Don’t stress the birds out: Assessing the impacts of ski mountaineering on Alpine animals

    The popularity of ski mountaineering as a winter sport is increasing – and with it, impacts on mountain wildlife. In the European Alps, researchers used data from the exercise tracking app Strava to assess these impacts on vulnerable bird species. Understanding how skiers affect their surroundings can help prevent harm to wildlife and maintain a healthy relationship between outdoor recreation and mountain ecosystems. 

    Laura González Mantecón

    August 25, 2021
    Changes in water availability point to humans as the driver of global climate change

    The global climate system is changing and, until now, the drivers of these shifts have been hotly debated: is it caused by humans or is it normal climate variability? New research confirms that humans are the main cause of climate shifts – which will have important implications in support of swift climate action by managers and political figure.

    Margot Buckelew

    July 5, 2021
    Alternative proteins: the future of sustainable consumption?

    While meat alternatives are gaining popularity, not all offer the same sustainability gains. In fact, the general perception of their environmental benefits may be skewed by the technological sophistication of their production. Awareness of these factors can positively influence the public to make more sustainable food choices.

    Niraja Chopade

    June 29, 2021
    American farmers managing land and people far away from home: the on-the-ground realities of the soy boom in Brazil

    Andrew Ofstehage, postdoctoral associate at Cornell University, used his background in agronomy and anthropology to investigate the soy boom in Brazil. In his upcoming book “Welcome to Soylandia!”, Ofstehage shows how transnational North American farmers are managing both soils and investors while creating narratives around their presence in Brazil.

    Viola Taubmann

    June 15, 2021
The best economic recovery is a resilient one

The United States, as with governments around the world, will spend vast amounts of money to recover from COVID-induced economic recessions. Choosing to invest in a green recovery, including financing renewable energy, clean physical infrastructure, and reforestation, would be most advantageous not only for the planet and human health, but also for employment and the economy.  

Claire Swingle
May 17, 2021
Alaskan Salmon are shrinking. Why does this matter?

Researchers are trying to unravel the mystery behind salmon size declines in Alaska and estimate their implications for humans and ecosystems. Quantifying these declines and understanding their impacts will be critical for future fishery management.

Anna Raffeld
May 8, 2021
New study confirms water markets increase productivity of water during drought

The increasing incidence of drought in the United States calls for creative ways to distribute limited water resources. Water markets are one response to this challenge, but do they work? A recent study uses data from the Rio Grande Valley to quantify their impact.  

Marisa Bruno
April 15, 2021
Emergence and diffusion of green bonds

IPCC estimates an investment of 2.4 trillion dollars in energy systems for a low-carbon economy. It requires financial innovations and an understanding of its emergence and diffusion. Green bonds, a recent financial innovation, have been gaining attention – the roles of various stakeholders, self-reinforcing processes, and widespread acceptance have been vital factors for its growth and distribution. Assessing these parameters helps to better understand obstacles and factors that influence successful dispersion of other financial innovations.

Shubhra Verma
April 7, 2021