The Power of the Hive: New Climate Fund Centers Southern Women of Color (PDF in new tab)

The new Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice seeks to catalyze a deeply rooted climate response in the South by centering the leadership of black, Indigenous and other women of color. Southern women of color have a long track record of advancing social justice. They also play a pivotal role in grassroots environmental movements in the U.S. (and Global) South, leading groups that are often overlooked by grantmakers in favor of larger, more institutional, white- and male-led nonprofits.

All Water Is Connected: Citizen Scientists Monitor Virginia Water Quality (PDF in new tab)

When we visit the beach, water quality is the last thing most of us want to worry about. Virginia Beach receives more than 15 million tourists each year, and both the state Department of Health and a local branch of the Surfrider Foundation are checking water quality to make sure visiting beachgoers and locals alike are safe. Surfrider is a nonprofit that works to protect oceans and beaches, and its Blue Water Task Forces (BWTF) conduct local water testing to augment government data collection.

Behind a Search for Breakthrough Ideas to Capture River Plastic Before It Reaches the Ocean

An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year. As plastic becomes part of oceanic food chains and the Earth’s water cycle, organisms die off and particles contaminate rain, tap water, food and human bodily waste. The severity of this problem is now more widely recognized, and some companies, states and countries are adjusting plastic regulations.

In the Latest Big Campus Environmental Gift, a Push to Cross Boundaries

State support for higher education still drags behind historical levels despite some gains in recent years, and many universities continue to run ambitious fundraising campaigns. Charitable giving to colleges and universities continued its climb during the 2018-2019 fiscal year when these institutions raised more than $49.6 billion in the 10th straight annual increase. Donations that support environmental programs constitute an increasingly active branch of higher ed funding. We’ve seen individ

Apache, Comanche Win in Federal Court: Company Ordered to Remove Oil Pipeline and Vacate

(EnviroNews USA Headline News Desk) — Cado County, Oklahoma — On March 28, 2017, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ordered the natural gas pipeline company Enable Midstream Partners (Enable) to remove a pipeline running through tribal lands. The land in Caddo County is held in trust by the federal government for members of the Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Caddo and Cherokee tribes.

A Tree Grows in Richmond: Southside Moves from Redlining to Greening

At the peak of a Virginia summer, the difference between the sun and shade is stark. High urban temperatures can be dangerous in the capital city of Richmond. Trees can provide substantial cooling, pull pollution from air and water, and beautify neighborhoods. But in Richmond and other U.S. cities, the racist housing policy of redlining has resulted in less tree canopy for many neighborhoods with predominantly Black residents, making them now hotter in the summer.

How You Can Help Combat Climate Change

Advice from a fellow of Royal Society on how we, as a society and as individuals, can help the climate recover. England’s Royal Society, the national academy founded on November 28, 1660, is still churning out loads of scientific excellence. In this blog, a current fellow shares how we can all help combat climate change. On November 28, 1660, English scientist Christopher Wren spoke at Gresham College in Central London, launching what is now the Royal Society, the U.K.’s independent national science academy.

Why Does Hamilton’s Producer Want to Clone Giant Trees? (PDF in new tab)

Trees absorb and hold carbon, a trait increasingly recognized as vital in the era of global warming. Of course, they also release oxygen, clean air and water, lower temperatures, reduce erosion and provide habitats, food and medicines, among other helpful traits. But only a small percentage of the oldest and most powerful trees on Earth remain standing. A Broadway couple that recently took up the cause of forests...

To Protect a Critical Forest in Appalachia, a Foundation Goes Beyond Grantmaking — Inside Philanthropy

While the coal industry continues to decline, the communities and lands of Appalachia are in transition. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and its funders are playing a significant role in reimagining coal country. In the spring and summer of 2019, TNC acquired 253,000 acres of land in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, which it will place under sustainable forestry management as the Cumberland Forest Project. A $20 million loan in the form of a program-related investment (PRI) from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) played a big role in this land purchase.

To Protect the Seas from Rising Threats, a Top Grantmaker Looks to Indonesia

As our oceans face mounting threats like climate change, unsustainable fishing and pollution, innovative nonprofits and funders are on the move. Recently, we’ve checked in with some heavily invested marine foundations like Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Waitt Foundation. Marine planning and the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) in countries around the world has emerged as a popular strategy.

Defenders of Wildlife Announces New Satellite Data Program to Track Wildlife Habitat Loss (PDF in new tab)

On Aug. 3, 2017, Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) released a pilot report demonstrating how satellite data, remote sensing and cloud computing can be used to monitor wildlife habitat loss. Defenders’ Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI), which focuses on the use of technology and data in protecting endangered species, relied on figures from NASA and the European Space Agency ...

Help Audubon Protect Threatened Birds by Participating in the Climate Watch Program

For people who want to help the birds, Audubon runs a community science program called Climate Watch that gives volunteers resources to monitor these range shifts. Brooke Bateman, Audubon senior climate scientist, told us that Audubon uses the term community science because they find it to be a “more inclusive and welcoming” term for everyone in United States, as opposed to citizen science. Within Climate Watch, volunteers team up with coordinators to learn how to participate in two annual bird
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