Nature at Work 

By Carol Brighton | Eco Engineering & Natural Climate Solutions

Scientists partner with puffins to study ocean health

Marine biologists have a lot of high-tech tools at their disposal. But sometimes, to get the job done, they just need a puffin.<p>Yes, a puffin. The …

Oceans

The Surprising Way Seabird Poop Helps Keep the Arctic Cool

There's no end to the unexpected ways nature is interconnected, but this is definitely one of the more humorous examples.<p>According to new research in</i> …

Swim with wild dolphins - a healing Virtual Reality experience - 360ºVR preview

Virtual Reality

Nature-inspired water collection system wins $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®

(PRESS RELEASE – October 21, 2017) By 2050, 9 billion people will live on our planet, and 70% of them will live in cities, creating a demand for …

We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too

<i>This article was originally published in Greater Good.</i>I’ve been an avid hiker my whole life. From the time I first strapped on a backpack and headed …

Psychology

Coastal wetlands dramatically reduce property losses during hurricanes

A new scientific study reports that coastal wetlands significantly reduce annual flood losses and catastrophic damages from storms.

Ecology

This startup is training crows to throw away cigarette butt litter

Did you know that cigarettes take twelve years to decompose on average? That’s a big problem, as they are the most littered item on Earth – every …

Firefighting Goats Devour Fuel Across the West Before it can Burn

<b>Roslyn, WA</b>—After one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory in the Pacific Northwest this summer—with the unforgettable smoke-pocalypse that …

Goats

Beavers as Ecopartners - National Wildlife Federation

These aquatic mammals are helping restore parched ecosystems in the West<p>07-31-2017 // Anne Bolen<p>By creating dams, beavers such as this one in …

Last month, we installed a new floating wetland prototype as part of our Waterfront Campus. Learn how these wetlands are transforming Baltimore’s Inner Harbor!

Floating wetlands are artificial islands that host meticulously planned ecosystems and are designed to attract native species while helping to …

Extraordinary living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri, a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not …

Farmers, experts: solar and agriculture ‘complementary, not competing’ in North Carolina

On a 120-acre farm in Biscoe, North Carolina, near the edge of the Uwharrie National Forest, a flock of hair sheep takes shelter from the summer sun …

Agriculture

How Hemp Can Heal Our Soil | Hemp Soil Remediation

Add this to the many uses for our favorite plant: <b>Industrial hemp can actually remove toxins from the soil.</b><p>Not only can you use hemp to make dozens of …

Agriculture

Not just another brick in the wall: these ones are grown using bacteria

Bacteria

Congress Considers Green Infrastructure Bill

Increasing numbers of municipalities are turning to green infrastructure to improve water quality and manage stormwater, and Congress is considering …

Rob Portman

How Purdue's BioWall provides buildings with a breath of fresh air: BTN LiveBIG

Look at any new housing development and you’ll be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t brag about how “energy efficient” it is.<p>This movement is …

Nothing fishy about new solution for aquaculture wastewater

U.S. farmers wanting to capitalize on the momentum in aquaculture, or fish farming, face regulatory hurdles when dealing with fish waste.<p>But new …

Sustainability

China to Plant ‘Green Necklace’ of Trees Around Beijing to Fight Smog

Senior Chinese officials have tried tackling their country’s chronic air-pollution problem in piecemeal ways — fining some polluting companies, investing in alternative energy sources and ordering lower-level officials to enforce standards, for example.<p>To the dismay of many, pollution levels remain …

China

Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful. The last major …

Can Money Grow on Trees? A Commercial Case for Regreening the Planet

What do chocolate, rubber, nuts, fruit, charcoal and timber all have in common? These products all provide the backbone of major global …

Disappearing Seagrass Protects Against Pathogens, Even Climate Change, Scientists Find

Every continent save Antarctica is ringed by vast stretches of seagrass, underwater prairies that together cover an area roughly equal to California.<p>Seagrass meadows, among the most endangered ecosystems on Earth, play an outsize role in the health of the oceans. They shelter important fish …

Underwater grasslands can cut concentrations of harmful bacteria in half

Here’s some advice to make your swimming sessions safer: Stick to seagrass meadows. That’s because these underwater grasslands, widespread in coastal …

Our Best Climate Technology?

Despite the geopolitical shakeups of the last six months, international agreement on the need for climate action remains strong. Just last week the …

Maine’s coastal waters are unhealthy from carbon, acidity. Are seaweed gardens the answer? — State — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Living Shorelines – Horizontal is the New Vertical

By Kaitlyn Billingsley<p>Posted November 30, 2016<p>In Living Shoreline<p>0<p>How do I protect my waterfront property from erosion? Is a bulkhead stronger than a …

Italy's snail farmers having the slime of their lives as niche beauty product craze sees rise in demand

An unlikely craze for skin products made from snail slime has led to a mini-boom for breeders of the gastropods in Italy.<p>Edible land snails have long been farmed in France as escargot, but snail farming has increased more than 325 per cent in Italy over the past two decades as a variety of snail …

Skin Care

Scientists hope wetland carbon storage experiment is everyone's cup of tea

Citizen scientists are being sought for a project which will see tens of thousands of teabags buried in wetlands to monitor carbon sequestration<p>Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world. They are hoping others will sacrifice a …

Ecology