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Is Your Balance Sheet an Effective Management Tool for Today and Tomorrow?

Forest Trends | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Forest Trends

Water challenges, climate change, and other such issues are changing the business operating context like nothing we've ever seen before. Future-oriented companies are beginning to consider and account for impacts -- with the plan of out-competing laggards to this change in context and business measures.

The Forest, The Farms and the Finance: Why the Tolo River People Turned to Carbon Finance

Forest Trends | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

About This Series  Colombia's Tolo River People collectively own 32,000 acres of rainforest, and that forest feeds the river on which they depend. Bu...

Lawns: It's Time to Rethink This Property Right in Southern California

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For years, I've maintained that education, not government-sanctioned coercion, would be the best way to help us live within our water means. I don't believe that now.

World Catching On to Importance of Blue Economy

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

Humans have always depended on the "blue" covering most of our planet. Yet only recently have we become more aware of the magnitude of our impacts -- and realized what we must do to conserve and be able to continue to benefit from these waters.

Protected Areas: Much More Than Pristine Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

To some, protected areas may seem like "traditional" conservation -- setting aside pristine places for the benefit of wildlife. And to be sure, protecting biodiversity remains at the very core of every conservation strategy in our toolbox. But protected areas also do much more.

In Sydney: Recommitting To Wildlife And Parks

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 01.10.2015 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.

10 Things You'd Miss If the Ocean Called It Quits

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

It is pretty obvious that we wouldn't do well without the benefits provided by a healthy ocean. In fact, we most likely would not survive. The good news is that many people are realizing what is at stake; even global and national leaders are catching on.

Despite Its Remoteness, Antarctica's Health Matters

Greg Stone | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Greg Stone

Whether or not you have ever eaten a piece of Antarctic fish or a krill oil dietary supplement, this spectacular place is meaningful to your life. The stark beauty of its land and sea matter to us, as do the lives of the iconic animals that call it home.

L.A.'s Drought Response: An Open Letter to Mayor Garcetti and the Office of Sustainability

Lisa Novick | Posted 11.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.

Balancing Nature and Human Needs on the Designer Ark

David Wilkie | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

I can live with rabbits in my garden, even if I don't like them. Let's do all we can to people whose homes are in or around national parks and protected areas, to live with wildlife that they would likewise prefer to live without.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted...

Almir Surui: Perseverance Under Pressure

Forest Trends | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

Almir Surui was ten years old when the first logging truck came to his tiny village deep in the Amazon Rainforest. It came to chop down a single stand...

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.15.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

By Jane Lubchenco, Former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Mark R. Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservan...

Kate Sheppard

Can Cutting Down Trees Actually Help Save The Planet?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

It may sound antithetical to what we usually hear about climate change, but cutting down some trees could actually be a good thing for our environment...

Lynne Peeples

The Landscape Can Protect Our Health, If We Can Protect The Landscape

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.23.2013 | Green

Friday marks the final day of the United Nations COP19 climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland. It also marks two weeks since a massive typhoon sw...

Microbes: Nature's Greatest Gift

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Killing bugs has become a modern-day pastime. Just scan the products on offer at your local supermarket. There's anti-bacterial this and antiseptic that. Is our antimicrobial obsession making us sick?

Announcing SNAP: Because Everyone's Prosperity Depends on Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Protecting nature really is the bottom line for human prosperity. But how does conservation help the world better understand that? And then act on that knowledge?

Aliens of the Deep: Deep-sea Sharks Are the Hidden Stars of Shark Week

Greg Stone | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Greg Stone

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.

Q&A With Jonathan Lash: Dialogues on the Environment

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Hampshire's students inspired me. My generation is leaving a world in a precarious state. Their generation will have to address the problems of global warming, ecosystem destruction, loss of biodiversity and toxification we have created."

World Oceans Day Means Business

Greg Stone | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Greg Stone

On World Oceans Day, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Oceans is endorsing two initiatives to guide management of ocean resources for the future: the Ocean Health Index and "seafood traceability"(transparent tracking of seafood from source to consumer).

Supply Shock: The Journey

Brian Czech | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Brian Czech

Writing a book is like going on a journey. You explore the terrain, make discoveries, meet interesting people, and maybe learn a new language. The longer the book-writing, the longer the journey.

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A With Edward Norton

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"Too much of the external costs have been left off the books and it's up to the environmental movement to force them internal. That's going to change everything. Much more than people changing what kind of light bulbs they use, frankly."

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A With Stewart Brand

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

"In short, we should bring back extinct animals for the same reasons we protect endangered species: to preserve biodiversity, to restore diminished ecosystems, to advance the science of preventing extinctions and to undo harm that humans have caused in the past."

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A With Gretchen Daily

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.17.2013 | Green
Mark Tercek

Would New York City's investment in watershed restoration, in lieu of a water treatment facility, similarly motivate other cities? Could the national Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme in idyllic Costa Rica possibly work anywhere else?