Category: Deserts and Aridlands

Nature Photo of the Week: Pinnacles Desert Rainbow

Written by | December 17th, 2010

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Apparently, you have to capture a double rainbow to get 15 minutes of fame these days. But this is still one gorgeous shot taken by Flickr user Kyle Hammons at Pinnacles Desert in Western Australia’s Nambung National Park. Thanks for sharing it through The Nature Conservancy’s Flickr Group!   See all The Nature Conservancy’s featured daily nature images—submitted to […]

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, December 15

Written by | December 15th, 2010

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Brrrrr…it’s a straight-up COLD green morning in these parts.

  1. According to this account, COP16=win! Get the skinny on the Cancun Agreements. (Grist)
  2. Chevy Volts are finally hitting the road. (Scientific American)
  3. So, most states’ transportation policies do zero to curb carbon emissions– and some even make them worse, says a new report. (Green House)
  4. If you’re looking for a green job, you might want to consider relocating to Indiana. (CleanTechnica)
  5. A new study says that the American southwest’s existing water systems just aren’t sustainable. (Wired)

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, November 18

Written by | November 18th, 2010

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Sharks, parrotfish, desert tortoise…it’s an animal medley here at cool green morning!

  1. A shark sanctuary larger than Denmark has been declared in the Coral Triangle. Yay! (Mongabay)
  2. Best way to sleep if you’re a parrotfish? Tucked in to your safe little cocoon….made of mucus. (BBC)
  3. Do conservation easements work? A TNC study in Wyoming takes a look. (Conservation Journal Watch)
  4. Hikers rejoice: 200 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail have been fixed up, thanks to the federal government. (Greenspace)
  5. Is there a silver lining for the desert tortoise as solar power plants invade its territory? (Green)

Cool Green Morning: Tuesday, November 2

Written by | November 2nd, 2010

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You can do it before you read our top 5 cool green news links or after, but don’t forget to vote!

  1. Can the suburbs be as green as cities? An experimental neighborhood gives it a shot. (Grist)
  2. Ancient grains of sand discovered in Africa could help researchers understand climate change. (Live Science)
  3. At COP 10, the UN sets a goal to cut species extinction in half by 2020. (NYTimes)
  4. More education won’t resolve the climate change debate, says Chris Mooney. (Conservation Journal Watch)
  5. Halloween is over, now it’s time to compost your pumpkin…find out how. (The Daily Green)

Here’s to Another 40,000 Years

Written by | August 11th, 2010

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A new model for conservation in Australia protects important landscapes, provides jobs and keeps indigenous people in the role of managing their own lands, writes the Conservancy’s Michael Looker.

Of Lions and Border Lines

Written by | July 8th, 2010

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A study of mountain lions reveals just how important conservation on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is. And protecting a buffer of open space could help make the border easier to secure, says Conservancy scientist Scott Morrison.

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, June 23

Written by | June 23rd, 2010

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A little light(ish) reading to start your day:

  1. Here are some really terrible things that could happen in the Gulf of Mexico, thanks to the oil spill. (Treehugger)
  2. In as little as five years, Europe could be reaping the solar-power-benefits of the Saharan sun. (EcoGeek)
  3. An EPA official says that oil dispersant is helping to tame the Gulf oil spill. (Green)
  4. California’s climate law might be in trouble, and the Governator is none too pleased. (Grist)
  5. A Georgia representative thinks that clean energy legislation might actually kill people. Okay then. (Climate Progress)

Outfoxing Conservation Threats on Santa Cruz Island

Written by | June 11th, 2010

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Our conservation work on California’s Santa Cruz Island has had extraordinary outcomes — but there’s still work ahead (including outfoxing invasive ants), says Conservancy scientist Scott Morrison.

New Study: Biodiversity Continues to Decline Worldwide

Written by | April 29th, 2010

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A new study co-authored by a Nature Conservancy scientist says biodiversity worldwide continues to decline, despite an international pledge to slow such losses.

Strike of the Dzud: How Conservation Can Help Mongolia’s Herders

Written by | April 19th, 2010

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50% of all Mongolia’s livestock could be dead by spring — victims of a drought-freeze punch known as a dzud. How could grassland conservation help herders cope with such climate-change intensified phenomena?

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