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The Power of Nature in Cities: Bridgeport

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Stormwater management is a major challenge for cities all over the world. When it rains - especially heavy downpours - the water flows straight from the concrete infrastructure into (often antiquated and overloaded) sewer pipes and then into surrounding rivers or oceans.

What's the Value of Nature?

Glenn Prickett | Posted 11.05.2015 | Green
Glenn Prickett

Marshes, mangroves, coral and oyster reefs can help protect people and businesses from destruction caused by hurricanes and flooding. We know it may sound odd that nature can safeguard us from natural disasters. But we know it works.

Why Sustainable Palm Oil Is Possible

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Palm oil is everywhere -- it's in our food, cosmetics and even our soaps and detergents. But growing demand for this common ingredient is putting tropical rainforests -- and our global climate -- at risk.

Bipartisan Environmental Leaders' Message to Congress: Reauthorize Conservation Funding

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

For the first time, TNC trustees from all 50 states and both political parties will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to tell their legislators that they need to fix this mistake as soon as possible.

Leadership Makes a Difference On Climate -- Especially This Week

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.25.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

China President Xi Jinping and Pope Francis both made history this week with bold actions on climate change, showing the kind of leadership required to tackle this tough challenge.

The Quest for Natural Intelligence in the World

Catherine Cunningham | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Catherine Cunningham

Natural Intelligence refers to principles of life and to our lifestyle choices that respect the natural limits and boundaries of earth's resources.

5 Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

While Californians hope for rain, it remains crucial for the state to improve its long-term water management. Here are some steps to take right now.

Peter Kareiva, Transformative Conservation Scientist, to Lead UCLA Institute

UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
UCLA Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability

Part of his focus at UCLA will include research into urban conservation, improving environmental communications, and exploring the role of consumer choices in pushing businesses to go green.

What Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard Has To Say About Saving The Planet

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Renowned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard believes we similarly should cultivate our ability to care and show compassion -- not only in our personal lives, but professionally, too.

Valuing Nature: Q&A With Gretchen Daily

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Gretchen's organization, the Natural Capital Project (Nat Cap), develops practical approaches for valuing nature (that are available as free software) and works with governments, businesses, NGOs and community groups to make things happen. Gretchen and I recently discussed her work and vision for the future.

Blueprint for Saving Cuba's Coral Reefs

Luis A. Solórzano | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Luis A. Solórzano

Cuban coral reefs -- accounting for nearly a third of the coral reefs in the Caribbean -- do not appear to exhibit the more widespread disease and mortality occurring in other sites of the region.

Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible: Q&A With Maria Damanaki

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

That's the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy (TNC) strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC's new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

How Business Leaders Can Help Save the Planet -- and Lead a Joyous Life

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Your businesses have clout. I encourage you to be bolder -- use your clout to push decision-makers and build coalitions that result in win-win strategies that strengthen both business and environmental outcomes.

The Power of Rivers -- in Whose Hands?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Sustainable water and energy development requires public participation in decision making just as much as money and technical expertise. The Nature Conservancy makes a strong case that smart planning needs to address the systems level rather than just individual dams. It now needs to expand its approach and give the rights of affected communities the place they deserve.

Transforming Cities for Sustainability: Q&A With Urban Expert Pascal Mittermaier

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Making cities more sustainable isn't just good for nature -- it's good for people, too, of course. That's a concept Pascal Mittermaier, the Nature Conservancy's new Global Managing Director of Cities, believes can transform how leaders incorporate nature into urban planning.

The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax: Q&A With Jerry Taylor

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In my view, Jerry Taylor is one of the smartest thinkers on U.S. climate and energy policy. I encourage you to read his recent report, published by the Niskanen Center, making the conservative case for a carbon tax.

Groups Come Together at "Connect with Nature" Event to Help Restore Historic Miami Area

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.13.2015 | Miami
Michael Sainato

The Virginia Key Beach Park was the only beach open to African Americans in the Miami area during the segregation period. By 1982, the park was closed due to high maintenance costs.

Three Key Lessons From São Paulo's Water Crisis

Mark Tercek | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Solving São Paulo's water crisis will require drastic short-term actions. But for other cities in which growth is out of sync with water supplies, one relatively simple strategy can go a long way toward avoiding a similar crisis: employing nature as an ally. Cities that invest in protecting their watersheds can achieve three goals.

Changing the Way We Think About Water: Q&A With Peter Gleick

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

I recently spoke with Dr. Gleick on the occasion of the new PBS series EARTH: A New Wild. Wednesday's episode -- the final in the series -- explores people's relationship with water in some of the planet's most spectacular places.

Protecting Water: The Pulse Of Our Civilization

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.24.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Just as investing in nature can help cities secure clean and flowing water, it can also help with the problem of too much water.

Should We Conserve Nature for Nature's Sake, or for Our Own?

John A. Vucetich | Posted 04.22.2015 | Science
John A. Vucetich

We - as a human race, even as an American people - have plenty of resources to conserve nature both for its sake and ours. We are short on willpower, not resources.

Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

In addition to what we're learning about predators, Palmyra Atoll is shedding new light on the effects of climate change. The atoll's corals appear to be more resilient to bleaching events and ocean acidification than corals around developed areas. The research is encouraging.

Why I Made EARTH A New Wild

M. Sanjayan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Planet Earth was a groundbreaking series, and I loved it because it opened all our eyes to the beauty and spectacle of our natural world. But it only told half the story.

Talking Grasslands With Ted Turner

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Ted Turner is one of my personal heroes, going back to his 1977 win of the America's Cup in Newport, Rhode Island, at the helm of the boat Courageous. Back then I never would have guessed that I would someday be talking conservation with Ted at his Flying D Ranch in Montana.

Saving The Least Protected Habitat On Earth

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

It's possible for people and wildlife to thrive side by side on the plains. The key is to work collaboratively with everyone who has a stake in this precious resource, from ranchers to nomadic herdsmen, from energy companies to government policy-makers.