Biodiversity

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Coral reefs are in trouble. Meet the people trying to rebuild them

Coral reefs are in trouble. Meet the people trying to rebuild them

What happens to coral reefs as the ocean warms and acidifies over the coming century? Corals might seem removed from human society, but in fact that not-so-simple question leads to an even scarier follow-up: What happens to us? Coral reefs are the richest ocean ecosystems we have — they support an estimated 25 percent of […]

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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature. Most of us today live in cities and spend far less time outside […]

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MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

MacArthur winner wants to make clean energy with fake leaves

Yang, a professor of energy and chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant recipients. His lab has developed a “leaf” that uses nanowires between 100 and 1,000 times thinner than a human hair to capture sunlight. Bacteria cultured among the nanowires then use that sunlight to convert CO2 into […]

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Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Mining and oil threatens one in three natural world heritage sites — report

Nearly one in three natural world heritage sites are at risk of exploration for fossil fuels and mining, a report from the conservation charity WWF has found. The record high of 31% at risk is up from 24% last year. Natural world heritage sites are selected as the most important globally to conserve for reasons of natural beauty […]

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BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT - October 1st. Vogue theatre, 7-10pm.

BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT – October 1st. Vogue theatre, 7-10pm.

What: BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT When: October 1st at the Vogue theatre, 7-10pm. Who: David Suzuki and Peter Victor in conversation with special guests Canada’s most trusted influencer, geneticist and broadcaster, David Suzuki, has spent a career raising awareness of environmental issues. Economist Peter Victor, author of Managing Without Growth, has spent over 40 […]

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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The hungry dystopia of climate change

The hungry dystopia of climate change

It’s the year 2026. A poor monsoon season in India leads to low wheat output, which is followed by a surprise thaw and refreeze that flattens crops in the Black Sea region, and a bad Chinese wheat harvest. Russia and some other producers impose export restrictions to conserve food. Next, drought strikes the U.S., and things suddenly […]

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13 Mind-Blowing Images of Landfills Around the World Show the True Cost of Our Waste

13 Mind-Blowing Images of Landfills Around the World Show the True Cost of Our Waste

Every year, the world produces more than two billion tons of waste — enough to fill a fleet of trash trucks to circle the world 24 times, according to sustainability project the World Counts. The World Bank estimates the yearly global cost of dealing with waste is more than $200 billion and predicts annual waste will exceed 11 million tons […]

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