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Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love

Dr. Meg Lowman is one of twenty conservation experts featured in a new book by Lori Robinson and Janie Chodosh. Just in time for Earth Day, Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love is now available on Amazon and in bookstores nationwide.

Today

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Meet the creature that can survive in outer space

From The World Weekly:
New research has now emerged showing that water bears have a novel way of preserving themselves through droughts, using a unique protein known as tardigrade-specific intrinsically disordered proteins (TDPs). When wet, TDPs are a jelly-like substance, but in drought conditions water bears curl up

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Exploring Exploration: A Field Scientist’s Perspective

“As Mark Twain so aptly claimed, ‘explore, dream, discover.’ Those three words will turn an ordinary child into the next Charles Darwin or Ernest Shackleton. The world urgently needs a new generation of explorers, not just to scale mountains or travel into outer space, but also to explore the interstices of our cells and the anomalies of our climate.”

“In this day and age where computers and models can predict just about anything, we still need more explorers. We need parents to inspire their kids with the curiosity to explore and teachers to encourage their pupils and develop their capability to find things out for themselves.”

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Why Are TREE’S BEZA Books Important?

Beza

via TREE Foundation:

Why Are TREE’S BEZA Books Important?
Article by Helen Gold
As you may be aware, TREE FOUNDATION is selling a book called ‘BEZA’. It’s a great story, about an Ethiopian girl who’s trying to save the forests and the biodiversity of northern Ethiopia in every way that she can. It’s an

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Tracking Big Cats in India

Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.

When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another Heaven and another Earth must pass before such a one can be again.—William Beebe
Celebrate International Tiger Day—July 29, 2016
In awe, we stopped dead in our tracks to gaze at the enormous impression in

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Sex Sizzles In The Summer

“The earth laughs in flowers.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson
An idyllic summer evening in nature evokes a smorgasbord of sights, smells, and sounds—golden sunsets, chirping crickets, light shows by blinking fireflies, and wafts of floral perfumes. For anyone who grew up in New England, this summer imagery may conjure a

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Life in the lab

In her new book, Lab Girl, Hope Jahren transforms the sedentary, slow-growing lives of plants into a vibrant series of stories that are interwoven with tales of her own research career. “In the end, I am not sure which is more extraordinary, the plants or the woman

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Gary Braasch – A Tribute to Mother Nature’s Favorite Son

Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.

World-acclaimed photojournalist Gary Braasch died on March 7, 2016 while photographing coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Gary’s passion was to visualize climate change and educate the public about the serious impacts of humans on natural systems. His photographs told vivid stories about global change,

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Gross National Happiness — Bhutan’s Innovative Metric for Good Governance

Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.

The leadership of Bhutan recognizes that one way to ensure the future of GNH — along with its unique value system — is prioritizing access to the natural world for all citizens. Green plants and healthy ecosystems are inextricably linked to human health, a vital part of gross national happiness, and are protected in Bhutan’s environmentally conscious constitution. (Of note, a key drawback to America’s GDP is that it does not measure the value of healthy ecosystems, known as natural capital.) Recently, the King of Bhutan launched a program to protect natural areas, especially national parks. Royal Manas National Park will feature an innovative construction called BATS (Bhutan Aerial Trail System) that entails a massive canopy walkway complex that includes a treetop scientific research station. An international team will work together to develop one of the world’s largest canopy walkway systems to jumpstart research on Bhutan’s biodiversity, but also to infuse a big dose of gross happiness into the fabric of Bhutan’s landscape.

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The Joy of Unplugging: Turning Off Technology in the Amazon Jungle

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”–Helen Keller
Twenty-eight citizen scientists from the California Academy of Sciences traveled to the Amazon jungle for eight days this summer. Their mission: to document their observations of the

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