Category: Science

What’s the World’s Largest Bird Feeder? You’ll Never Guess

What’s the world’s largest human-created source of bird food? Hint: it’s not in your backyard. And it creates an interesting dilemma for conservationists.

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The Science of Valuing Nature Becoming Business as Usual

Can valuing nature become part of business as usual? Jen Molnar, Lead Scientist, shares the progress made by the Nature Conservancy’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company and the tools to take their findings mainstream.

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Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

Woodland caribou are in a pinch. Threats are closing in from all sides. Can satellite images help map a more hopeful — and resilient — future?

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Even Forest Superpowers Have Limits

A new paper out in the Journal Nature this week adds a frightening twist to an enduring mystery around the role of forests and climate change. Forest carbon scientist Peter Ellis reports on what this means for conservation.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Megan McSherry

Megan McSherry first went to Africa to save the elephants. It didn’t take her long to find a bigger calling.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Mingliang Zhang

Want to know the best thing about the story of Ming and the Nanoscavengers? Every word of it is true, and the special effects, courtesy of nanotechnology, are real.

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Science for Nature & People (SNAP) Accepting Proposals for New Working Groups

The call for new projects comes as SNAP announces 7 new Working Groups investigating science-based solutions to issues from better land-use decisions to reducing demand for ivory.

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New Study Pinpoints Where Ocean Acidification Will Hit Hardest

New research reveals regions and communities most vulnerable to ocean acidification’s affect on shellfisheries.

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NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

What’s the future of conservation science? Look no further than this year’s NatureNet Science Fellows cohort — developing and field testing solutions-based science to some of the world’s most urgent environmental challenges.

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How Well Have We Protected Nature?

How well have we protected nature? It’s an important question, but the answer depends upon which numbers you examine.

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Going Solar: The 21st Century Family Home Project

Living amidst Wyoming’s energy boom, Holly Copeland has seen firsthand the unraveling of habitats caused by energy extraction. Looking to reduce dependence on fossil fuel led her home, installing solar panels.

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New Science: Helping Businesses Understand What Water is Worth

Drought is bad for business. But how can we assess the value of reliable access to water? New research provides a model for businesses.

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Why Applied Science Can Often Be Truly Brilliant

The academic prejudice against NGO applied research ignores a very impactful kind of genius, says our lead scientist.

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Horses Doing Math: On the Quality of Scientific Studies

Clever Hans the horse couldn’t really do math, but he could read human body language. Humans often behave the same way when they confront scientific studies that confirm or dispute their beliefs. Jon Fisher on how we can overcome the Hans in all of us.

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Does Removing Habitat Around Farm Fields Really Make Our Food Safer?

Three people died and hundreds were sickened in a 2006 outbreak of E. coli. Wildlife eventually took part of the blame, but does removing habitat near fields to keep wildlife out actually make our food safer? A NatureNet Science Fellow investigates in a new video.

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The Ospreys Are Back!
Live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. Record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

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