environment

Silent Savanna: Where are the Serengeti’s Wild Dogs?

It was the year when the Serengeti National Park’s music, or at least one section in its chorus-of-the-wild, died. In 1991, the twitters and whines of African wild dogs went strangely silent in Tanzania’s iconic protected area. Scientists began ...

Ragweed Is On The Move

By Marlene Cimons Kristina Stinson never had an allergic reaction to ragweed until after she started working with it. “I think the repeated exposure to the pollen is what did it,” she said. It also didn’t help that her ...

Trees Are Migrating West to Escape Climate Change

By Marlene Cimons An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go ...

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 ...

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 ...

2018 – The Year for Coral Reefs

Within a few short decades, we are faced for the first time with losing an entire ecosystem on which we depend. Humanity’s pivotal challenge to save coral reefs will be a test of our will, ingenuity and ability to ...

Out of the Blue

Shortly after sunrise on April 2nd we successfully navigated Mir back to her mooring in Banyuwedang Bay in northwestern Bali after over three months at sea — a three months that brought us clear across the Indonesian archipelago and back, covering ...

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic (and Recycling)

Recycling is a complicated system dictated by market demand, price determinations, local regulations, the success of which is contingent upon everyone, from the product-designer, to the trash-thrower, to the waste collector, to the recycling factory worker. We consumers play a ...