Climate Change Health Human-Wildlife Conflict

Rwandan people and mountain gorillas face changing climate together

All Text and Images: Elham Shabahat This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 27, June 2018 (Republished under under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0).   The Critically Endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), has been brought back from extinction’s brink in Rwanda, with numbers in the Virunga Mountains around Volcanoes National Park estimated at 604 individuals in 2016, up […]

Animal Behavior Human-Wildlife Conflict

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

Top Photo: Red fox under cover of darkness in London. Jamie Hall. For use only with this article. Author: Kaitlyn Gaynor, University of California, Berkeley For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only after the meteor-induced mass […]

Poaching Poverty

Why poachers persist in hunting bushmeat — even though it’s dangerous

Top Photo: Flickr/jbdodane Author: Eli Knapp, Houghton College The illegal hunting of bushmeat, or game meat, has long distressed wildlife conservationists. It has persisted in sub-Saharan Africa, attracting international attention and debate. Enforcement by authorities and community-based initiatives have been tried as anti-poaching approaches, but with mixed results. Overall, wildlife populations have continued to plummet. […]

Global Trade Poaching Wildlife Trafficking

The fight against poaching must shift to empowering communities

Top Photo: Siegfried Modola/Reuters Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town Wildlife crimes – like rhino poaching, overfishing or the harvesting of cycads – were once considered a “green” matter. But this has changed. Such crimes have moved higher up on global security and policy agendas. This is partly linked to concerns about the extinction of […]

Climate Change Deforestation Environment Human Rights Indigenous Communities

Indigenous forests could be a key to averting climate catastrophe

By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 6 November 2017 (Republished under under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND).   A new study finds the world’s tropical forests may no longer be carbon sinks, with a net loss of 425 million tons of carbon from 2003 to 2014. Also, 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon is […]

Environment Noise Pollution Poverty

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

Top Photo: Under the El tracks, downtown Chicago. Franck Michel, CC BY Joan A. Casey, University of California, Berkeley; Peter James, Harvard Medical School , and Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California, Berkeley Most Americans think of cities as noisy places – but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with […]

Environment Food Production Global Health

Micro solutions for a macro problem: How marine algae could help feed the world

  Microalgae (shown here, Haematococcus) convert water and carbon dioxide to oxygen and nutritious biomass in the presence of light. Algaennovation, CC BY William Moomaw, Tufts University and Asaf Tzachor, UCL   Our planet faces a growing food crisis. According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people are regularly undernourished. By 2050, an additional […]

Deforestation Environment Food Production

For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness

Rachael Garrett, Boston University and Joice Ferreira, Federal University of Pará Picture the Brazilian Amazon. You probably don’t see a lot of cows in that image. But, in fact, in this rainforested part of South America – home to the world’s most booming tropical agricultural region – ranching has been the most common land use […]

Climate Change Environment Food Production Global Trade

Unfair trade: US beef has a climate problem

By Sean Mowbray This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 18 October 2017 (Republished under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND). Across the globe, beef consumption, is seeing rapid growth, fed by cheap imports and served by an industrialized agricultural global trade model that’s been linked to a host of environmental impacts, climate change chief among them. Beef consumption in previously meat-light […]

Conservation Spotlight Species Loss

Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers

Pictured above: A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake. Photo by Brittany Mosher, CC BY-ND Article by: Brittany A. Mosher, Colorado State University; Brian Gerber, University of Rhode Island, and Larissa Bailey, Colorado State University The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome […]