Written by Bob Lalasz | October 5th, 2009
From hopeful signs for the orangutan to an ATM that recycles your cellphones — we’ve got our arms around the whole wide green world here at Cool Green Morning: What are the must-read climate books to get you ready for the UN conference in Copenhagen in December? Climate Feedback surveys some leading climate experts. More […]
Written by Erik Meijaard | June 18th, 2009
Last year, The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia program was offered an undisclosed amount of money from an anonymous motorbike company. Presumably because the company knew of the Conservancy’s expertise in primate research, they somewhat bizarrely requested us to investigate bike preference among Indonesian apes and monkeys. As the senior scientist of the Indonesian forest program, I […]
Written by Chrissy Schwinn | May 8th, 2009
Not all conservationists are in the jungle discovering new species and measuring tree cover, or counting reef species in crystal clear tropical seas. Some make the biggest difference in conference rooms.
Written by Erik Meijaard | April 17th, 2009
Do dogs have nationalities? Do orangutans have nationalities? And if so, why? Who has got the right to claim them as their own?
Written by Erik Meijaard | April 14th, 2009
On the pent up frustrations, swallowed pride, hurt feelings, suppressed anger, and unfulfilled hopes of working in conservation.
Written by Erik Meijaard | April 1st, 2009
Sanjayan’s recent Cool Green Science post on what you need to know to get a job in conservation lists some core skills for budding conservationists: basic ecology, economics & sociology, natural history, story telling and GIS skills, knowing your languages and how to manage people, being web smart, and having some knowledge of statistics and […]
Written by Erik Meijaard | March 30th, 2009
Finding a new population of any species is good news in conservation. But finding a hitherto undiscovered population of orangutans (see one in the video above) is really exciting. And we did just that. In December 2008, we found a significant population of Bornean orangutans. This is some welcome news on a generally gloomy conservation […]
Written by Erik Meijaard | March 16th, 2009
I wrote about the Church Bird of Borneo a few weeks ago, and asked the question how species could be evolutionary winners and conservation disasters at the same time. The issue is about exotic and invasive species that are ecologically much better adapted to their new environments than indigenous species, which are often fine-tuned with […]
Written by Erik Meijaard | March 12th, 2009
Erik receives a photo of a 5-foot earthworm from Borneo and goes on a quest to find out which species it is. Unaware of the complexity of earthworm taxonomy, he fails miserably, but enjoys the search anyway.
Written by Erik Meijaard | March 2nd, 2009
Here’s a line from Richard Yates’ novel “Revolutionary Road”: “Nothing happens in this world, nothing comes into this world, until somebody makes a sale.” Does that include conservation? Do we need to sell conservation? And if so, what is the product we are actually trying to sell? This may not be about selling for cash. […]