No one wants species to go extinct. (I know I might be naïve, but just humor me.) But there are only so many resources out there for conservation, so we can't do everything necessary to protect all species, everywhere, all the time.
With enough funding, science probably can bring us the meat paint and meat flowers cooked up by the minds of the Next Nature team. That test tube Thanksgiving turkey can't be too far off. Is it sustainable?
By 2050, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities and face the same urban environmental concerns currently present in the L.A. region. UCLA aims to transform L.A. into a global model with natural ecosystems.
By Alison Hewitt UCLA will unveil plans on Nov. 15 designed to turn Los Angeles into a global model for urban sustainability. The project is the fi...
Can we win the war against invasive species? Should we even fight it?
I am but a mild-mannered botanist -- and certainly more of a lover than a fighter. But after a decade of studying the unusual sexual habits of "bush tomatoes" in the northern Australian wilds, my voyeurism may have finally caught up with me.
In January (2013) I penned an extremely disturbing account of 'The War Against Nature' - in particular rhino poaching. Since then, the African rhino-s...
It is a chaotic mixture of tribes large and small. Artificial man-made borders cannot contain historic conflicts and rivalries. Inter-marriage is rare, incest within the group common, as are predatory raids.
A "hard" outside with a soft inside is ideal for cavity-nesting birds. You can even "plant" a downed tree in the yard to provide a snag for species.
Decisions on what types of plants to use in urban landscapes can have consequences for our endangered species. For example, many non-native plants are used as ornamentals in urban areas, but some have escaped and become established in surrounding natural habitat.
Our oceans are ailing, and when dolphins and whales wash ashore they are sounding the alarm bells, but is anyone listening? Our dirty oil addiction is...
For the cost of a packet of sweetener for your coffee just once each year, we could understand what is lurking around us, reduce outbreaks, speed diagnosis and control of new emerging diseases, discover new cures, and protect us from continual and massive economic losses.
There's a growing consensus among scientists that the earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The results of these calculations and models -- once they arrive in the popular media -- are increasingly positioned as scorecards, offering nature's "winners" and "losers."
Corrupt elites controlling local resources have exacerbated the feeling of inequality. But as natural resources have been the cause of Myanmar's conflicts, they are also a key part of the solution.
They are the DiCaprio, Clooney and Pitt of the shark world. As important as these are, they are just three members of the shark family, which includes over 400 species. To me, the most amazing sharks are the little-known species that lurk in the deep sea.
Effective communication about the environment, check. Inspiration to address threats to Earth processes, check. Community of like-minded people who ...