Tag: Ecosystem Services

Roads: Connecting and Dividing Us

Written by | July 13th, 2010

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Roads make it easy for people to get around, but what price do wildlife pay for our convenience? Conservancy staffer Kate Frazer visits a salamander tunnel and learns how a new computer model is helping address habitat fragmentation.

Cool Green Morning: Friday, June 18

Written by | June 18th, 2010

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Are you planning an oil-free weekend? You’ll want to after reading our top 5 cool green news links:

  1. What’s in store for birds in the Gulf? (Yale Environment 360)
  2. And whales? A dead sperm whale found floating in the Gulf could be the spill’s largest animal victim to date. (The New York Times)
  3. Former banker Pavan Sukhdev answers questions about how we can put a price on nature’s services. (Green)
  4. If you live in Switzerland, you can get your new electric Think car at the supermarket. (Grist)
  5. With oil on the national mindset, check out these 8 alternative fuel sources. (The Daily Green)

Dams and Nature: The Human Impacts

Written by | June 10th, 2010

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Figuring out what nature means to people isn’t an idle exercise — it’s life and death for the 2 billion people who depend on rivers, writes the Conservancy’s Brian Richter.

New Study: Biodiversity Continues to Decline Worldwide

Written by | April 29th, 2010

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A new study co-authored by a Nature Conservancy scientist says biodiversity worldwide continues to decline, despite an international pledge to slow such losses.

Strike of the Dzud: How Conservation Can Help Mongolia’s Herders

Written by | April 19th, 2010

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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?

World Water Day 2010: A River Runs Through It

Written by | March 22nd, 2010

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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.

Ecosystem Services: Enclosing Nature’s Commons?

Written by | March 1st, 2010

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“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?

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, February 17

Written by | February 17th, 2010

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Time for your daily dose of the day’s coolest, greenest news. Open wide:

  1. One way to make the Olympics greener: Hold them in the same place. (Grist)
  2. Riding in coach is generally less comfortable than business class, but it turns out the carbon footprint is way smaller. (Guardian)
  3. How much is nature worth in real, actual dollars? (GreenBiz)
  4. A 12-year-old American boy is working to save the okapi, one of Africa’s most elusive and unusual animals. (Mongabay)
  5. A research team is figuring out how we can abandon batteries– but will the substitute more be sustainable? (Spoiler alert: We don’t know yet.) (CleanTechnica)

What Should We Call What Nature Provides Us?

Written by | January 22nd, 2010

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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!

Domesticating Nature…and Ourselves

Written by | December 15th, 2009

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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 […]

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