When I think about chocolate, in addition to thinking about brownies, I think about saving rainforests and fighting carbon pollution. This week I sat down to talk with leaders of a local agricultural cooperative in São Felix do Xingu, here in the Brazilian Amazon, that helps its members plant cacao – the fruit that eventually becomes the delicious treat we all crave.
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The Nature Conservancy’s Rane Cortez blogs about her visit to the Amazon frontier town of São Felix do Xingu. Over the next eight weeks she will share her perspectives about how accelerated economic growth and the need for environmental conservation are meeting in one of the most dynamic parts of the Amazon.
What’s for dinner, and where did it come from? Thinking beyond the fridge can be an everyday (not just Earth Day) exercise.
As hard Congressional decisions continue to unfold for budget cuts across domestic and international programs, it seems like at least one proposed reduction should be off the table: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s early-warning systems. Early-warning systems like those managed by NOAA unquestionably save lives. Yet Congress wants to cut money from our country’s ability to keep abreast of changing natural conditions that have the power to send our highly developed society reeling from disruptive and extreme disasters.
Rivers contribute three times the amount of nitrous oxide to the atmosphere as had been estimated by the International Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations scientific body charged with reviewing climate change research.
In part two of her Mexico diary, writer Lisa Hayden wonders if flying off to promote potential solutions is really helping or just contributing to the problem of climate change?
Already, with the Conservancy’s help, more than 1,400 property owners in São Félix do Xingu have signed their farms up with the environmental registry in less than a year.