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The Nature Conservancy

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.

Q&A: Putting African Communities in Charge of Wildlife Protection

Mark Tercek | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Recognizing that his family's efforts would only succeed in the long term if local communities embraced wildlife protection, in 2004 Ian Craig co-founded the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which equips and empowers community conservancies to improve their own lands and livelihoods.

10 Reasons to be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014

Mark Tercek | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, businesses, nonprofits, and communities successfully came together to protect nature in a big and powerful way.

Prince William's International Leadership on Animal Conservation

Richard Leakey | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Richard Leakey

The fight to save the world's wildlife is about much more than the beauty of the animals or the illegal activity that would destroy them. Our wildlife is essential to preserving the biodiversity of our world and to expanding our understanding and appreciation of human and animal life and evolution.

Love Will Save My Place

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 02.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

Photo: I.Rimanoczy I was reading the controversial Canadian journalist Naomi Klein's latest book This Changes Everything, recommended by a colleague ...

Can Long Island Be Saved? -- Part X: Governor Cuomo Announces An Action Plan For Long Island

Marshall Brown | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Marshall Brown

Even if you are not prepared to vote for them next Tuesday, you should take time out to thank our political leadership for getting this one right, and learn what needs to be done in your community and how you can help. Long Island -- for future generations.

Disaster Preparedness Contest Wants To Reward You For Great Ideas

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Green

Have an idea that could help your community be more prepared for natural disasters? You could win $25,000 for it. On the anniversary of Superstorm ...

Restoring Long Island's Water

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 12.06.2014 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

It's our health, our environment, and our economy that is at risk. Our elected officials should be prepared to stand up for us.

Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Marielle Anzelone | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Marielle Anzelone

Why does urban biodiversity matter at all? Because according to the UN, for the first time in human history more people are now living in cities than rural areas. The planet is urban. When people experience nature, that nature will be urban too.

This Woman Taught Us To Respect Nature

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

There’s nothing very natural about caring for nature. The first and predominant impulse of humans has almost always been to burn the trees, exhaust ...