Tag: Protected Areas

The Latest from Copenhagen

Written by | December 20th, 2009

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Nature Conservancy policy analysts and scientists are at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen for the next two weeks — and are reporting the latest developments here on Cool Green Science. Click through and then scroll down to read these late-breaking reports and more: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 12:55 PM: Copenhagen Accord Results in a […]

Cool Green Morning: Friday, December 18

Written by | December 18th, 2009

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Five great green stories to distract you while you wait anxiously for the latest news from Copenhagen: Weird Solar Device of the Day goes to…this solar-powered, Joseph Cornell-like live insect theater box (Treehugger). Buy an electric car for less than $900? You can in Oklahoma through New Year’s Eve…although it tops out at 25 mph […]

The Future of Wild Places in China: Experiments in Private Management?

Written by | December 14th, 2009

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(Editor’s note: Charles Bedford, the state director for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, is living and working in China for the next year and will be writing about conservation issues there. Read all his posts.) A couple posts back I noted the similarities between Potatso (Pudacuo) National Park in Diqing, Yunnan and Rocky Mountain National […]

Conservation Planning for Extreme Events?

Written by | November 12th, 2009

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What am I trying to illustrate in the above photo (a picture of cattle and elephant dung)? That conservation planning is a pile of poop? No. But this mixture of excrement does show why such planning needs to incorporate extreme events like drought or flooding – especially for the impacts of those events on local […]

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 […]

A Free Carbon-Trading Area for the Americas, Part 2: Running the Numbers

Written by | April 6th, 2009

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Last month I suggested a hemispheric dimension be added to the proposed U.S. cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, to allow U.S. companies to offset some of their emissions through projects in Latin America. This idea was picked up by the environmental blogs of The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor, while a report in The […]

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, Jan. 28

Written by | January 28th, 2009

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Can 80,000 goats be wrong? Could the UN climate conference be too crowded? Could energy-efficient light bulbs not make you look like Herman Munster? The answers to these and other riveting questions lie below in today’s roundup of online green: Got Their Goat: Conservationists have eradicated all 80,000 invasive goats from Santiago Island in the […]

Will Countries Take Aim?

Written by | December 21st, 2008

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I read a BBC article today about global environmental treaties — you know, like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) –  and whether the targets they set mean anything to governments. Such treaties do seem like a whole lot of work to get countries to finally […]

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