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In the meantime, see what questions Conservancy scientists have answered thus far.
Fruits and vegetables require tons of water to grow. So what's a water-conscious vegetarian to do?
Is there a way to get a job in the field of conservation, even if one doesn't have a four-year degree?
Can mobile phones revolutionize how we care for the planet… and improve people’s lives in the process?
Does living in a city mean you're less connected to the natural world? Our scientist tackles one reader’s complex question.
Does the Conservancy allow hunting on its preserve? And if so, why?
How could religion actually help environmentalists solve some of the huge problems facing our planet? Find out.
In Vietnam's Central Highlands, coffee plantations are a leading cause of deforestation, but also a leading source of income for local people. One resident wants to know, how can his people earn a living and reduce their impact on the environment?
A reader from Ohio helped save 170 acres of forest from development.But do such efforts to save small forest tracts really have much of an impact? Find out.
With extreme floods in the news lately—Pakistan, Australia, Brazil—it's hard to believe that the world has a water scarcity problem. Or that some of these same places also suffer from severe drought. What's going on with water around the globe? Our freshwater scientist explains.
Read our scientist's explanation for why it's important to preserve biodiversity. Learn more.
A Facebook friend from Texas wants to know: is the Conservancy involved inside military bases to promote or teach the base managers about its impact on their local environment? Find out.
A reader asks how she can help save important wetlands while helping her real estate clients. Learn more.
Sanjayan offers his top 10 tips for how to be a conservationist. See them now.
People inadvertently put cranes in harm’s way when they attract these birds with feed. Learn more.
Many species went extinct after humans came along. Should we restore the balance? Learn more.
A reader is planning to retire in Florida, but first wants to know what the climate change impacts could be there. Learn more.
A concerned camper from Florida wrote to us with a burning question: how does the CO2 output of campfires compare to letting wood rot? Find out.
How does our work to restore fire in landscapes impact the carbon stored in these forests? See how.
Climate models project more precipitation and more intense storms as our climate warms. Learn more.
Go inside the Conservancy's headquarters and see how we're reducing our carbon footprint. Learn more.
Can owners of small, wooded plots of land participate in the carbon market of the future? Learn more.
More than 40 states already participate in a "climate registry" that collects emissions data. Learn more.
Can urban forests help sequester carbon and offset emissions? Learn more.
Ocean acidification is slowly weakening corals and reef structure, and is hard to detect. Learn more.
Which is better for reducing the impacts of climate change? Learn more.
Healthier, more intact habitats are able to better adapt to changes. Learn more.
Is this iconic coral reef system disappearing? Find out.
Can we control the exploding population of invasive lionfish in the Atlantic? Find out.
The outlook for coral reefs is pretty gloomy—can they be saved? Find out.
One-and-a-half years after the oil spill, the Gulf isn't making news headlines much anymore, says one reader. But how is the Gulf doing now, and what will its future be? Read more.
More than 85 percent of the world's shellfish have been lost—which is why the Conservancy is rebuilding oyster reefs. One eco-minded reader wants to know: can this work be done from recycled concrete? Read more.
As oil washes on the shores of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida, one can't help but wonder: Is there any hope for the future of our Gulf States? Find out.
Mike Beck gives us perspective on how the BP oil spill will affect the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more.
Our freshwater scientists answers how he sees the world's ever-expanding population handling any potential water shortages.
Our conservation scientist in Illinois talks about the good and the bad about dams. Learn more.
Reporters and media use the term "overgrowth" when describing why forest fires are so intense, but isn't there a carrying capacity in nature that would prevent this from occurring?
At the national level, we are working to prevent invasive species from being introduced to market. See how.
Why do invasive species get such a bad rap? Learn more.
If you have a green thumb, you may have noticed that some plant nurseries still sell invasive species. Who is responsible for putting a stop to this?
How does airline travel negate other efforts to reduce your impact on the planet? A whole lot!
One reader wants to make sure his clothing budget goes toward "green" choices. Check out our advice for him!
You want to bike to work (good for you!) but are a little intimidated by all the gear and preparation—here are some tips to make it easier!
What's the best way to dispose of your non-compostable food scraps (like chicken bones)—in the trash or garbage disposal?
One reader points out that installing home solar systems seems a lot less efficient than installing large, industrial ones—so why all the focus on residential solar power?
Plastic-wrapped veggies, bulk food, compostable containers — the different packaging choices at your local grocery store can be confusing. Our expert weighs in on the greenest option for your groceries.
Is furniture made from "parawood" (also known as rubberwood) an environmentally friendly option? Our forest expert in Asia Pacific explains why you might want to steer clear of this supposedly sustainable choice.
You want to do your part to protect the environment, and using eco-friendly cleaning products at home is one way. Or is it? Our readers want to know if so-called "green" cleaning agents actually benefit nature, or if they're just a marketing ploy. Learn more.
Planting native shrubbery is an easy way to provide needed resources for wildlife survival. Learn how.September 10, 2013