Tag: Water conservation

Nature as Normal: Our Lead Scientist’s Research Agenda

Nature is critical to people’s lives — so why don’t people think about it that way? TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make that happen through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

Full Article

Citizen Science Tuesday: Microplastics Project

Have you heard of microplastics? Every time you wash your clothes, you release 2,000 into the water system. But now you can help—as a citizen scientist.

Full Article

Brian Richter’s ‘Chasing Water’: Smarter Solutions for the Coming Water Scarcity

Many of the world’s cities are ill-prepared to face impending water shortages over the next decades. Conservancy scientist Brian Richter’s new book says the answer lies in people power.

Full Article

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.

Full Article

Pupfish: Conserving a Mojave Desert Survivor

Sure, desert pupfish are tough. Hot water temperatures? They thrive in it. Creeks saltier than the ocean? No problem. But now pupfish face a bigger challenge — people and their need for lots of water.

Full Article

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.

Full Article

Giulio Boccaletti: What Scientific Idea is Ready for Retirement?

In hydrology, a concept known as stationarity allows us to define events using time statistics, like the “one in a hundred years flood.” Dr. Giulio Boccaletti argues that it’s time to retire this concept.

Full Article

Re-Branding Nature: From Dismal Swamp to Constructed Wetland

Swamps were once considered disease-ridden, alligator-infested places. Now they’re hailed for the ecosystem services they provide–but for that image to stick, constructed wetlands have to be based on the best-available science.

Full Article

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Rob McDonald

Conservationists have typically viewed cities as the enemy of the environment — to embrace urban growth is akin to heresy. But that viewpoint is changing by necessity.

Full Article

Natural Intersection: Understanding and Conserving Alaska’s Estuaries

Meet the estuary: where three powerful realms–river, ocean and land–meet. A new paper by Conservancy scientists classifies this important habitat, and helps conservationists better protect estuaries vital for both people and wildlife.

Full Article

Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

Wetlands conservation has been one of the greatest successes of the conservation movement. But are we at risk of draining that legacy away?

Full Article

Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Joanna Nelson

Water funds work. But could they work even better? That’s the focus of NatureNet Fellow Joanna Nelson, an ecologist with Stanford’s Natural Capital Project.

Full Article

People and Nature: Announcing Our New Social Scientists

To solve today’s conservation problems, we need multi-disciplinary scientists who can look at how nature impacts people. Enter The Nature Conservancy’s 3 new social scientists, who will be working on the front lines of conservation for the benefit of people.

Full Article

Farming, Adapting to Climate Change & the Limits of Imagination

A new study from Conservancy scientists says irrigation needs are going to increase significantly under future climate change projections. Can farmers be equally radical in how they respond to these drier conditions?

Full Article

Quick Study: How Will Climate Change Affect Irrigation of Farm Lands in U.S.?

Quick Study is just what it says — a rapid-fire look at a new conservation science study that might turn some heads.

The Study: McDonald, R. and E. Girvetz. 2013. Two challenges for U.S. irrigation due to climate change: increasing irrigated area in wet states and increasing irrigation rates in dry statesPLoS ONE 8(6): e65589. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065589.

The Questions: Climate change models forecast higher average temperatures that will cause crop-growing seasons in the United States to become hotter and drier. How will this impact the irrigation needs of agriculture in the United States? And how will farmers respond to drier conditions?

Full Article


Diverse Conservation

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

What is Cool Green Science?

noun 1. Blog where Nature Conservancy scientists, science writers and external experts discuss and debate how conservation can meet the challenges of a 9 billion + planet.

2. Blog with astonishing photos, videos and dispatches of Nature Conservancy science in the field.

3. Home of Weird Nature, The Cooler, Quick Study, Traveling Naturalist and other amazing features.

Cool Green Science is managed by Matt Miller, the Conservancy's deputy director for science communications, and edited by Bob Lalasz, its director of science communications. Email us your feedback.

Innovative Science

Infrared Sage Grouse Count
The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. Infrared video to the rescue.

Wildlife Videos In Infrared
Infrared enables us to see minor variations in temperature. See how this technology is revolutionizing conservation science.

Nature As Normal
TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make people see nature as critical to life through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

Latest Tweets from @nature_brains

Categories