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.
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.
The electric transmission system is the backbone of the electrical grid. Expanding the transmission system is a critical componentof reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and an 80% clean electricity sector by 2030, but this expansion will require significant reforms to currently uncoordinated grid planning processes.
Human activities, from agriculture to tourism, have significant impacts on wildlife. Strikingly, activities that we might think of as harmless, such as recreation, can have bigger impacts than permanent landscape changes. To preserve the planet’s biodiversity, we need to incorporate these movement patterns into the way we think about and move in our landscapes.
Rural areas throughout the United States are experiencing rapid development as urban dwellers leave cities in search of countryside living. A focused study reveals the utility of land trusts in conserving land with limited environmental and land-use regulations.