The Nature Conservancy

Time to accept that climate risks are here, or how not to enter into a staring competition with a grey rhino. By Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer, The Nature Conservancy Most commentators still tend to describe the impacts of climate change on our water resources as something that will happen to us, not something that...

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...

By Jennifer Molnar, Managing Director and Lead Scientist of The Nature Conservancy’s Center for Sustainability Science Recently, I watched my 5-year-old nephew and 2-year-old twin nieces dig into my mom’s garden in New Jersey—looking for worms and pill bugs and other crawling treasures in the early spring dirt. It brought back early memories of doing...

By Lynn Scarlett, Co-Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy At the end of the nineteenth century, great minds in America were in furious debate—should we power the future using direct current or alternating current? Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse favored AC current because it permitted the transmission of electricity over greater distances using thinner...

By Erin Myers Madeira and Mary Huffman Columbus Day in the United States has long been known as a celebration of the discovery of the “New World” by the Spanish explorer, and many people across the country take the second Monday of October off from work and school to honor the founding of America. But...

By Lynn Scarlett, co-Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior in the George W. Bush Administration If you’re a homeowner (and even if you aren’t), you’ve probably tuned into a home improvement show. There’s something irresistible in the way the hosts, who are always so personable and...

By Lynn Scarlett, co-Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior in the George W. Bush Administration Investment in the country’s infrastructure backlog is among the rare issues that has bipartisan support. How we advance legislative and administrative action to increase and accelerate investment in infrastructure, however, is...

By Joe Kiesecker, Scientist for Lands Conservation, The Nature Conservancy Note: this article is the first in a series on “energy sprawl,” the conversion of new land for energy production. New installments will appear approximately every other week. On my very first trip to India I experienced some of its most iconic and most infamous...

By Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy For the average U.S. consumer, electricity is an unremarkable fact of their existence—when they flip the switch, the light comes on. But behind that simple act is a feat of forecasting, engineering, logistics and timing that is mind-bogglingly complex. At the heart of this process is the mix of generation sources—the different electric power plants...

By Amanda Stamper, Fire Manager – The Nature Conservancy, Oregon “All right, boys, we’re moving!” shouted one of the squad leaders, as our crew began hiking up to a wildfire on a steep and brushy slope in southern California on a hot August afternoon. It was the first time I felt alone amongst these 19...

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy Nature is often admired for its beauty, but rarely for the critical role it plays in moving, storing and filtering water before it comes out of our taps. Rivers, lakes, soil, plants and trees serve as our most basic water infrastructure. While investments in gray...

By Rane Cortéz, Chief of Party, Mexico REDD+ Program, The Nature Conservancy “You said this was only nine kilometers?” I asked our guide as we emerged from the steamy Mayan jungle into the late afternoon sun. “Nine kilometers through the forest. Now we just have to ride back to the village—but it’s on the road,...