Written by Evan Girvetz | April 19th, 2010
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?
Written by Jeff Opperman | March 22nd, 2010
Monday was World Water Day — celebrate by learning more about the importance of water for our livelihoods…and how you can act on that knowledge.
Written by Rob McDonald | March 1st, 2010
“Ecosystem services” is an exciting new buzz term in conservation — valuing nature for what it gives us. But when for-profit groups start privatizing nature, what happens to the poor?
Written by Nicole Levins | February 17th, 2010
Written by Bob Lalasz | January 22nd, 2010
We need one inspiring phrase that expresses everything nature gives to human beings — agriculture, drinking water, clean air, recreation, aesthetic pleasure and more. “Natural Capital?” “Nature’s Benefits?” “Natural Life-Support?” “Environmental Value?” Tell us — you could really help us convince others that nature is life itself!
Written by Rob McDonald | December 15th, 2009
I work on the ecosystem services team at The Nature Conservancy, which strives to find ways to protect and strengthen the services that nature provides that are crucial to human well-being while also protecting biodiversity. But there are at least two definitions of “ecosystem service” floating around the conservation community. And within the tension between [...]
Written by Jeff Opperman | September 24th, 2009
I was tucking my five-year-old daughter into bed and, as kids tend to do, she launched into a series of questions — part curiosity, part stalling tactic. Her topic that night was employment, and she asked why various people did what they did, such as: “Why is Aunt Amy a doctor?” I mustered a response [...]
Written by Rebecca Goldman | September 2nd, 2009
There is a growing demand from science, from policy and from conservation itself to include people in conservation. In the meantime, conservationists are still trying to figure out how to best conserve habitats and species and now how to do this with climate change. Now we’re piling on people, too? But I would argue that [...]
Written by Rebecca Goldman | August 4th, 2009
I am guessing that few if any people reading this would picture people when they think about an ecosystem. I know when I think ecosystems, I think plants, animals, rivers, etc., but not people. Ecosystems are about nature. People aren’t nature, right? But, by definition, there is nothing that excludes people from being part of [...]
Written by Rob McDonald | July 16th, 2009
The Amtrak train sits idle in the station, as the passengers alternately make cell phone calls from the platform or drink warm beer from their seats. There’s a gas leak ahead along the tracks in Baltimore, and the whole Northeast rail corridor is shut down. Coming on the heels of the June crash in the [...]