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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Exploring the World’s Protected Areas from Space

From a recent and dramatic image showing development at the edge of New Zealand’s Mount Egmont National Park to the weaving, interconnected waterways of the Sundarbans in Bangladesh to the stunningly unique beauty of the Namib desert in Namibia, Sanctuary:  Exploring the World’s Protected Areas from Space, captures a new perspective on some of the world’s

Monday, November 17th, 2014

New Climate Resilience Toolkit Helps Communities Prepare for a Changing World

Today, in advance of a White House meeting with members of the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration launched the first phase of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.   

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Green Listing Defines Excellence in Managing Valuable Natural Areas

Sydney, Australia, Nov. 14, 2014—Protected areas in Australia, South Korea, China, Italy, France, Spain, Kenya and Colombia are the first to be listed on the   IUCN Green List of Protected Areas, currently being developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Researchers Develop Satellite Mapping Tools to Measure Carbon Capture in Salt Marshes

Athens, Ga., Nov. 5, 2014—Coastal salt marshes are among the most valuable ecosystems in the world, efficient natural mechanisms for carbon sequestration that produce biomass above and below the ground as they soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And while their gain and loss as protection from storm surge is well documented, their capacity

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Extreme Weather Driving Countries to Adapt to Climate Change

COPENHAGEN, Oct. 14, 2014—Adapting to climate change has reached the political agenda in most European countries, according to the most comprehensive analysis of adaptation in Europe published to date. Extreme weather events and EU policies were the most common reasons for beginning to address adaptation.

Monday, October 13th, 2014

FAO Sets Standards to Improve National Forest Monitoring Systems

ROME, Oct. 10, 2014—FAO has launched free software tools that it hopes will improve the way many developing nations monitor the state of their forests to tackle deforestation and climate change. The tools are designed to assist countries through the entire lifecycle of a forest inventory – from assessment, design and field data collection to analysis and reporting.

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

GEDI to Measure the Height of the World’s Forests

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

New UN Report Warns of ‘Devastating’ Effects from Ongoing Destruction of Mangrove Forests

NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2014 – The world is losing its mangroves at a faster rate than global deforestation, the United Nations revealed today, adding that the destruction of the coastal habitats was costing billions in economic damages and impacting millions of lives.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Environmental Historian William Cronon Awarded Wilderness Society’s Highest Honor

Environmental historian and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor William Cronon has been presented with The Wilderness Society’s Robert Marshall Award — the organization’s highest civilian honor — for his contributions to the protection of America’s wild places.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Acquisition of High Resolution Mass Spectrometer to Help Researchers Track Pollutants in Real Time

A team of six faculty members at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, totaling approximately $700,000 from NSF and Georgia Tech’s office of the Executive Vice President for Research, will allow the research team to purchase a state-of-art,

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