» Conservation of natural resources


Close to one trillion people in the world do not have sufficient food for a healthy and active life. While much progress has been made towards food security in recent decades, without further urgent and coordinated action, poverty, hunger and malnutrition will continue to undermine the lives of hundreds of millions of people now and in years to come. The world’s population reached 6 billion people in 1999 and is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2025, when 83% of the world will be living in the South. However, our long-term ability to meet growing demands for food often seems uncertain. Thus, one of our greatest challenges is increasing food production in a sustainable manner so that everyone can be adequately and nutritiously fed without over-exploiting the Earth’s ecosystems. This module introduces the main goals of sustainable agriculture and examines a range of sustainable farming practices and case studies. As such, it develops an understanding of how sustainable farming can both enhance food production and ensure that natural resources are managed in the best way possible for long-term sustainability. The module also provides ideas about ways in which the theme of sustainable agriculture may be integrated into the curriculum as part of the process of reorienting education towards a sustainable future. Read More

Native Shrubs for the Increasingly Challenging Landscape Environment

The sustainable landscape featuring native plants is a rapidly expanding trend in horticulture. Native plants enhance the local ecology by providing habitat for wildlife and support for pollinators. A number of important ornamentals have been identified as invasive and will no longer be available due to plant bans, both voluntary and involuntary. Native species are by definition not invasive and offer a sustainable alternative. This article previously appeared in the Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter About the Author: Dr. Jessica Lubell is an Associate Professor of Horticulture at the University of Connecticut. She has 15 years of experience working with the green industry. She has worked closely with growers to expand production of new native shrubs. Dr. Lubell is the 2015 recipient of the New England Nursery Association Young Nursery Professional Award. You can follow her research and outreach work on Facebook at Native Plant Gal. Read More

Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Climate change is generally not an easy or pleasant conversation piece. However, it is a conversation that we need to have, and a process we must continue to study. The articles in this issue of Yellowstone Science present a snapshot of our current knowledge and understanding of climate change in one ecosystem. Through better understanding, we may arrive at more informed decisions to help conserve and adapt to our changing environment. Read More

Applied Biodiversity Sciences Perspectives Series: Advancing Conservation with Innovative Ideas from the Future Generation

The Applied Biodiversity Sciences (ABS) Perspectives is a collection of essays and research papers written by graduate students involved in the NSF-IGERT Applied Biodiversity Sciences program through Texas A & M University. This is an electronic publication that shares insights into relevant issues in the social and biological sciences. The ABS Perspectives aims to advance conservation theory and practice with innovative ideas and opinions of the authors – the future generation of conservation professionals. Read More

Conservation Biology for All

Oxford University Press makes conservation biology textbook by some of the world’s most prominent ecologists and conservation biologists available as a free download. Conservation Biology for All provides cutting-edge but basic conservation science to a global readership. A series of authoritative chapters have been written by the top names in conservation biology with the principal aim of disseminating cutting-edge conservation knowledge as widely as possible. Important topics such as balancing conversion and human needs, climate change, conservation planning, designing and analyzing conservation research, ecosystem services, endangered species management, extinctions, fire, habitat loss, and invasive species are covered. Numerous text boxes describing additional relevant material or case studies are also included. Read More

The National Environmental Policy Act: A Study of Its Effectiveness After Twenty-five Years

This report provides a detailed perspective on how the National Environmental Policy Act has affected federal agency decision making. The report summarizes how the Act has been implemented, how federal agency performance aligns with the intent of NEPA’s framers, reactions from the public, NEPA stakeholders, and federal decision makers, and future challenges with ensuring the Act’s continued effectiveness. Read More

Bird Conservation

This Web site explores the links between EPA programs and bird conservation. (“The inclusion of a link on this page does not constitute an endorsement by EPA of any organization’s policies or activities, or of any item for sale. EPA makes no guarantees regarding information, data or links contained on non-EPA web sites. Please note that many of the following links will transport you off the EPA server.”) Read More

Green Schools Program

The Green Schools Program empowers students to make a difference in the way their schools use energy. Energy costs are an enormous expense for our nation’s schools, approximately $6 billion each year, and much of the energy that is consumed is wasted. And in many schools, energy costs are second only to personnel costs, exceeding the cost of textbooks and supplies. Read More

Books on Global Warming

A list of recommended books on global warming and climate change for science, business, and children. Read More

Teaching Resources – Conservation

The EPA’s extensive conservation resources for K-12 teachers. Read More


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