Tag: Nature Conservancy scientist

How Do Grasslands Survive Drought?

Written by | August 16th, 2012

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Why do some grasslands stand up to drought, while others (like your lawn) wilt? It’s all about diversity, says a new study coauthored by a Conservancy scientist.

Just 20 Inches Could Make a Disastrous Difference

Written by | January 3rd, 2012

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Half a meter in sea-level rise due to climate change — what damage could that little bit do to a crowded coastline? A lot, says a new study coauthored by Nature Conservancy scientists.

Let’s Not Be the Last Book on the Shelf

Written by | December 19th, 2011

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Why is nature always last on the list of people’s priorities? A trip to a closing Borders bookstore gave Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman some ideas.

Nature’s Most Overlooked Benefit: Reefs Breaking Waves

Written by | December 8th, 2011

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What’s the most obvious yet overlooked benefit nature gives people globally? Conservancy scientist Mike Beck says it’s one everyone on a coastline better start paying attention to.

Deforestation or Murder? Why Orangutans Are Going Extinct

Written by | November 29th, 2011

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Is tropical deforestation or killing by humans to blame for the orangutan’s demise? Peter Kareiva says a new study shows why it’s always important for conservation to continue testing its assumptions.

What a Waste: Why Human Sewage Is Laying Waste to Coral Reefs Globally

Written by | September 16th, 2011

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A new study says pathogens from human sewage are killing a coral species off Florida’s coast. But is people poop a worldwide issue for coral? Find out from Conservancy scientist Stephanie Wear.

How to Kill Off the Gulf’s Dead-Zone Zombie

Written by | August 10th, 2011

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Like sequels to a bad zombie movie, the Gulf of Mexico dead zone keeps coming back every summer — aaaggh! Conservancy scientist Joe Fargione explains what it is and how it can be stopped.

An Economist for Nature: Gretchen Daily Profiled in the Times

Written by | August 9th, 2011

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The New York Times has just profiled Gretchen Daily, Stanford biology professor and member of the Conservancy’s board of directors. Peter Kareiva explains why she’s made such a big difference for conservation and science.

When the Levees Broke: The Flood That Made Rock and Roll

Written by | July 21st, 2011

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Did you know that a flood created rock and roll? Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman says the 1927 Mississippi River flood drove the migration of Delta Blues musicians northward…where they plugged into amps and got electrified.

Climate Change: A Slender Hope

Written by | June 17th, 2011

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The headlines about climate change are scary and discouraging — but are they the whole story? Conservancy scientist Mark Spalding says: Let’s not give up before we start.

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