Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Our Complicated Relationship with Trees

Called “Sylvan Mastodons”, sequoias astounded a young America… but saws were soon to follow

Incredible trees around the globe

The massive Ceiba was also spiritual

If you’ve ever thought trees could be more alive than we think, you might want to explore more…

Counting Our Trees

 

How are YOUR neighborhoods treating trees??


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New Frontiers in Organ Donations & Transplants

How many people are waiting for an organ transplant?

Who receives organs and what organs are most needed?

Organ delivery by drone: soon to be routine?

Some want to limit organ donations to state residents. What impact could that have?

How is your state doing?

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Stemming the Tide of Waste

Dim the Sun to Cool Our Planet?

Could spraying sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere cool Planet Earth?

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Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

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Photo by Quentin Rey on Unsplash

Youth Protests Over Climate Change Envelope the Globe

As youth anger over climate change mounts, protests spread around the globe. 

Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

  • Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

  • Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

  • Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

 

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Environmental Protest PC:  Tony Webster  | CC

Environmental Protest PC: Tony Webster | CC

Critical Science from Local Citizens

In Washington State, and elsewhere volunteer climate scientists study flowers for clues to changing conditions. On the front lines, the data they collect is helping researchers evaluate ecosystem change.

To read on, click this link.

Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

  • Improve understanding of and access to the biology and natural history of species - information that is lacking for the vast majority of species on the planet.

  • Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

  • Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

  • Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

  • Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

 

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Confronting Our Planet's Plastics Plague

Can we colonize the galaxy without going ourselves?

Colonizing the Galaxy Is hard, but may be vital. Why not send bacteria instead?Seeding alien worlds with terrestrial life is now being discussed

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Bacteria  (Wikipedia)

Bacteria (Wikipedia)

Global Warming Visits and Finds Us Unprepared

We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot, but it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising.

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

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Photo Credit: Robert Simmon -  NASA image  -  Public Domain

Photo Credit: Robert Simmon - NASA image - Public Domain

Architecture. Survival. A Future Vision Lives On

Paolo Soleri’s radical experiment in urban planning has been running in the middle of the Arizona desert for nearly 50 years.

What can we learn from his vision to help us confront challenges to the planet?

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Improve knowledge of the relationships between cultures and biological diversity over time in order to better sustain both.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond..

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By Cody from Phoenix, AZ (arcosanti vaults) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)],  via Wikimedia Commons

By Cody from Phoenix, AZ (arcosanti vaults) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Toxic Waste: Coming to Your Neighborhood or Already There?

Do you live near toxic waste? Check the list of the 1,317 of the Most Polluted Spots in the U.S. 

Why are they where they are? What can we do about them?

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

STEM, STEAM, STEMX, STEMD and beyond..

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Saving the Earth with Help from NASA

There are a slew of Earth Science missions that NASA has planned for the future. We need all of them (and more) for a thriving planet. 

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

·         Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

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Photo Credit: NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

The History of Hydroponics

Hydroponics is a modern technology with roots in the origin of the Earth.

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet 

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

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Photo Credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 by  Farm Direct

Photo Credit: CC BY-ND 2.0 by Farm Direct

Migratory Birds Programmed with Their Own Google Maps?

Some hybrid thrushes varied their routes, suggesting that different genes may influence fall and spring migration

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 Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Improve understanding of and access to the biology and natural history of species.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges: For project design, for inquiry, for activism.

Photo Credit: Charles Floyd

Photo Credit: Charles Floyd

To Save an Endangered Species, Conservationists Have to Deal With an Invasive Species First: House Cats

On an island in Florida, a rare wild rodent faces a dangerous feline threat

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.
 

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Artificial Leaves?

In this excerpt from his new book Taming the Sun, Varun Sivaram follows the research paths of two rival scientists determined to find a way to wring fuel out of thin air.

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Develop concepts, theories, tools, and models that contribute directly to halting biodiversity loss, managing species and their habitats, restoring ecosystems, and mitigating threats to the environment.

Photo Credit: Santtu Mustonen 

Photo Credit: Santtu Mustonen 

What Bikini Atoll Looks Like Today

Sixty years after the nuclear tests, the groundwater is contaminated and the coconuts are radioactive. But are the coral reefs thriving?

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

NASA Landsat satellite image GeoTIFF archive,  http://glovis.usgs.gov

NASA Landsat satellite image GeoTIFF archive, http://glovis.usgs.gov

Choosing a World Without Mosquitoes: CRISPR

New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should we use it?

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Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Understand how species interactions, climate change, habitat fragmentation, diseases, environmental contaminants, and invasions of exotic species affect the survival of species and the functioning of ecosystems.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

Journey to the Roof of Africa

Looming high among the volcanic outriders of the Great Rift Valley in northern Ethiopia, is nature with a serious case of gigantism: a basalt escarpment 40 kilometers long, staggered between altitudes of 11,000 and 15,000 feet, populated with super-sized plants and armies of monkeys 500-strong. In 1978, UNESCO dubbed it “one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world,” and consecrated the Simien Mountains National Park in its very first batch of World Heritage Sites, alongside Yellowstone and the Galapagos Islands.

For more, read here.

Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Improve understanding of and access to the biology and natural history of species – information that is lacking for the vast majority of species on the planet.

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

 

ERC Grand Challenges Network: for inquiry, for project design, for activism. 

Photo Credit:  Clay Knight  on  Unsplash

Photo Credit: Clay Knight on Unsplash