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

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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 01.26.2016 | 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 01.25.2016 | 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 01.21.2016 | 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 01.20.2016 | 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 02.18.2016 | 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 12.31.2015 | 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 12.16.2015 | 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 12.23.2015 | 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 12.11.2015 | 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 12.08.2015 | 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 12.08.2015 | 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 12.08.2015 | 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 12.04.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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.

Conservation for Cities: A Scientist's View

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Pascal Mittermaier

My colleague Rob McDonald, senior scientist for sustainability at The Nature Conservancy, joins me today to share his thoughts on the green city of th...

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 07.22.2016 | 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.