The way we develop and use energy is changing. Worldwide energy demand is expected to grow rapidly over the next 50 years, and new energy sources are being developed at an ever-increasing pace. While shifts in energy production offer benefits, they also carry risks to people, water, and wildlife.
North America is at the center of this 21st Century energy revolution. By 2050 new energy developments in the United States are projected to cover an area the size of Minnesota.
The Nature Conservancy provides tools for smart-siting development that steers energy production away from the most important water and wildlife areas, minimizes damage, and offsets harms when they do occur. When damage to wildlife habitat occurs and habitat elsewhere is created or improved to offset that loss, it is called “mitigation”.
The Nature Conservancy brings its science-based, collaborative approach to making energy development safer and more responsible, as well as to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting renewable energy.
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Nels Johnson, the Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Energy program, channels President Teddy Roosevelt and reviews new energy plans for National Geographic.
More than 600 square miles of sunny desert away from important wildlife habitat is fast-tracked for solar development in the Mojave Desert.
Central Appalachian voters strongly support protecting forests in the face of expanding natural gas development.
This educational video from the Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program explains what energy is, where it comes from, and how we can harvest it and use it in ways that protect nature.
Director of Central Appalachians Whole System Program Thomas Minney explains what’s at stake as energy development expands in the Central Appalachians and how we can reduce impacts on nature and natural resources in the region.