Category: Ecosystem Services

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Written by | April 15th, 2014

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For centuries, wetlands were considered worthless. It’s time to acknowledge the environmental and economic value of restoring these natural systems, argue Jane Lubchenco and Mark Tercek.

New Water Fund in Mexico for People and Nature

Written by | September 18th, 2013

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The launch of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund in Mexico is a great example of a triple win — a project that protects nature, meets people’s needs, and provides good returns on investment for businesses and governments.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 24

Written by | July 24th, 2013

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Amazing NASA images have us feeling quite small this morning…

  1. Check out these awe-inspiring images of Earth from very, very far away… (National Geographic)
  2. A new documentary has SeaWorld fighting back before the film is even released. (The New York Times)
  3. Video: Divers nearly swallowed whole by humpback whales! (USA Today)
  4. Still proving that they’re one smart species: dolphins call each other by name. (BBC News)
  5. Feds’ plan to kill one species of owl to save another have many wondering how far we humans should go to intervene in nature. (Q13 Fox News in Seattle)

The Green Buzz: Monday, June 3

Written by | June 3rd, 2013

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Today we’re talking weather, greenwashing, and fighting deforestation.

  1. Oklahoma has been pummeled by tornadoes — but why? (National Geographic)
  2. A complaint from environmental groups is exposing what exactly is behind those green labels. (The New York Times)
  3. Environmentalists got one major firm to quit greenwashing and deforestation in Indonesia. (NPR)
  4. Need a little inspiration for what activities to do outside? Look no further. (Washington Post)
  5. Texas just passed landmark policy related to the state’s water supply — and it’s good news for this drought-beleaguered state. (Burnt Orange Report)

Is Cashmere Sustainable?

Written by | April 30th, 2013

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Where does cashmere come from, and how can we make its production more sustainable? Jack Hurd explores in a new installment of All ‘Bout Commodities.

This Earth Day, Let’s Picnic for Earth!

Written by | April 19th, 2013

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This Earth Day (April 22!), The Nature Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world. Attend a picnic or host your own and celebrate the planet we call home.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, April 18

Written by | April 18th, 2013

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Tasty invasives, confused koalas and green banks are all in this morning’s green news.

  1. Snail soup? Grilled lionfish? That’s right: one way to combat invasive species is to eat them. (Discovery News)
  2. It IS easy being green, especially when you check out these 20 things you didn’t know you could recycle. (MNN)
  3. Heartbreaking: Why is this koala so confused? (Treehugger)
  4. These monkeys can detect human hunters. (BBC Nature)
  5. Is your bank green? Check out the world’s top 20 green banks. (Bloomberg)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 17

Written by | April 17th, 2013

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Endangered is the key word in today’s Green Buzz.

  1. Three years after the worst oil spill in American history, where are BP’s oiled animals? (MNN)
  2. Endangered clean meat? More than half of supermarket meat tested positive for superbugs. (New York Times)
  3. Lionfish are gobbling up native fish and corals in the Gulf, like a “living oil spill.” (NPR)
  4. No surprise here: America’s most controlled and plumbed river is also its most endangered. (Huffington Post)
  5. Lead poisoning: The rare California Condors are ingesting lead bullets and dying. (BBC News)

Two Villages: Notes from the Climate Change Frontline in Papua New Guinea

Written by | April 17th, 2013

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Charles Bedford visits two small villages in Papua New Guinea where climate change is already changing lives — and communities are already adapting.

ABC: This Valentine’s Day, Consider the Cacao Bean

Written by | February 12th, 2013

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Jack Hurd examines the history of the cacao bean and explains how you can make sure your chocolate is responsibly harvested.

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