October: Nature News

Stories from Around the World


© Li Ping/TNC Photo Contest 2022


2022 Photo Contest: See the Beauty of Nature!

Talented photographers from 196 countries and territories submitted more than 100,000 images that captured the beauty, complexity, and raw power of nature. We’re excited to announce that the grand prize winner for our 2022 Photo Contest is Li Ping from China! Congratulations on such an outstanding photo.

See More Outstanding Photos and the Stories Behind the Submissions!


Barbados Commits to Ambitious Ocean Conservation 

An innovative financial deal with the government of Barbados will unlock $50 million to help Barbados protect up to 30% of its marine ecosystems.

See Why This Is Big News for Barbados and Ocean Conservation


From Nature Conservancy Magazine: Pine Country 

For millennia, longleaf pine forests stretched 92 million acres across the U.S. Southeast. Today, less than 5 million acres remain. But a growing effort to recover this ecosystem—and a piece of the region’s natural heritage—is taking root across the South.

See the Legacy of Longleaf Pine and Efforts to Save It


New Yorker Event: The Power of Nature to Improve Public Health 

What solutions can nature provide in tackling the challenge of climate change? Urban forests clean the air and cool down streets. Life-saving medicines are made from ingredients found in the Amazon Rainforest, which, in turn, pulls carbon out of the atmosphere. For this New Yorker event, our panel of experts discuss why planetary health is human health—and the urgency of making sure nature’s benefits reach everyone.

Join Us for this Virtual Panel on Oct. 7, 7 p.m. ET  


An Outpouring of Support for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Nature Conservancy has sent a strong signal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that Americans support permanent safeguards for Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

From all 50 states and five territories, 31,580 people signed a petition urging protections for Bristol Bay, which is threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine. If built, it would be the largest open-pit mine in North America.

See Why 31,580 People Support Bristol Bay



PHOTOGRAPHING CLIMATE CHANGE A fan-throated lizard poses before the turbines of a wind farm in India. © Sandesh Kadur/TNC Photo Contest 2022. 

This year’s newly established climate category in our Global Photo Contest allowed photographers to show us their perspective on our changing planet. The winning climate photo features the fan-throated lizard (Sarada superba) amongst a wind farm in the Satara district of India. Researchers believe that wind farms have created an environment of few predators for the lizard which is causing changes in their behavior and morphology.

See more of our winners and submissions!




How the Northeast’s Extreme Drought Could Spoil this Year’s Fall Colors 

Severe drought has been spreading and intensifying in New England, prompting concerns over how vibrant the region’s fall colors show will be and whether the muted outlook could impact its multi-billion dollar fall tourism industry. Andy Finton, landscape conservation director and forest ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, talked to CNN.com about this season’s foliage outlook. 

Read CNN.com to learn about how drought could mute the fall colors you see this year


Barbados Swaps $150 Million of Sovereign Debt to Save Sea 

Barbados has struck a deal to buy back a portion of its $531 million debt, replacing it with lower-cost debt that comes with repayment guarantees from The Nature Conservancy and the Inter-American Development Bank. This will free up about $50 million over 15 years—money that will be used to expand official protections to coral reefs and other ocean environments.

Read Bloomberg.com to learn about this innovative finance deal



Dreaming Big For Forest Restoration 

The Dave Matthews Band is supporting forest restoration around the globe and has reached 75% of their goal to plant 3M trees by the end of 2022. 

Help Us Reach 3M Trees


Join Us & Take Action 

Earth needs us to work together now, to solve the climate and biodiversity crises. You can help our planet by volunteering, making a pledge, and so much more. 

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