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Math and Biology Took a Road Trip. Here’s What They Learned.

At a workshop in South Africa, experts in two different fields open each other’s eyes to new ways of seeing data and the world it comes from.

Exploring Giant Cypress Trees From Top to Bottom

Harnessing local villagers’ skills at tree climbing, and modern science to analyze the soil, this team is getting to know the giant Chinese swamp cypress like never before.

Protecting the Sea, Strengthening People, and Nursing Sea Turtles Back to Health

“It’s not just about protecting our land and sea. What we do also strengthens our people to stand up and stand together. That’s the biggest thing for us.”

The ‘Family of 5’ Primary Forests: A Snapshot of What Remains

Here’s a fact that should be disturbing to anyone concerned about our imperiled forests: The pace of deforestation has accelerated so rapidly over the past 200 years that today our planet harbors only one-quarter of its original old-growth forest—i.e., forest that has never been logged or cleared. Using detailed satellite imagery and geographic information system…

If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em

There’s a growing trend among scuba divers in the Caribbean: they’re on the hunt for something tasty… Last month, the Glass Goby (Coryphopterus hyalinus) suffered a change in status on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Previously considered of Least Concern to conservationists, this reef-dwelling fish is now listed as Vulnerable. And it isn’t alone.…

Hurricanes Are Making History This Year

Did you know that the 2015 tropical cyclone season in the Northern Hemisphere is already the most active on record? It’s a fact. Check out the graph below published by The Weather Channel and created by Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach and National Hurricane Center specialist Eric Blake. The take away: we are breaking…

Eradication of Rats from Banco Chinchorro Confirmed

Colleagues from Mexico have just announced the successful eradication of introduced mammals from the massive Banco Chinchorro reef complex off the Yucatan peninsula. Mexico has aggressively tackled the problem of invasive species eradication on islands over the past decade.

A Remote Trip in Search of Bahamian Queen Conch

Guest post by Dr. Andy Kough, research associate, Shedd Aquarium Queen conch, Lobatus gigas, is an iconic but threatened Caribbean species. The Bahamas are one of the last strongholds where conchs are still fished, but populations are in decline. The first step for protecting a species and replenishing its numbers is describing where healthy populations still…

Ocean Education – Let the Games Begin

Co-authored by Stephanie Roach, Waitt Institute Program Manager The Waitt Institute team is made up of people who spent their childhoods playing at the beach, swimming in the calm turquoise Caribbean Sea, and learning about the amazing, diverse creatures that live beneath the surface. Each of us fell in love with the ocean at a young…

Christiana Figueres says cities are accelerating sustainable development – find out how

Editor’s Note: 2015 marks C40’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate our 10 Years of Results, we are featuring the voices of C40 principals, partners and other thought leaders throughout the year. Christiana Figueres is the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Last century was marked by unprecedented growth accompanied by unprecedented urbanization. Knowing now that much of this…

Face-to-Face With a Polar Bear in the Arctic

By Kitson Jazynka for National Geographic Polar Bear Watch When you’re on an expedition in the Arctic, National Geographic Explorer Paul Rose says, you should always be prepared for polar bears. It’s a good idea to have cooking pots ready to bang together, or a flare gun to discourage a bear from coming near. But…

Saving Loggerhead Turtles One Nest at a Time

The nests we found were too close to the high tide mark and would not likely survive. We’d have to move them egg by egg to a safer location.

Identidad Madidi: Exploring the Fantastic Biodiversity of Bolivia

By Rob Wallace

It’s an idea that was four years in the making: to send a group of Bolivian scientists to investigate fourteen different habitats spanning 6,000 meters – from the Andes down to the Amazon – in what is the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. Identidad Madidi, expected to take a year and a half to complete, is a scientific expedition intended to draw attention to the wonders of Boliva’s Madidi National Park.

These Spiders Won’t Panic at the Disco

Get to know the bizarre and beautiful critters discovered on a recent expedition to the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Water and Climate Change: Solutions on Washington’s Yakima River

Daily headlines are driving home the fact that climate change is hitting rivers and water supplies first and worst. But too often, the narrative devolves into a debate over the false choice of “fish vs farms,” highlighted in this recent NPR interview.  So where is the path forward?  How do we meet all of our…