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The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Justin Adams | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Justin Adams

At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people to more than 7 billion today.

Driving Sustainable Water Management with Market-based Solutions

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Giulio Boccaletti

The 21st century may turn out to be the time in history when we hit the natural resource limits of the planet. Despite the technological innovations of the last century, natural resources--from fresh water and forests, to healthy soils and fisheries--are becoming exhausted as we rely on them to meet the food, water and energy needs of a global population that is expected to exceed 10 billion by 2050. We need to manage differently now what little we have for today's use and tomorrow's needs.

The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

Justin Adams | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
Justin Adams

At the core of agriculture is innovation. Advancements in agricultural technology throughout the past century have allowed farmers to feed a population that has grown from less than 2 billion people to more than 7 billion today.

Cities, Nature and the Leaders of Tomorrow - An Interview With LEAF Alum Orlando Raez

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 08.23.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Orlando Raez has been working in city planning since 2004, but he's been thinking about environmental issues and the relationship between cities and nature for much longer.

Nature Can Help Cites Survive Extreme Heat

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

By Pascal Mittermaier and Bill Ulfelder As a "heat dome" has settled over much of the country this week, causing temperatures to rise to the triple d...

Let's Return Our Cities To The People Who Live There

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Pascal Mittermaier

It's taken almost 60 years, but we are finally realizing the error we made when the United States built highways through the middle of its cities, displacing and isolating hundreds of thousands of residents, and we're beginning to do something about it.

Cities And Nature In The Age Of Urbanization

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

We are in the midst of one of the greatest human migrations that our world has ever seen -- that of humanity from rural areas into cities.

Indonesia's East Kalimantan Province Commits To New Green Growth Pathway

Justin Adams | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Justin Adams

East Kalimantan is a microcosm for many of the world's development dilemmas, with its leaders grappling with the challenge of how to bring millions of people out of poverty without destroying the natural resources that local people and the local economy depend upon.

Growing Greener in Mexico's "City of the Mountains"

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Six years ago, Hurricane Alex barreled through Monterrey, Mexico, dropping 30 inches of rain - a year's worth of precipitation - in just a few days. M...

How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.07.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

A healthy coral reef like this one in Grenada can reduce wave energy by 97%, providing natural protection from storms for homes and businesses located...

Lessons on Fish Migration Crucial for Protecting Communities, Livelihoods and Food

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 05.23.2016 | Green
Giulio Boccaletti

One day in 2014 a female eel set off from Nova Scotia on a long and hazardous journey to her spawning grounds. This was no ordinary eel.

International Law Tightens Grip on Illegal Fishing

Maria Damanaki | Posted 05.23.2016 | Green
Maria Damanaki

If you were to sit down to dinner with four friends and all order seafood, it is more than likely that at least one of you would be eating a stolen fish. That fish doesn't taste so good anymore, does it?

How Nature Can Improve China's Water Quality

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.17.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

One-third of China's lakes and rivers are already so polluted they're not fit for human consumption, and the problem could worsen as the country's rapid urbanization continues.

Emerging Technology Shoots for Total Energy Transformation

Lynn Scarlett | Posted 05.09.2016 | Science
Lynn Scarlett

Intel Free Press, Photo © Kee Seng Heng, system validation engineer, Penang, Malaysia. Standing squarely in front of an archery target, when you dr...

Emergency Environmental Response Services: Charting a Course for the Next Fifty Years

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

I recently asked one of the world's foremost EMS experts the secret of creating a response system that can be anywhere in 3 minutes or less to save someone from something.

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

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.03.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

In China, business leaders are stepping up to address the country's--and the world's--big conservation challenges. © Danielle Mussman Mark Tercek is...

Water and Climate Change

Giulio Boccaletti | Posted 04.27.2016 | Green
Giulio Boccaletti

The Paris agreement can help tackle the water crisis, both through climate change mitigation and through stimulating a more systematic and open strategy for climate change adaptation.

The Original Climate Solution

Justin Adams | Posted 04.25.2016 | Green
Justin Adams

Emerging consensus is leading to a growing focus on the need for 'negative emissions' technologies. In other words, how do we take CO2 out of the atmosphere once it's been created?

Solutions for Stormwater in Seattle

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

In Seattle, we embrace the rain. We dress for it, play in it and enjoy the benefits of plentiful water and greenery as a result of it. But rain -- or more specifically stormwater run-off -- is destroying Puget Sound.

5 Ways We Can Turn Paris Climate Commitments into Action

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Now isn't the time to declare victory and go home. We need to carry on the spirit of collaboration we saw at the Paris climate talks. And we need to hold leaders accountable for their climate promises.

Inspiring Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders Today

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.15.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Almost everyone I meet in the conservation community can tell you about their environmental "a-ha moment" - a story about an experience with nature, usually at a young age, that inspired their career path.

As Seas Rise, Nature Can Protect Our Cities

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 04.01.2016 | Green
Pascal Mittermaier

This week's news that Antarctic ice sheets are melting more quickly than predicted and sea levels around the world could rise by 5-6 feet by this cent...

Carbon Sinks: The Next Big Thing (Part 2)

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2016 | Green
William S. Becker

The experts who study the role of soils, forests, grasslands and wetlands in the Earth's carbon cycle have different ideas about how much carbon these ecosystems can keep out of the atmosphere. They all agree on one thing, however.

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmentalists - One Teen at a Time

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.29.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

A LEAF intern looks for reptiles at a California nature preserve as part of a wildlife monitoring project that provided real-world conservation experi...

If You Want to Go Quickly, Go Alone. If You Want to Go Far, Go Together.

Maria Damanaki | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Maria Damanaki

Photo Credit: Tom Puchner, Creative Commons There is a great African proverb; "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go togethe...