Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Natural Capital http://blog.conservation.org Exploring the vital connections between nature's well-being and our own. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:40:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 How Nature Inspires and Transforms Us All http://blog.conservation.org/2014/12/how-nature-inspires-and-transforms-us-all/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/12/how-nature-inspires-and-transforms-us-all/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:18:48 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21351 A hummingbird hovers over flowers on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. Around 30% of what we eat and drink depends directly on pollinators.  (© Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn)For people to thrive, we need to conserve not just the tangible benefits nature provides, but also the inspiration, wonder and awe by which nature transforms us all. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/12/how-nature-inspires-and-transforms-us-all/feed/ 0 3 Reasons to Be Thankful for Coral Reefs http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-coral-reefs/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-coral-reefs/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:53 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21332 Vibrant coral reef with red fan coral and anthius, in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape. (© Conservation International/photo by Sterling Zumbrunn)Something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: coral reefs. They're so much more than a rock. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-coral-reefs/feed/ 1 Listening to the Forest Giants http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/listening-to-the-forest-giants/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/listening-to-the-forest-giants/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:18:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21264 redwoods, CaliforniaWe can learn a lot from redwood trees. Once timber sources, they are now national treasures.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/listening-to-the-forest-giants/feed/ 0 What We Need from the World Parks Congress http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/what-we-need-from-the-world-parks-congress-2/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/what-we-need-from-the-world-parks-congress-2/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:27:44 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21299 A fishermen in Cape Range National Park, Western Australia. (© Jeff Yonover)Dr. Russ Mittermeier outlines three priorities for the 2014 World Parks Congress, which brings scientists, government representatives and conservationists together to discuss how best to protect the Earth’s most important lands and waters.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/what-we-need-from-the-world-parks-congress-2/feed/ 1 3 Ways Conservation Efforts Can Promote Peace http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-ways-conservation-efforts-can-promote-peace/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-ways-conservation-efforts-can-promote-peace/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21211 Buddhist monks, BhutanJust as natural resource destruction has been linked to global conflict, protecting nature can serve as the bedrock for peaceful societies.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/11/3-ways-conservation-efforts-can-promote-peace/feed/ 0 Not Just a Rock: Why You Need Coral Reefs http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/not-just-a-rock-why-you-need-coral-reefs/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/not-just-a-rock-why-you-need-coral-reefs/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21184 http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/not-just-a-rock-why-you-need-coral-reefs/feed/ 5 The Rainforest Speaks — and Costa Rica Listens http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/the-rainforest-speaks-and-costa-rica-listens/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/the-rainforest-speaks-and-costa-rica-listens/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21171 rainforest, Chiapas, MexicoMy country can be a powerful model for countries that still aren't listening to what their rainforests have to say.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/the-rainforest-speaks-and-costa-rica-listens/feed/ 2 Nature Is Speaking — Is Humanity Listening? http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/nature-is-speaking-is-humanity-listening/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/nature-is-speaking-is-humanity-listening/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21052 A Bolivian boy examines a long-horned beetle. (© Trond Larsen)Protecting nature in a bubble is not the answer. People must benefit more from keeping nature intact than from destroying it. ]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/nature-is-speaking-is-humanity-listening/feed/ 1 Environmentalism Gets a Much-needed Rebrand http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/environmentalism-gets-a-much-needed-rebrand/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/environmentalism-gets-a-much-needed-rebrand/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=21032 A Ghanaian woman prepares saabu — a porridge made from maize — for the morning meal. (© Benjamin Drummond)Nature isn't fragile. People are.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/10/environmentalism-gets-a-much-needed-rebrand/feed/ 0 Urban Jungle: How Vulnerable is Bogotá to Climate Change Impacts? http://blog.conservation.org/2014/09/urban-jungle-how-vulnerable-is-bogota-to-climate-change-impacts/ http://blog.conservation.org/2014/09/urban-jungle-how-vulnerable-is-bogota-to-climate-change-impacts/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://blog.conservation.org/?p=20977 South BogotaOur recent study aimed to determine the threat climate change poses to the city's more than 8 million residents.]]> http://blog.conservation.org/2014/09/urban-jungle-how-vulnerable-is-bogota-to-climate-change-impacts/feed/ 3