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The Biophila Hypothesis: It's in our nature to feel good in nature

EarthTalk: The Biophilia Hypothesis – The Health Benefits of Human Contact With Nature

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How is that being around trees and other plants can help us feel good? – Amy Mola, Greenville, SC Trees are known to improve air quality by capturing six common air pollutants and toxic gases: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen…

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Worldwatch State of the World 2015: Hidden Threats to Sustainability

Founded in 1974 by Lester Brown, The Worldwatch Institute is an independent global environmental research organization using fact-based analysis to develop solutions to some of the most intractable issues facing the world today. The Institute’s annual State of the World report focuses on specific topics critical to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The 2015 report, Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability, addresses global dangers that are…

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Unlocking the Value in Natural and Hybrid Coastal Infrastructure

Threatened by rising sea levels and the incidence of extreme weather events, coastal communities, economies and ecosystems could benefit greatly by conserving natural coastal “infrastructure,” as well as implementing innovative hybrid approaches that combine habitat restoration and built structures, according to NOAA study authors.

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Dead-Zone Nutrient Reduction Target Pushed Out to 2035

Progress has been achieved in certain watersheds, but pushing back the target date to reduce run-off of nitrogen and phosphorous two decades is a testament to the extent and intractability of the problem.

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia

30 Recent Wildlife Success Stories

Thanks to conservation efforts from organizations like WWF and the David Suzuki Foundation, there were a number of recent wildlife success stories. The combined efforts of governments, organizations and individuals have succeeded in protecting the habitats of a number of species. One of the more comprehensive wildlife protection efforts is taking place in the UK, where advocates are trying to…

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The Black Rhino faces an uncertain future as one of the species critically endangered in the sixth great mass extinction

People Powered Mass Extinction

The world is losing its wildlife at a rate not seen in 65 million years. We are in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals in the past half-billion years. What makes this extinction crisis unique is that it is man-made. Through a combination of climate change, habitat loss/degradation, poaching and the introduction of exotic species,…

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IUCN: Value of Natural World Heritage Sites Goes Far Beyond Monetary Gain

Contributing billions of dollars per year to local communities and national economies, UNESCO Natural World Heritage sites provide critical ecosystem benefits and a lifeline that keeps our connection to nature intact.