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February’s Record Heat Astounds Scientists

Data released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the string of monthly global heat records extended through February, when the average worldwide temperature was 2.18 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. The tenth straight record breaking month, February was the most above-normal month since meteorologists began tracking temperatures in…

Best Job Ever: Exploring Super-Remote Caves in Greenland

Geologist Gina Moseley started caving for sport when she was 13 years old, and now she’s in it for science. Moseley is constructing the first cave-based record of past climate change for Greenland.

Now is the moment for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change

On April 11 – 13, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Nairobi to decide on its work programme for the next reporting cycle. This includes a shortlist of Special Reports to be delivered in the upcoming years; among 27 proposals is the suggestion for an IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change, submitted by…

Forests in 25 Words or Less

By Alison Clausen

Today marks the U.N. International Day of Forests. I was asked recently for an “elevator pitch” in 25 words or less on why we should invest resources in saving tropical forests and, in particular, in tropical forests in Madagascar. To those of us working in conservation, this question seems like a no-brainer, so at first I took the question with a grain of salt. However, my questioner persisted and it made me realize both that it is not a no-brainer for everyone – particularly given the competing priorities for peoples’ attention – and that for the conservation community we need to be able to answer such questions if we are to engage people in our work.

Not All Forestry Is Carbon Equal

By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature Conservancy The UN’s International Day of Forests is on March 21. While some people might see this as merely a day for tree-huggers to crunch their granola a little louder, this day is important for celebrating one of the most valuable ecosystems — not…

Climate, Movement, and the Spread of Disease

“Diseases track human migrations all throughout history,” says Amy Winter. What will that mean as people move to adapt to the changing climate?

U.S., Canada Announce Methane Reduction Plan

In a move that could help the United States and Canada meet pledges they made at last year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to cut oil and gas industry methane emissions 40–45 percent, compared to 2012 levels, by 2025. In Canada,…

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille on a more ambitious climate change agenda

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges facing our planet. At the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December, I was invited to participate in a number of events that dealt with the role cities can play in pushing national governments to commit to and achieve more ambitious climate change agendas. I have…

Supreme Court Denies Request to Block EPA’s Mercury Rule

Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. denied a request for a stay or injunction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) rule—a rule that 20 states have claimed is “unlawful and beyond EPA’s statutory authority.” The ruling means MATS, which requires coal-burning power plants to install technologies to…

Long-Term Ecological Monitoring is Sexy Too

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. ‘Sexy’ marine research subjects tend to…

Warming seas may cause more disease, Cornell researchers say.

Co-authored by Erica Cirino It’s June 2013: A group of park rangers are walking down a peaceful strip of shoreline in Washington State’s famous Olympic National Park when they spot an alarming sight: dozens of shriveled, gooey-looking purple and orange sea stars trying to cling to a rock. There’s something wrong, but the rangers are…

Expert Voices: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director; Leadership, Learning and Innovation at The World Bank

All climate action is ultimately local. Thus cities must take the lead in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, creating green cities, being energy efficient, building mass transit, becoming more resilient and resource efficient, reducing waste and harnessing the digital age to deliver services to their citizens and focusing on sustainability. At the center of this approach is…

Shadow Cat: Canada Lynx Silently Cross U.S. State, National Borders

The forest has eyes. And somewhere in the shadows of a winter dusk that falls across towns in northern New England, they’re watching. The deep green eyes of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) have the advantage in the region’s dark spruce-fir, or boreal, forest. They see without being seen. The better to go walkabout in new…

In Jakarta, Making a Living in the ‘Formal’ Economy not Easy for All

JAKARTA– Ibu Mawar and her family moved into Rusun Marunda four months after being evicted from their home under an elevated toll road (Tol Sedyatmoko). Rusun Marunda is one of several large government-subsidized housing projects in Jakarta and families relocated into these complexes are typically given three to six months of rent-free accommodation to help…

These mayors have just been selected for a global leadership role

C40 announced today that Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera have been elected to the C40 Steering Committee, the governing body that provides strategic direction for the C40 network. Mexico City Mayor Mancera (left) and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (right) “On behalf of all C40 members, it is my great pleasure to…