Tag: environment

Where Credit is Due: How Acknowledging Expertise Can Help Conservation Efforts

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity – but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that’s a problem, both for the local experts and for the science itself. To address the problem, a group of scientists is calling for

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Rainforest Life: Food Versus Fear

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

For a rainforest animal like the agouti, life revolves around the tension between food and fear. While foraging for seeds from the black palm tree, the rabbit-sized rodent has to avoid hungry ocelots. Living in an area where food is scarce greatly increases an agouti’s willingness to venture out of its burrow between sunset and

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Tree Change: Is Raleigh Becoming More Like Baltimore?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Could Raleigh, proudly known as the City of Oaks, end up having much less tree cover, like Baltimore? Though it’s not likely that Raleigh will have to rethink its New Year’s Eve drop of the giant acorn any time soon, planners and policy makers need to take steps to prevent the City of Oaks from

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The Housing Bomb: 5 Questions with Nils Peterson

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Are we building our way to ruin? That’s the premise of a provocatively titled new book released this month: The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses Is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society. Lead author Dr. Nils Peterson, associate professor of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology at NC State, focuses his research on

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How Computer Models Help Keep the Lights On In Kenya

Thursday, September 12th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

In Kenya, water is power. Literally. And to keep the lights on, Kenyan authorities want to know how much water they can expect in upcoming rainy seasons. That’s where computer models come in. Fifty-eight percent of Kenya’s power supply stems from the country’s hydropower system in the Tana River basin. That system will shut down

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