Bob Lalasz

Bob Lalasz is the director of science communications at The Nature Conservancy and the editor of the new Cool Green Science. A long-time editor and writer, he was previously the Conservancy's associate director of digital marketing. He now blogs here about the Conservancy's scientific research and on-the-ground work as well as larger conservation science and science communications issues.

Bob's Posts

‘Powering the Future’: What’s It Going to Take?

July 15th, 2010

Solar paint, photovoltaics clothes, and why the world's wrong about China going green -- learn about a Discovery Channel series on renewable energy debuting this Saturday and hosted by our lead scientist Sanjayan. More

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, June 30

June 30th, 2010

Mon dieu -- 2010 is already half over? Here's to MUCH better green news for the second half [insert clink of glasses of your favorite organic drink here]:

  1. Ever console someone after a fight? Turns out ravens do that, too. (Living the Scientific Life)
  2. German airports now using bees to detect nearby air quality. (Treehugger)
  3. Ford Motors now using ecofoam to build its cars. (GreenBiz)
  4. The Energy Collective 's top 10 myths on climate policy. (DotEarth)
  5. It just had to have one, too: Antarctica now has its own garbage gyre. (EcoGeek)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, June 28

June 28th, 2010

Hope despite oil spills, green fire hydrants, and famous bloggers singing carbon songs. Good morning!

  1. Why you shouldn't be overwhelmed by the oil spill. (Grist)
  2. Dave Roberts of Grist starts a debate on cap-and-trade. (Grist)
  3. The fire hydrant of the future -- it's eco-smart! (But you'll have to paint it red.) (CleanTechnica)
  4. Study says: National parks are choking on pollution. (Conservation Maven)
  5. Ladies and gentlemen, Andy Revkin singing his original hit, "Liberated Carbon." (Dot Earth)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 25

June 25th, 2010

Road kill, sleep masks, Margaret Thatcher -- just another wild ride here on the best green news roundup this side of Pluto:

  1. Will Senate Democrats "go for it" on the climate bill? (Dave Roberts/Grist)
  2. Looking for an organic sleep mask? (Tip: First, take off the one you're now wearing.) (Mother Nature Network)
  3. What makes a species more susceptible to becoming road kill? (Yes, proximity to a road, very funny.) (Conservation Maven)
  4. Are you a journalist with a question about climate change? Here's the 411. (Dot Earth)
  5. Is Maggie Thatcher really the saint of climate change denial? (Treehugger)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, June 21

June 21st, 2010

Yes, it's the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere -- the longest day of the year, the day everything is exposed in bright sunshine. Like so:

  1. Could the Mississippi River prevent the Gulf oil spill from moving further into Louisiana's wetlands? (Conservation Maven)
  2. BP's internal worst-case scenario of the oil flowing from the Gulf spill? Much worse than we've been hearing. (Dot Earth)
  3. A zero-energy refrigerator? Only through the power of green gel... (EcoGeek)
  4. "20-minute neighborhoods"? That's what Portland's mayor wants all over his beautiful city. (Grist)
  5. What are all these environmental worries good for? Electric car sales, for one thing. (GreenTech)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, June 14

June 14th, 2010

Happy Flag Day to those of you in the United States -- to those of you in the rest of the world, it means parades and little cups of vanilla ice cream for U.S. kids. I am still a kid at heart...

  1. Calls grow for an Arctic treaty out of fears of increased drilling there. (Yale Environment 360)
  2. EDF explains why environmentalists must work with big corporations. (GreenBiz)
  3. Senator Merkley has a plan to reduce oil consumption -- and it matters to climate/energy legislation (Dave Roberts/Grist)
  4. A new book, a depressing look at how climate policy is made...or not. (Dot Earth)
  5. How environmental groups are using the Gulf oil spill as an opportunity. (Green/New York Times)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 11

June 11th, 2010

The World Cup begins today -- but put down your vuvuzela (that loud horn South Africans blow throughout matches) for a moment and get your green news first:

  1. What's sustainable to wear, eat, and paint your nails with while watching the World Cup? (Treehugger)
  2. Yes, but what's the carbon footprint of the World Cup? (Guardian)
  3. Update from Bonn climate talks -- the text to take to Cancun is here... (Richard Black/BBC)
  4. You asked for 'em, you got 'em: Hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered...forklifts. (CleanTechnica)
  5. Researchers (not including Mini Me) are using lasers to predict likely bird habitat. (Conservation Maven)

Cool Green Morning: Monday, June 7

June 7th, 2010

OK, let's try this to get this green thing right this week:

  1. London pledged the 2012 Olympic Games would be the greenest ever. Now brown edges are creeping in. (Treehugger)
  2. The oil BP is siphoning off the Gulf leak -- does it belong to BP? Or to all of us? (Dot Earth)
  3. California says hasta la vista to plastic bags. (EcoWorldly)
  4. Even low levels of development degrade aquatic biodiversity, says new study. (Conservation Maven)
  5. Really smart growth? A UN panel lays out what it will take. (Richard Black/BBC)

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 4

June 4th, 2010

Sometimes I open my RSS reader and just can't believe my eyes. This is one of those days, my green friends:

  1. Which species will go extinct first from the Gulf oil spill? An online betting site gives odds. (10,000 Birds)
  2. James Cameron: Now on the oil spill case. (Dot Earth)
  3. Can free-market innovation give better solutions to oil spill prevention and cleanup? (Climate Compass)
  4. Do recovery plans for threatened and endangered species really work? (Conservation Maven)
  5. How to think about nature: As a portfolio of stocks. (Richard Black/BBC)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, May 25

June 1st, 2010

Repeat after me: Out with the jive, in with the green (cool news, that is):

  1. Climate change and bacteria. Yes, something else to worry about. (Yale Environment 360)
  2. Wanna bike commute, but intimidated? Introducing...The Monster Bike. (Treehugger)
  3. Fake, posed "wildlife" photos: the continuing scandal. (Audubon Magazine; HT 10,000 Birds)
  4. Britain to Europe: Take our domestic waste fuel pellets, please. (CleanTechnica)
  5. Could a price on carbon spur nuclear power development? (Green/The New York Times)

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