Doomsday Seed Vault Gains Amaranth Grain from Ancient Aztecs, Wheat from Tajikistan and New Barley


Rare wheat collected from the “Roof of the World” in the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan; amaranth, with its exotic blood-red stalks that are used in a “Day of the Dead” drink; barley that helped spawn the craft beer revolution; and once-forgotten forage crops that could sustain livestock in these climate-stressed times are among the 24,948 seed samples arriving this week for the fourth birthday of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV).

Tajikistan, A Frail Nation-State Amidst the New "Great Game"


The past two decades since the 1991 collapse of Communism have seen the Russian Federation and the U.S. involved in an updated version of the 19th century's "Great Game' for mastery in Eurasia over the debris field of the former USSR. Not surprisingly, Moscow regards its former colonial fiefdoms as part of its "near abroad," a "Monroeskii Doktrin" variant of U.S. interest in Central and Latin American, where a priori interests rule.


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Recycling Yourself When Green Projects Go Bust

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Last October, as a VSO volunteer, I traveled to Dushanbe, in the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan, where I now work as a teacher and consultant at a local university. Land-locked Tajikistan’s the third least-visited country in the world. My job is to act as an agent of change: open the windows to the 21 st century and to build capacity in both students and teachers to support Tajikistan’s tourism industry. Aqaba to Tajikistan: what’s next?

Caught Wearing An Aborted Lamb Fetus Karacul Hat!

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My husband’s people come from the Silk Road region of Tajikistan , where the elders pride themselves on wearing grey or black karacul hats. Fashion & Design Afhanistan Fashion Tajikistan ungreenGreen Prophet’s founder (that’s me) caught on camera wearing a controversial karacul hat. Football shaped, with soft fur, they give a man a look of distinction.

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Chinese Kids Literally Walk Uphill to School, Both Ways

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The kids, some as young as 6-years-old and some as old as 17, live in Pili, a small village of about 400 farmers located in the foothills that separate China from nearby Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Grandma and Grandpa may think they had it bad, but 80 children living in a remote village in the Pamir mountains in China totally win the my-walk-to-school-was-harder-than-your-walk-to-school battle.

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Cycling Silk: Crossing Borders, Advocating Conservation & Adventure

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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.

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

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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.

Kazakh Children Keep Ramadan Caroling Alive

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dollars” and “ drive a Mercedes “ Songs in northern Tajikistan often dispense religion altogether, instead singing folklore rhymes. 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. As with Christmas caroling, the children go door-to-door singing their neighbors holiday songs.

Shrinking Fish, High Flying Bumblebees, Speeding Glaciers & More

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Wildlife Conservation Society’s Peter Zahler and George Shaller tell the story of community-based snow leopard conservation in the remote mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan , Tajikistan and China. Greenland’s Jakobshavn Isbræ glacier–thought to have calved the iceberg that sank the Titanic–flowed at 46 meters a day in the summer of 2012. That’s 30-50% faster than previous summers. Photo credit: kriskaer under Creative Commons license.

How Unsustainable Water Policies Crippled The Assad Regime (INTERVIEW)

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

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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.

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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).

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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.