Preview: 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee #40whc

Istanbul, Turkey hosts the 40th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee July 10-20, 2016. Hashtag: #40whc The World Heritage Committee will examine proposals to inscribe 29 sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List during its 40th session, which will be chaired by Ambassador Lale Ülker, General Director for Overseas Promotion and Cultural Affairs at the Turkish Ministry of …

Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016

coralsquare Hawai’i – This week (June 19-14) the International Coral Reef Symposium gathers 2,500+ coral reef scientists, policy makers and managers from 97 nations to present the latest research (and more!) in coral sustainability. It’s an important meeting and we’re looking forward to hearing friends and colleagues let us know the highlights. Key links 13th International Coral Reef Symposium …

World Celebrates its own Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day, the largest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. Curiously, this is a little known, big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in 70+ countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, …

State of the World’s Plants

Kew Gardens – State of the World’s Plants 2016 Just Published: State of the World’s Plants Download report (pdf) The report – prepared by Kathy J. Willis and Steve Bachman with contribution from 80 experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London – provides, a first-time ever baseline assessment of our current knowledge on the diversity of plants on …

This Week: #WorldRangerCongress in Colorado

This week the 8th World Ranger Congress takes place in Estes Park, Colorado and provide rangers and protected area professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge, create lasting partnerships, and be inspired by their colleagues. The event takes place at the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park May 21-26. Between 300 and 400 rangers are expected …

Visit Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

This week the new road and contact station were formally inaugurated at the entrance toSloan Canyon National Conservation Area, making this one of most interesting wild places to visit on the weekends in the Las Vegas Lands. That’s saying a lot when there are so many options to #findyourpark along the Grand Circle. More about Sloan …

Hanging out on Biodiversity Day #idb2016

#idb2016 biodiversity hangout May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity (Día Internacional de la Diversidad Biológica). Planeta.com hosts a live video hangout over the #IDB2016 weekend. Friends and colleagues who would like to appear on camera should contact Ron Mader. We can schedule later hangouts if there is interest. Mainstreaming is livestreaming! The …

Desert Notebook

It is the rare storm that penetrates the Sonoran Desert. What litle precipitation does fall comes as a rule from December to March as gentle rains from Pacific weather disturbances, or in late July and August as violent thunderstorms. – John Alcock, Sonoran Desert Spring The humans who confronted the Pima and the Papago in …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates 80th Anniversary

openhouse Las Vegas is the hub of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas. You can #findyourpark in any direction! One of the gems is 30 miles to the north. Desert National Wildlife Refuge includes more than 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower …

Translating Earth Day

Back in the early 1960s U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of  ‘Earth Day’ to then President John F Kennedy in the early 1960s and has officially celebrated since 1972. Earth Day has proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. That said, we’re asking how Earth Day is translated in other languages. …