Tag: Rob McDonald

Cities and Climate After Sandy: How Should We Prepare?

Written by | January 29th, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy was a wakeup call for coastal cities — but what should we do next? Five experts took on that question in the first of this spring’s “Nature and Our Future” panel discussions from the Conservancy.

An Energy Diet: Cut Back on Water, Pay More Attention to Fish

Written by | November 22nd, 2012

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Do you know how much water it takes to turn on your lights? Or how many fish are imperiled when you power up your computer? A new study takes stock of how our energy choices impact water and fish.

Glacial Melt in the Himalayas: Real, but Not So Fast

Written by | September 13th, 2012

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The Himalayan glaciers are called the “third pole” because they contain the largest ice fields outside the polar regions—how will their retreat affect people living downstream?

After the End of Nature: An Essay

Written by | June 18th, 2012

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We live in the Anthropocene — the Age of Man on our planet, say most scientists. But Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald asks: Do we actually have the scientific knowledge to manage Spaceship Earth… or replace its natural systems?

The Green Conundrum: Can Small Actions Add Up to Collective Change?

Written by | December 5th, 2011

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Does it matter if you recycle if other people don’t? Or if the United States refuses to build an oil pipeline that other nations might? Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald says yes — and tells you why.

New Study: Billions of City Dwellers in Water Shortage by 2050?

Written by | March 28th, 2011

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Urban demographics and climate change could spell water shortages for billions in cities worldwide, says a new study co-authored by Nature Conservancy scientists — but there’s still time to act.

Q&A with Rob McDonald on New Urban Water Shortage Study

Written by | March 28th, 2011

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Go deeper into the new study about cities, climate change and looming water shortages with lead author and Nature Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald.

Conservation’s Silence Regarding Human Rights and Freedom

Written by | February 28th, 2011

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Why does conservation ignore human rights advocacy? Conservancy scientist Rob McDonald says that silence only hurts conservation.

Is Something Wrong with the Scientific Method? Part 2

Written by | January 27th, 2011

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When scientific study results get harder to reproduce, does that mean science is in crisis? Conservancy scientists Rob McDonald, Doria Gordon and Joe Fargione respond to a New Yorker article.

Why Do Protected Areas Keep Growing (in Some Countries)?

Written by | November 8th, 2010

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And why do some countries protect so much land, while others protect so little? A new study by Conservancy scientists Rob McDonald and Tim Boucher has some answers.

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