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New Years in a Land of Golden Buddhas

Eager to begin the search for the Chinese Cypress trees they’ve come to study, the team must deal with cultural and political detours of many kinds.

Galapagos Popular Pit Stop for Pregnant Whale Sharks

By Gloria Dickie, Turtle Island Restoration Network Intern With 13 major islands and over 100 rocky islets, the Galapagos Islands are a dream destination for many adventurous travelers, but their popularity isn’t limited to the scuba diving crowd. A new study co-authored by Turtle Island’s Conservation Science Director Alex Hearn reveals the Galapagos Islands are…

Primate Discoveries in Northwest Kenya

Even when you’re focused on studying warthogs, you can’t help but make some intriguing observations and discoveries about other animals along the way.

VIDEO: The Colorado River Reaches the Sea and Brings Life to Its Delta

In the list of conservation success stories of 2014, the return of flow to the once-verdant Colorado Delta ranks high. The spring pulse flow made possible by Minute 319, the groundbreaking agreement signed in late 2012 by the US and Mexico, brought the Colorado River to the Sea of Cortez for the first time in…

Top 10 Photos of a Year in America’s Serengeti

These images remind me of the different lenses through which we experience the outdoors and how even long term progress can be captured in a split second.

Collecting Clues to Solve a Volcanic Mystery

After nearly two weeks on its slopes and summit, we are now one step closer to understanding the genesis, evolution, and future of Sangay volcano in Ecuador.

Expedition Lao Team Departs for Field, Stinky Fish Included

Our team of botanists and ecologists has converged. Dr. Phillip Thomas a conifer expert from the Royal Botanical Garden of Edinburgh, Robert Timmons a regional wildlife expert working in the area for decades, University of San Francisco graduate student Robin Hunter and Dr. Coffman and myself make up the visiting team. Our mission is to…

A Think Tank for the Colorado River’s Future

Grand Canyon photo by Brian Richter   Have you ever been in a work meeting or a classroom when you realize that you – and probably everyone else in the room – seemed to be talking at cross purposes and had lost track of the problem you were trying to solve? That’s how many of…

Securing Water for Urban Farms

As most of us know, a great deal of our food travels long distances by planes, trains, trucks and ships before reaching our dinner plates. Even California – the fruit, nut and vegetable bowl of the United States – imports some of its asparagus from Peru, table grapes from Chile, Navel oranges from Australia, and…

C40 Voices: Mark Watts, Executive Director on key elements to a sustainable low carbon city

At the recent ‘Copenhagen – Paris: A roadmap to COP21’ event, C40 Executive Director Mark Watts shared the following remarks. Cities are where the battle to prevent climate change will be won or lost. Indeed, the pattern of development followed by a small number of leading cities will likely determine whether or not it is…

For Orphaned Elephant Calf, Harrowing Rescue Ends in Hope

MASAI MARA, Kenya—One day last October, a mother elephant and her ten-month-old calf were seen playing together on the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve when a passing tourist photographed the tranquil scene. Twenty-four hours later, on October 22, the young calf was spotted again—this time standing over her mother’s poisoned carcass, seemingly reluctant…

Mayors Voices: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on How Cities Can Help U.S. & China Meet Climate Goals

United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently signed an historic deal setting the groundwork for both countries to make significant strides to halt global climate change*. The deal represents unprecedented collaboration between the two nations on climate, yet the agreement does not outline a comprehensive plan to achieve the agreed-upon reductions…

Obama Gives Bristol Bay Fishermen A Great Christmas Present!

By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown Last month, President Obama used his executive power to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from future oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is a 52,000 square mile area (roughly the size of Florida), north of the Aleutian Islands that the largest surviving salmon populations on Earth swim through on their…

Galápagos Tourism Backfires

A squabble over tourism dollars has escalated into a dire threat to the islands’ renowned Charles Darwin Research Station. Rampant tourism growth without adequate management now endangers scientific conservation work—the very work that helps protect the creatures tourists want to see.

Under-the-Radar Environmental Stories for 2015: The Furtive Five

Between crazy weather, international events, and global agreements, 2014 was a year in which climate change took center stage. Whether it was a catastrophic drought in California, accelerated ice melting in Antarctica, or even record-breaking heat disrupting the Australian Open, the impacts of climate change are being felt around the world—and people are starting to…