Coastal carbon offset projects: From global to local impact

    As the urgency to develop climate change solutions continues to grow, coastal carbon offset projects present a promising new pathway for climate action. An Indian mangrove restoration project achieved both significant carbon storage and social benefits, demonstrating the potential synergy between environmental protection and economic prosperity.

    Nour Mardini

    March 31, 2020
  • Underwater forests: A new opportunity for climate change mitigation

    How can we use the ocean to combat climate change? New research suggests that underwater forests, in the form of macroalgae, present a promising, new, and understudied opportunity to mitigate climate change.

    Ben Christensen

    March 24, 2020
    From sediment to surface: How fishing equipment impacts oyster quality

    A new study in the Chesapeake Bay evaluates how various fishing equipment can affect oyster growth and provides recommendations for improving yields.

    Abigail Chan

    March 17, 2020
    Justice on the land: An interview with Beth Rose Middleton

    The United States has a reputation for successful land conservation. But who are we protecting this land for? Dr. Beth Rose Middleton is researching a new way of working with the land’s first stewards, Native American tribes, to protect not only natural resources but also cultures and traditional ways of knowing.

    Hannah Darrin

    March 10, 2020
Declines in global banana production may harm nutritional diversity of diets worldwide

Bananas are an important and nutritionally diverse component in diets around the world. Over the past 50 years, steady increases in global temperatures have been favorable for banana production. However, as the global temperature approaches the upper temperature ranges for banana trees, production may start to level off or decline. This study has important implications for future management of banana supplies. 

Margot Cumming
February 25, 2020
Is ridesharing part of a sustainable future?

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft may enable people to forego car ownership, but are they good for the environment?  A recent study suggests ridesharing, which has been commonly viewed as an innovative urban mobility solution, is perpetuating rather than solving cities' carbon emissions problems.

Kate Donatelli
February 18, 2020
Agricultural land retirement in the San Joaquin Valley: A novel conservation opportunity

California’s San Joaquin Valley is one of the United States’ most productive agricultural regions. It’s also home to one of the highest concentrations of threatened and endangered species in the country. What will the state’s new groundwater regulations that require retiring large swaths of agricultural land mean for biodiversity in the region?

Julia Sullivan
February 11, 2020
Ozone pollution is compromising the United Nations’ goal of ending world hunger by 2030

The United Nations has set a Sustainable Development Goal to end world hunger by 2030. Increasing crop yields is necessary to achieve this goal. However, intensive irrigation practices can also increase the uptake of ozone by plants, damaging sensitive leaf tissues. Lack of ozone pollution mitigation efforts may prevent future progress towards global food security.

Humna Sharif
February 4, 2020