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Putting the Dead to Work: Conservation paleobiologists dig deep to solve today's ecological, evolutionary questions

Conservation paleobiologists--scientists who use the fossil record to understand the evolutionary and ecological responses of present-day species to changes in their environment--are putting the dead to work.

From Bamboo Bikes to Biomass Briquettes: UNEP Unveils SEED Award Winners

The SEED Awards recognize inspiring social and environmental entrepreneurs whose businesses can help meet sustainable development challenges.

IceCube and Its Frozen Secrets

Searching below the surface of Antarctica for the mysterious neutrino

TEEB Report Puts World’s Natural Assets on the Global Political Radar

The economic importance of the world's natural assets is now firmly on the political radar as a result of an international assessment showcasing the enormous economic value of forests, freshwater, soils and coral reefs, as well as the social and economic costs of their loss, was the conclusion of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) report launched on October 20, 2010 by TEEB study leader, Pavan Sukhdev.

Aerosols Control Rainfall in the Rainforest

A team of environmental engineers, who might better be called "archeologists of the air," have, for the first time, isolated aerosol particles in near pristine pre-industrial conditions.

Grassroots Campaign Unites Millions across Globe to Restore and Protect Nature

Millions across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Value of an Ecosystems Approach to Planning Highlighted in The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) Policy-Makers' Report Launched Today

A number of local authorities from around the world are already seeing the value of an ecosystems approach to planning.

Packing Foam Now Entering The Marketplace Is Engineered From Mushrooms And Agricultural Waste

A new packing material that grows itself is now appearing in shipped products across the country. The composite of inedible agricultural waste and mushroom roots is called Mycobond™, and its manufacture requires just one eighth the energy and one tenth the carbon dioxide of traditional foam packing material.

Tree Canopy Researcher Nalini M. Nadkarni Honored for Public Service in Science

Nalini M. Nadkarni was recently named recipient of the prestigious 2010 National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award as an individual who has made significant contributions in public understanding of science in the United States. 

Energy-efficient, Smoke-free Stoves Improve Lives for Pakistan Village Women

Here in the Union Council Gharo of Thatta district in Sindh province, some 125 kilometres from the southern port city of Karachi, Siddiqi is happily making a living by building earthenware stoves for the villagers.

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