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Scientists Say Oceans Can Be Restored by 2050, With Big Commitments to Conservation

Scientists Say Oceans Can Be Restored by 2050, With Big Commitments to Conservation

A new study published in the journal Nature has revealed that oceans are remarkably resilient and could be restored to health by 2050 if “major pressures—including climate change—are mitigated.” As the BBC reported, the researchers identified nine components that are key to rebuilding the oceans: salt marshes, mangroves, seagrasses, coral reefs, kelp, oyster reefs, fisheries, […]

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Protecting Nature Protects Human Health–We Need to Be Better At Both

Protecting Nature Protects Human Health–We Need to Be Better At Both

As people begin to build and expand into more wild areas, it’s more likely that they’ll come in contact with viruses that circulate in animals. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that three-quarters of “new or emerging” diseases that infect humans originate in nonhuman animals. As we’ve learned from […]

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Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]

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China Bans Wildlife Trade, Loopholes Remain

The rapidly-spreading coronavirus is thought to have originated in China’s Wuhan Huanan live animal market. As Grace Ge Gabriel, the Regional Director of Asia at the International Fund for Animal Welfare recently wrote in her Bright Ideas op-ed of the market, “The sign from the store with “wild tastes” in its name reads like a […]

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Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Pete Buttigieg Releases A Plan to Conserve Nature

Last Friday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg revealed his presidential plan to protect public lands including a stated goal of protecting 30% of all U.S. lands and waters by 2030. Goals of the proposal include: Ensuring consistent and robust conservation funding for federal land management agencies, states, and tribes–including securing full, permanent funding for the Land and […]

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Hurricanes Benefit Mangroves in Florida’s Everglades

Hurricanes Benefit Mangroves in Florida’s Everglades

Hurricanes can bring sheer destruction to coastal communities like causing elevated sea level, known as storm surge, extensive shoreline erosion, destruction to reefs, and other geologic effects leading to the loss of property and life. However, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that hurricanes may actually […]

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Pablo Escobar’s Hippos, Friend or Foe for Colombia’s Ecosystem?

Pablo Escobar’s Hippos, Friend or Foe for Colombia’s Ecosystem?

While many of us have probably read about Pablo Escobar’s hippos that escaped his zoo, it’s been unclear to biologists what sort of impact the hippos have had on Colombian ecosystems. There are currently 80-100 animals in the Magdalena River and researchers estimate that in 20-40 years there could be thousands. As NatGeo explained, for […]

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The Growing Movement to Grant Legal Rights for Nature

The Growing Movement to Grant Legal Rights for Nature

The rapid degradation of nature driven by human activity is forcing indigenous leaders and activists to push for nature having rights that are enshrined in law.

It’s not a new idea, but one that could be important for global conservation.

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Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall

Interview of the Week: Senator Tom Udall

Today would have been Stewart Udall’s 100th birthday and to honor the occasion we wanted to ask his son, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, about his father’s legacy and the ways in which it resonates in today’s world. We wanted to thank the Senator for his touching words, we hope you enjoy!   ODP: […]

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Most Earthworms Are Invasive, What Does that Mean for Ecosystems?

Most Earthworms Are Invasive, What Does that Mean for Ecosystems?

We generally think of earthworms as beneficial and essential to healthy soils–and in many ways they are! But did you know that much of the United States isn’t actually supposed to have any earthworms? As the Atlantic reported, “Until about 10,000 years ago, a vast ice sheet covered the northern third of the North American […]

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10 (!) New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia

10 (!) New Bird Species Discovered in Indonesia

Discovering new species is always exciting but researchers in Indonesia have made a species discovery that’s setting records. As NatGeo reported, In the past two decades, an average of fewer than six new bird species have been described every year in the entire world. But 2020 will be different, as scientists have just announced 10 […]

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Climate Change Changing The Meaning of “Invasive Species”

Climate Change Changing The Meaning of “Invasive Species”

As climate change warms our planet and ecosystems respond, the definition for native and invasive species is becoming increasingly blurred. As Yale E360 wrote, “Across the warming globe, a mass exodus of tens of thousands of species is transforming the distribution of biodiversity — and challenging fundamental tenets in conservation policy and science.  In recent […]

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