Disease Ecology Global Health Wildlife Trafficking

Conservationists set the record straight on COVID-19’s wildlife links

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been characterized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. As the virus spreads, so too does misinformation about its origins. Rumors that COVID-19 was manufactured in a lab or that we know with full certainty which animal host passed the disease to humans are unfounded. Given the clear […]

Ecology Economy Environment

What price tag would you put on a walk in the woods?

Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly factored into land management decisions. But what about less tangible benefits? Author: Olivia McRae Top Photo: Ben Lybarger This article originally appeared at Ensia.com and is reproduced here under Creative Commons licensing (CC BY-ND 3.0) Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly […]

Citizen Science Climate Change

Spring is arriving earlier across the US, and that’s not always good news

Cover Photo: Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains. Katja Schulz/Wikipedia, CC BY Author: Theresa Crimmins, University of Arizona Across much of the United States, a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. In parts of the Southeast, spring […]

Conservation Spotlight Consumerism

Global consumer demands fuel the extinction crisis facing the world’s primates

Analysis by Alejandro Estrada and Paul A. Garber. (This article originally appeared at Mongabay.com on 29 December 2019. Republished here under Creative Commons license, CC BY-ND 4.0) Alejandro Estrada of the Institute of Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Paul A. Garber of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois-Urbana […]

Agriculture Environment

Improved Pesticide Testing: A Better Way To Protect Our Environment

By Efstathia Robakis Synthetic pesticides can be a hot-button issue–they may be important in maximizing crop yields for an ever-growing global population, but they have also been implicated in the ongoing decline in biodiversity, despite their perception as being highly regulated. This disconnect, between seemingly-tight regulations and the environmental reality we are facing, might be […]

Economy Ethics

Why a market model is destroying the safeguards of the professions

Photo courtesy T Grace Emori / CDC Author: Lisa Herzog / Edited by Sally Davies The young doctor was desperate. ‘I need to talk to my patients,’ she said, ‘and give them time to ask questions. Some of them are foreign-born and struggle with the language, and all of them are in distress! But I […]

Poaching Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Trafficking

We asked people in Vietnam why they use rhino horn. Here’s what they said

Cover Photo: Malaysia’s wildlife department seized 50 African rhino horns destined for Vietnam last year.  EPA-EFE/FAZRY ISMAIL Authors: Vu Hoai Nam Dang, University of Copenhagen and Martin Reinhardt Nielsen, University of Copenhagen Vietnam is one of the world’s largest consumers of rhino horn, contributing to the continued poaching of rhinos in the wild. Last year in Africa […]

Biodiversity Ecology

In praise of parasites

They worm into snails and infect the brains of fish. They’ve also found their way into Kevin Lafferty’s heart. He sees them as beautiful examples of sophisticated evolution, and as keys to ecosystem balance. By Kenneth R. Weiss This article originally appeared in Knowable Magazine, an independent journalistic endeavor from Annual Reviews, and is republished here under […]

Animal Behavior Climate Change Environment

Termites actively help save soils during droughts, study finds

Author: Shreya Dasgupta Researchers studying the effects of termites in an old-growth tropical forest in Malaysian Borneo found that both termite numbers and activity increased during the El Niño drought of 2015-2016, resulting in higher leaf litter decomposition and soil moisture compared to a test plot where the termite population had been artificially suppressed. These improvements […]

Conservation Spotlight Indigenous Communities Wildlife Conservation

Engaging communities to protect orangutans: Interview with Liana Chua

Author: James Fair Conservation efforts have traditionally focused too much on wildlife and not enough on human communities, says social anthropologist Liana Chua. When it comes to orangutans, Chua says indigenous communities in Borneo are unlikely to share the concerns and priorities of international conservation organizations. Killing of orangutans by humans is a major threat to […]