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Connective Tissue: Explorers Symposium (Day 1) and National Geographic Awards

We are always part of interrelated processes of momentary events. That is what one of my mentors in college used to explain to us, his students, during the Buddhist Philosophy course. He was teaching us about the interconnectivity of it all, according to a buddhist system of thought called abhidharma. Nothing is independent. Everything is interdependent….

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Using drones and machine learning to measure plastic pollution on beaches

By Owen Agnew It’s hard to keep track of how much plastic is in the ocean. We’ve all heard about the floating garbage gyres in the Pacific, but it’s such a large problem that it defies statistics. Scientists estimate that anywhere from 5 to 13 millionmetric tons of plastic trash make it into the world’s oceans…

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Caught In a Race Against Climate Change, Lizards Hit an Evolutionary Dead End

By Marlene Cimons Brown anoles are one of the most successful species on the planet. These resilient creatures have settled throughout a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, even landing in such distant places as Hawaii and Singapore by hitching rides across the Pacific in shipments of ornamental plants. In the southeastern United States, they…

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Planning Trip for Fishermen’s Learning Exchange in Baja Triggers a Blue Revolution in Guerrero

Did you detect a rumble coming from the direction of Baja California Sur last week? Well, that was the sound of five minds getting blown during an 8-day, 2500 km expedition around the peninsula with three leaders from Barra de Potosi. Six years ago, I visited Baja with an inkling of an idea for how…

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Meet the Indigenous Leaders Who Are Lighting a Fire on Climate Change: A 3-D Journey Through the Australian Bush

By: Erin Myers Madeira and Tyronne Garstone Aboriginal people have been managing the land in Australia for more than 50,000 years, and traditional practices like fire management have shaped the landscape. The decline of these practices over the last two centuries due to displacement of Indigenous people has caused the Kimberley region to suffer. Learn…

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Fabulous Prizes – They’re a Game Changer

By Lynn Scarlett, Co-Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy Before the term “reality TV” emerged in the 1990’s, there were “game shows.” The premise was simple—the promise of FABULOUS PRIZES would drive ordinary human beings to do unusual things. They would reveal the most intimate secrets of their marital life (“The Newlywed Game”), guess…

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Hip-hop, Trash & Taipei: The Video

I spend a lot of time thinking about how people perceive trash. Adjectives like “dirty,” “gross,” and even, “whatever,” top the list. But I rarely hear the word “resource.” ‘Waste’ begins as a resource and transforms into a product. We then use and dispose of it. This linear “take-make-dispose” method is followed almost unconsciously; in fact,…

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