25 November 2014
In early November, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its fifth and most in-depth report on climate change. The results were grim, as climate change reports these days tend to be. The atmosphere and oceans have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, sea levels have risen, and the concentration of carbon dioxide has increased. Our influence on the climate system is real and growing every day.
17 November 2014
New ideas for a UK-based citizen science project are being sought by Earthwatch.
We are looking to develop and support a new flagship project that meaningfully involves members of the public in data collection. The project must contribute new knowledge to scientific priorities and inform plans or policies to improve management and stewardship of biodiversity, ecosystems or land/seascapes.
The project will engage and inspire the public, increase awareness, and foster pro-conservation behaviour and environmental stewardship. We are looking to collaborate with project leaders who have a strong interest in science communication and public engagement to facilitate interactions and outcomes beyond academia.
28 October 2014
In December, Earthwatch’s new Lead Scientist Dr. Cristina Eisenberg will join Climate Change and Caterpillars in Costa Rica. Led by University of Nevada’s Dr. Lee Dyer, the aim of the project is to study the complex relationships between caterpillars, the plants they eat, the parasitoids that eat them, and the climate changes that will reshape the rainforest.
24 October 2014
Earthwatch joins thousands of environmental leaders at the sixth prestigious World Parks Congress November 12th -19th. Happening once every 10 years, this year will set the agenda on Protected Areas Management for the next decade.
24 October 2014
It's not often a C-level (CEO, CFO, COO) executive can combine family, business and science! However, last weekend, Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th, Michelle Joy, Director of the Earthwatch Foundation harnessed the opportunity by inviting 6 leaders and their families on an Earthwatch Expedition.
21 October 2014
Paleontologist Dr. Larry Agenbroad is a rare gem who doesn’t just live life; he inspires passion in the lives of others. For more than 40 years, he has been the site director of the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota: the longest continuous Earthwatch project in existence. In 2014, Dr. Larry Agenbroad will retire from the Mammoth Site, but the memory of his expeditions will continue to ignite and inspire the lives of the Earthwatch volunteers he touched. The following is a mere snapshot of the reams of lives he has touched, and his scientific contributions.
17 October 2014
Many people long to see animals, which human impacts have made locally extinct, brought back to the UK. Last night an audience of about 1000 listened to the complex issue through the personal experiences of five speakers working on the “front line” of rewilding, at the Earthwatch debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
23 September 2014
Wow. I’m back in Boston after a whirlwind weekend in New York City for the People’s Climate March. The March surpassed everyone’s expectations, drawing over 400,000 people (only 100,000 were expected) including policy makers, environmental and social activists, students, scientists, business leaders, labor workers, doctors, celebrities, and many more. Some of the more high-profile marchers were UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Scientist Jane Goodall, former Vice President Al Gore, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and newly appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio. The march in New York was just a piece of the movement too. More than 2,600 events in over 150 countries over the weekend showcased the global People’s Climate Mobilization.
22 September 2014
Marine ecosystems worldwide are affected by ‘marine debris’, human-produced rubbish mostly made up of plastics. Marine debris includes consumer items such as glass or plastic bottles, cans, bags, balloons, rubber, metal fibreglass, and other manufactured materials that end up in our ocean.
CSIRO recently released a new report after three years of research that sheds light on the source of Australian coastal debris, and the impact it is having on our marine friends. The research found the major source of rubbish on Australian beaches came from Australia.
As the largest and most comprehensive research project of its kind, this survey forms an integral part of TeachWild, a marine debris research and education program developed by Earthwatch in partnership with CSIRO and Shell Australia’s National Social Investment Program.
19 September 2014
Hi Earthwatchers! My name is Greg and I’m a new Research Intern at Earthwatch’s Boston office. This weekend I will be traveling to New York City to join in the People’s Climate March. If you haven’t heard of the March, it’s a global movement to raise awareness about the serious and immediate issue of climate change. Promising to be the largest climate march in history, with over 1400 collaborating organizations from businesses to schools to environmental groups, the People’s Climate March hopes to inspire politicians and world leaders to recognize and take action on global climate issues through peaceful demonstration and the sheer enormity of public participation. The “march” part of the People’s Climate March is happening this Sunday, September 21st starting at 11:30 am and other related events, demonstrations, and presentations will be occurring all weekend.