Cycling Silk: Crossing Borders, Advocating Conservation & Adventure

Wend Magazine

This trailer features Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, our first three countries out of ten total on this year-long journey to India, including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal, and India. Click here to view the embedded video. From : If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth more than two thousand miles.

Soaring Food Prices, Wild Weather,and a Planetful of Trouble


In those same months, several governments fell, rioting broke out in cities from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to Nairobi, Kenya, and most disturbingly, three new wars began in Libya, Yemen and Syria. What can a humble loaf of bread tell us about the world? Consider this: between June 2010 and June 2011, world grain prices almost doubled. In many places on this planet, that proved an unmitigated catastrophe.


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The Hidden Qualities of House Sparrows

10,000 Birds

While the differences are restricted to just a few features, they give the birds such a distinct appearance that we (a group of three seasoned birders from Germany on a trip to Kyrgyzstan in the late 1990s) failed to identify our first indicus as a House Sparrow. Bird blogging in May always gives me the creeps. This ridiculous focus of the Birding Internet on North American wood-warblers is boring on a quiet day and highly annoying during peak migration.

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Christmas around the World; Russia

Green Home Blog

In the early 1990s, when we spoke of Russia, we meant the vast, eastern European stronghold of nations from Lithuania in the far northwest to Kyrgyzstan (Kirghiz) in the far southeast. Christmas around the World; Russia. Basil’s Cathedral When the religion-hating Soviet Union imploded in 1991, creating (or recreating) 14 countries, traditions that had been buried in the memories of an older generation sprang to life again, and all it took was the slightest breath of freedom.

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Glass Tube Home Wraps Around a Tree in Earthquake-Prone Kazakhstan

Green Prophet

Slated for a clearing among an evergreen forest near the border of Kyrgyzstan, the multi-level cylindrical dwelling wraps around a mature 40ft fir tree with extended branches. An emergent studio from Kazakhstan has designed a curious glass tube home that wraps around a large Fir tree in the tectonically active mountainous region of the country.

Kazakh Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

Green Prophet

In Kyrgyzstan, most caroling takes place during the three days leading up to Eid. The video above shows young men in national dress from Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul region singing Ramadan songs.) Children in Central Asia practice a tradition in the lead-up to iftar (the evening breaking of the Ramadan fast – read our green iftar guide here ) that has a decidedly Western resonance: they go Ramadan caroling.

New Issue Slideshow + Wending the Airwaves: Talkin’ Cannibals, Bukowski and Adventure with Poet Walt Curtis on KBOO.FM

Wend Magazine

Curtis took interest in me because I’d just completed over two years of service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, where I’d stumbled across several books by and about ne’er-do-well Victorian explorer, linguist, anthropologist and poet, Sir Richard Francis Burton —one of Curtis’s favorite authors. Five or six years ago, I met renowned Portland poet, Walt Curtis at a keg party.

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XinZhao Li Snaps Rare Photos of Remote Tajik People in China

Green Prophet

Located at 10,140 feet in the Pamir mountain range on the borders of Afghanistan and Tajikistan , close to Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan, this small autonomous Kashgar Prefecture county in Xinjiang, China is cold, the winters are long, and food is hard to come by. Taskurgan is an unforgiving place.

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Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

Green Prophet

At one point, the Pamir road which crosses through Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia was closed off due to clashes with Taliban and this seriously jeapordised the progress of his journey. Seven months ago, a Tunisian university teacher decided to travel from Tunisia to China on his bike to help raise awareness of the human and environmental value of wetlands. Here is his journey.

Sustainable Agroforestry Systems and Practices in Agriculture


This example from a mountainous region Kyzl-Unkur in Kyrgyzstan, where traditional agroforestry practices sustain lives of subsistence farmers, demonstrates the range of valuable services agroforestry can provide. The practice of cultivating trees on farms alongside other agricultural production has a long history throughout the world.

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Turkey, Iran, Syria Top List for Worst Journalism Countries

Green Prophet

Bahrain = 1 Saudi Arabia = 4 Israel and Occupied Palestine = 3 Iran = 45 Syria = 15 Yemen = 1 Uzbekistan = 4 Kyrgyzstan = 1 Iraq = 1 Turkey = 49. The online ‘zine Foreign Policy posted its “worst countries for journalism” with the Middle East grabbing three of the Top Ten slots.

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Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton reaches summit of Mount Everest

Green (Living) Review

In mountain training, he has climbed Peak Lenin(7,134m) in the Pamirs range of Kyrgyzstan, and Mera Peak(6,476m) and Baruntse(7,219m) in Nepal. Young mountaineer Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton has become one of the youngest British climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Young mountaineer Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton has become one of the youngest British climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

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Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

Green Blog

years), Samoa (31.3), Tonga (31.3), Morocco (32.8), Senegal (32.8), Albania (32.8), Georgia (32.8), Armenia (34.3), St Vincent & Grenadines (36.1), Kenya (36.1), Maldives (37.9), Kyrgyzstan (37.9), Burkina Faso (37.9), India (40.1), Cook Islands (40.1), Bhutan (42.4), Yemen (45.1), Tajikistan (45.1), Mozambique (45.1), Rwanda (45.1), Burundi (45.1), Lesotho (48.1), Swaziland (48.1).

UNESCO World Conference on ESD documents

The Green Changemakers

[link] Workshop 1: Education for water sustainability Workshop 2: Strengthening the educational response to climate change internationally?

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Island Nations can fight Climate Genocide with Carbon Debt & Carbon Credit Analysis

Green Blog

At the 2011 Durban Climate Conference the US, with the help of its climate criminal lackeys Australia and Canada, again succeeded in preventing requisite international climate change action. It was reported that Island States had again pleaded with other representatives to avert “ climate genocide ” but their pleas fell on deaf ears at Durban, as at Cancun, as at Copenhagen.

Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

Green Blog

Fossil fuel burning yielding the greenhouse gas (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major component of man-made global warming. In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050).

UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

The Green Changemakers

MB) The Central Asia and Mongolia Bioresources and Biosecurity Network Capacity Development on Access to Genetic Resources, Benefit-Sharing, and Biosafety in Central Asia and Mongolia An updated version of a previous report presenting regional and national overviews on the state of biodiversity, access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing legislation, and the protection of traditional knowledge in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.