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Snowbirds Migrating to Free Birds: A Compelling Journey of Body & Spirit

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.26.2015 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

What does one say about a couple embarking on a long road trip to Florida with multiple destinations in pursuit of family, adventure, and warmth while accompanied by two other family members -- their pet cats, who just happen to be 13-year-old brothers?

A Wild Answer to Climate Change

Vance G. Martin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Green
Vance G. Martin

It's the start of a new year and we need new ways to get the message out there. Climate change is a threat, wilderness is necessary as a solution, and we're all better off with more of wild nature intact.

Training the Citizen Muscle

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy A few days ago I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and saw multiple ads on the streets inviting citizens to gather in their n...

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.

You Can Grow A Vegetable Garden That's Fertilized By Your Fish's Poop

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 10.02.2014 | Taste

That carnival-won goldfish can help you make a delicious salad. Weird!

Why Wildlife Trafficking Is a Human Problem of Global Concern

Susan Lieberman, Ph.D | Posted 11.27.2014 | Green
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D

The soaring demand for products derived from wildlife has pushed several iconic species --including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, as well as many lesser known species -- toward the precipice of extinction. This is a global crisis for both wildlife and people, particularly local communities.

Is De-Extinction a Mammoth Risk? Reviving the 'Un'Grateful Dead

Peter Getty | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

As with any promising new technology, voices have risen in opposition to it, and there are some valid concerns.

The Arctic Council: A Model for Sustainable Development?

Peter Neill | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Conflict underlies the growing controversy and opposition by many to comparable energy driven development in China, Africa, and other developing states with growing financial and social aspirations already enjoyed by the developed world. It seems to be an unstoppable, repeating pattern that will endure regardless of lessons already learned.

Five Facts about Fungi: The Unsung Heroes

Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Dr. Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to overlook what's really important in life. Countless heroes go unsung as they carry out their important work behind the scenes. Today I would like to take a moment to acknowledge a group of unsung heroes working diligently all over the world: fungi.

Walking in Your Shoes

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy Some time ago I was coaching a woman (whom I will call Lindsay) who was struggling with a difficult situation with a colleague, B...

New Cultural Lenses to Create a Sustainable Future

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

The willingness to adapt and change, the curiosity to look beyond and find more to be discovered, more to contribute to, more to advance, more to develop, more to make progress lies within the human arrow of learning and teaching.

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management -- Part III

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

According to some estimates, as much as 40 percent of fish caught around the globe is discarded at sea, dead or dying. We can't afford to continue this wasteful practice.

A Way of Life at Risk on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for years to come.

You Can't Eat Your Cake and Have the Forest Too -- or Can You?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

Every unique ecosystem provides significant economic, social, cultural, aesthetic and intrinsic values to humanity. But forests occupy a special class in themselves.

A Better Way to Protect Our Ocean Ecosystems

Lee Crockett | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Lee Crockett

t's time that decision-makers and federal fisheries managers pursue broader policy solutions that will not only help restore individual species but also promote healthy and robust marine ecosystems -- an approach known within scientific circles as ecosystem-based fisheries management.

The Secret Ingredient To Hawaii's White Sand Beaches? Parrotfish Poop

James Cave | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green

There are seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world, according to math geniuses at the University of Hawaii. That’s mo...

Dear America: "Will You Marry the Future?"

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 05.20.2014 | Green
Alison Winfield Burns

Who would go on a blind date, flub it like crazy -- and expect a second chance? The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In an...

Is There New Hope for Madagascar?

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Russell Mittermeier

Madagascar is one of the world's most unusual countries -- an iconic "hotspot" in every sense of the word. It has also been the site of devastating poverty and environmental destruction, accelerated in recent years by an ineffective, corrupt government.

Kate Sheppard

Marcellus Energy Development Could Pave Over An Area Bigger Than The State Of Delaware

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green

Development of natural gas and wind resources in the Marcellus shale region could cover up nearly 1.3 million acres of land, an area bigger than the s...

A Botanist's Guide to Chocolate on Valentine's Day

Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.

For communities in Caquetá, Colombia, growing cacao beans--the main component of chocolate--is one of the few income-generating uses of forest land that does not damage the environment or support illicit industries.

Ocean Health as a Wicked Problem

John B. Thomas | Posted 02.12.2014 | Green
John B. Thomas

Mobilizing these actors may seem like a daunting, uncomfortable, and perhaps Sisyphean goal. Yet changes in our ocean's health will affect everyone living on this giant blue marble.

Design: The Missing Link in Silicon Valley's Ecosystem of Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

In the space of approximately thirty years, the San Francisco Bay area arose from almost total obscurity in the design world to become, arguably, its global epicenter.

IUCN Releases First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

Charles Knapp, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Charles Knapp, Ph.D.

Inland lake habitat. © Dr. Solomon David. Guest blog by: Dr. Solomon David, Postdoctoral Research Associate Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conse...

The Costs of California's Bellwether Drought: What Can We Expect?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 04.09.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

The costs of drought vary widely from sector to sector, and often include things that are hard to measure or to quantify. It is difficult to report on drought costs in a comprehensive or consistent way. And until a drought ends, it is impossible to know the ultimate costs.

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.