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Climate Change Has A New Enemy: Super Corals

Posted 10.22.2013 | Green

In case you hadn’t heard, CO2 levels are rising, the ocean is absorbing the CO2 and ocean waters are becoming more acidic. This means dead coral, wh...

The Case for Invasive Species

Bill Chameides | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Can we win the war against invasive species? Should we even fight it?

Remembering Two Field Biology Pioneers

Russell Mittermeier | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science
Russell Mittermeier

Twenty years ago this month, the conservation community and the world suffered a tragic loss when a small plane flying out of the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador crashed into a cloud-covered mountain.

Fossil Fuel Collateral Damage

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

It seems fairly certain that as long as we gulp down barrels and barrels of oil each day, we are going to have pipelines and pipeline spills. There is a solution, admittedly not an easy one: get off the gasoline kick.

GMOs and the American Chestnut: Risky Business?

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.16.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

How far out on a limb would you go to bring back an icon of the American forest?

PHOTO: An Amazing Crater In Tanzania

The Huffington Post | Emi Boscamp | Posted 07.07.2013 | Travel

Behold the beauty of this totally breathtaking hole in the earth! The Ngorongoro Crater is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of Tanzania, which ...

Fire in the Rockies - Part 2

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Fire is a natural part of a process of destruction and regeneration that keeps a forest diverse and healthy. By suppressing fires in the forest, we weren't putting an end to fires, we were just putting off the inevitable.

Fire in the Rockies

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.20.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

The West, along with other places, is seeing the advent of the "megafire." Over the past decade wildfires have become more frequent, more severe, and larger, sometimes destroying tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of acres of forest.

Why Development in the 21st Century Must Be Centered on Nature and Local Communities

Jean-Michel Sévérino | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Jean-Michel Sévérino

If the world is to achieve sustainable development, it must place conservation at the core of poverty alleviation and economic growth policies.

4 Ways Big Business Can Be a Keystone in Entrepreneurship Ecosystems

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

To any size company out there, why not adopt your community and see how you can be a keystone in your local ecosystem of entrepreneurs? It might be just this easy and who knows what the knock on effects can be!

Pretense and Defense of Our Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The world is ever smaller. Flu strains incubating in China can be in New York or LA or DC in the span of a day. This is a world in which an incurable bacterial disease, spread by a tiny insect native to Asia, decimates the citrus crop in Florida.

Why Are We Stomping on the Piss Ants While the Elephants Are a Charging?

John F. Ince | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

After attending the recent gathering of power players in the philanthropic world, known as the Global Philanthropy Forum my head was spinning with facts and figures documenting the magnitude of the seemingly intractable problems the world faces today.

The Bottom Line: Embracing Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management

Lee Crockett | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
Lee Crockett

Although we've made remarkable progress toward ending overfishing and restoring depleted populations, we have been missing the bigger picture by focusing on individual species -- the marine version of missing the forest for the trees.

Catch of the Day: Transgenic Salmon? Not So Fast

OnEarth | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, OnEarth Today marks the deadline for public comments on a genetically modified salmon currently under review by the Food and ...

I Was There: Three Years After BP Spill, Applying Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The view from the deck of the Exxon Valdez was grim. The slick was huge; birds and other wildlife were covered in oil, dying; and hardly any containment effort had begun. The spill would kill an enormous number of animals -- seabirds, bald eagles, sea otters, seals and whales.

An Earth Day Note for Farmers

Jason Evans | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Jason Evans

Like all entrepreneurs, though, the farmer has a bottom line to maintain and a tendency to view government regulation as a barrier to progress and profit. And, who would blame them?

The New Sexy: System Impact

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

One would think that a technology used to rapidly accelerate composting would be an ultimate competitor to the traditional composter.Simply, it is just 'sexier' than the time-tested practice of windrow composting.

How This Destroyed Ecosystem Came Back To Life

| Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By Lizzie Wade Back in 1998, Scott Reef was a ghost town. Rising ocean temperatures caused by El Niño had triggered a catastrophic bleaching event...

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

At a time when government funding is strained, can nature offer some of the protection that engineered structures were built to provide? And can nature do it at lower cost?

Why We Must Put Nature Back to Work, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Ecosystems perform a wide variety of important services for free. But many of these ecosystems have been degraded or destroyed by human development. Now, communities need to put nature back to work.

As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. With money most likely on the way to states, and needs still so acute, the question is, how to invest it most effectively.

The Pied Piper of South Georgia Island

Michael_Moore | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Michael_Moore

After two centuries of human-induced damage, South Georgia would once again host the greatest concentration of seabirds on the planet.

'Hygiene Hypothesis' or 'Old Friends' Theory?

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jeffrey McCombs

Is it the "hygiene hypothesis" or the "old friends" theory that makes the most sense? From a recent report on papers from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene, it seems like it's just two views from different sides of the same coin.

As Not Seen on TV: BP Fails to "Measure Up" on Promises to Gulf Coast

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

With less than seven percent of this initial commitment to the Gulf Coast met, it's fair to say BP must do a better job of working fairly with the state and federal trustee to move projects forward.

Urban Green and the Cost of Progress: A Counterintuitive Book on Sustainability

James Grundvig | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
James Grundvig

In reading Urban Green, growth can now be equated to a ticking time bomb. Something in society and nature has to give. But what?