Archive for February, 2011

A Long List of Climate Cuts in the House’s Budget

Written by Paul Mackie on . Posted in Act, The Wonk Room

The U.S. spends about $1 billion per year on global efforts to curb carbon pollution – “a very small portion of the federal budget” – and the House is proposing to slash about 40 percent of that funding, well above the cuts in most other areas of the budget. Here is The Nature Conservancy’s breakdown. Don’t hold your breath, it’s a painfully long list.

U.S. International Conservation Investments in Great Peril With Current D.C. Debate

Written by Eric Haxthausen on . Posted in Act, Learn, The Wonk Room


H.R. 1 would slash U.S. direct foreign assistance and support for multilateral institutions. The total funding of these programs amounts to less than 1 percent of the federal budget, but they play a critical role in protecting U.S. security, contributing to a strong economy, providing stability in many countries, and preserving the U.S. as a strong global partner.

Obama Listens to Public Opinion with Launch of ‘America’s Great Outdoors’

Written by Tom Fry on . Posted in Learn, The Wonk Room

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Recent polling by The Nature Conservancy reveals that more than three-quarters of American voters believe we can both protect the environment and strengthen the economy at the same time. This week, President Barack Obama is showing that he hears this American belief loud and clear. On Tuesday, the president unveiled his budget request for 2012, […]

“We’re All Blaming Climate Change” for Weird, Wet Weather at Ski Resorts

Written by Frank Lowenstein on . Posted in Learn

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The “weirding of winter” will continue to impact all who ski, snowboard, snowmobile, or ice fish. Ski areas are taking the threat seriously. At the Snowbird meeting, a new “Climate Challenge” was issued to reduce the resort’s own carbon footprint. The challenge for us all is to keep the weirdness limited by lowering our global carbon footprint.

An Amazon Forest Adventure, Part III: ‘The Trees are for Our Grandchildren’

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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This blog entry is the final entry in a three-part series by Rane Cortez, a forest carbon development adviser at The Nature Conservancy. The series highlights Rane’s recent 10-day trip into São Félix do Xingu, a large municipality in the heart of the Amazon in northern Brazil. She is working with local communities and experts […]

New York City’s ‘Global Weirding’

Written by Matt Barrett on . Posted in Learn

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Bill Ulfelder, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in New York, recently appeared on NY1’s latest “Going Green” segment to discuss the crazy winter weather much of the U.S. is seeing this winter. Click here to see the video interview. Ulfelder observes that everyone talks about climate change when it’s 92 degrees in April (referencing […]

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