Can I pay you not to harvest that timber?

From BBC News, Norway is going to pay Liberia to cease all harvesting of trees from its rainforest by 2020: Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development … Continue reading

Renewable energy, birds, and Apple, inc.

I knew wind turbines kill birds, but it appears solar energy can as well. From NBC News: Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays … Continue reading

I love a good Pareto improvement story

But then again, who doesn’t? In order to help migratory birds, rice farmers are being paid to keep their fields flooded for longer than they otherwise would: The program, called BirdReturns, starts with data from eBird, the pioneering citizen science project that … Continue reading

Lemurs: fierce, friendly, ninjas?

My favorite part of this article is the three lemur photos. You do not want to mess with that first lemur! But the second lemur looks like someone you might feel comfortable taking home to meet your mother. The third … Continue reading