Written by Darci Palmquist | June 18th, 2010
Written by Brian Richter | June 10th, 2010
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.
Written by Bob Lalasz | April 29th, 2010
A new study co-authored by a Nature Conservancy scientist says biodiversity worldwide continues to decline, despite an international pledge to slow such losses.
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 […]