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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 03.23.2017 | 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 03.11.2017 | 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 03.01.2017 | 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...

The Next Generation of Global Green Leaders

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 03.01.2017 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

By Brigitte Griswold, Director of Youth Engagement Programs for The Nature Conservancy On February 17th, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel a...

Supreme Court's Stay on Clean Power Plan Won't Stop Energy Revolution

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.18.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

The Supreme Court's decision last week to stay President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan may delay implementation of that particular program. But it won't halt the revolution underway in the electric power sector.

The Forgotten Climate Solution

Justin Adams | Posted 02.18.2017 | Green
Justin Adams

Let's face it: technological innovation is attractive. It has solved so many of our problems that people have come to view technology as the key to improving society.

Our Secret Is Out

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.17.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

There's a secret to the Nature Conservancy's success. Without it, our ambitious science-based conservation activities around the world would likely be much less successful.

An Environmentalist Goes to Alabama to Talk About Climate Change -- Find Out What Happens Next

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.11.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay temporarily blocking the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. The plan is intended to be the main regulatory tool to reduce carbon emissions from power plants in the U.S. In many ways, it's the underpinning of U.S. commitments under the recent Paris climate agreement.

How California Uses Forests - and Economic Forces - to Fight Climate Change

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

California is often at the forefront of implementing strong environmental regulations, many times going beyond what the federal Environmental Protection Agency requires. We hope other state and country leaders will follow California's example as the world comes together to build off of the momentum of the Paris agreement.

A Bluefin Tuna for $118,000: Going, Going ... Gone?

Maria Damanaki | Posted 01.26.2017 | Green
Maria Damanaki

Bluefin tuna is one of the ocean's most prized fish, an icon of both modern and classic civilizations and a key predator in the ocean's delicate food chain. And yet its very existence on this planet is now up to us.

From Davos: This Idea Could Transform Global Food Systems

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.23.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

Looking ahead, we are committed to further increasing science capacity in this area and building new business models that incentivize farmers for keeping more carbon in their soil.

From Davos: Building Tomorrow's Global Leaders

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.21.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

LEAF interns gain valuable first-hand conservation experience and often go on to pursue successful environmental career paths. © Karine Aigner Mar...

From Davos: Water Is a Valuable Asset - Let's Treat It Like One

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.20.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

When demand outpaces water supply, communities often turn to difficult and costly solutions, such as building reservoirs, importing water or constructing desalination plants. But this week at the World Economic Forum, I'm pushing global leaders to consider a different solution.

Six Ways Impact Investing Is Transforming the Environmental Movement

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

Impact investing is a big topic of conversation this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. I'm participating in various sessions here at Davos on this key opportunity.

Paris Agreement Catalyzes Global Cooperation Toward a Low-Carbon Future

Lynn Scarlett | Posted 12.31.2016 | Science
Lynn Scarlett

Nature is perhaps our most flexible and multi-faceted climate solution. The Paris agreement paves the way for mobilizing nature's solutions by acknowledging land-use approaches to addressing climate change.

With the Global Climate Deal in Paris, the Real Work is Ahead

Maria Damanaki | Posted 12.16.2016 | Green
Maria Damanaki

Having a global deal is a historic step forward. But now the real work is ahead of us to ensure implementation, strong commitments and more ambition. And there's also much more to do to elevate the ocean's potential as a climate solution.

Nature Crucial to Combatting Impact of Climate Change on Water

Lynn Scarlett | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Lynn Scarlett

We are experiencing climate change through water, but we have answers at hand. Working with nature can reduce floods just as it can reduce droughts. Experience shows that we can work with nature on a scale which will protect water resources and habitats for generations to come.

Beginner's Mind -- Listen

Marianne Messina | Posted 12.10.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marianne Messina

In terms of practicing mindfulness and meditation, I need constant nudging. And recently, over a two-day span, I got a good dose of nudging. The fir...

Climate in the City Century

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 12.08.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

Will this week bring an agreement to keep the world from tipping into irreconcilable climate change? Perhaps, but regardless of the headlines from ...

Carbon Falling, Economies Rising: Expectations for the Paris Climate Summit

Lynn Scarlett | Posted 12.07.2016 | Green
Lynn Scarlett

In 1995, our world was a very different place. The global population was a little more than 5.6 billion people, retailer Amazon had just opened its virtual doors on the Internet, the DVD was introduced and the first UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP1) took place in Berlin, Germany, garnering the attention of a small set of scientists and policymakers.

From Paris: Finance Innovations Help Island Nations Adapt to Climate Change

Mark Tercek | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Mark Tercek

Those were the words of my friend, H.E. Ronald Jumeau, an ambassador from Seychelles who works on climate and island issues, as he addressed attendees at the United Nations' climate change convention this morning in Paris.

COP21 Is Reminding Us That Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature

Justin Adams | Posted 12.04.2016 | Green
Justin Adams

The voices of the world's leaders are echoing the voices of the hundreds of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on the decisions made this week.

Deforestation: Give credit where credit is due

Justin Adams | Posted 12.02.2016 | Green
Justin Adams

Eliminating deforestation by 2030 can be done, but it is going to take a step change in attitudes and action by many players. Despite indicators of progress, deforestation is continuing and governments are showing resistance to the intervention and ambitions of western companies and NGOs.