Biodiversity Land Conservation Wildlife Conservation

Scientists urge world leaders to scale up ambitions to protect global biodiversity

Research has shown that a sixth mass extinction event is underway and largely driven by human activities. With the global population set to balloon to 10 billion people by 2050, which will more than double the current demand for food and water, scientists are increasingly calling for mankind to set aside sufficient amounts of ecosystems […]

Conservation Biology Obituary Wildlife Conservation

The Voice of Jaguars: Remembering Alan Rabinowitz

Top photo: Alan Rabinowitz, PopTech 2010 by Kris Krüg (CC BY-SA 2.0) By Ben Lybarger Last month Alan Rabinowitz – zoologist, conservationist, and co-founder of Panthera – passed away at the age of 64. When he was just a painfully awkward child locked inside himself by a debilitating stutter, he’d often visit the big cats at the Bronx Zoo. […]

Avian Conservation Biodiversity Species Loss

8 species of birds have possibly gone extinct over past few decades

Top photo: A Spix’s Macaw. Image © Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation. Author: Shreya Dasgupta  A new study has found that eight species of birds are likely to have completely disappeared in the past couple of decades. Researchers recommend that three species currently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List be reclassified as extinct, while one […]

Agriculture Food Production Land Conservation

How to conserve half the planet without going hungry

Top photo: Terraced rice fields in northwest Vietnam. (Shutterstock) Authors: Zia Mehrabi, University of British Columbia; Erle C. Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Navin Ramankutty, University of British Columbia Every day there are roughly 386,000 new mouths to feed, and in that same 24 hours, scientists estimate between one and 100 species will […]

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 […]

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 […]

Amphibians and Reptiles Conservation Spotlight Herpetology 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 […]

Deforestation Environment Indigenous Communities

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism. President Michel Temer’s office will issue a new decree Tuesday that “restores the conditions of the area, according to the document that instituted the reserve in 1984,” the Ministry of […]

Conservation Spotlight

200,000 of Peru’s primates trafficked for pet trade or bushmeat yearly

Estimates show that the illegal domestic and international trade in Peruvian primates is dramatically diminishing threatened primate species. By Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa. This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com. (Republished under Published underCreative Commons BY-NC-ND). Peru has 71 primate species, 8 of which are endemic — all are at risk from trafficking; hunters often target the most endangered […]