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Communicating across cultures

I’m Canadian. Well...really...I’m "kinda Canadian" according to my wife. I came south from Ottawa in 1987 right after high school where we met. She stayed in the nation’s capital before immigrating to Seattle last year. Born and raised in Vancouver she’s shared many stories of the spectacular places she visited…

A reality check on biomass ambitions

To combat climate change and reduce petroleum imports, some countries have started to adopt strong targets for renewable energy. For example, European Union law requires 20% of energy to be from renewable sources by 2020, and is targeting 27% renewable energy by 2030. So far, biomass is by far the largest contributor…

2014 Midterms: What they mean, and don’t mean, for conservation

Election Day 2014 is in the history books and it’s a logical time to take stock. Check these items in particular: which political forces can conservationists hope to influence, and which are beyond their control? First, the 2014 Midterms were clearly not about conservation. They were a typical American voter…

Dear Forest Service: Today’s John Muir shoots video

The US Forest Service has waltzed into a political minefield over its requirement that journalists and bloggers obtain permits to shoot pictures and video in Congressionally designated wilderness areas. The agency appears to not know where to step, lest it trigger another explosion. Here is some friendly advice: Abandon course.…

Southern forests, European electricity?

Yep, you read that headline right. Across the beautiful, super-diverse and sometimes ancient woodlands of the southern US, entire forests are being leveled to feed European power plants. The driver is a loophole in European Union climate and clean energy law that prompted massive demand for wood pellets to fire…

The first rule of talking about nitrogen…

Who cares about nitrogen pollution? Chances are, you do. You just don’t know it yet. Nitrogen as an element is absolutely necessary to life, but as with so many essentials, you can have too much of a good thing. Excess nitrogen – from tailpipes, smokestacks and most seriously from manures…

Interview: Amy Marquis, The Digital Naturalist

If anyone knows about effective film and photography advocacy, it is Amy Marquis. In an effort to help others understand the world of digital advocacy, she created The Digital Naturalist in 2010, a website that examines the elements of what makes advocacy videos go viral or be a complete flop.…

Ready for Toxic Algae Season

Toxic algae – sometimes called harmful algal blooms – is a particular threat in the warm summer months, when polluted runoff from farms, feedlots, lawns and septic fields meets warm waters that allow dangerous algae growth to explode. For the second year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s…

Utah: A window to the West

The media frenzy created twice now by the actions of extremist attitudes has painted a story about conflict and public lands that a lot of folks across the country are tempted to buy into because it satisfies their fuzzy notions about the romantic West. Unfortunately, while the mindset of Cliven…

White House Champions of Change: Celebrando

On March 18, 2014, Resource Media partners Azul and Latino Outdoors were present at the White House “Champions of Change” Leaders in Conservation event, honoring those that are engaging “the next generation of environmental conservationist”. Marce Gutiérrez, founder-director of Azul and Program Director at Resource Media, and José González, founder-director of Latino Outdoors, were nominated and…