Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Stop Obsessing Over Sleep—Your Brain Will Thank You

Fitbit kicked off this trend when it released the first tracker in 2009.Little more than a glorified pedometer at the time, the Fitbit couldn’t monitor your heart rate, pay for anything, or even tell you the time.Fears over bad sleep are getting the TED treatment and topping best-seller lists.

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

A new tool developed by The Nature Conservancy provides answers, using a research-based approach to help agencies, communities and other stakeholders obtain the information they need to prioritize floodplain protection and restoration.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

FAO - News Article: Helping countries better monitor and report on forest and land-use under the Paris Climate Agreement

11 November 2019, Rome - FAO today launched a new $7.1 million project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to make forest data more accessible, transparent and available, and, in particular, help developing countries to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's enhanced transparency requirements.

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Last month a bunch of climate scientists and ecologists piled onto that tree research in the same journal, calling out numerous errors in the first team’s calculations.

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

In fact, one of the leading reasons for removing obsolete dams is to improve community safety and the cultural benefits that come with restoring a river.Identifying and prioritizing removal of obsolete dams offers many benefits, including improving water quality and wildlife habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities, recharging aquifers and improving human safety.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

I’m in an airboat gliding across the glassy surface of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve , a restored floodplain wetland located along the Illinois River.

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp Is Overhauling Its App to Emphasize Personalization

Yelp has long given users the ability to filter search results based on dozens of different criteria, including what type of cuisine a restaurant offers and whether it has vegan or vegetarian options.

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

The Horrifying Science of the Deforestation Fueling Amazon Fires

Humans carve out farmlands, sometimes leaving a neat edge where the forest meets the fields, or even creating islands of forest surrounded by crops or grazing fields for cattle.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

The fiery, anti-environment populist has encouraged settlements in the Amazon region, sacked the head of the government agency that monitors deforestation from space, and just this week blamed NGOs for setting the fires to make him look bad.On Tuesday, a satellite took this image of forest fires burning across three Brazilian states.

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News. Pinterest wants to calm you down, Equifax gets hit with a record fine, and facial recognition is still struggling with darker faces.

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Environmental Solutions to A Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

Led by The Bridge Collaborative, BRAC, and the Center for Global Development (CGD), a rapid-strike team of experts from the environmental sector are identifying solutions that will improve daily life for the Rohingya and protect the surrounding environment from further harm.

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Dinner and a Movie? Amazon Alexa Makes It Easier to Do Both

Wednesday, Amazon demonstrated a new model, in which Alexa completes multiple tasks in a single conversation that combines services previously isolated in separate skills. The movie-night planning service will be limited to the US, and to English, but Prasad says Amazon will soon give Alexa the power to multitask in other, unspecified, ways.

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

A low-carbon future must protect the world’s forests

To address this deforestation, a forest-smart approach to mining requires strong governance to manage the development and impacts of the mining sector, protect forests on a landscape level, and recognize and protect local community tenure and rights.

Hacktivists Are on the Rise—but Less Effective Than Ever

Hacktivists Are on the Rise—but Less Effective Than Ever

For example, Crowdstrike observed hacktivist mainstay group Anonymous launching a DDoS attack against the Office of the Presidency in Sudan on March 1, and conducting website defacements—and more DDoS attacks—against a wide array of targets throughout the month including the Ministry of Labor, the Central Bureau of Statistics, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Sudan National Police, two media outlets, and five local government sites.

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

Instagram's Newest Star Is ... a Tree?

“You don't need to plant anything, you just stop whacking the system,” says Bronson Griscom, director of forest carbon science at the Nature Conservancy.

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History

Some of the wood that burned in the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday was put in place in the year 1160. But architectural historians around the world were emailing each other frantically: If the lower three-quarters of the building resist, if the stone walls stand, it’ll be possible to imagine restoring Notre Dame.

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

FAO - News Article: The Green Climate Fund allocates $25 million to support FAO climate resilience project in Paraguay

The funding agreement was signed today by FAO Assistant Director-General for Programme Support and Technical Cooperation, Roberto Ridolfi, and the Deputy Director of GCF's Division of Mitigation and Adaptation, Andreas Biermann, at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Balneario Camboriu view from the bay with partial watershed © Timm Kroeger/TNC In the first rigorous, peer-reviewed study on water fund Return on Investment (ROI) for cities in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, TNC scientists examine the Camboriú Water Fund and show that nature can be a cost-effective solution for improving urban water supplies and reducing treatment costs.

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Michael Jost, Volkswagen's chief strategist, told German business weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche, that the Volkswagen group alone is responsible for around 2% of global carbon emissions -- roughly the same amount as Germany.

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

Trees and forests are key to fighting climate change and poverty. So are women

The success of these investments will be enhanced by considering gender-responsive activities and actions when designing and implementing forest landscape projects and programs.

Star Wars News: Here's What One Dude Has Seen of 'Episode IX'

Star Wars News: Here's What One Dude Has Seen of 'Episode IX'

A Least One Person Has Seen (Some of) Episode IX The Source: One lucky Disney shareholder Probability of Accuracy: It's probably very accurate, if infuriatingly vague.

The Fish on Your Plate May Not Be What You Ordered

The Fish on Your Plate May Not Be What You Ordered

The organization tested 449 fish from more than 250 restaurants, seafood markets, and grocery stores across the country and found that 21 percent of samples were mislabeled.

FAO - News Article: New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: New UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change

"The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will help countries race against the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss," said José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Paying for ecosystem services, a successful approach to reducing deforestation in Mexico

Mexico, under evaluation To test whether Mexico’s PES program is in fact reducing deforestation, an impact evaluation was conducted by a team of researchers from Oregon State University and Amherst College, with funding from the Mexican Government, the i2i Program supported by the United Kingdom, and the Program on Forests (PROFOR), and with technical expertise from the World Bank.

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

When Algorithms Think You Want to Die

If you’re someone who seeks out graphic images of self-harm, or even if you just follow users who candidly talk about their depression, these recommendation systems will fill your feeds with suggestions, reshaping how you experience your own mental health.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.