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. What is the ocean worth?

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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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.

To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature

Conservancy Talk

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. This is a big year for the planet. Just look at the United Nations’ calendar.

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).

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.

Death by Avocado.

Elephant Journal

I 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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The Traveling Naturalist: To the Bat Cave!

Nature Conservancy - Science

These bats are not just a tourist attraction, but also a valuable ecosystem service. The world’s largest mammal concentrations are found at Texas Hill Country bat caves, where up to 15 million bats emerge each evening. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

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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. A little big brown bat is held and observed by a DWR biologist at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve.

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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. What effect will restoration efforts have on Silver Creek?

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. In fact, many bison can be found on Conservancy preserves in the Midwest. A new baby was just born on one of our preserves this spring!

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. Bison on Conservancy preserves are providing important information to grassland researchers.

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. There is added incentive to protect ecosystems when their value is quantified in economic terms.

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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. It’s clear that you can’t just preserve nature.”.

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. The first is that ecosystem service valuation is a straightforward process that could be applied to many projects even by non-economists.

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.

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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.

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. Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy.

Improving Tools for Quantifying the Effectiveness of Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

The toolkit from natural sciences focuses on “Ecosystem Services,” the benefits we receive from nature, and is generally measured by mapping and modeling biophysical supplies of goods or services and their value(s).

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.

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.

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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.

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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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 Nature

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

Conservancy Talk

The Laohegou Nature Preserve in Sichuan Province is a replicable model for expanding conservation across China. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkTercek.

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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.

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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. Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Ecotourism Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Oceans

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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.

Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

So for our family vacations, we started visiting parks and nature preserves, first in the U.S. A family plays along the beach at The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, Florida.

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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 preservation

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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.

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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?

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. Travel with our students to the Conservancy’s Broxton Rocks Preserve in Georgia to find out.

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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

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.

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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?’”. View of the crowded Sao Paulo cityscape. Photo by Scott Warren.

What is Your Avatar?

The Alien Next Door

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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 NatureNet Fellows Ecosystem Services Fresh Water Natural Capital Project NatureNet Fellows profile Water conservation water fund

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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). I am in LOVE with Portland, Maine-based design house Angela Adams.

Operation Osprey Banding

Conservancy Talk

Joined by South Cape May Preserve coordinator Adrianna Zito-Livingston, we donned our hip waders, sprayed on copious amounts of sunscreen and insect repellant, and eagerly made our first-hand foray into raptor territory.

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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Cities Take Action on Climate and Nature

Conservancy Talk

Urban Adam Freed Climate Change Ecosystem Services Fresh Water urban urban nature Water conservation World Water Day Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC.

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.