To Resurrect Jordan’s Lost Forests, People Plant Tiny Urban Ones

To Resurrect Jordan’s Lost Forests, People Plant Tiny Urban Ones

The plot is one of a handful of small sites in Jordan’s capital where Assaf and Japanese environmentalist Nochi Motoharu have introduced a planting technique called the Miyawaki method—the first time it’s been used in the Middle East—in hopes of preserving native plants, mitigating the impacts of rampant urbanization, and changing the very way people view the urban landscape.

​​Oceans Aren’t Just Warming—Their Soundscapes Are Transforming

​​Oceans Aren’t Just Warming—Their Soundscapes Are Transforming

Changes in salinity, temperature, and pressure change how the sea sounds, with unknown impacts on the life-forms that depend on that noise to survive.

The Concrete Jungle Is Turning Green Again

The Concrete Jungle Is Turning Green Again

Their city eventually grew to more than twice Uruk’s population, and today Anuradhapura is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and still cares for a tree planted over 2,000 years ago.

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

Chernobyl Was a Wildlife Haven. Then Russian Troops Arrived

Chernobyl Was a Wildlife Haven. Then Russian Troops Arrived

Orizaola had come to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to collect tree frogs and find out whether living in the shadow of disaster had a lasting effect on the creatures’ genetics.

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

That’s why the Conservancy and partners are working together on the Rio Grande Water Fund that generates funding for a 20-year program to restore 600,000 acres of forests in northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado.

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

'Rewilding' Asks: What Will You Do After the Climate Apocalypse?

Rewilding, with its focus on the degradation of the natural world and the possibility of restoring it, belongs to a long tradition of games that grapple with environmental issues.Other recent games with environmental themes indulge in naive fantasies about the control of nature, rewarding players for mastery over it.

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

Natural History, Not Technology, Will Dictate Our Destiny

This story is adapted from A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species, by Rob Dunn.Knowing about these laws helps us understand the future into which we are—arms flailing, coal burning, and full speed ahead—hurling ourselves.

The Biodiversity Crisis Needs Its Net Zero Moment

The Biodiversity Crisis Needs Its Net Zero Moment

These targets will be debated and finalized at a second meeting due to take place in Kunming, China, in April 2022.The last time the parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity got together to set a global biodiversity agenda was in Japan in 2010, where they came up with the Aichi targets, a set of 20 goals aimed at reducing a range of environmental harms including habitat loss, overfishing, and pollution over the subsequent decade.

As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

While AI also requires complex data and a lot of initial computing power, once an algorithm is trained on the right amount and kind of data, it can detect patterns in climate conditions more quickly than physics-based models, according to Thomas Anderson, a data scientist at the British Antarctic Survey who developed an AI ice forecast called IceNet.

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

Amazon Just Introduced Three New Kindle Paperwhites

All three of the new Paperwhites will have 6.8-inch screens, which is slightly larger than the original 6-inch model, if still a fraction smaller than the top-tier 7-inch Kindle Oasis .

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

“The authors of this paper are active field biologists, and we noticed that we just don’t see weasels in our data after field work,” says coauthor Roland Kays, research professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State and head of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Biodiversity Lab.

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

Camera Trapping As Mainstream Nature Activity

“If you look at wildlife photography sites on social media, it’s a lot of professional-level activity,” Kampnich says.Pesaturo is author of the book Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife , an indispensable guide that includes tips for capturing images of 41 species.

A Field Guide for Nature-Resistant Nerds

A Field Guide for Nature-Resistant Nerds

In the natural world, bodies are inescapable.I don't like dirt.But as I read more about the physics of chips, I started to have a kind of acceptance of assembly language.You know, something like that.

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

The Disturbingly Long Tapeworms of Alaskan Bears

© Tom Fenske/TNC Photo Contest 2019 Last week, I posted a blog on the growing popularity of trail cameras and included a number of photos and videos of cool wildlife.But Kampnich tells me it’s not the first time he has seen bears with tapeworms of various sizes.

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory was keeping tabs on them, and was receiving reports of up to 60 spending the winter here each year.And there’s perhaps no better way to discover those birds than by keeping a yard list.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.

Four Steps for the Earth: Mainstreaming the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Four Steps for the Earth: Mainstreaming the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Restoring nature while meeting human needs requires a bold vision, including mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in society.New research presents a Mitigation Hierarchy for mitigating and compensating the biodiversity impacts of developments (1, avoid; 2, minimize; 3, restore; and 4, offset, toward a target such as “no net loss” of biodiversity) within a broader framing encompassing all conservation actions.

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

In March 2018, Dutch physicist and Microsoft employee Leo Kouwenhoven published headline-grabbing new evidence that he had observed an elusive particle called a Majorana fermion.

Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure

Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure

Horse manure has natural compounds that may help pandas feel warm, according to new research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Giant pandas held in the nature reserve had been seen for years rolling in and rubbing horse manure across their bodies.

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

Last year, we rounded up the best nature documentaries for you to binge-watch during lockdown .Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, and followers of indigenous religions all worship differently, but they’re united in their desire to protect the natural world.

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In the Magdalena basin itself, some of its tributaries could transport us to those forested landscapes crossed by a river of crystal-clear water, such as the Samaná Norte River, or the Otún River, to name the closest ones, which also have unique ecological value.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

“It was geometry with an exact prediction that was borne out in the natural world, with essentially no physics involved,” said Jerolmack, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

As currently implemented, offsetting typically requires an outcome of ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity, but that’s only relative to a baseline trajectory of general biodiversity decline.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

The Ethiopian wolf is often called the world’s most endangered canid species, with fewer than 500 individuals alive today.Rather, the genetics indicate that native red foxes naturally expanded their range into the southeastern United States.