Global Solutions

By The Nature Conservancy | In pursuit of the answers: Opinions and writings from The Nature Conservancy's leading voices in water, ocean, lands, climate and cities. [Curated by the Global Communications team.]

Crean el primer seguro para proteger un arrecife de coral

Caty Arévalo / Puerto Morelos (México) (EFE).- Una alianza público-privada nacida hoy en el caribe mexicano ha dado un paso más allá en el …

Flood risk from American rivers is greatly underestimated

A groundbreaking new study has found that 41 million Americans are at risk from flooding rivers, which is more than three times the current estimate …

Research

Leo to the Rescue! Leonardo DiCaprio Donates $1 Million to Help Protect Marine Life

Leonardo DiCaprio is putting his money to good use.<p>The 43-year-old actor’s foundation donated $1 million towards funding a $22 million debt swap in …

Seychelles protects an area 'as big as Britain' in Indian Ocean

<b>The Seychelles has created protected areas "the size of Great Britain" in the Indian Ocean.</b><p>In exchange for getting some of its national debt paid off, the island nation has agreed to protect 210,000 sq km (81,000 sq miles) of ocean.<p>The reserves will limit tourism and fishing activities in the …

Indian Ocean

Seychelles Finds A Novel Way To Swap Its Debt For Marine Protections

The Seychelles have brokered a novel deal that will allow the island archipelago to swap millions of dollars in sovereign debt for protecting nearly one third of its ocean area.<p>It's hailed as the first of its kind. "Seychelles is clearly breaking new grounds and with it, it has positioned itself as …

These 14 businesses are growing money on trees

Restoring degraded and deforested land is becoming a thriving economic opportunity, in the U.S and beyond.

Forests

China Support for ‘Clean Coal’ Gives Green Bonds Touch of Gray

China is among the global leaders in green bonds and is seeking further means of financing myriad renewable energy, smart tech, clean transport, …

Green Bonds

Planting Trees To Save The Planet Is Turning Into Big Business

The companies are part of an emerging “restoration economy” focused on reforestation and otherwise restoring degraded land. In a new report, <i>The</i> …

Startups

Planting Trees Has Become a Big Business

A report issued by the World Resources Institute and The Nature Conservancy suggests that the planting of trees can accomplish far more than a good …

Sustainable Business

The most cost-effective ways to fight climate change are literally under our feet

In 2015, most of the world came together in a rare act of collaboration and set an ambitious goal to limit global temperatures from rising no more …

Techstars Partners with The Nature Conservancy for New Eco Accelerator

According to the <b>United Nations</b>, less than 3 per cent of the world’s water is fresh (drinkable), households consume 29 per cent of global energy and …

Want to Save the Planet? Scientists Lay Out 20 Natural Solutions to Curb Climate Change

The Earth has a way of healing itself—particularly if humans help to conserve and restore it.<p>"Natural climate solutions" could help the world reach …

Enterprise Donates $30 Million to TNC River Conservation Efforts

The Nature Conservancy will use the money to work with four different watersheds over the course of five years.<p>The Nature Conservancy is kicking off a five-year project to improve rivers and regional watersheds across North America and Europe.<p>The project, which is funded by a $30 million donation …

The Best Investment Opportunity Ever: Investing In Nature 101

Nine years ago, I said goodbye to Wall Street and became an investment banker for nature. After a 24-year career at Goldman Sachs where I was a partner and led a number of key business units, I left the firm to become president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s largest …

This Coral Reef Will Have Its Own Innovative Insurance Policy

Because the reef protects the businesses on the shore in Mexico, it offers an incredible amount of economic value. Now, when it’s damaged, repairing it will be paid for.<p>A 40-mile stretch of coral reef off the coast of Puerto Morelos, Mexico–part of the roughly 700-mile long Mesoamerican Reef, the …

Cancun's coral reef receives a health insurance policy

You likely use life, health and auto insurance — but what about reef insurance? A 40-mile stretch of the Mesoamerican coral reef off the coast of …

Sustainable Business

Insuring nature against damage

Could insurance policies offer a new way to protect nature? Mexico's just launched a plan to insure coral reefs at the popular tourism destination of …

Coral Reefs

Mexico launches pioneering scheme to insure its coral reef

Hotels and local government in Cancún will pay premiums, and insurance industry will pay out if the reef is damaged by storms<p>A stretch of coral reef off Mexico is the testing ground for a new idea that could protect fragile environments around the world: insurance.<p>The reef, off the coast of Cancún, …

Insurance Industry

The race to save Florida’s devastated coral reef from global warming

The Paris climate agreement is a key factor in preventing further damage to the ecosystem, and the tourism and seafood industries dependent on it<p>PICKLES REEF, Fla. — Twenty feet under water, Nature Conservancy biologist Jennifer Stein swims over to several large corals and pulls several laminated …

Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support to a Carbon Tax Proposal

Exxon Mobil, other oil companies and a number of other corporate giants announced on Tuesday that they are supporting a plan to tax carbon emissions that was put forth this year by a group of Republican elder statesmen.<p>The group, the Climate Leadership Council, unveiled a “conservative climate …

ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Just Agreed to the Same Climate Fix

Less than three weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the 195-nation Paris Agreement on climate change, there's a new …

Minding the Gap: Energy Sprawl and Access in India

Changing Planet<p><i>By Joe Kiesecker, Scientist for Lands Conservation, The Nature Conservancy</i><p><i>Note: this article is the first in a series on “energy sprawl,” the conversion of new land for energy production. New installments will appear approximately every other week.</i><p>On my very first trip to India I …

Committed to the Ocean: The First United Nations Ocean Conference

This week, experts and decision makers from around the world gather at the United Nations in New York—to focus on the commitment made by nations in 2015 to protect the health of the ocean. Voluntary agreements have been pledged across the spectrum, from industries to NGOs, in support of Sustainable …

Global Collaboration More Crucial Than Ever As U.S. Abandons Climate Change Pact

The world waited with bated breath for U.S. President Donald Trump to announce whether he would move to take the country out of the Paris Accord — a decision that has global ramifications for climate change. Although it’s unlikely to alter the actions already taken to reduce emissions by many of …

TRUMP WITHDRAWING FROM PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would pull the US out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, following through with a key campaign promise.<p>While the decision should galvanize his base, it goes against what some of the largest American companies— and many in the rest of …

Climate

Development experts dismayed as US exits Paris climate agreement

Development organizations and environmental groups reacted with dismay to President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the landmark Paris Agreement, …

What will the world look like if the U.S. bails on the Paris climate deal?

After weeks of speculation, the White House is expected to renege on America’s commitment to the Paris climate agreement, the Associated Press …

Climate

Paris Exit Removes Last Check on Trump's Climate Reversals

President Donald Trump, four months into office, has already moved to eliminate regulations on power-plant emissions, rethink automobile fuel …

How the GOP is slowly going green

Conservatives are slowly coming around on climate change.<p>Over the past few years, more than a half-dozen organizations have popped up pushing …

Health Care