Bush Preserving Environment?

Green Earth Journey

Under the American Antiquities Act of 1906, a president does not need congressional approval to preserve public land or water for conservation as a National Monument. From New Scientist ONE of the George W.

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Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

Nature Conservancy - Science

But this information is not, by itself, enough to help us make good long-term decisions about investments that are literally altering the shape of coasts and reducing the integrity of ecosystems that have persisted for millennia or longer. But too often decisions about these investments have been made in the absence of good information about the ecosystems that might be displaced and the benefits they provide on a daily basis. What is the ocean worth?

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UN launches Decade on Biodiversity to stem loss of ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

The United Nations today launched the Decade on Biodiversity with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanity to live in harmony with nature and to preserve and properly manage its riches for the prosperity of current and future generations. In his own statement at the launch of the Decade, Mr. Akasaka stressed that stable ecosystems have the capacity to create jobs.

To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature

Conservancy Talk

Despite the ominous facts and figures, this is a story about opportunity — to be smarter about farming and ranching practices; where and how to set up mining, oil, gas and renewable energy activities; and preserving the services of crucial natural infrastructure as a central part of expanding urban spaces. It’s the most complete look, to date, at the potential impact global growth will have on forests, grasslands and other natural ecosystems that people depend on worldwide.

Book Review: Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets

Green Prophet

“Nature has provided ecosystems and their benefits to us for free… perhaps because this capital has been provided freely to us, we humans have tended to view it as limitless, abundant, and thus perhaps always available for our use, exploitation, and conversion.” (p.3). However, in his latest book, ‘Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets’ , Edward Barbier argues that the economy can also be part of the solution.

Ecosystem of Eastern American States – facing consequences of Air Pollution

Eco Friendly Daily

People have known this for years about how our cities have become polluted and how our ecosystems are slowly diminishing. A recent study has revealed that the ecosystem in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States is being seriously harmed by Air pollution. In the event of such a study there has to be some decisive action that has to be taken to protect the ecosystem from such air pollution. And its extremely important that we do all that it takes to save our ecosystem.

Death by Avocado.

Elephant Journal

Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Food Green Health & Wellness Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) Z ADMIN Green Featured Today avocados eating green environment Guacamole herbicides milkweed monarch butterfly organic food oyamel forest preserving ecosystems sustainable farmingI love avocados for their taste, texture, health benefits and overall versatility but I never imagined that my favorite go-to fruit could be killing.

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Notes from Silver Creek: Natural Born Scientists

Nature Conservancy - Science

A young scientist captures insects at Silver Creek Preserve. By Dayna Gross, Silver Creek preserve manager. Watching my boys grow up on The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in south-central Idaho –where I work as manager– I am amazed on a daily basis how much they notice. . Credit: Sara Sheehy/TNC. It was a normal Sunday for us. Mid-morning, we walked down to the creek to throw some rocks in the water and look for critters.

Finding a Home for Evicted Bats

Nature Conservancy - Science

It is pitch black and hardly any cars are out near the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve in Utah. The bats, my colleagues assure me, are probably feeding at the preserve. Every night during the summer, I would come out and see bats flying around my house,” says Assistant Preserve Manager, Mike Kolendrianos, who lives just half a mile from the preserve. “I A little big brown bat is held and observed by a DWR biologist at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.

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5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

But as wetlands continue to decline worldwide, the beaver’s ability to maintain the health of these unique ecosystems cannot be understated. The elusive RCW has been forced to the brink of extinction , and was extirpated, or locally extinct, at The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida for decades. Thanks in large part to the efforts of the American Bison Society, the species has rebounded, and herds have been built up in preserves , where they live in a semi-wild state.

Notes from Silver Creek: Computer Modeling for Stream Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

by Dayna Gross, Silver Creek Preserve Manager. The Nature Conservancy has owned a preserve here since 1976, and it draws global visitors who are drawn here for fishing, birding and other outdoor recreation. Anglers and scientists alike were concerned that the ecosystem was experiencing deteriorating habitat conditions , which poses a threat to the sustainability of fish and other species dependent on this system (Loinaz 2012).

When Tourism and Nature Collide- Protected Land Under Threat in Egypt

Green Prophet

Protecting the environment and preserving important natural habitats are so far down the list of concerns for developers, that having to destroy protected reserves in the name of luxury resorts doesn’t seem like a problem at all.

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Ocean Plastic Turned Useful in Hyper-Modern New Sneaker by Adidas and Parley

Eco Chic

Scientists predict that by 2025 all the coral reef ecosystems in the world will be gone. Fair Fashion Featured Adidas conservation ecology marine wildlife ocean conservation oceans Parley preservationLeading environmentalists expect to see the majority of sea life extinct in 6 to 16 years. Most of us don’t realize how dire a situation this is: Diminishment of biodiversity in our ocean is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity.

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Climate Change and the Future of Bison

Nature Conservancy - Science

The climate of Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma is 17°F hotter than at Cross Ranch in North Dakota. The Nature Conservancy’s bison restoration program is increasingly providing important scientific answers – affecting the future of these iconic animals, grassland habitats and the sustainable economic utilization of ecosystems. Bison on Conservancy preserves are providing important information to grassland researchers.

Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Early on, it helped us preserve grains so rats and fungi couldn’t get it,” he says. Ideas Ecosystem Services Forests NaturePopQuick, name the ingredients necessary for a beer: Water. Barley. Those are the easy ones. But there’s another you might not have considered. Forests. I’m not referring to evergreen-inspired brews like the Deschutes Pinedrops IPA or Rogue’s Juniper Ale, excellent though they may be. No, it’s much more universal than that.

Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

Nature Conservancy - Science

This loss of bumble bees could have severe consequences for native ecosystems and for agriculture. They’re also vital pollinators – more important to ecosystems than the non-native honey bee. Your personal actions can native pollinators – protecting not only cool critters but also vital ecosystem services. Plant some flowers, watch for bumble bees and lay off the pesticides – you’ll be well on your way to creating your own pollinator preserve!

EcoReef Antlers For Coral Reef Restoration

Green Prophet

One of the great dilemmas for marine protected areas is ensuring marine ecosystems overcome issues related to “shifting baselines”: the extent to which marine areas have been driven from their “natural baseline state” due to anthropogenic activity and natural changes. The result is a continuous decline in ecosystem integrity, as next generations of managers resets their baseline to even lower marine ecological states.

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Accelerating the Pace of Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Volunteers plan a trail at the Mianus River Gorge Preserve near Bedford, NY — the Nature Conservancy’s first land preservation project. ” The Scientific Questions Are Much More Complicated Than Just Preserving Nature. The Conservancy was founded in 1951 by scientists — not with the goal of preserving nature for nature’s sake — but because they had begun to worry there would be nowhere truly natural left to study. It’s clear that you can’t just preserve nature.”.

New Report: What Will the Urban Century Mean for Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s the question tackled by the new UN report “ Global Urbanization, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities , ” released on Friday. The report, compiled by the UN Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project, addresses potential problems with this rapid urban expansion and offers solutions that will benefit urban populations while protecting ecosystems and maintaining biodiversity. Urban ecosystems can mitigate climate change.

Technology to the Rescue for Foresters in the Thick of It

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some threatened spotted owls still live not far from this area, so we’re keeping an eye out for and preserving any areas that could be good habitat for them to expand to in the future. From the Field NatureTech Climate Ecosystem Services Fire Forests Human Well-Being Invasive Species Research Resilience Restoration Technology

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

The question we face as conservationists is how to improve places for nature where agriculture, ranching, forestry, energy extraction and other commercial interests impact vast portions of the state’s critical ecosystem. This work would be groundbreaking in that we are developing a new market for ecosystem service benefits associated with forest thinning (reduced risk of forest fires, water provision). Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy.

Watershed Degradation Costs Global Cities $5.4 Billion in Water Treatment Annually

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy works with cities globally to protect watersheds, both via traditional nature preserves and conservation easements; and with new funding strategies like water funds that connect urban residents with the protection of the sources of their drinking water upstream. Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Urban Conservation Water Water Quality

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Restoration Pays Off in Reduced Flooding for Coastal Community

Nature Conservancy - Science

Neighborhoods of the Cape May Meadows Preserve incurred little damage — thanks, in part, to the restoration. Located in southern Cape May County, New Jersey, the restoration included the South Cape May Meadows Preserv e (owned by The Nature Conservancy) and the Cape May Point State Park (managed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) and was jointly funded by the NJ DEP and the U.S. Science disaster Ecosystem Services floods green infrastructure resilience

If a Species Falls in the Forest.

Elephant Journal

We want to preserve species because some play key roles in sensitive ecosystems, and when keystone species like polar bears are lost, whole ecosystems can unravel. We want to preserve species because we often do not know when the disappearance of. Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Editor's Picks Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today

Angela Adams’ Nature-inspired Modern Rugs, Wovens, and Pillows

Eco Chic

I’m probably drawn to them because they are all interpretations of native Maine ecosystems, from ocean waves at dusk (the rug above) to woodland paths , to seaglass (bottom rug image). ” Angela Adams strives to protect their native ecosystem, and those further afield with a number of initiatives, including: Our furniture is crafted with American, i.e. domestically-grown, hardwoods that are harvested in compliance with sustainable forestry guidelines.

Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Many community partners want solutions that also help preserve the natural look and feel that defines their community. Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Human Well-Being Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Social Science Valuing NatureBehavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation.

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What is Your Avatar?

The Alien Next Door

I'm an ecologist and I recognized great expertise and detailed effort in the complex designs of the planet’s ecosystems. nature's intelligence Mother Nature ecosystems movies Pandora cliche in story James Cameron deep ecology Avatar living with nature

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Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

We have identified three approaches that show tremendous promise, and we are working around the world to expand their scale: Preserve Healthy Ecosystems : Destruction of tropical forests is the source of 15% of current greenhouse gas emissions. Restore Degraded Ecosystems : Rejuvenating degraded areas and restoring or planting new forests increase nature’s carbon storage capacity. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today.

Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

Nature Conservancy - Science

I’m building a flood model based on historic storms to assess if tropical forests are indeed providing the ecosystem service of flood mitigation. But it turns out some ecosystem services (such as flood mitigation) don’t depend on megadiversity of species. Forests (be they primary, secondary, plantation or agroforestry) seem to do a better job at protecting soil from compaction and preserving infiltration rates than do other types of land cover.

Improving Tools for Quantifying the Effectiveness of Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Co-led by environmental economists Paul Ferraro and Merlin Hanauer, the study, “Estimating the impacts of conservation on ecosystem services and poverty by integrating modeling and evaluation,” published earlier this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined the effects of protected-area networks on carbon storage in forests of the Brazilian Amazon, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and North and Northeastern Thailand.

How Sharks Keep Us Breathing: An Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Ali Khan

Green Prophet

Green Prophet: Why are sharks important for preserving ecosystems and why should we be working for their conservation? Travel & Nature film marine conservation Marine ecosystem marine protection Sharks

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China’s Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges

Conservancy Talk

Here are four ways TNC’s China Board is pursuing solutions to environmental challenges in China and beyond: Pioneering a New Model of Land Conservation In 2011, TNC’s China Board members established the Laohegou Nature Reserve — the country’s first-ever privately managed preserve —raising $15 million to acquire 27,000 acres of critical forest habitat. The Laohegou Nature Preserve in Sichuan Province is a replicable model for expanding conservation across China.

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Healthy Coastal Habitats: A Boon to Nature and People

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yet despite their proven benefits , adoption of nature-based solutions, like salt marsh restoration or preservation, is not widespread at the local level in coastal municipalities. An osprey sits on a pole above the salt marsh at Griswold Point Preserve at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Ecotourism Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Oceans

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From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Conservancy Talk

We are working with more than 40 cities around the world on water funds – using a small levy on urban water consumption to help preserve the pristine area above a city, thereby ensuring clean, cost-effective drinking water for city residents. Author Richard Louv said we don’t just need to preserve nature – we need to create more of it, particularly in cities, so people can benefit from its healing powers.

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Father’s Day: Playing with Fire

Conservancy Talk

Fire is a major shaper of ecosystems, and we can restore it successfully. First image: Sam Lindblom reviews a map to assess progress of a prescribed burn at Piney Grove Preserve, Virginia. “Don’t play with fire.”. As kids most of us heard that line. But what if your job is setting managed, controlled fires to benefit people, water and wildlife? And how exactly would you explain that to your kids?

Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

So for our family vacations, we started visiting parks and nature preserves, first in the U.S. At TNC, our marine scientists have developed protocols for “reef first responders” to quickly restore and manage damaged reefs, using manmade structures, like gabion baskets and geotubes, that are proven to integrate into the natural reef ecosystem over time. A family plays along the beach at The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida.

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The Cooler: Recycling and Our Mental Categories about Nature

Nature Conservancy - Science

Could understanding this finding help conservationists better sell the value of nature to the public — especially trashy-looking nature (urban marshes, median strips, novel ecosystems in general) that doesn’t look like the nature people have been trained to value? Science Science Communications The Cooler nature protection nature value novel ecosystem recycling thinking about nature Foxtail grasses on a median strip lighted by passing cars, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tax Dollars Dedicated to Killing Bears, Wolves, Coyotes and Mountain Lions? True or False?

Eco Chic

Animal advocates say it’s not fair to kill animals owned in essence by the public trust and indispensable to ecosystem health just to protect privately held livestock, let alone spend millions of tax dollars doing it. They also argue that the lethal methods employed by Wildlife Services have led to dozens of human and pet injuries and deaths and degrade ecosystems that rely on healthy predator populations to function.

Does Snow Burn?

Conservancy Talk

The area we intended to burn was along the Niobrara River just east of Valentine, Nebraska, near the Conservancy’s own Niobrara Valley Preserve. A good fire is one that meets pre-planned objectives to either restore or maintain “fire adapted ecosystems” — natural areas that al depend on fire to thrive. Travel with our students to the Conservancy’s Broxton Rocks Preserve in Georgia to find out. Jeremy Bailey is the Fire Learning Network Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Joanna Nelson

Nature Conservancy - Science

Throughout her research career, Nelson has been interested in ecosystem functions and services under global change. “I It’s exciting to see how conserving existing forests, restoring vegetation along streams and fencing cattle from streams can enhance nature’s benefits in multiple ways, from restoring water quality and water availability throughout the year to additional services such as biodiversity preservation and carbon storage.”.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Rob McDonald

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservationists have to start asking, ‘How can the natural world sustain 3 billion people in cities and preserve vital species and ecosystems?’”. NatureNet Fellows cities duke university Ecosystem Services municipal nature NatureNet Fellow Rob McDonald urban urban planning Water conservation water use View of the crowded Sao Paulo cityscape. Photo by Scott Warren. Rob McDonald remembers the first time he started to think of himself as an urban conservationist. “I

10 Ways to Conserve Biodiversity

Greentumble

ecosystems to function and humans to thrive. Without biodiversity in an ecosystem we would not have the many plants and animals we find in our world today, including us. The different plants and animals in an environment work together to maintain balance in the ecosystem [1].

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Cue the Jurassic Park Theme Music

Environmental Economics

In the context of the ecological effects of reintroducing lost species into ecosystems, Last week I half-jokingly asked " if reintroducing wolves is this great, what would happen if we reintroduced dinosaurs?"  South Korean scientists believe the extinct ' Mammuthus ' can be brought back to life using the DNA of an extremely well preserved mammoth found in the Siberian snow.

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