Tag: David Cleary

What Is the Future of Nature?

Written by | May 3rd, 2013


By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion, and our climate is changing at a rate even faster than anticipated. How can we continue to meet the needs of nature and people?

International Farmland Deals: Landgrab or Markets at Work?

Written by | October 7th, 2011


Oxfam released a report on “landgrabbing,” the buying up of agricultural land by foreign investors.

Amazon Deforestation and the Great Forest Code Debate

Written by | August 15th, 2011


Uncertainty over the new Forest Code rules is one factor leading to a bad year for deforestation. A new grant to The Nature Conservancy is one factor that should help combat it.

James Cameron, Celebrity and How Not to Save the Amazon

Written by | May 20th, 2010


How can celebrities productively engage a cause? One case study how not to do it: James Cameron’s recent protests in Brazil against a proposed new dam there, says the Conservancy’s David Cleary.

Good News on Amazon Deforestation….Maybe

Written by | March 8th, 2010


Deforestation rates in Brazil’s Amazon dropped 45% last year over 2008′s figures, continuing a five-year trend. But don’t celebrate just yet, says the Conservancy’s David Cleary.

Oil and the Falklands: How Argentina Can Win the Argument

Written by | March 4th, 2010


The British have announced they will explore for oil in the Falkland Islands. David Cleary says that would pose a huge threat to some of Earth’s richest marine habitats.

Unpacking Brazil’s Copenhagen Commitments

Written by | December 2nd, 2009


In Brazil, we trust our politicians even less than you do north of the Rio Grande. With rather more reason: if there were an Olympics for stealing public money or deliberate deceit of the electorate, we could put out a gold medal team of politicos. When they speak, we don’t so much listen as look […]

What Do the Olympics Mean for Rio’s Environment?

Written by | November 3rd, 2009


Naturally we in the Cidade Maravilhosa are delighted to have beaten out the Windy City and snatched the 2016 Olympics from under the nose of the not-quite-glamorous-enough First Couple of the United States: even Obama can’t compete with Copacabana when it comes to wowing Olympic committees. But now that the cheering has died down along […]

Pristine Myths, Noble Savages and Conservation

Written by | August 31st, 2009


A couple weeks ago, after another of those planning meetings that take up so much time in the less-glamorous-than-you-might-think world of international conservation, I spent a day in one of the world’s great museums, Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology. A day in a great museum teaches you as much about conservation as a month […]

What Should We Do About Beef From The Amazon?

Written by | July 20th, 2009


I spent a day a few weeks ago in São Paulo at the headquarters of a major Brazilian beef company — or, to put it another way, the cutting edge of tropical conservation. The image people have of conservationists in the tropics is often drawn from Indiana Jones films: intrepid biologists in the jungle swatting away mosquitoes […]

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