Category Archives: Conservation

The golden age of species exploration could be now

Quentin Wheeler writes a nice piece for National Geographic on why we should spend the money and effort to discover Earth’s species — before it’s too late. If we play our cards right, the 21st century will be remembered as … Continue reading

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Some positive trends in documenting life on Earth

The world’s smallest vertebrate (Paedophryne amanuensis) was one of the new species described last year — out of an estimated 18,000. Recently, a student in my environmental legislation class approached me and asked a really good question: “Doesn’t teaching about … Continue reading

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Large pulses of greenhouse gases from mangroves not fully appreciated (or understood)

On climate change, a recent study warns that we are not accounting for the full cost of altering mangroves and other coastal ecosystems. If you have ever visited a mangrove, you probably traveled by water.  Mangroves are a mixed-up tangle … Continue reading

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A few trends in environmental optimism

Photo source: Smoke Control Lantern Slide Collection, ca. 1940s-1950s.  Title: Corner of Liberty and Fifth Avenues, Pittsburgh, PA.   Industrial smoke, what’s optimistic about that?  It’s the fact that many of our old industrial towns are now much healthier to … Continue reading

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New species are found all the time, even in Europe.

How many species live on the planet today? No one knows. How many species live in Europe today? No one knows that either. You would think that in one of the most densely-populated regions of the world (and the home … Continue reading

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Help fund cloud forest research in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Researchers studying the cloud forests of Monteverde are looking to purchase equipment that will help them document the amount of cloud cover that surrounds the forests throughout the year.  One of the main goals of the project is to document … Continue reading

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Steps toward successful reforestation

One thing is certain … we got a lot of work done! I’m just getting back into life in Massachusetts after returning from Costa Rica last week.  I’m particularly happy with the way that the reforestation work ended.   We managed … Continue reading

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