What is Cool Green Science?
Most projections say at least 9 billion people will be alive on Earth come 2050 -- putting tremendous pressures on the natural systems that we all rely on for survival and prosperity.
Cool Green Science is where Nature Conservancy scientists and science writers discuss and debate how conservation can help meet those challenges head on -- in partnership with you, of course. You'll also find photos, videos and dispatches from our fieldwork, book reviews, raves and groans about new research, natural history accounts, citizen science opps, and much much more -- including stuff about critters that are just cool.
Cool Green Science is managed by Matt Miller, senior science writer for the Conservancy, and edited by Bob Lalasz, its director of science communications. Email us your feedback.
Live Osprey Cam
They're getting huge! Watch live as two ospreys grow up in a parking lot nest in Orange Beach, Alabama--and read Conservancy scientist Jeff DeQuattro on why these birds of prey are a great indicator species for the health of the Gulf's ecosystem.
Danya Gross: Science Illustration: More Than Pretty Pictures
Great illustrations often communicate conservation science when photos, text and CAD sketches fail -- and they can make all the difference in winning community support for a restoration project.
Tim Boucher: The Best Apps for Novice and Serious Birders
Tim reviews offerings from Audubon, iBird, Nat Geo, Peterson and Sibley and tells you which works best in the field.
Criag Groves: Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes from a First Date
Synthetic biology is way more than "de-extinction" -- and its findings and their consequences could be profound for conservation practice.
Matt Miller: Big Fish: Return of the Alligator gar
Alligator gars were persecuted and eliminated for crimes they didn't commit. A new conservation effort is bringing them back.
Spotlight: Marine Restoration Science
The Future of Coral Reef Restoration Science
Conservancy coral scientist James Byrne says it's discovering how to plant corals in a way that optimizes genetic diversity--but without crossing a very thin line.
The Future of Sea Grass and Shellfish Restoration
Conservancy Marine Steward Bo Lusk argues that letting barrier island breaches remain open is the best thing for bay and sound ecosystems and the shellfish and fish they support.
Restoring Blue Forests--Opportunities for Mangroves
Mangroves grow like weeds -- which makes restoring them easy...unless you put them in the wrong places, says Nature Conservancy senior marine scientist Mark Spalding.
Tales from the Cab -- Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana
Conservancy Marine Lead Scientist Mike Beck finds passionate support for coastal marsh restoration from a New Orleans cab driver who's lived through Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac.
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Blogroll: Conservation and Science
- 10,000 Birds
- Bird Freak
- Carl Zimmer's The Loom
- Climate Compass
- Conservation Biology Institute
- Conservation Bytes
- Conservation Magazine
- Deep Sea News
- Discover Magazine Blogs
- Dynamic Ecology
- Earth Lab
- Eat More Brook Trout
- Environmental Leader
- Gary Paul Nabhan
- God of Wednesday
- High Country News
- I, Science
- Idaho Nature Notes
- Inside Science
- Knight Science Journalism Tracker
- Mother Jones Blue Marble
- New Scientist
- New York Times Green
- Not Exactly Rocket Science
- NRDC Blogs
- Orion Blog
- Peter Gleick: Significant Figures
- Pew Environment Group
- Planet Change
- PLoS blog
- Prairie Ecologist
- Real Climate
- Science Blogs
- Science Daily
- Science Friday
- Science Jon
- Science Shots
- Scientific American Blogs
- Sea Monster
- Short Sharp Science
- Smithsonian Science & Nature
- Strange Behaviors
- Surprising Science
- Ted Williams Conservation Blog
- Tet Zoo
- The Blog Aquatic
- The Tiny Aviary
- Wired Science
- Yale Environment 360