entrepreneurship intertwine in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
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Participants chant during the climate march along Ipanema Beach on September 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Protests calling for curbs in greenhouse gas emissions were scheduled for 150 countries ahead of a UN summit on climate change. The Amazon rainforest, mostly located in Brazil, produces about 20 percent of the earth's oxygen but is threatened by deforestation. (Mario Tama/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor's note: This essay is the third in a series, “Conservation Innovation: Voices of a New Generation,” which has been produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on GlobalPost. The essays were written for presentation in Sydney, Australia during the November 2014 World Parks Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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Bombs and Biodiversity: Why military lands make great conservation areas

Opinion: Military training grounds often host more rare and endangered species than nearby national parks. A closer look at unlikely conservationists.
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A man prepares to conduct a memorial ceremony for his relatives in North Korea, near the Freedom Bridge (far L) at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Imjingak, Paju, in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province. (ED JONES/GlobalPost)

Editor's note: This essay is the second in a series, “Conservation Innovation: Voices of a New Generation,” which has been produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on GlobalPost. The essays were written for presentation in Sydney, Australia during the November 2014 World Parks Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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How to keep the American Southwest from drying up altogether

Opinion: A terrible drought is testing the limits of the Colorado River. Here are some of the groups trying to avert a larger catastrophe.
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A visitor rides a personal watercraft in front of mineral-stained rocks in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada in July 2014. A 14-year drought in the Southwestern United States and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River has left a white 'bathtub ring' of mineral deposits left by higher water levels on the rocks around the lake as high as 130 feet. The National Park Service has been forced to close or extend boat launch ramps and move entire marinas to try to keep up with the receding water levels. (Ethan Miller/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor's note: This essay is the first in a series, “Conservation Innovation: Voices of a New Generation,” which has been produced by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on GlobalPost. The essays were written for presentation in Sydney, Australia during the November 2014 World Parks Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. 

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The race to save Louisiana's disappearing coast

The lead reporter on ProPublica's recent investigation talks about what the environmental catastrophe means to him.
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A scene from the coast days after a BP announcement that it is ending its 'active cleanup' on the Louisiana coast from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, on April 19, 2014 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling millions of gallons of oil. (Sean Gardner/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — The river systems of the world have a certain pageantry in the history of the countries through which they flow, and names with a musical ring: Amazon and Ganges, Mekong, Nile and Irrawaddy, Rhine, Volga, Yangtze and the name with a hard, dark pull in New Orleans environmental writer Bob Marshall’s life: Mississippi.

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Tending to the graves of WWI dead, Gazan gardener weathers modern conflict

As a Palestinian gardener cares for the headstones of fallen soldiers in a World War I cemetery, he also works to protect his family from Hamas-Israel violence.
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At the Deir El-Balah Commonwealth Cemetery in Gaza, Palestinian Khalil al-Wajar washes the headstone of Australian Trooper Henry Albert Franklin Price, who served during WWl in the Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron. Khalil's father Mohammed, the cemetery's official gardener, has raised his family not only in the shadow of World War l but the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict. (Heidi Levine/The GroundTruth Project/GlobalPost)

Editor’s note: This post is part of a Special Report called “The Eleventh Hour: Unlearned lessons of World War I” launching in full this week, nearly a century after the Armistice Day of Nov. 11, 1918 that ended the war.

DEIR AL BALAH, Gaza — For decades Palestinian Mohammed al-Wajar has raised his family in the shadow of World War I, while trying to protect them from the violence of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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How World War I made combat even more terrible

Analysis: The 'Great War' introduced mechanized technology and the soulless calculus of attrition into warfare.
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Ten 105mm Howitzers sit silent, waiting for the personnel from 16th Field Regiment of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery to fire a 100-gun salute during a ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I in Wellington on August 4, 2014. (Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of a Special Report called “The Eleventh Hour: Unlearned lessons of World War I” launching in full this week, nearly a century after the Armistice Day of Nov. 11, 1918 that ended the war.

"It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men.” 
― Erich Maria Remarque, "All Quiet on the Western Front"

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