Dave Connell

Dave Connell is an associate director for marketing at The Nature Conservancy specializing in our conservation strategy work — including climate change, marine and freshwater issues, protected areas and policy. His interests — which he also blogs about on his personal blog, aquariumdrinker.com — include technology, the environment, professional soccer and politics.

Dave's Posts

Celebrities: They’re Green…Just Like Us!

June 15th, 2009

Celebrities are the conscience of America. They tell us how to vote, help set our foreign policy and provide guidance on healthcare decisions. Without celebrities, we would have no moral compass. Many celebrities make great contributions to society through the environmental movement. They save the whales, fight deforestation with their chest hair and design vegan […] More

World Oceans Day: Will There Be Coral Reefs for Our Children?

June 8th, 2009

When I was in fourth grade, my family took a vacation to Hawaii to visit my aunt and her family, who had been relocated to the islands for work. This was at the height of the Magnum, P.I. series, so you can imagine my excitement as I pictured myself peeling around in a red Ferrari […] More

How to Tech Responsibly

May 8th, 2009

Twitter user K_M_Anderson asked the nature_org Twitter account recently: “Love new tech but worry that servers and bandwidth are coal-powered? taking open space? any info re enviro impact? how to tech responsibly?” Thanks for the tweet, K_M. As you now, the answers to your questions are not so simple. The fact is, it’s hard to […] More

We Don’t Need Earth Day. We Need An Earth Generation.

April 22nd, 2009

Does Earth Day matter as a serious day of environmental action? Yes, in as much as St. Patrick’s Day matters as a serious exploration of Irish culture. There’s nothing wrong with these days, but to consider either of them serious — or something that “matters” — is frankly delusional. On St. Patrick’s Day, school children […] More

Can the Suits Save the World?

April 8th, 2009

As anyone who follows The Nature Conservancy’s Twitter feed knows, I spent much of yesterday attending Carbon TradeEx in an event that can be best described as a carbon markets wonkfest. So what does such a meeting look like? Well, first of all everyone (except for yours truly) wears a suit — or at least […] More

Crowdsourcing the Birds

March 27th, 2009

In honor of the groundbreaking new report, The State of the Birds, this week has been unofficially dubbed “Bird Week” on Cool Green Science. (See our migratory bird expert Dave Mehlman’s posts on the report.) My contribution to “Bird Week” has to do with flocks — but not flocks of birds — flocks of data and flocks of […] More

Distributed Computing, Meet Social Networks…

March 20th, 2009

… social networks, meet distributed computing. Power, meet passion. I’m a huge fan of both distributed computing networks, which allow users to contribute their unused PC capacity directly to a cause they believe in, and online social networking sites, which allow users to learn about the niche content they love from other users just like […] More

Taking Energy Production to the Woodshed

March 13th, 2009

When discussing renewable energy, you’re likely to hear a lot about wind, solar, geothermal and even hydropower. Heck, you’re likely to see the conversation turn to nuclear power (not renewable, by the way) before anyone mentions one of our oldest and humblest renewable sources of energy – wood. But the good old American log – […] More

Save Knut or Save the World?

February 27th, 2009

(Note: I’m taking a short break from my usual wizbang tech blogging to ruminate on my day job. Please indulge my digression.) Which is the better strategy: concentrating on one specific species, like polar bears, or working on a global conservation effort that aims to protect large swaths of the world’s major habitats? I’ll let […] More

Update: Bad Day For Climate Science

February 24th, 2009

This morning, the launch vehicle carrying NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) experienced a failure after its payload fairing failed to separate during ascent and the whole business was dumped into the ocean near Antarctica. The launch failure ends a promising chapter for climate change science before it even began. The satellite was designed to collect […] More

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