Tag: Rob McDonald

Feeding Humanity While Protecting Nature

Written by | April 28th, 2010

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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.

Washington as Symbol, Washington as City

Written by | April 9th, 2010

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A proposed dedicated bus land for Washington, DC’s infamous K Street is shot down — another example of the real city living in the shadow of its symbolism, says Rob McDonald.

Ecosystem Services: Enclosing Nature’s Commons?

Written by | March 1st, 2010

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“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?

Has ‘Climategate’ Damaged Science in the Public Eye? If So, What is to be Done?

Written by | February 23rd, 2010

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3 Nature Conservancy scientists respond — and say the road to restore science’s public reputation will require major shifts in focus.

The Great Urbanization and What it Means for Nature: Part 3

Written by | February 1st, 2010

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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.

The Great Urbanization and What it Means for Nature: Part 2

Written by | January 14th, 2010

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We’re an urban species for the first time in history. How is our language about nature shifting as a result…and how are we going to talk to urbanites about conservation?

The Great Urbanization and What It Means for Nature: Part 1

Written by | January 7th, 2010

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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.

Domesticating Nature…and Ourselves

Written by | December 15th, 2009

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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 […]

Climate Change and Conservation’s Big Bet

Written by | November 24th, 2009

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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 […]

What’s the Role of Science for Advocacy?

Written by | November 5th, 2009

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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, […]

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