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Prevention Offers a Better Way to Deal with Invasive Species

A believer in the ‘ounce of prevention’ philosophy, Doria Gordon develops risk assessment tools to help head off troublesome and expensive invasive species.

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Grizzly Bear Research & Cultural Identity in the Great Bear Rainforest

The Heiltsuk First Nation, located in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, has a long history in which the lives of people are inextricably entwined with the lives of grizzly bears. A new paper in Ecology and Society links an exciting research and monitoring program with 10,000 years of place-based cultural identity.

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

TNC senior scientist Jensen Montambault describes the approach the Micronesia Challenge — with 2100 islands and 7.4 million square miles of ocean — is taking to large-scale conservation.

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Nilgai: Blue Antelope of the Anthropocene

Once the nilgai roamed expansive Indian plains as it avoided stalking tigers. A creature of wilderness. Today, you’re more likely to find it in sprawling cities, or galloping along a Gulf Coast seashore. A creature of the Anthropocene.

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CSI Channel Islands: Can the Island Scrub-jay Help to Think about Climate Change?

Solving the mystery of Santa Rosa’s island scrub-jays could refine thinking on how to manage vulnerable species under climate change.

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Do the Rumble-Rump with Peacock Spiders

Meet the tiny spider with one of the wildest mating displays in the animal kingdom. Jon Fisher takes you into the realm of the peacock spider and its unbelievable “dance moves.”

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Spiders Go Fishing, Old Trees Dwindle & Icebergs Scrape Bottom

Also in our best of the web: group discounts on solar panels, Chilean dams halted, monster jellyfish and spiders with personality.

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Urban Water Footprint: Extensive and Expensive

A new global database of urban water sources developed by the Conservancy’s Rob McDonald highlights just how far water travels and how much it can cost to get it there.

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Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Can restoring floodplain forests in Indiana make a difference in reducing the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”? A new study shows a great return on investment in using natural habitat to reduce nitrogen pollution.

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On Understanding Varying Approaches among Conservation Professionals

How do conservation professionals focus their decisions? A new article in the journal Human Ecology finds surprising answers — and a fundamental difference in conservation approaches.

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Accelerating the Pace of Conservation Science

A paper co-authored by the Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist reflects how much conservation science has changed in the six-decade history of the Conservancy — a lot.

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Coral Reefs Soften Ocean’s Fury for Millions of Coastal Dwellers

Coral reefs harbor great diversity and absorb an amazing 97% of the energy from incoming waves. Restoration is < 1/10th the cost of building more breakwaters.

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Green is Good: Science-Based Conservation in the 21st Century

What does it mean for The Nature Conservancy to be “science-based” today? To always be casting a wider net for better solutions supported by evidence, write Mark Tercek and Peter Kareiva.

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Species losses due to habitat fragmentation may be less bleak than predicted under the island biogeography theory, says a study of bat biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama.

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Evidence-based Conservation: An Economic Perspective

What does it mean to be smart about pursuing conservation objectives? Timm Kroeger presents the how and why of maximizing conservation “return” on investments.

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This Week on Cool Green Science: Change & The Eastern U.S. Forest

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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