Foundation News: Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership

May 25, 2015
Working with staff from EcoAdapt and the Point Blue Conservation Science nonprofit, Fellow Brenda Zollitsch co-led a working group at the National Adaptation Forum this year to gather information about wetland work related to stormwater management and restoration/mitigation.Read more >
May 18, 2015
The nexus between energy poverty and climate change are now momentously driving the aims of international development. Hundreds of international leaders are meeting this week at the United Nation's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum to forge next steps. In this context, decentralized...Read more >
May 11, 2015
Start by developing technologies that reduce all the wasted food out there.Read more >
May 11, 2015
For California to meet its climate goals, we need to rethink the role that water plays as a significant electricity consumer and producer.Read more >
Apr 6, 2015
Aurora Lights, a West Virginia environmental non-profit, has taken the next step in nurturing future generations of environmental leaders with the opening of the Mountain Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership (SOL) School in Morgantown in Fall 2014. 2000 Fellow Jen-Osha Buysse is the school's first Director, and she shares her leadership lessons from the past year.Read more >
Mar 27, 2015
A healthy ocean ecosystem is a public good—both locally and globally. Mangroves, corals, and salt marshes protect coastal towns from storms. Oceans store carbon and produce oxygen that benefits us all. And areas of high biodiversity support global fisheries and are essential for resilient and productive oceans.Read more >
Mar 25, 2015
New research published in January reveals that vast stretches of the ocean interior abruptly lost oxygen during the transition out of the last ice age that occurred 17,000–10,000 years ago. This event was the most recent example of large-scale global warming, and was caused primarily by changes in Earth’s orbit around the sun. Past climate events provide informative case studies for understanding what is currently happening to the modern climate system, says 2013 Fellow Sarah Moffitt.Read more >
Mar 10, 2015
For the past three years I have been involved in several projects to test the utility of detecting species in their environment simply by finding their DNA they leave behind. Using environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect species is at the forefront of new tools in the tool box for conservation and...Read more >
Feb 18, 2015
This time last year, Switzer Fellows participated in a citizen-science themed networking call touching on everything from program implementation, to evaluating the scientific rigor of data collected in such programs. Citizen science is a topic of burgeoning importance across many disciplines, as evidenced by the 2014 formation of a Citizen Science Association. In 2015, over 600 attendees from 25 countries participated in the Association’s inaugural conference, held February 11 and 12 in San Jose, CA.Read more >
Feb 14, 2015
With many companies in the goal-planning stage as they retire 2015 targets and set new ones, it is an appropriate time to evaluate our troubled relationship with carbon goals. Despite strong agreement within the scientific community that we need to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, Tim Greiner is not seeing goals that are bold enough to get us where we need to go.Read more >

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