One-third of forests aren’t growing back after wild fires, research finds
“Seedlings are more sensitive to warm, dry conditions than mature trees, so if the right conditions don’t exist within a few years following a wildfire, tree seedlings may not establish,” said Philip Higuera, a coauthor of the study.
Earlier this month, a separate study found that ponderosa pine and pinyon forests in the West are becoming less resilient due to droughts and…
Global warming can turn monarch butterflies’ favorite food into poison
Louisiana State University researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants.
It turns out that warming temperatures don’t just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison…
15 steps to create effective climate communications
For most people, climate change is an abstract subject tainted with divisive politics…The truth is, we can all speak effectively on climate change…
“River Revitalization offers opportunities for people to connect with Milwaukee’s urban rivers. This connection to water and nature is central to our mission of protecting Milwaukee’s rivers. Community members help take care of land, open green space and trails. This work connects neighborhoods with each other, teaches and encourages safe interactions with urban land and rivers, and helps restore our river systems…”
“Urban” trails might be a great place to start
Urban trails, like their rural counterparts, could provide a strong link between climate change emission reduction and enhancing the quality of life with those who live there.
If you and/or your land trust are looking to invest in urban trails this visually designed handout might be an inspiring place to start.
Working on climate change reduction with your community often starts by building trust and adding value to people’s lives in a way that is meaningful to them.
Follow the River Revitalization Foundation in Milwaukee as they work to connect people to people, and people to the river—often with trails…
Rural town, conservation groups integrate trails and conservation
Town forests, public conservation areas, connecting trails that create a Greenway, and conserved farmland, are some of the work the rural Town of Hopkinton, in New Hampshire, has made possible.
If you want to see their version of the famed Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, or create one of your own, explore the Hopkinton Village Greenway. It’s a vision worth replicating.
Don’t conservatives care?
The American Conservation Coalition (ACC) is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering conservatives to re-engage on environmental conversations. ACC was founded in June 2017 by a group of conservative millennials who saw a gap in the conservative movement when it came to the environment. ACC believes that economic and environmental success can go hand in hand, and conservatives should champion this message and take a seat at the table in discussions concerning conservation, clean energy, sportsmen’s rights, agriculture, climate, and much more. Where other environmental groups have disenfranchised those who are right-of-center, ACC seeks to activate the conservative movement on the grassroots, state, and federal levels — bringing forth bipartisan discussions on environmental topics that impact us all…
McDonald’s sets greenhouse gas reduction targets
McDonald’s Corp on Tuesday announced an approved, science based target to cut greenhouse gas emissions and battle climate change, saying it is the first restaurant company to do so…
Study suggests estuaries may experience accelerated impacts of human-caused CO2
Rising anthropogenic, or human-caused, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have up to twice the impact on coastal estuaries as it does in the oceans because the human-caused CO2 lowers the ecosystem’s ability to absorb natural fluctuations of the greenhouse gas, a new study suggests…
Understanding the views and actions of U.S. farmers towards climate change
Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA) teamed up with the USDA to provide a summary of research related to farmers’ perspectives on climate change, revealing:
Farmers’ beliefs and concerns about climate change are related to their willingness to adopt climate change adaptation and mitigation practices. Farmers who believe in climate change are more likely to support and/or adopt adaptation practices…