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The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

The Campaign for Nature–Get To Know It!

If you’ve been following along with us all week then by now you’ll have a pretty good understanding of the biodiversity crisis we’re facing and why it’s so important that we protect nature. That’s where the Campaign for Nature comes in… In October of 2018,  the Wyss Foundation, a charity focused on protecting wild places, announced […]

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What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

What Are We Doing to Protect Biodiversity?

  Throughout this week we’ve written about what biodiversity means, what’s driving its loss and how it relates to climate change. It’s been pretty somber content so we also wanted to talk about what’s being done to ensure that we don’t see the worst biodiversity loss scenarios. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the […]

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The Link Between Climate Change and Biodiversity

The Link Between Climate Change and Biodiversity

Climate change has emerged as a leading cause of biodiversity loss. As Scientific American noted, it will be the fastest-growing cause of species loss in the Americas by midcentury and in Africa it could cause some animals to decline by as much as 50 percent by the end of the century, and up to 90 […]

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What’s Threatening Biodiversity? Hint: It’s US!

What’s Threatening Biodiversity? Hint: It’s US!

Over the last century, humans have come to dominate the planet, causing rapid ecosystem change and massive loss of biodiversity across the planet.

Why This Matters: without a vibrant Earth our chances of adequately feeding and sustaining 9.8 billion people by 2050 become slim.

 

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So What is Biodiversity, Exactly?

So What is Biodiversity, Exactly?

We write a lot about biodiversity, but it’s a complicated topic and we thought that we’d use this week to take a deeper dive into what it means and why we should all care about the issue. So here goes, the American Museum of Natural History defines biodiversity (from “biological diversity”) as the variety of […]

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When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

When Extinction is Simply Not an Option

by CT Harry, Marine Campaigner, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)   North Atlantic right whales once numbered tens of thousands in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Labrador Sea to the coast of Florida. They were nearly driven extinct by whaling at the turn of the century and, tragically, once again, are […]

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We surveyed countries around the world to better understand how much people value nature, here’s what we found.

We surveyed countries around the world to better understand how much people value nature, here’s what we found.

  by Dr. Jonathan Baillie, Executive Vice President & Chief Scientist, National Geographic Society   In the crystal-clear waters of the Coral Triangle, live coral species first developed millions of years ago. It is a remarkable evolutionary feat. Today, however, some of the same corals that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs could disappear by […]

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Plant Extinction is Happening 500x Faster Than Before the Industrial Revolution

Plant Extinction is Happening 500x Faster Than Before the Industrial Revolution

While we cover animal species extinctions a lot in ODP, but plants are also struggling to survive in a world that’s rapidly being altered by climate change. According to a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, 600 plant extinctions have taken place of the past two and a half centuries. As […]

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2020 hopeful Sen. Michael Bennet releases a conservation-focused climate plan

2020 hopeful Sen. Michael Bennet releases a conservation-focused climate plan

Following the release of Governor Jay Inslee’s climate plan last week, yesterday Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet released his own version. Titled “America’s Climate Change Plan” the stated goal of the $1 trillion plan is to “reduce emissions in line with the most aggressive targets set by the world’s scientists and achieve 100 percent clean, net-zero […]

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Giraffes Under Consideration for US Endangered Species Listing

As we reported yesterday, biodiversity is declining at a precipitous rate, according to a new study by scientists from across the globe for the United Nations.   In an effort to save one of the most iconic species on the planet —  the African giraffe —  the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Department of Interior is considering listing them on the nation’s endangered species list, which would mean restrictions on the importation into the United States and would also make small amounts of federal funding for giraffe conservation efforts available. 

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Climate change causing more far female sea turtles

Climate change causing more far female sea turtles

Pollution, coastal development, toxic algae, and gillnets all pose a threat to the existence of sea turtles but climate change may pose the biggest threat of all. It turns out that the heat of the sand where eggs are buried ultimately determines whether a sea turtle becomes male or female. As NatGeo reported, since climate […]

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A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

There is a call for another “new deal” growing globally — this one a New Deal for Nature — and twelve of the largest international environmental groups are united behind it.  They launched their campaign yesterday, with a powerful message — “Securing Earth’s biological diversity is a moral obligation. It is also critical in averting catastrophic climate change and ecosystem collapse.” They believe that we need to conserve 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans (dubbed “30 by 30”) through an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative, well-connected systems of highly protected areas.  Scientists argue that protected areas are much more resilient to damage from climate change or other human impacts.

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