Ecosystem services: critics and defenders debate

It seemed like a case of perceptual vigilance, where suddenly the cool thing you just learned about appears to be everywhere. From a Wikipedia article on pollination to a widely-read Wired Science story on bats, the concept of ecosystem services, …

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Road Map: explaining the Natural Capital Project and refining our story

Back at school and shaking off the accumulated inertia of spring break, Julia, my co-blogger, and I sat down to talk about Science, Upstream. “We should post a blog soon, huh?” said Julia, looking more ready to play ultimate frisbee …

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Out of the field, but still experimenting

Midnight sun in Barrow, by MarmotChaser, http://www.flickr.com/photos/9702212@N03/2645590772/

When Mary Ruckelshaus, managing director for the Natural Capital Project, began her career as a biologist more than 20 years ago she would arrive at Washington’s San Juan Islands in the middle of the night. Lighting the world with …

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Field Trip: A first foray into real-time science reporting

The wind was whipping as we stood on a ridge two thousand feet over Stanford University, fiddling with video equipment and preparing to talk environmental conservation with an economist.

Julia, my partner in this experiment, was worried about our audio …

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