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 […]Continue Reading 525 words
Dr. Anne Larigauderie is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) which is the intergovernmental body that assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision-makers. ODP: Today is World Wildlife Day. And we are at a critical […]Continue Reading 834 words
Elizabeth Mrema is the Acting Executive Secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity and will lead the year-long negotiation by the parties to the Convention on whether and how to set a goal of conserving 30% of the planet for nature by 2030. ODP: This is just the first in a series of negotiations […]Continue Reading 873 words
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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 […]Continue Reading 467 words
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 […]Continue Reading 549 words
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.Continue Reading 577 words
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 […]Continue Reading 443 words
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.Continue Reading 401 words
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 […]Continue Reading 285 words
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 […]Continue Reading 415 words
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 […]Continue Reading 355 words
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, […]Continue Reading 402 words