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Acidifying Oceans Could Dissolve Shark Scales

Acidifying Oceans Could Dissolve Shark Scales

South African researchers published a new study showing that increasing concentrations of CO2 in the ocean are damaging shark scales, known as denticles.

Why This Matters: These scales protect sharks and allow them their unique ability to move through the water.

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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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A Very Sexually Active Galapagos Tortoise Helps Save His Species

A Very Sexually Active Galapagos Tortoise Helps Save His Species

There’s no summing up CNN’s reporting on this story, you have to read for yourself: “A womanizing tortoise whose rampant sex life may have single-handedly saved his entire species from extinction has retired from his playboy lifestyle, returning to the wild with his mission accomplished.” The playboy in the story is Diego, the giant Galapagos […]

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Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

The North American migration of monarch butterflies is truly extraordinary. The 3,000-mile journey from Canada to Mexico draws spectators from around the world to behold its magic. In fact, in Mexican folklore, the butterflies are believed to carry the souls of loved ones. But although their migration and entire lives depend on adapting to climate, […]

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Australia’s Burned Forests Pose Immense Economic Risk

Australia’s Burned Forests Pose Immense Economic Risk

Australia’s wildfires have been devastating for wildlife and people alike but there’s another casualty that’s been largely overlooked in media coverage: its forests.

Why This Matters: Forestry groups worry about the immense economic/ecological impact of the burned forests.

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Scientists Unveil a Roadmap to Stop Insect Extinction Crisis

Scientists Unveil a Roadmap to Stop Insect Extinction Crisis

In 2019 we learned that the world’s insects are facing an extinction crisis: more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. When insects disappear, entire ecosystems suffer as a result. That’s why more than 70 scientists from around the world have put together a new “roadmap to insect recovery” that […]

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Top Stories of 2019: Our Impact on Wildlife

Top Stories of 2019: Our Impact on Wildlife

It wasn’t news in 2019 that humans are pushing animals to the brink. However, a landmark report released in May ran the alarm bells: 1 million species are at risk of extinction unless we take drastic action to reverse our actions.

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Embracing Biodiversity as the Critical Element of Change in 2020

Embracing Biodiversity as the Critical Element of Change in 2020

By Polen Cisneros, Wildlife Crime Program Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare  As a conservationist and a millennial, it is easy to say that 2019 was rather a disheartening year for nature.  Not only did the current administration weaken certain protections for animals at the risk of extinction, but the 2019 IPBES Report also painted […]

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The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

While 2019 was the year of CBD , 2020 will shape up to be the year of the other (arguably way cooler) CBD: the Convention on Biological Diversity. If we’ve lost you, just remember that this year the UN warned that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, making it imperative that we take […]

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Nature-Based Climate Solutions Like #30×30 Gaining Traction With New COP Leaders

Nature-Based Climate Solutions Like #30×30 Gaining Traction With New COP Leaders

Yesterday was #HumanRightsDay and the importance of access to and conserving nature as a basic human right was emphasized repeatedly at the UN Climate Meeting in Madrid — sustaining biodiversity is increasingly recognized for its benefits to addressing the climate emergency. And as developing countries are stepping up to fill the leadership void at the Climate Meeting, their leaders are looking for multifaceted climate solutions that conserve biodiversity and provide for sustainable use of natural resources.

Why This Matters:  It is just this simple — without biodiversity, life on Earth for humans is not possible.  But if we started by protecting or restoring 30 percent of the planet by 2030 for nature itself, that would provide huge carbon capture as well as biodiversity benefits.  

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Why We Need Crop Diversity

Why We Need Crop Diversity

Over the past 50 years, fewer crops are feeding the world’s people and diets around the world are becoming more alike. This puts us at risk of a “globalized diet” based on major crops such as soybeans, wheat, rice, and corn–which are grown on almost half the world’s agricultural lands.

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