Costa Rica is breathtaking in its biodiversity. Rainforests drip with clicking invertebrates, and seas teem with swirling fish. Costa Rica has shores on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and with the rainforest in between, it's no wonder the country vibrates with such incredible flora and fauna. Here, you'll find six species of felines, four species of primates, and five of the remaining seven species of sea turtles, including the distinguished baulas.
Baula is the term Central Americans use to describe leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Between the months of March and July, female baulas can be found struggling up the beaches on the Caribbean shores of Costa Rica. Agile in the water, they labor in the sand to follow an ancient path out of the ocean. Under the cover of night, they ... Read More
The Facts on Trash
We all know that trash, especially plastic waste, is a big world problem right now. To put some numbers to it, each year the worlds’ nations generate 1.3 billion tons of solid waste. That amounts to 1.2 kilograms (2.64 pounds) per person per day.
According to The World Bank, “With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025.”
Considering that more than half the world’s population does not have access to regular trash collection or management, the environmental pollution and health problems associated with the toxicity of trash will also rise.
In terms of economy, trash is a financial burden, requiring cities to spend 20% to 50% of their budgets on waste management.
And can you guess who generates the most waste? The United States. Followed by China, Brazil, Japan, and Germany.
“The more urban and... Read More
For the next few months, we're celebrating great women in science, so let's start by highlighting famous and not-so-famous (yet!) women doing impressive work in conservation science.
Why? To show all aspiring young girls that you, too, can do great good in the world through science. That without these women, the world would be a poorer place. And that with more women in science, there is more opportunity for creativity, invention, and progress.
It's part of our larger #STEM4Good campaign. We hope you'll share our campaign and help us engage more girls in science this year.
Sylvia Earle is an American oceanographer and explorer on the level of Jacques Cousteau. She is known for her research on marine algae, as a pioneer of the use of SCUBA gear, and as a life-long conservation leader, who also happened to hold the world record... Read More