Nature at Work 

By Carol Brighton | Eco Engineering & Natural Climate Solutions

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 …

Water

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 …

Ecology

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 …

Sustainability

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 …

How Hemp Can Heal Our Soil & Why It Matters To Consumers | 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 …

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

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 …

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 …

Oceans

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 …

EPA

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?

BOOTHBAY, Maine — Seaweed cultivation has been promoted in recent years in Maine as a way to produce local nutritious food and to boost the coastal …

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 …

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 …

Australian Universities

Scientists deploy floating wetlands at water treatment plant

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Occasionally, large chunks of wetland habitat -- mats of soil and grasses -- are dislodged and become floating islands of soggy …

Restored oyster reef creating booming marine life in Matagorda Bay

Many mornings this summer found a flotilla of as many as three dozen boats bobbing over a 50-acre stretch of water marked by a handful of …

'Seaweed beads' could replace the contraceptive pill

Artificial eggs made from seaweed could be used as a new contraceptive for women.<p>Scientists are in the process of developing the beads, made from a sugary substance extracted from seaweed, that can trap sperm and prevent pregnancy.<p>The tiny, sticky 'eggs' - officially called ZP2 peptide beads - …

How to save forests? Run them like a business, says this former Wall Street man.

The sun is just starting to dip toward the horizon in Indonesian Borneo, and Dharsono Hartono is standing on a fire tower, looking out over a peat …

It’s Time to Give Nature the Credit It Deserves

<i>By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security, The Nature Conservancy</i><p>Nature is often admired for its beauty, but rarely for the critical role it plays in moving, storing and filtering water before it comes out of our taps. Rivers, lakes, soil, plants and trees serve as our most basic water …

Water

NOAA Awards 8M For Coastal Resiliency Investments Across The Nation

<i>Funding will help communities reduce risks from extreme weather, climate change, and changing ocean conditions</i><p>NOAA Fisheries is pleased to announce …

Can Investments in "Green Infrastructure" Help Coastal Cities Survive Climate Change?

Will Tucker also contributed to this story, which is cross-posted on Ecosystem Marketplace<p>The city of Chicago is planting millions of trees and "greening" its alleys to mop up stormwater and reduce the urban "heat island" effect, while the City of Hoboken, New Jersey - which took the brunt of …

Climate

If you’re looking for good news about climate change, this is about the best there is right now

On election day, the U.S. was busy voting for a president who openly scoffs at the reality of human-caused climate change and has expressed the goal of withdrawing the U.S. from the international process for dealing with it. So if climate change is something you worry about, you’re probably extra …

Climate Change