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In Lead Up To Biodiversity Summit, Big Commitments to Nature

In Lead Up To Biodiversity Summit, Big Commitments to Nature

This morning a major global effort to finance nature gets a huge “deposit” as Ministers from Germany, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Canada, and Norway, as well as business leaders, UN leaders, and major philanthropists, promise to spend billions to safeguard biodiversity.

Why This Matters:  Last week was Climate Week and this week it is nature and biodiversity’s turn at center stage.

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Officials Blame Bacteria for Elephant Deaths, Conservationists Still Have Questions

Officials Blame Bacteria for Elephant Deaths, Conservationists Still Have Questions

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Monday, Botswanan officials announced their findings following an investigation into the sudden and mysterious deaths of 356 elephants.  The investigation found that neurotoxins caused by an algal bloom in a large rain puddle poisoned the animals. However, many conservationists remain skeptical, largely because the government has yet to release […]

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One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out click button

One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out

A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN.  The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]

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Supporting Our Living Planet

Supporting Our Living Planet

The World Wildlife Fund’s recently released 2020 Living Planet report made one thing clear: the past 50 years have been an unsustainable path for biodiversity. Humans need nature, and the costs of ignoring the staggering loss of global wildlife populations (68% since 1970) are immense for our wellbeing and for that of our planet. To […]

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New Report Shows Just How Much It Would Cost to Protect Nature

New Report Shows Just How Much It Would Cost to Protect Nature

Yesterday the Paulson Institute, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Cornell University released a major new report which takes the most in-depth and comprehensive analysis ever completed about biodiversity financing. Timed in conjunction with the run-up to the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the report highlights the total investment needed to […]

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Climate Change Kills Thousands of Birds in the Southwest

Climate Change Kills Thousands of Birds in the Southwest

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer On Sunday, journalist Austin Fisher stumbled on a horrifying sight: hundreds of bird carcasses scattered across the hiking path. This isn’t an isolated incident; thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably dropped dead, falling out of the sky into nature reserves, golf courses, and driveways across the southwestern US. The […]

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