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.]

How AI Can Help Keep Ocean Fisheries Sustainable

Cameras mounted on fishing boats combined with advanced machine learning can help better monitor legal and illegal catches, advocates say.<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 …

Software Engineering

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 …

Green Living

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 …

Water

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

Largest U.S. Charities For 2016

Philanthropy

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 …

Environment

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 …

Environment

The Many Health Benefits of Trees

These 11 simple items can improve your health.<p>(Getty Images)<p>There are lots of ways to improve or maintain your health, whether it’s trying the latest …

Nature Conservancy gets feet wet in aquaculture

×<p>Shellfish farm in Virginia. TNC will launch one of its pilot aquaculture projects in the Chesapeake BayPhoto: Jason Houston, TNC<p>The Nature …

ACTIVISM: Under Trump, some enviros softening to nuclear, gas, CCS

Nuclear power provides electricity without emitting carbon dioxide, and closing these massive plants down would leave dirtier sources to fill the …

Save the Pacific Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin tuna are powerful ocean predators, growing up to twice the size of a lion and faster than a gazelle. There’s just one fatal flaw in their torpedo-like design: Their flesh is delicious to humans and worth a lot of money, creating a market demand that has led to a history of rampant …

Planting Healthy Air: A Natural Solution to Address Pollution and Heat in Cities

By: Robert McDonald, Lead Scientist for the Global Cities program at <b>The Nature Conservancy</b><p>Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air …

Planting Healthy Air: A Natural Solution to Address Pollution and Heat in Cities

© The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)<p>Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air that is too dirty or too hot? Based on a new report …

Cities

How humans and machines can work together to save the tuna

From sashimi to tartare, tuna is in demand year-round. More than half of the world's high-grade fish supply comes from the central and western Pacific Ocean, a region that accounts for a $7 billion market. The popularity of tuna sustains small fishing communities in distant places like Palau. But …

Software Engineering

New Agreement to Preserve Antarctica Marine Life

Planting trees can save lives. How 4 dollars can make a huge difference

A new study shows that 4 dollars spent per city resident could save 36,000 lives per year. How? By planting trees. The Nature Conservancy's Global …

Deep Learning Goes To The Deep Seas And The Billion-Dollar Tuna Industry

The next frontier for artificial intelligence may involve teaching computers to distinguish albacore tuna from its yellowfin cousin.<p>The Nature …

Computer Science

Combating climate change requires smart and urgent action on part of world powers

Paris climate agreement that was adopted at the Climate Change Conference in December 2015 to replace the Kyoto Protocol, came into force November 4.

Nature’s solutions for infrastructure problems

Amid the high dudgeon of the U.S. presidential election season, it is hard to keep my rosy-colored glasses affixed. But, there it is, in front of …

Water

The Deforestation-Free Diet

<i>By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director of Lands at The Nature Conservancy</i><p>As many people in the western world pay closer attention to what goes into their bodies, labels, nutrition facts, and wave-upon-wave of fashionable celebrity diets are here to stay. Many brands charge premiums for organic, …

Why General Mills aims to harvest the $50 billion benefits of healthy soil

It took less than a century for the global population to explode from less than 2 billion people to 7 billion people today. It will take a great deal …

Why planting more trees is one of the smartest things a city can do

Trees can make a city sidewalk prettier, sure. But that’s not even their best trick. A growing pile of research suggests that planting more urban trees, if done right, could save tens of thousands of lives around the world each year — by soaking up pollution and cooling down deadly heat waves.<p>In …

Environment

Report: Plant More Trees for Healthier World

Report: Plant More Trees for Healthier World SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report that looks at the impact that trees have on people’s health finds we …

Environment

Planting Healthy Air: Can Urban Trees Help Clean Up Pollution?

Every report has a genesis, an initial conversation that sprouts an idea that grows into a research study. For me, one of those moments was a phone …

How planting trees in cities can save thousands of lives

Yet another study has reaffirmed the idea that living near nature is good for human health — and can even save lives. A new paper, published Monday by the Nature Conservancy, suggests that planting trees in cities can result in cooler temperatures and reduced air pollution for millions of urban …

Climate Change

How Trees Make Cities Healthier

WASHINGTON, DC – Last May, I had the dubious fortune of visiting Mumbai, India during the city’s hottest month on record. Temperatures remained at …

How Much Money Are We Leaving In the Ground?

<i>A new report by The Nature Conservancy, supported by General Mills, quantifies the value of soil health across the croplands of the United States as</i> …

Why Public Health Researchers are Looking to Urban Trees

For all its comforts and conveniences, urban living can be hard on your lungs. Around three million people around the world die prematurely due to …