Category: Ecosystem Services

Sleeping With the Enemy?

Written by | February 25th, 2011

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Critics claim our work with extractive industries is “greenwashing.” One of our lead scientists explains why this new paradigm is just good conservation.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, February 10

Written by | February 10th, 2011

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Polar bears are on a climate-induced diet while we eat salad in winter…it’s a perplexing world:

  1. A new study reveals a grim future for polar bears–and this video of a starving mom and cubs brings it all home. [Warning: the video is very hard to watch.] (Green)
  2. Green design is helping Nike recycle 82 million plastic bottles into shirts, shoes and more. (GreenBiz)
  3. Sewage as a source of energy–why not? (NY Times)
  4. The global economy depends on healthy ecosystems, says Prince Charles. (Mongabay)
  5. If you’ve eaten a salad recently, you might want to pay attention to Southern California’s water issues. (NPR)

I’ll Have the Oyster, But Hold the Shell

Written by | February 4th, 2011

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85% of the world’s oyster reefs are gone. Find out why that matters, and what we’re doing (with the help of hundreds of volunteers) to reverse the trend.

In Australia, Conserving Land and Tradition

Written by | January 24th, 2011

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A new partnership promises to conserve habitat for wildlife, provide sustainable livelihoods for people and return 450,000 acres to its traditional owners.

Bitter and Sweet Dreams

Written by | December 17th, 2010

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Thanks to a decade-long partnership, The Nature Conservancy may help bring some responsible (and delicious) options to your Valentine’s Day wish list.

Scary Math

Written by | December 9th, 2010

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The impact humans have on the earth’s resources can be calculated by a simple equation, basic arithmetic. Eddie Game looks at the numbers and finds a frightening solution.

Reporting the Real Story on REDD+

Written by | December 6th, 2010

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The climate change talks in Cancun this week will spend significant time on issues caused by deforestation. But to make a real impact, our writer says an entirely different audience must be reached.

Conservation and Self-Interest: Second Thoughts

Written by | November 16th, 2010

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Talking about nature’s benefits to people — can that make conservation relevant again? Not by itself, says Conservancy scientist Eddie Game.

The Gulf Needs a Restoration Economy

Written by | November 5th, 2010

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Was the Gulf oil spill actually good for the region’s economy? Maybe in the short-term — but the Gulf needs a long-term restoration economy, says Conservancy scientist Jonathan Hoekstra.

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, October 28

Written by | October 28th, 2010

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From green eats to a green ride, our top 5 news stories are, well, green:

  1. Have you eaten at New York’s eco-friendly ‘Ladle of Love’ lately? (Diner’s Journal)
  2. Natural capital get’s it’s day in the sun at COP 10–will it make a difference? (DotEarth)
  3. More from COP 10: scientists report grim news about the rate of animal extinctions, but there is a silver lining. (LA Times)
  4. Life in the sea has inspired all kinds of cool innovations, like mussel glue. (GreenBiz)
  5. Rumor has it Toyota is creating a Prius fit for the Brady Bunch (almost–Cindy will have to stay home). (EcoGeek)
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