The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

The Triumphant Rediscovery of the Biggest Bee on Earth

“In a time of biodiversity declines, including for insects, this rediscovery gives us hope that not all is lost and that we have managed to protect not only an amazing bee, but importantly also the unique habitat that is its, and likely many other rare species', home,” says Cornell University entomologist Corrie Moreau, who wasn’t involved in this new work.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So

“I see it less as a license plate and more as a communication portal," says Reviver cofounder and CEO Neville Boston. Reviver Auto If that sounds like too much money for a license plate, Boston wants you to change your perspective.

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap Metal

A SpaceX Booster Went for a Swim and Came Back as Scrap MetalSpaceXPort Canaveral, east of Orlando, was a hub of activity this past week as SpaceX officials attempted to rescue a wayward booster that had fallen into the ocean just off Florida’s space coast.

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

“Now we realize these are all caused by CO2 pollution,” says Dr. David Vaughan who directs coral-reef restoration for the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory at Summerland Key, Florida. Microfragmented Orbicella annularis, or boulder star corals, growing in nursery Photo © Dave Vaughan / Mote Tropical Research Laboratory

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

How to Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and Online

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in your own home, under your own blankets, with all the glory, and none of the freezing wind.

Can Tourism Save the Ocellated Turkey?

Can Tourism Save the Ocellated Turkey?

One conservation tool that can help arrest this downward population spiral, despite people’s dependence on wild game, is a program that has tourists from elsewhere pay for the privilege of hunting the ocellated turkey.

How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets

How to Safely and Securely Dispose of Your Old Gadgets

And you want to get rid of the device in a way that's as kind to the planet as possible.Here we'll show you how to take care of both considerations, no matter what the gadget you need to dispose of.Wipe Your DataDavid NieldWhether you're sending your device to be recycled or sticking it on Ebay, you don't want your finance spreadsheets, family photos, or Twitter login to stick around on the hardware, even if you don't think anyone would go to the trouble of trying to extract the data from your old gadgets.When it comes to gadgets with on-board storage, we're primarily talking phones, tablets, and computers.

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

Introducing the online guide to the World Development Indicators: A new way to discover data on development

The goal is to provide a useful, easily accessible guide to the database and make it easy for users to discover what type of indicators are available, how they’re collected, and how they can be visualized to analyze development trends.

Webinar: Business Continuity Management: Managing Risk and Improving Recovery

Webinar: Business Continuity Management: Managing Risk and Improving Recovery

Business Continuity Management (BCM) enables organizations to manage risk and enable better, faster recovery following a disruption. DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) believes that BCM is the continuous improvement of an organization’s recovery capabilities.

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power LinesIn the age of cord cutting, San Francisco-based startup Karman Electric thinks flying cars should be able to connect to power lines for long-haul routes and go solo when they approach their destination.

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

Not that I’m claiming credit, but as the CarbonBrief website has reported, the BBC has now done something similar – setting up a new one-hour course on reporting climate change “… covering the latest science, policy, research, and misconceptions to challenge, giving you confidence to cover the topic accurately and knowledgeably”.

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

BBC admits ‘we get climate change coverage wrong too often’

It then states: “Manmade climate change exists: If the science proves it we should report it.” In the section warning on false balance it says: “To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday.

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Leading Earth System scientist Will Steffen and his 15 co-authors draw on a diverse set of literature to paint a picture of how a chain of self-reinforcing changes might potentially be initiated, eventually leading to very large climate warming and sea level rise.

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Here’s how forests rebounded from Yellowstone’s epic 1988 fires – and why that could be harder in the future

Historically, high-severity fires kill trees but do not destroy the forest. In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, fires in 2016 burned young forests that regenerated from fires in 1988 and 2000.

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

Five actions for disability-inclusive disaster risk management

In advance of the Global Disability Summit, and drawing on a recent report titled “Disability Inclusion in Disaster Risk Management” from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and the Recovery (GFDRR) and the World Bank, here are five actions that development institutions, governments, and other key stakeholders can take to ensure that persons with disabilities are not left behind in the aftermath of a disaster.

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

To calculate the ROI of tree cover, Kroeger and colleagues from the Conservancy and NASA, set out to identify where it would provide the largest health benefits – the greatest reduction of respirable particulate matter and heat for the highest number of people — and then measure how those benefits compare to the costs of the trees.

Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

Q&A with Stephanie Wear: A New Tool to Predict Coral Reef Recovery

And two of these factors — water depth and structural complexity — are easily and cheaply identifiable by somebody managing a reef. This paper gives reef managers an easily measurable tool that can be used to predict recovery and resilience.