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Cities Throw Shade At Rising Heat

To cool the “urban heat islands” that they’ve become, cities are planting trees and more trees.<p>By Mindy Fetterman<p>Rudy Lane is a two-lane road that curves through the leafy suburb of Windy Hills east of Louisville, Kentucky. Broadway is a main drag downtown where the federal and state courthouses …

Cities

Cities Throw Shade at Rising Heat

Trees line a quiet streetscape in the Harlem section of New York. Trees can help bring down rising temperatures in cities.<p>Rudy Lane is a two-lane …

Cities

On World Water Day: Using Nature To Treat Wastewater

<b>22 March 2017 |</b> By definition, wastewater is something we dispose of, usually by flushing it down drains after mixing it with stuff we don’t want to …

Water

Rebuilding the World’s Forests

OXFORD – Humankind has always had a tricky relationship with forests. We depend on them to regulate the climate and rainfall, clean our air and …

Construction

Trump budget would eliminate funding for park acquisition

Since 1965, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped protect civil war battlefield sites, national parks and local recreation areas …

National Parks

Boccaletti and Bedford

For China and India, it is air pollution that captures the headlines, but water pollution is an equally pressing issue, as it is for other …

Water

Trump talks infrastructure with Musk, developers

(Updates after meeting ends, adds White House comments)<p>By David Shepardson<p>WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump met with …

Elon Musk

How water swaps help the West manage a precious resource

Water markets are in many ways in their infancy. But the idea is a big one, potentially helping water flow to where it's most useful, and maintaining …

Water

Giulio Boccaletti and Charles Bedford

For China and India, it is air pollution that captures the headlines, but water pollution is an equally pressing issue, as it is for other rapidly …

Water

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

BERGEN, Norway/LONDON (Reuters) - High-rise wooden buildings, led by "The Tree", a 52.8 meter (173 feet) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel.<p>New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but …

Construction

Can Farming the Ocean Help Save the Planet?

<b>By Robert Jones</b><p>With the world population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, putting further strain on our rapidly depleting natural resources, few …

Agriculture

Louisville's Faith-Based Plan to Fight Urban Heat

In the country’s fastest-warming urban heat island, places of worship are banding together to cool down.<p>Louisville, Kentucky, is the nation’s fastest warming “urban heat island.” Local temperatures in the center of this city of 600,000* are significantly warmer than in surrounding rural areas, …

Louisville

Mayans Have Farmed The Same Way For Millennia. Climate Change Means They Can't

Dionisio Yam Moo stands about four-and-a-half-feet tall, and his skin is weathered from years in the tropical sun. A "proudly Mayan" farmer, he grows corn, beans and vegetables on a six-hectare farm in Mexico's Yucatán peninsula. The farm is surrounded by dense tropical forest, and crops grow amid …

Agriculture

Investors Are Pouring Money Into Conservation Efforts (It's Actually A Great Investment)

Which is a good thing, but the environmental sector needs to make sure that their investment opportunities are backed by enough data to keep attracting big funds.<p>From sustainable "blue economy" projects to restoration projects for wetlands, streams, and animal habitats, conservation-related …

River systems a challenge for China

While China has begun to make progress in battling the smog that shrouds many of its major cities, the state of the country's river systems continues …

Water

Private finance for conservation sees rapid growth

<b>Between 2004 and 2015, the private sector channelled $8.2 billion into investments seeking environmental benefits – as well as financial returns</b> …

Habitats

Living Light

For two weeks each year at the beginning of summer, fireflies light up a portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They glow in unison or in …

21st Century

The state of private investment in conservation

Economists and businesses traditionally have viewed most natural resources as raw material inputs. To have ultimate value, these resources generally …

Sustainable Business

Innovations: How Taking Mug Shots of Fish Can Save the Species

Sightlines<p>A database of fish faces, electrode-outfitted headphones, and a new twist on the tourniquet.<p>Trending<p>Latest<p>My FP<p>We Are the Last Defense …

How AI Can Help Keep Ocean Fisheries Sustainable | Fast Company | The Future Of Business

By Steven Melendez01.18.17 | 5:00 am<p>The numbers are shocking.<p>Overexploitation of the world’s fish stocks is growing at an alarming rate, says the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).<p>Nearly 90% are either at or exceeding sustainable capacity, and in less than 10 years, production is set to …

Machine Learning

Why cities should plant more trees

Making the Switch: Smart Technology and Grid Reform for the 21st Century

<b>By Lynn Scarlett</b><p>It’s that time of the year again.<p>We’ve been having those tricky weeks here in the Southeast, where one day it’s mild enough for a …

Renewable Energy

Protecting our water sources brings a wealth of benefits

By Andrea Erickson, Managing Director, Water Security<p>The journey of our water from source to tap is long, and not one we think much about. For most …

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

The case for putting people before nature

<i>Third in a series on tackling poverty while protecting the environment. Read the intro.</i><p>The women collected dead butterflies and attached their wings …

Sparks of Hope in 2016

12 signs of progress in a challenging year around the world<p>December 15, 2016<p>Dawn illuminates a view across Estancia Monte Dinero and the Atlantic …

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention: Islands as the Vanguard of Climate Adaptation

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and it calls for a comprehensive and cooperative international approach like we’ve …