Tag: Ecosystem Services

2015 NatureNet Fellowships: Call for Conservation Scientists

Are you a post-doc candidate interested in pushing conservation forward with new ideas and new disciplines? NatureNet Fellowship applications are due October 1.

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Mosquitoes, Heat & Floods: The Challenges of Monitoring Water Funds

Big data? Not when it comes to conservation measures. How do scientists ensure practices like Water Funds actually deliver what they promise when information so is difficult to come by?

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Floating Forests

You could contribute to citizen science that protects an entire ocean ecosystem without traveling or learning to dive. Try Floating Forests online.

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Peter Kareiva on Why the Ozone-Reforestation Study is Important

The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist says new research from the TNC-The Dow Chemical Company collaboration shows nature can be a cost-competitive alternative — and bring bonus benefits.

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Reforestation for Ozone Removal: An Attractive Option

Restoring forests, nature’s air cleaners, to remove smog-causing ozone and its precursors could cost less than high-tech approaches in some cases.

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Restoration Pays Off in Reduced Flooding for Coastal Community

Natural systems can reduce flooding and provide economic benefits. How can communities evaluate the economic benefits of restoration projects at a scale that is meaningful for their decisions?

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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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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Dan Auerbach

NatureNet Fellow Dan Auerbach is working to strengthen the ‘business case’ for water funds. His work could change the way that people perceive and value water.

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Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

Should conservation work in places where biodiversity isn’t high but the benefits to people would be? Haiti, El Salvador, Bangladesh and other countries make a strong case, argues Beth Tellman.

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Coastal Wetland Restoration: One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

For centuries, wetlands were considered worthless, regularly filled and paved. A new piece in Ensia magazine by Mark Tercek and Jane Lubchenco argues that restoring coastal wetlands benefits not only ecology but also our economy, our safety and our quality of life.

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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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Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

You’ve probably heard about the loss of honey bees. But did you know native bumble bees face even more alarming declines? These vital pollinators are disappearing due to pesticides and habitat loss. You can make a difference — right in your backyard.

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Sustainable Hydropower: Are Small Dams Really Better for the Environment?

When it comes to dams, small is often considered beautiful. But should small hydropower projects get a free pass? Can such dams actually be tiny but terrible? Freshwater scientist Jeff Opperman takes a look at the realities of sustainable hydropower.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Daniel Karp

Meet NatureNet Fellow Daniel Karp and learn about his plan for decision support tools that will help farmers evaluate the benefit of preserving natural habitat.

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Flying Snakes, White Green Roofs, Why Agoutis Should Sleep in & More

Also in this week’s best of the web: growing an electrical circuit, why scientists and designers struggle to collaborate, and the secret handshake of science communications.

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Diverse Conservation

Call for Inclusive Conservation
Join Heather Tallis in a call to increase the diversity of voices and values in the conservation debate.

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