Written by Bill Toomey | April 28th, 2014
One billion trees. No doubt about it: that’s a lot of trees to plant. But the Earth’s forests are being cut and cleared at a rapid rate. Bill Toomey explains a major campaign to help restore those forests — and how you can help.
Written by Jack Hurd | January 31st, 2014
More than half of the wood products consumed in major markets come from somewhere else. In 2010, the United States was the top buyer of wood furniture from the Asia Pacific region. That might just include your favorite chair.
Written by Adam Bloom | January 28th, 2014
In today’s green news, a glimpse into ancient forest management and bad news for the big fish and the small fish.
- Warmer seas are causing species of fish to mature earlier, stunting their maximum length by up to 29% in the North Sea (The Guardian)
- Indigenous peoples have been carefully managed the rainforests of Asia for 11,000 years by seamlessly clearing pockets of vegetation for agriculture, new findings reveal. (Mongabay)
- A large shark was killed off the coast of Western Australia, the first to be connected to a new shark cull that was put into place to prevent human fatalities. (CNN)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 15th, 2014
Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.
- A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (Sightline Daily)
- A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime. What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests? (The Guardian)
- The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts. Scientists seek to solve this mystery. (Earth Island Journal)
Written by Adam Bloom | January 14th, 2014
Written by Madeline Van Tassel | November 15th, 2013
Written by Megan Sheehan | September 17th, 2013
A story on pollution told by…ear wax? Read on, conservation-concerned, and learn more in today’s green news.
- Like star-gazing? There are four sky events this week, so grab that blanket and look up! (National Geographic)
- There’s a new world map in town, and it shows areas that are most susceptible to climate change. (International Business Times)
- How often do whales clean their ears? Well, never, which is why ear wax turns out to be a great indicator of contaminants in the ocean. (NPR)
- Woodpeckers are proving to be an admirable adversary to the invasive emerald ash borer. (MNN)
- Small animals perceive time as though it’s passing in slow motion, says a new study. (BBC News)
Written by Jordana Fyne | September 11th, 2013
Wisconsin Land Manager Eric Mark recently spent his vacation days in Northern California volunteering on a crew to fight the massive wildfire that’s still raging.
Written by Sanjayan | August 26th, 2013
What does a conservationist look like? Many wear motorcycle helmets, as proven by the new partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson.
Written by Megan Sheehan | August 26th, 2013