It’s just one dog! Is dog poop really that bad? How about not using a bag and leaving the dog poop to decompose? We hear these sorts of comments all the time. The answer? What dogs eat, what their waste carries, and how many dogs visit an area can have a serious impact on all […]
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The Invasion of Microplastics
The Invasion of Microplastics Microplastics and microbeads are small particles of plastic. There simply are little pieces of plastic. They are man-made in their ‘micro’ form or are a product of the breakdown of larger plastics. Small or large, they are harmful to the environment. They hurt wildlife and sneak into our water systems affecting […]
The Need for a Global Deal for Nature
We chart a course for immediately protecting at least 30% of Earth’s surface to put the brakes on rapid biodiversity loss, and then add another 20% comprising ecosystems that can suck disproportionately large amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere. In our view, biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed as one interconnected problem […]
How to Design Cities Where Both People &
Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots […]
Shrinking Winter Snowpack Harms Northeas...
Shrinking winter snowpack harms Northeast forests year-round Climate change often conjures up images of heat, drought and hurricanes. But according to the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, released on Nov. 23, 2018, winters have warmed three times faster than summers in the Northeast in recent years. These changes are also producing significant effects. Authors: Andrew Reinmann, […]
Ten Years After The Crisis, What Is Happ...
Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees? Ten years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we have realised that it was not just […]
The Ort Reports —Thwarting Food Waste a
“Ooh, ahh, the Ort Report, I said a-ooh, ahh, Ort Report, Shakey shakey shakey…” (Repeat twice, and don’t forget to swish your hands in the air during the jiggy part.) This song’s goal is simple: reminding us to just eat enough. Not so little that we are hungry still after a meal, but not so […]
Curbing our Addiction to Plastics
Curbing our Addiction to Plastics Plastic is everywhere. Take a look around and you’ll be surprised! But do we need that much? No. Not really… There are solutions to reduce your plastic dependency, in turn reducing waste, saving our wildlife, and reducing your carbon footprint on our planet. Outline ▸ The Truth About Plastic ■ Plastic in Numbers ■ What […]
What are Ecosystem Services?
Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.” —Jim Fowler Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. As we often mention ecosystem […]
Ecological Ethics A&A —From Awareness To
A friend and I were chatting ‘over’ ethics. The context was our species’ fascination of a limitless growth model, showcased for instance in our expectations with respect to our human biology (e.g., our quest for biological immortality), as well as exhibited in our modern economies and business practices. I remarked about our difficulties at defining […]