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Smarter Irrigation Returns Water to Arizona’s Verde River

What do you get when 21st century “smart” technology hooks up with a 19th century irrigation ditch? The short answer: more water-wise farming and a healthier river. That’s the story of this innovative project on the Verde River in central Arizona, where forward-thinking farmers joined up with the Nature Conservancy and installed a solar-powered “smart”…

Yale F&ES 30th Annual Doctoral Student Research Conference

October 4, 2013. Yale University – Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy was the keynote speaker at the Yale F&ES 30th Annual Doctoral Student Research Conference. His talk entitled, “Conservation that can make a difference: Choosing Gifford Pinchot over Grizzly Adams” took place at Kroon Hall. Kareiva, named in 2011 a member of…

A Dam, Dying Fish, and a Montana Farmer’s Lifelong Quest to Right a Wrong

In the pantheon of river conservationists, few may leave a legacy larger than that of Roger Muggli, a third-generation farmer in eastern Montana. Thanks to his decades of efforts to help fish safely pass 12 Mile Dam, an irrigation diversion structure built in 1885 on the Tongue River, a major tributary to the Yellowstone, Muggli…

Caribbean Nations Must Think Bigger and Act Boldly and Soon to Sustain Ocean Resources

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Caribbean Challenge Initiative’s Summit of Political and Business Leaders, which took place in the British Virgin Islands May 17th and 18th. (See AP story for an overview of the event.) I spoke from the heart, and here is what I said: At the risk of…

Scientists and Politicians Celebrate a Successful Expedition in the Bahamas

In January, I was in the Bahamas to learn about efforts there to establish new marine protected areas (MPAs), meet the key players, and help strategize about how to make these efforts more successful more quickly (see previous blog post). I’m back because a critical step of that strategy has just been completed. Last week a…

More Marine Protected Areas Coming Soon to the Bahamas?

Last month I had the pleasure not only of traveling among Bahamian islands, but of seeing them through the eyes of local conservation organizations. As manager of the Waitt Foundation’s grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), I was there looking for ways we could further ensure successful expansion of the Bahamas’ network of Marine Protected…

Rescaling Civilization: TNC Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva

The following is a guest post from Matt Miller, a writer for The Nature Conservancy. It originally appeared on Cool Green Science. This week, the journal Nature published a paper by Conservancy lead scientist Peter Kareiva, Paul Ehrlich, and Gretchen Daily titled Securing Natural Capital and Expanding Equity to Rescale Civilization. In it, the authors…

An Amazon Forest Adventure: Carbon in Cowboy Country

This entry by Rane Cortez, a forest carbon development adviser at The Nature Conservancy, highlights Rane’s recent 10-day trip into São Félix do Xingu, a large municipality in the heart of the Amazon in northern Brazil. She is working with local communities and experts on potential strategies that reduce carbon emissions from these forests while…