Tag: flood

Considering Climate Change from a Country on Fire

Written by | February 7th, 2013

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Three recent events have made Australia a flashpoint for the global discussion around severe weather, and Michael Looker, the Conservancy’s Australia program director, offers three solutions to coping with a changing climate.

Shifting Sands in the Bayou

Written by | October 15th, 2012

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Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin is gaining land, which seems like a good thing in an era of rising sea levels, right? Conservancy intern Anne Hayden explains what shifting sands mean in this landscape already altered by people.

Glacial Melt in the Himalayas: Real, but Not So Fast

Written by | September 13th, 2012

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The Himalayan glaciers are called the “third pole” because they contain the largest ice fields outside the polar regions—how will their retreat affect people living downstream?

Traveling the Magdalena River: Last Stop, Dique Canal

Written by | December 23rd, 2011

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For our final stop along the Magdalena River, we sail along the Dique Canal, which connects Colombia’s interior with one of its most important ports: Cartagena.

Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Threatens Seafood, Tourism Industries

Written by | August 3rd, 2011

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Recent mapping shows the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is not bigger this year, as predicted by scientists. Unfortunately, it’s still pretty darn big… and that has some big consequences for people and nature.

Cutting Conservation Cannot Fix the Deficit

Written by | July 15th, 2011

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A hundred years ago Theodore Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” Mark Tercek explains why this is still true.

Teamwork Necessary to Manage the Floods of the Future

Written by | June 10th, 2011

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Thousands of lives and billions of dollars in infrastructure were spared during this year’s record floods along the Mississippi. But are we prepared for the more severe floods of the future?

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, May 12

Written by | May 12th, 2011

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A sage grouse and a brown boobie walk into a bar… which has the best cool green news links?

  1. The story of the greater sage grouse is like “Dirty Dancing” meets “Shane,” writes Felicity Barringer. (Green)
  2. Jeopardy question: the largest solar rooftop installation in the U.S. will soon be on what favorite kids place? (EcoGeek)
  3. Global per capita car ownership is down since 2004–does this mean we’re getting less car dependent? (Treehugger)
  4. Is the Mississippi River flooding fueled by climate change? (Grist)
  5. Hop on the back of a young brown boobie and see what life is like for these seabirds–watch the video! (Wired)

Rising Floodwaters Compel Hard Decisions

Written by | April 29th, 2011

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A controversial decision to blow up a levee on the Mississippi and cause an intentional flood pits one state against another. Our Jeff Opperman looks at the science behind the battle.

Climate Change: Time to Respond with Conservation

Written by | June 7th, 2010

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The evidence for climate change is strong — and REDD and ecosystem-based adaptation should be part of the response, argues the Conservancy’s Evan Girvetz.

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