Tag: Peter Kareiva

When Climate Change Demands a New Nature, Will We Be Ready?

Written by | September 30th, 2009

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In 50 years, many parts of the world will be unrecognizable because of climate change, population growth, shifting agriculture, new energy sources, hundreds of new cities and imperiled water supplies. The pressures of the climate crisis, coupled with the global recession, are pushing the conservation movement to reexamine many of its core assumptions. There is […]

Open Thread August: Why Don’t Americans Get Climate Change?

Written by | August 3rd, 2009

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While nearly 75% of the world thinks climate change should be a top priority for governments, only 44% of Americans agree, says a new survey. Why the disparity? Are scientists not communicating the dangers of global warming clearly, as our bloggers Rebecca Goldman and Peter Kareiva think? Are Americans not (gulp) educated enough? Are we […]

Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future…and It’s Scientists’ Fault

Written by | August 3rd, 2009

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You have all heard the statistics that nearly one-half of all Americans do not think humans evolved from apes, and that about one in five American adults think the sun orbits the Earth. Scientific illiteracy is not just a matter for elitist smugness — it can endanger the innocent. For example, there is a movement […]

Should Protected Areas Be Reexamined?

Written by | May 19th, 2009

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I am going to commit conservation heresy and ask out loud: Should the conservation movement be proud of the 108,000 protected areas around the world it has thus far helped establish? I have many reasons for asking that question, but among those reasons is certainly Mark Dowie’s recently published book Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict […]

Children and Their Carbon Legacy: A Way to be an Eco-Hero?

Written by | March 11th, 2009

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There are carbon calculators galore on the web — including The Nature Conservancy’s very own. These calculators allow you to figure out how your activities and lifestyle contribute to the carbon emissions that are responsible for the climate disruption the world now faces. Rarely, however, does one see any discussion of what population growth means […]

Climate Change: Adapt or Die

Written by | January 29th, 2009

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If you stop 100 people on the street and ask them about climate change, 87 of them would know something about it, according to polls. But if you asked the same 100 people if they’ve ever heard of “adaptation to climate change,” I bet you’d get 100 blank stares. That’s a problem. For sure, we […]

Can Nature’s Value Alone Save Nature?

Written by | January 21st, 2009

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You cannot read about conservation these days and not notice the astonishing zeal for ecosystem services as a new conservation strategy. (The February 2009 special issue of the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment is a good case in point, although it’s not online yet.) The idea behind ecosystem services […]

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