Before Two Degrees: State Birds Become Sitting Ducks to Climate Change

May 12, 2017

When the Louisiana state legislature declared the Brown Pelican its state bird in 1966, it was not in homage to a flourishing estuarine species, but more a commemoration of a charismatic coastal bird that had become all but a ghost. Two decades of DDT had devastated the population across its range, leaving the birds teetering Read more

Before Two Degrees: Diagnosing the Pollinator Problem

December 1, 2016

By Savannah Miller, GWC guest blogger Imagine the Rocky Mountains as you would the human body. Think of the organs as the slopes, meadows, valleys, and forests, and the heart as the snow-packed peaks, feeding the landscape with snowmelt through its arteries—the Rio Grande, Yellowstone and Saskatchewan. But it’s our necessary warriors, the pollinators, that Read more

Before Two Degrees (Part I): The Silencing of a Symphony

October 26, 2016

By Savannah Miller, GWC guest blogger There’s an air of nostalgia in Panama, especially on August 14. On this day, the streets of El Valle de Anton are filled with a kaleidoscopic of yellow and black dots to honor one of the country’s most ubiquitous cultural and ecological icons: the Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki). Read more

Before Two Degrees: Introduction

October 20, 2016

By Savannah Miller, GWC guest blogger I never imagined that I would meet Jane Goodall, and I certainly had not imagined meeting her under dire circumstances. I was lingering in a hallway of the Le Bourget, the Paris headquarters of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) in 2015. There she was. The woman, world leader, Read more