Written by Rob McDonald | April 28th, 2010
Why is Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald excited to be working with agribusiness companies? Because how agriculture evolves over the next decades will determine the fate of much of the Earth’s remaining habitat.
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 Bob Lalasz | February 23rd, 2010
3 Nature Conservancy scientists respond — and say the road to restore science’s public reputation will require major shifts in focus.
Written by Rob McDonald | February 1st, 2010
Urbanization has domesticated the planet’s nature — so how do you do conservation in an world dominated by cities? The Conservancy’s Rob McDonald has some thoughts.
Written by Rob McDonald | January 7th, 2010
More people live in cities than don’t for the first time in human history — and conservationists need to be prepared instead of complaining, says Rob McDonald.
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 Rob McDonald | November 24th, 2009
In a few weeks the world will turn its attention to Copenhagen, as diplomats gather to hash out an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. For many environmentalists, including some of my colleagues here at The Nature Conservancy, it’s the culmination of decades of work and preparation. And yet while there’s […]
Written by Rob McDonald | November 5th, 2009
As the “energy sprawl” idea has been discussed and debated in the media, I (one of the paper’s co-authors) have grown a thick skin against criticism. Perhaps the harshest piece of invective, however, still bothers me: the criticism by Matt Wasson in the Huffington Post. The factual criticisms Matt makes aren’t that troublesome to me, […]