Can Cities Save Nature?

Can Cities Save Nature?

  FOR DECADES, the San Antonio River south of the city’s downtown flowed through concrete channels and between shores covered in Johnson grass, its eight miles channelized – straightened and cleared of vegetation – to control flooding. A few years ago,...

Dining With the Enemy

  Invasivore – noun. One who eats invasive species. Invasivory – verb. The practice of eating invasive species.   WE’VE PULLED, CHOPPED, SAWED, YANKED, BURNED and even poisoned them. Now people are trying another way to get rid of invasive plants –...

Oil and Water

THE 22-FOOT FIBERGLASS BOAT slid over a line of bright-orange boom, some of the more than 30,000 feet of surface and absorbent material surrounding marsh-covered Coffee Island, just off the coast of Alabama. Jeff DeQuattro, coastal project manager for The Nature...

Trail Blazers

GROWING UP IN TEXAS, I learned to appreciate wildflowers mostly from the window of a car. A particularly spectacular field of bluebonnets might earn a stop on the highway shoulder, but that was as good as it got. As an adult, I found that true appreciation of nature’s...

People Power

FOR 10 DAYS LAST FALL, Phillippa Francq of St. Petersburg, Florida, hiked muddy hills in the Puerto Rico rainforest, taking measurements and recording data. Francq, 70, joined other volunteers on an Earthwatch expedition helping to research sustainable tropical...