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Ecosystems and Natural Parks

Planting Trees: Mangroves and Flood Mitigation

As Rotarians around the world respond to wild fires, droughts and floods, it may be helpful to remember that 500-year floods don't happen every 500-years. Weather-related events are bound to change as the climate changes. The question is, what can we do proactively to minimize destruction? Jurriaan Kamp, journalist for...

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China's Reforestation and Unintended Green Deserts

China has invested $100 billion in a "grain-for-green" program where traditional farmers are paid to plant forests on lands that had been stripped of trees. By some measures, the program has been a great success. What's the problem? Michael Holtz of the Christian Scientist Monitor writes: Chairman Mao told us...

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Earth Optimism Summit - April 21 - 23, 2017

What's Working in Conservation Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem...

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Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find

SYDNEY, Australia — The Great Barrier Reef in Australia has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, so enormous it can be seen from space, so beautiful it can move visitors to tears. But the reef, and the profusion of sea creatures living near it, are in...

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