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Ready, Set, Science: Announcing the Next Evolution of Cool Green Science

Conservancy lead scientist Eddie Game deploys an acoustic sampling recorder in Papua New Guinea's Adelbert Mountains. Photo: Justine E. Hausheer / TNC

Is sustainable hydropower a reality or a pipe dream? Why do some environmentalists oppose one of the most effective methods for restoring native fish? Do food safety regulations that remove wildlife habitat around farm fields really make food safer?

Conservation science can help answer some of the most compelling questions out there – questions that have profound implications for the quality of our lives and for all other life on the planet.

Let’s admit this, too: Conservation science is often great for geeking out over. Think biologists studying fish that swam alongside dinosaurs – and still inhabit our rivers today. Sage grouse robots on wheels. Camera trap images of everything from skunks to wolves to birds-of-paradise.

Since 2013, Cool Green Science has covered the best of conservation science: innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation problems, field reporting on the latest research, adventures from biologists, opinion and commentary, and, yes, plenty of bizarre and cool creatures.

We’ve grown to become one of the most popular conservation science blogs out there. This year, more than one million readers will visit the site.

And now we’re relaunching our site with a new look and new features – all delivered to make you smarter by nature.

And now we’re relaunching our site with a new look and new features – all delivered to make you smarter by nature.

What can you expect on the new Cool Green Science?

Innovative Nature Conservancy research from around the world. Our 550 scientists are solving some of conservation’s biggest challenges, and our writers will take you there: snorkeling over rock reefs in Lake Michigan and trekking deep into the rainforests of Papua New Guinea.

We’ll explore the world of conservation science via camera trap, drone, acoustic recording, computer simulation and old-fashioned fieldwork.

Along the way, we’ll see how innovative solutions are helping address issues like energy, agriculture, hydropower, invasive species and more.

New Voices. We’re pleased to have award-winning conservation reporter Ted Williams join Cool Green Science as a contributing writer. Ted was a longtime Audubon magazine columnist and is known for his hard-hitting journalism on wildlife issues and the environment. He’ll be writing a monthly column, Recovery, that shows how we can best restore nature that’s been lost.

Solomon David is a post-doctoral researcher at Shedd Aquarium, and is an expert on primitive fishes like gar and bowfin. He also is a social media phenomenon, getting new audiences excited about fish, urban conservation and more. Solomon will be writing regularly on the hidden life of freshwater habitats, from Chicago’s urban waterways to deep in the Amazon.

And we’re pleased to have ornithologist Joe Smith continue his writing that showcases the science of the birds in your backyard. Joe’s posts are some of the most popular on our site, and he’ll be sharing new insights on the birds you see every day.

Explainers. Ever wondered what exactly coral bleaching is? Confused when someone starts talking about connectivity? Our new feature, The Explainer, will break down complex conservation issues in ways that can be easily understood.

We’ll look at what the science says and provide resources so you can delve deeper. We aim for a site that can help you learn about conservation science, whether you’re exploring the topic for the first time or an academic researcher.

Multimedia. We’ll continue our strong tradition of in-depth reporting. But we’ll also be offering more video, more slide shows, more data visualization. You’ll be able to consume your conservation how you want.

Nature + You. Nature isn’t something that can only be found in the Serengeti – it’s all around you. Whether it’s hooking you up with the latest citizen science initiative, helping you create a pollinator-friendly backyard, or unveiling the secret life of your city park, we’ve got you covered.

Fun in the Field. Conservation science isn’t stuffy. And we aim to bring you the stuff that brings out your inner geek. Get up close with indigo snakes and river monsters and marmots. Take a look at the lighter side of field science, from misadventures to bizarre eats.

And as always, we invite you to join the conversation. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter that includes a digest of the latest popular stories. Comment on our posts (just keep it civil). Talk to us on Facebook and Twitter. And tell your friends.

We hope you’ll join a million other conservation-science junkies at Cool Green Science, making you smarter by nature.

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