Public land management often neglects to consider intertwined ecological and human histories. Assessing both ecological data and Indigenous history, new research suggests that co-management offers a pathway towards better honoring traditional practices and increasing forest resiliency.
Storage capacity is a major obstacle in the world’s shift to low-carbon energy. Norway’s reuse of car batteries may help us understand how to make this switch, both reducing environmental impacts and creating business opportunities.
U.S. territories face many environmental challenges, but research on environmental injustice often neglects these locations.A new study shows that the burdens of environmental crimesinequitably fall on these islands and the vulnerable people that live there.
Affectionately dubbed the “panda of the sea” for its distinctive eye markings, the vaquita is the world’s most critically endangered marine mammal. Saving the vaquita requires an integrated approach that looks beyond the immediate cause of the species’ near extinction —fishing net entanglement — to address the social, political, and economic challenges faced by coastal communitiesofthe Upper Gulf of California.
The socio-cultural harm of manmade environmental disasters on Native American communities is difficult to quantify. However, recent Native-led research demonstrates that quantifying this harm is crucial.
Solar geoengineering– a technology that reflects incoming sunlight back into space –has gainedattention as a potentialsolution for preventingglobal temperature rise and reducingthe risk of the worst global warming impacts. Recent research shows thatsolar geoengineering has the capacity to immediately cool the atmosphere, but also calls attention to the fact that it can beextremely controversial and excessively risky.
Following the success of aprogram in New Mexico, researchers have developed an adaptable educational model that can significantly enhance academic and career outcomes for students of color in the environmental field. This novel research provides hope that community colleges and universities canimprove educational equity by supporting marginalized students.
Climate change is one of the gravest threats to global agriculture. New research reveals that historical climate change has already made its mark on the productivity of our food system, eliminating 20 percent of potential productivity growth.
The safer people feel, the less careful they tend to be. Some policymakers worry that this relationship also holds true in the realm of global warming, and that preparing for the damages caused by climate change could undermine efforts to reducegreenhouse gas emissions. Recent research provides evidence that this is not the case–rather, combining theseadaptation and mitigation strategies canhelp minimize the negative impact of climate change on environment, health, and economy.
Small, isolated protected areas fail to sustain healthy jaguar populations in the Cerradobiomein Brazil. Scientists find that building wildlife pathways and introducing new individuals are crucial to the long-term survival of large carnivores.
Public health and environmental researchers have made it clear that human land-use changes – deforestation, urbanization, and ecosystem degradation – are closely linked to the emergence of infectious zoonotic diseases, including the coronavirus. Public health and conservation experts encourage governments to implement nature-positive COVID-19 recovery policies, especially as we reflect on international climate, biodiversity, and public health summits.
The sand dunes before yougleam white and green,speckled with desert plants. Bright rodent eyes shine from burrows beneath the shrubs.Wrens flitfurtively between the low branches,and the Shark Bay sea rushes in behind you. This is what Dutchman Dirk Hartog, the first European to land in Western Australia,experiencedin 1616.
The United Nations enacted the Paris Agreement in 2015 to ensure a global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One way countries can support the Paris Agreement is to protect our coastlines, which have the ability to absorb and store carbon within the Earth’s ecosystem.
Taking part in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an important way for a business to win customer trust and loyalty. However, researchers find that adopting a globally standardized approach to CSR in building and maintaining customer connections, is a lost cause.
In cities around the world, there are vast networks of streams hidden below the ground surface. Through a process called daylighting, some cities are looking to rediscover these buried urban waterways.A new study provides a window into this hidden side of cities and tracks how daylighting affects the ecology and water quality of a stream in Norway.
Plastic pollution is one of the most visible environmental stressors of our generation. However, its most damaging impact is invisible to the human eye. Oceanographer Dr. Sarah-Jeanne Royer explains how plastic pollution contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Conserving tidal wetlands, such as mangroves and saltmarsh ecosystems, can mitigate the risks of coastal flooding and sea level rise associated with climate change. Nature- based solutions can benefit 40% of the world’s population that are exposed to sea level rise by mitigating storm surges and reducing the impact of waves and shoreline erosion.
From a distance, it sounds like thunder. Explosive charges blast five hundred feet or more of bedrock from mountain peaks across Appalachia. New research highlights how mountaintop removal can harm Appalachia’s children, not just its landscape.
Indigenous families in Canada disproportionately lack access to affordable and nutritious food. An eight-year study interviews First Nation mothers in and around London, Ontario to highlight the unique social, cultural, and historical challengesthat Indigenous families face.
Tibetan pastoralists and snow leopards have a long history of coexistence on the Tibet Plateau. Researchers recognize the essential role that pastoralists play in conserving China’s snow leopards and propose a global frameworkto involve local communities in conservation.
Blue carbon is the organic carbon that is captured and stored in coastal vegetated ecosystems. Most blue carbon budgets focus on tidal salt marshes, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests. A new study looks to the once overlooked “hidden forests” of kelp to quantify its blue carbon potential.
He once dreamed of playing soccer for Mexico’s national team. Now based in Canada, Dr. Juan Arteaga researches energy storage – although the technology is not yet eligible for transmission and market services, when that day comes, Dr. Arteaga is ready.
Dr. Kimberley Miner is a scientist and systems engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her climate research has helped to protect some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile landscapes, but some of her most impactful work is closer to home – as an advocate for women and girls in STEM.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors have long been left on the sidelines of company reporting strategies. However, new research links strong and transparent ESG disclosure with financial profitability.