Category: Land Use

The Green Buzz: Friday, December 27

Written by | December 27th, 2013

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Who wouldn’t enjoy more monarch butterflies? Learn about the key to their comeback, as well as a Snow Dragon in the Antarctic and smart dimming streetlamps in L.A. in today’s green news.

  1. The key to a monarch butterfly resurgence could be right in your backyard.  (New York Times)
  2. “Snow Dragon” seeks to rescue a Russian ship, which became trapped in ice during its polar expedition.  (Huffington Post)
  3. Los Angeles stands to curb energy use by 40% with the help of Tvilight.  (Grist)

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

Written by | November 25th, 2013

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Tyrannosaurus Rex’s worst nightmare is in today’s green news.

  1. T-Rex was relegated to the shadows when this newly-discovered giant came thudding by. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  2. A U.S. power company has pled guilty to the wind farm-related deaths of golden eagles in Wyoming. (Christian Science Monitor)
  3. Sharks rejoice! Indonesia’s national airline has banned the transport of fins from their flights. (Mongabay)
  4. The U.S. is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of seven football fields per hour. (NPR)
  5. How to feed a growing number of mouths? Here are six sustainable ways to feed 11 billion people. (MNN)

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.

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 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.

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 26

Written by | August 26th, 2013

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Cooking in your dishwasher? Disappearing beaches? It’s all in today’s green news.

  1. No more federal funds means endangered desert tortoises at a nature center must be euthanized. (Spokesman-Review)
  2. Air-tight food containers or canning jars + food + dishwasher = eco-friendly, efficient dishwasher cuisine. (NPR)
  3. Scientists have found the source of mercury in Pacific Ocean fish — and they say levels will only get higher. (US News and World Report)
  4. Yosemite’s Rim Fire is moving closer and a history of natural fire suppression isn’t helping. (National Geographic)
  5. As Florida beaches erode, sand is getting harder and harder to find. (The New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 19

Written by | August 19th, 2013

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Apparently human females aren’t the only ones who like a multi-tasking male…

  1. Female frogs look for males who can do two or more things at the same time. Smart gals! (Science World Report)
  2. In case you missed it, scientists have discovered a new species of mammal! (National Geographic)
  3. 16 things you love that climate change is totally going to ruin. (Grist)
  4. In Texas alone, 30 communities could run out of water by the year’s end. (Mongabay)
  5. MNN has some great tips on how not to waste so much. Our fave? Move away from disposables. (MNN)

The Last Tree for Orangutans

Written by | August 16th, 2013

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Orangutans are in trouble because their habitat is diminishing at an unsustainable rate. This World Orangutan Day, we take a look at their plight.

The Green Buzz: Monday, August 5

Written by | August 5th, 2013

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There’s news on another unexpected consequence of climate change in today’s green news.

  1. Costa Rica is closing its zoos and setting the animals free. (International Business Times)
  2. Is climate change connected to a global rise in violence? A new study in Science says yes. (BBC News)
  3. Moonbird has been spotted in Canada! (Philly.com)
  4. A world without lions, elephants and rhinos? We’re on the way to that reality. (National Geographic)
  5. Could planned grazing revive the world’s grasslands? (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 1

Written by | August 1st, 2013

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It’s a new day and a new month, so let’s start it off right with some green news.

  1. Want to get closer to nature? Try following a toddler, for whom “…the dried worm as tragic as a starving polar bear; the walnut shell as mysterious as the queen conch.” (Grist)
  2. Iraq has declared its first national park in the southern marshlands that many call the cradle of civilization. (National Geographic)
  3. Amazon Prime sure is convenient… but is it eco-friendly? (MNN)
  4. The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act has many asking if it’s really time for space environmentalism. (Wired)
  5. The Caribbean has lost 80 percent — that’s right, 80 — of its coral reef cover in recent years. (The Guardian)
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