Category: Habitats

The Green Buzz: Monday, October 7

Written by | October 7th, 2013

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Another compelling reason for why not to cut down the world’s rain forests is in today’s green news.

  1. An expedition to some of the planet’s most remote and unexplored rain forests has found 60 new species! (National Geographic)
  2. Stink bugs are coming, but workers who count this invasive insect are furloughed. (Consumer Reports)
  3. When the ocean is a desert, this creature helps coral reefs thrive. (BBC News)
  4. These 14 inventions were inspired by the greatest and most successful “machine” in the universe: Nature. (Bloomberg)
  5. Let’s meet the man who made sea-level rise disappear in North Carolina. (MNN)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, October 2

Written by | October 2nd, 2013

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Rhino poaching, dolphin deaths and tupperware in space (yes, you read that right) in today’s green news.

  1. The island that popped out of the ocean last week after an earthquake in Pakistan? Apparently happens all the time. (NPR)
  2. Rhino poaching has gone up 5000 percent since 2007. How can that be possible? (TreeHugger)
  3. Are humans behind the Atlantic coast dolphin deaths? (Scientific American)
  4. The plastic that makes up Tupperware has been found on Saturn’s moon. (The Register)
  5. The government shutdown is affecting animals, too. (MNN)

Farm to Closet: Top 5 Reasons Why Knitting Rules

Written by | September 23rd, 2013

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Our resident knitting experts thinks knitting rules. She also just created a beautiful shawl from sustainable wool from sheep raised in Patagonia. What makes wool sustainable? Read on to find out!

The Green Buzz: Friday, September 20, 2013

Written by | September 20th, 2013

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Are you ready for some football in this morning’s green news?

  1. Siberian Tiger genomes have been sequenced by scientists and the results aren’t surprising. Pay wall alert! (Nat Geo)
  2. A wrinkle in temperature fluctuations, UN scientists are looking at temperature quirks in climate change. (BW)
  3. Shyer birds build better bonds with other bird friends than bolder birds. (BBC)
  4. Arctic fossils reveal ‘explosion’ of animal life on Earth 520 million years ago (Daily Telegraph)
  5. A group of Washingtonians are doing good this weekend, check it out! (The Olympian)

The Natural Choice for Our Water Resources

Written by | September 19th, 2013

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We should be considering natural infrastructure along with man-made structures like dams to help us manage our water resources.

New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature

Written by | September 18th, 2013

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The launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund in Mexico is a great example of a triple win — a project that protects nature, meets people’s needs, and provides good returns on investment for businesses and governments.

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, September 17

Written by | September 17th, 2013

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A story on pollution told by…ear wax? Read on, conservation-concerned, and learn more in today’s green news.

  1. Like star-gazing? There are four sky events this week, so grab that blanket and look up! (National Geographic)
  2. There’s a new world map in town, and it shows areas that are most susceptible to climate change. (International Business Times)
  3. 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)
  4. Woodpeckers are proving to be an admirable adversary to the invasive emerald ash borer. (MNN)
  5. Small animals perceive time as though it’s passing in slow motion, says a new study. (BBC News)

Celebrating 5 Years in Mongolia

Written by | September 16th, 2013

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Charles Bedford has been going to Mongolia for many years and we recently caught up with him after his most recent visit to attend the Mongolia Green Development Conference in UlaanBaatar, a conference held to mark the 5th anniversary of the Conservancy’s Mongolia program.

The Green Buzz: Monday, September 16

Written by | September 16th, 2013

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The Nature Conservancy offices reopened today in Boulder, Colorado after historic flooding caused evacuations and flooding along the Front Range of Colorado. We’re glad everyone is safe!

  1. Does food waste help or hinder the environment? Here’s one take on it…(Macomb Daily)
  2. What’s that buzzing? After 25 years the short haired bumblebee is making a comeback (Guardian)
  3. Case for climate change is overwhelming, say scientists (Guardian)
  4. In Germany, schools in different states are slowly starting to incorporate the subject of sustainability into their syllabus (DW)
  5. Scottish Wind Farms produce a more expensive form of electricity due to higher costs of production (Guardian)

 

 

The Right Stuff for U.S. Water Resources

Written by | September 16th, 2013

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George C. Grugett helped bring forth the “room for our rivers” approach to managing our water resources — and it’s one that should be used more often.

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