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Biodiversity Hotspot in the ‘Burbs?

Lauren Bailey – Society for Conservation Biology Three years ago I moved with my family to Arlington, Virginia, minutes outside of the nation’s capital.  I can see Reagan National Airport from my front yard, the Washington Monument looms in the not-too-far distance, and a major boulevard is only a block from my house. And yet,…

The Causes Big and Small of the Sixth Mass Extinction

As we reach out across the planet and attempt to exploit it, for better or worse, the cost of our activities appears ever more burdensome. What could be driving such an obviously risky enterprise for our species?

Sixth Mass Extinction Really Started Thousands of Years Ago

The sixth mass extinction may have begun as a natural shift in the past, but it is increasingly a human problem in the present. In order to avert this recurring tragedy, humanity must learn from the extinctions of the past.

C40 & Advertising Partners Launch Global Pro Bono Digital Ad Campaign to Showcase City Leadership

Today, C40 launched #CitiesAreKey, a new global social and digital ad campaign designed to amplify the leadership role of cities in the lead-up to the international COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December. The campaign, announced via continuous ads on the iconic ‘Grand Screen’ digital billboard throughout the weeklong Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, will capitalize…

Arapaima Research Taking New Heights: Aerial Tracking

Guest post by Dr. Lesley de Souza, postdoctoral research associate, Shedd Aquarium For the past two years I have been studying Arapaima movements in the Rewa River drainage and tracking 29 individual Arapaima with Shedd Aquarium. A pattern has emerged highlighting that the majority of these tagged individuals are returning to the same place where they…

Solar Electricity Buybacks May Reduce Groundwater Depletion in India

It’s hard to find solutions that confront water depletion, climate change and rural poverty all at once, but an innovative scheme being piloted in the Indian state of Gujarat does just that. The idea is to enable farmers using solar-powered irrigation pumps to sell excess electricity back to the grid. That gives them an incentive…

Inspiring Warriors to Conserve Lions in Kenya

Morans, the warrior age-class of the Samburu tribe, traditionally play a central role in protecting their communities and livestock from external threats, including predation by lions and other large carnivores. Yet, these young men represent one of the most neglected groups in conservation decision-making in northern Kenya. As a moran himself, Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions’…

Have Some Eco-Heroism With Your Climbing Adventure

Individually, my small water samples won’t clean up the oceans. But pitching in and raising awareness can spread just as quickly and widely as the microplastics we’re trying to understand.

World of Dances #5

This post is the latest in the World of Dances series, which profiles ballet and dance photography in iconic, architectonically unique, culturally emblematic, rapidly vanishing landmarks or simply unexpected locations, that Kike captures about during his travels.     Dancer: Gonzalo Garcia. Ballet: New York City Ballet principal dancer. Location: New York. Learn more about World of Dances Print Collection Follow Kike Calvo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Web, Tumblr, or LinkedIn   Learn…

Achieving Sustainable Tuna

By Susan Jackson and Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly There is no endeavor quite like commercial tuna fishing. Perhaps no other industry is comprised of such a diverse group of stakeholders – with diverse opinions and approaches – that are so actively engaged in working toward a common goal. As many different voices weigh in to positively…

C40 Chair Paes: The Role Of Cities In Protecting The Common Home

Eduardo Paes, Mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro and Chair of C40 Since the inauguration of his pontificate, in 2013, Pope Francis has been an example of inspiring and courageous leadership, combining strategic vision and practical action to help the Church overcome its major challenges. As a global leader, the Holy Father lives up…

Phantom Predators: In Search of Lynx and Wolverines

As adventurers head to the Uinta Mountains for excitement, they’re also bringing along tools of research to study some of North America’s most mysterious apex predators.

Taking the Worldwide Voyage Underwater in Australia

The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,400 miles and is considered one of the best-preserved marine sites on Earth. Naturally, we needed to see this for ourselves. We needed to take the voyage underwater.

Tagging a Fish With a Sword for a Face

This isn’t your granddaddy’s day on the lake. Marine biologist Sam Friederichs fights 500­-pound fish—but not for the reason you’d think.

Journeying Oregon’s New Marine Reserves by Bike: Redfish Rocks

By Chris Rurik and Helen Helfand Part 1   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6 Our journey ends at Oregon’s southernmost marine reserve: Redfish Rocks. Leaving behind the rugged majesty of Cape Perpetua, we cycle 175 miles south, passing through sand dune country and the worn town…