Liz Boles Johnson

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Weed Wisdom: What 10 Common Weeds Are Trying to Tell You

Listen up! Your weeds are trying to tell you something.<p>Like all varieties of plants, individual weeds thrive in particular conditions. Some like it …

Gardening

Shadows of Esteren: Dearg is the Gothic Fantasy RPG You’ve Always Wanted

Agate RPG, publisher of the award-winning <i>Shadows of Esteren</i>, just announced <i>Shadows of Esteren: Dearg</i>, the third rulebook for the fan-favorite …

When seabirds smell plastic in the ocean, they think it's time to eat

Seabirds mistakenly eat plastic debris in the ocean not just because it looks like food, but because it smells like it.<p>When mealtime comes around, many species of ocean-faring birds, including albatrosses and petrels, follow their noses to the smell of dying algae, a sure sign that tasty krill are …

Pollution

Four things you can do to stop Donald Trump from making climate change worse

If you’re worried about the environment, here’s how you can help<p>The next president of the United States is not likely to prioritize environmental protection. President-elect Trump has claimed that human-caused climate change is a hoax. During his campaign he’s threatened to “cancel” United States …

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers and SFI want to make life less Scary for amphibians at Halloween and all year round

Nature Conservancy of Canada, Earth Rangers and SFI want to make life less Scary for amphibians at Halloween and all year round

As Dwindling Monarch Butterflies Make Their Migration, Feds Try to Save Them

"Catastrophic drop" in pollinator's numbers this year means that species is "going to need all the help we can give it."<p>CAPE MAY POINT, New Jersey—Two years ago migrating monarch butterflies transformed the lush gardens of Cape May Point into a series of "giant orange snowglobes." That's how Mark …

Do you really value the services nature provides?

<i>The following is a sponsored story from CH2M.</i><p>It’s hard to imagine this happening 20 years ago: A multinational oil company wants to prove the value …

This Is What Would Happen If Nature Had the Same Rights as Corporations

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has solidified the concept of corporate personhood. Following rulings in such cases as Hobby Lobby and …

Yes, Cat Hiking Is A Real Thing

I was climbing at Smith Rock State Park the other day and two people ahead of me on the trail caught my attention. It wasn’t that the man was tall, …

In communicating wildlife conservation, focus on the right message

If you want people to care about endangered species, focus on how many animals are left, not on the chances of a species becoming extinct, according …

Nature is not a vague abstraction; ask Robbie's friend

<b>Claxton, Norfolk</b> Supporters of development seem to see nature as an abstract idea, a theoretical resource, which can withstand any amount of imposition<p>I was amused recently by a neighbour who described her love-affair with a robin called “Robbie” – a decade-long passion that’s probably three times …

Governments, not people, tend to benefit from land conservation

The United States is celebrating the centennial of its National Park Service, kicking off a proud “second century of stewardship and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.”<p>The idea of engaging the population to protect nature works well in …

Deep Ecology event focuses on ecological diversity of San Luis Obispo

Matt Ritter is a professor of biology at Cal Poly and an author of several natural history books. And he's going to be at the Deep Ecology …

Dark tourism: Why it's okay to visit disaster zones on holiday

“Why would I be bothered about history? It’s just old stuff.”<p>One of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard anyone say. At least that someone was a …

Marine Ecotourism: The wealth of the oceans goes well beyond fisheries

Changing Planet<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Marine ecotourism is a key piece to ensure that the …

The Case for Adventuring Local

The plan when we bought Artemis was to hit the road, see distant sites we’d long neglected, never look back. We’d visit friends in Lander, Wyoming, hit Mount Rainier and the Pacific Northwest, maybe overland to Alaska.<p>One thing you quickly discover while vagabonding: the road is never straight.<p>Road …

Share Stories, Give Adventure

<b>What is Adventure?</b><p>It’s funny – the word “adventure” has been coming up a lot recently. This week a tourism representative from an Eastern European …

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Chicago’s new Riverwalk offers a vision of the future of urban parks

The city’s new waterfront gem shows how urban public spaces are evolving<p>Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is arguably one of its finest civic asset, a cherished 18.5-mile linear park that showcases the beauty of Lake Michigan. Grant Park, which sits adjacent to the Lake at the center of the trail network, …

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8 Signs You’re Not the Environmentalist You Think You Are

It might be time to reconsider your decision to buy only organic.<p>Being the conscientious and considerate person that you are, you’re trying to be an environmentally friendly consumer. You read on the internet that farming is part of the problem, so you shop only for local organic produce at Whole …

SeaFall: is the legacy format heralding a new era of board games?

After the success of Pandemic Legacy, designer Rob Daviau is back with a seafaring adventure. But is everyone ready for board games you throw away at the end?<p>Rob Daviau thought Cluedo was flawed. It was around the end of 2008, while Daviau was working as a designer at Hasbro, and he was …

Reason In Our Dark Time

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>A great deal of our math, science, philosophy, and everyday behavior presupposes that stability and equilibria are the</i> …

Anthropocene

How storytelling transforms the classroom

Matthew Friday of Dresden International School tells IB World why using narrative-led teaching to explore issues such as global warming can be truly …

Teaching

Bye, Bye Lil' Show: 5 Reasons Why 'Parks and Recreation' Is Timeless

The time has come to light 5,000 candles in the wind. After seven seasons, "Parks and Recreation," America's highest-rated Indiana-based sitcom (hey, its ratings were never very good), is drawing to a close. But while some beloved TV shows seem badly dated soon after their cancellation -- here's …

Parks and Recreation's Pawnee: The Happiest Place on Television

The final season of the NBC comedy has underscored its optimistic and open-hearted ethos.<p><i>Parks and Recreation</i> ends next week, maybe not with a bang, but hopefully with a custom-made banner expedited by Leslie Knope, a choir singing K-Ci and JoJo, and a hot air balloon to carry the show up, up, and …

Comedy