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.]

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

Climate Change

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 …

Exxon Mobil

ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Just Agreed to the Same Climate Fix - Bloomberg

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

<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 experienced some …

Renewable Energy

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 …

Oceans

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 …

Climate

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 …

Development experts dismayed as US exits Paris climate agreement

President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would withdraw from the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a process that can take up to …

Climate

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

What would really happen if we pull out of this deal? What would the Earth look like in 10, in 20, in 50 years without U.S. involvement in the Paris …

Climate

Paris Exit Would Remove Last Check on Trump's Climate Reversals - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump has already moved to eliminate regulations on power-plant emissions, rethink automobile fuel efficiency standards and slash …

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 …

Climate

Interior secretary’s personal schedule shows industry chiefs have frequent access

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent much of his first two months in office meeting with energy and other industry groups, according to personal schedules released this week under the Freedom of Information Act.<p>The schedules, which cover March and April, detail a slew of meetings with oil and gas …

Bears Ears National Monument

Want to Save the Trees? Unleash the Fungus!

They call it shroom juice, a dark slurry of fungi that will <i>not</i> get you high. Workers dump packages of magic powder into buckets, add water, and stir. …

The Nature Conservancy

How the forestry sector can add $120 billion to global GDP

No one predicted the rapid growth of renewables — from 31 GW to 318 GW — within 13 years, said Justin Adams, managing director of The Nature …

Sustainable Business

Coke and Pepsi, gardening together in Mexican mountains to preserve urban water

The semiarid Mexican city of Monterrey has two major challenges with water: either there is not enough of it, or there's far too much.<p>Improving and fixing the area’s infrastructure could cost billions. But a US environmental organization has a far cheaper solution, and it’s getting rival …

Science takes a back seat in Trump’s first 100 days

When a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the White House suddenly found itself confronting a nuclear crisis halfway …

A Brazilian water company goes back to nature to solve the problem of fluctuating water demand

Co-authors:<i><br>Timm Kroeger <br>Senior Environmental Economist,</i><i><br>The Nature Conservancy<br>Claudio Klemz</i> <i><br>Water Policy Specialist,</i><i><br>The Nature Conservancy</i><p>Balneário …

Water

Coalition looks to natural disaster barriers

A group of strange bedfellows, including insurers and environmental groups, is teaming up to quantify and demonstrate the role that natural …

Brazilian water company case demonstrates return on investment for natural solutions

<i>By</i><i>Daniel</i><i>Shemie</i><i>,</i> <i>Timm</i><i>Kroeger</i><i>and</i><i>Claudio</i><i>Klemz</i><i>,</i> <i>The</i><i>Nature</i><i>Conservancy</i><p>Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Sustainability

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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