New Study on Nature and Human Health

A recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research offers an interesting critique of existing research on the health benefits associated with spending time in nature. The authors do not discount the connections that have been made so far, but rather they attempt to identify potential gaps in the current body of research […]

Amazon Rainforest Census

In an effort to create and support more effective conservation policies, Brazil recently announced its plan to conduct a large scale census of the Amazon Rainforest, called the National Forest Inventory. Scientists and policy makers need accurate data about the rainforest ecosystem in order to assess its health and address its specific needs. As the […]

True Eco-Tourism: A Book Review

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell is a travel memoir like we’ve never seen before. Instead of traveling to and writing about pristine environments and utopian vacation spots, Blackwell seeks out the most polluted, ravaged, and damaged parts of our planet in an effort to understand the true relationship between humans and nature, and perhaps […]

Permaculture: Permanent Agriculture, Permanent Culture

In 2013, humans will face many environmental challenges on this terran world. Climate change, among many other ecological concerns, will greatly affect the world in ways that we cannot always predict. In the face of looming catastrophe and wild changes to Earth’s surface, perhaps securing vital resources will become more of a priority. Resources, like […]

Christmas Trees and Climate Change

Douglass Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine – no matter what type of tree we choose to adorn with lights and ornaments this year, the Christmas tree is truly a special yuletide tradition. But before these beautiful coniferous tree species are harvested for the holidays, they comprise the world’s vast northern boreal forests. Coniferous […]

A Potential Solution to Antibiotic-resistant “Super Bugs”

It sounds too scary to be true, but doctors and scientists are finding more drug-resistant bacteria in our water, soil, food – and bodies – than ever before.  Antibiotics typically used to maintain human health such as penicillin and tetracycline are hidden in household products like antibacterial soaps and cleaners, and even fed to animals […]