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Hope for Curaçao’s Corals and the Future of Journalism

When New York Times Dot Earth reporter Andrew Revkin got in touch with me seeking a documentary topic for the environmental journalism course he co-teaches at Pace University, he walked right into my trap. I rarely pass up an opportunity to twist someone’s arm to share optimistic stories of ocean conservation (#OceanOptimism!). Curaçao has some…

Cheating Death on the Amazon

West Hansen leads the first ever attempt to paddle the entire Amazon River from its newly discovered headwaters—but not without facing the wrath of Mother Nature and gun­-toting locals.

OPINION: Saving Wildlife From the Specter of Trade

Trading in endangered species such as rhinos and elephants sets them on a path to extinction.

The West Coast Sardine Fishery is Closed: Not Because You Eat Sardines, but Because You Don’t

By Maria Finn As a food and lifestyle writer and someone who works in the seafood industry, I’ve long encouraged people to eat the little fish, particularly sardines, herring, anchovies and other small “forage” fish that are plentiful and local to California. This summer, the Pacific Fishery Management Council closed West Coast sardine fishing due…

Mapping Ocean Wealth – Informing a Sustainable Ocean Economy

By Mark Spalding, marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy I’m a somewhat recalcitrant tweeter. I’m not quite sure whether it’s worth the effort, but last month I joined a trending topic, a first for me. I tweeted: #IAmAScientistBecause I want to explain to people how much we all NEED nature. It was honest, but I wondered…

Blue Vision’s Wave of Activists

Ocean and Coastal advocates from across the nation and our blue world converged on Washington DC May 11-14 for an inspired week of action, education, citizen lobbying and celebration. Here’s a brief summary of what occurred at the 5th Blue Vision Summit and the 8th annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards. Following an all-day ‘Blue Mind’…

Californians, Have Your Water Habits Changed?

From taking shorter showers to creating new water conservation mobile apps, California teens are finding new ways of coping with the ongoing drought.

Want To Prepare For The Next Big Quake? Ask A Teen

Not all of teens have an amazingly well-equipped emergency kit, but according to some experts they’re are more prepared than you’d think.

How Science Sheds Light on an Artist’s Vision

Artist Emilie Lee is influencing conservation through her work.

Strange Chimp Behavior Alerts Researchers to Poachers

When poachers threaten the forest, researchers and wildlife rangers take action.

So You Want to Fly an FPV Racing Mini Quadcopter?

  This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. Chances are that over the last few months you have come across the increasingly popular…

Exploring a Biofluorescent Reef

A setting sun darkens the surrounding islands of Komodo National Park, Indonesia, and while your typical diver is turning in for the night with a cold Bintang, we gear up. Explorers Club Flag Expedition #216 was not like the others. Fueled by our curiosity for the mysterious biological phenomena where blue light is absorbed by certain marine…

It Matters Most To You: On Digital Literacy and Data Production

There are three things that happened to me over the last two weeks that are entirely responsible for this entry: ONE: I attended Quartz’s The Next Billion conference, an event about the one billion new internet users expected to come online by 2017. At the conference, Mark Surman, an Executive Director at Mozilla gave a…

The Great Tuskers of Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where great numbers of elephants still roam.  The 404 square-mile wilderness adjacent to Lake Kariba forms part of a remarkable Tusker gene pool that is linked to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange National Park. Bordering the Lake on the Zimbabwean side, the area takes…

Drones Can Curb Poaching, But They’re Much Costlier Than Alternatives

Before large amounts of conservation dollars are thrown at drone technologies, another question must be asked: How effective are they at stopping poaching of animals other than iconic megafauna like elephants and rhinos?