The Nature Conservancy is stepping up efforts to help make it easier for agencies like the Army Corps and FEMA to provide more incentives for finding natural solutions to protect us all from floods and make our insurance affordable. Do you have any stories of disasters with insurance after extreme weather damaged your property?
Archive for July, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, King5.com (Seattle local news) posted a story about an Oklahoma man who fried an egg in his car. The inside of the car reached 181 degrees. Yeah, for much of the U.S. recently, it’s been really, REALLY hot. So, last Friday, with the backdrop of an oppressive heat wave over [...]
Ironically, the most significant trend in conservation in recent years has been a bi-partisan recognition that diverse interests can work together to conserve the human and ecological benefits of large areas. But that is just the opposite of the way Washington is working on the budget.
The Nature Conservancy is working with Mongolia’s people to protect their nature and culture from change on many fronts.
The other day I was trying to decide whether or not I should go sledding. While this may not sound like a momentous or difficult decision, please remember that it’s July and I live in the Amazon.
Hey Planet Change readers. Open thread time! We want to hear from you all in the Comments section below.
How hot is it where you are? Are you used to this type of heat? Are you concerned about the trend? Is a fall jacket still on your kids’ back-to-school list?
It’s time to get in the car with Forest Carbon, put the roof down, turn on the ignition, throw on some Chris De Burgh and ease on out onto the open road.
Relationships take work, and this one takes the cake. But it’s worth it because this is really monumental. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Forest Carbon is the first big chance to measure one of nature’s benefits with a single elegant unit of measurement (carbon) that circulates around the world, just like the dollar.
Blue carbon sinks could be just as important as forests when it comes to managing our global carbon emissions, according to a new study by Nature Conservancy scientist Elizabeth Mcleod and published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. But Mcleod and her co-authors say science needs to learn a lot quickly about blue carbon sinks — because they’re disappearing fast.
I have a confession: I’ve fallen in love with Forest Carbon.
Working for healthy tropical forests from still-chilly Norway.
Seas are already changing parts of Florida’s coast, and other low-lying regions.
I interviewed The Nature Conservancy’s new Director of Climate Change Policy, Karen Wayland, about what she thinks the Conservancy brings to the current environment of U.S. and international climate policy. She also talked about her experience working on Capitol Hill as senior advisor on energy and the environment with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi [...]
Kids in nature…kids marching in the streets: young climate change activists launch a movement.
In the heat of the recent Wallow Fire, now Arizona’s largest fire on record, Sue Sitko, The Nature Conservancy’s Northern Arizona Conservation Manager, was granted access to visit some local towns that were directly threatened by the fire. Much of the forested area around these towns had been thinned as part of the White Mountain [...]
This post was originally published at the National Journal’s Energy & Environmental Experts blog as a response to the question: Does global warming increase the risk of extreme weather? The science is clear: Warmer temperatures accommodate more water vapor in the atmosphere. This in turn leads to more instability and increased risk of extreme storms [...]
Check out this interview with The Nature Conservancy’s Anne Bradley, forest conservation program director in the Conservancy’s New Mexico chapter.
Bradley talks about how trees can help by not only storing carbon and pulling carbon from the atmosphere but also by helping nearby communities better adapt (by, for example, helping to maintain or improve the availability of clean drinking water to people at lower elevations).