In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer A new legal petition filed by conservation organizations urges the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to “formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins,” the Center for Biological Diversity wrote in a statement.  If certification occurs, the US could pursue sanctions and prohibit wildlife imports from China.  […]

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Poaching Surges in Uganda as Coronavirus Devastates Eco Tourism

Poaching Surges in Uganda as Coronavirus Devastates Eco Tourism

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Due to the impact of the pandemic, poaching has “surged” in Uganda, as Dina Fine Maron reported last week in National Geographic. Using illegal wire snares and steel traps, poachers are able to catch unsuspecting animals such as antelopes, giraffes, and lions. According to National Geographic, “thousands” of these […]

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Here’s How the US Government Can Help Prevent the Next Pandemic

Here’s How the US Government Can Help Prevent the Next Pandemic

By Will Gartshore, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It’s an old aphorism that still rings painfully true today. Long before Covid-19, the three deadliest pandemics in human history—the bubonic plague, Spanish influenza and HIV/AIDS—claimed more lives than all the […]

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One World Thing:  Global Leaders Unite to Fight Destruction of Nature That Triggered Pandemic

One World Thing: Global Leaders Unite to Fight Destruction of Nature That Triggered Pandemic

Yesterday, three key global leaders united to write an op/ed for the Guardian. Together they issued a powerful call to action (taking a shot at the Trump Administration among others): “while Covid-19 has given us yet another reason to protect and preserve nature, we have actually seen the reverse take place. From the Greater Mekong to […]

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Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Global Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity Leaders Stress Their Work Continues Despite COVID

Elizabeth Cousins, President and CEO of the UN Foundation said yesterday that the next decade will be a decisive one for oceans, climate, and biodiversity, and a rare joint appearance by global scientists and diplomats made it clear that the United Nations is at the center of that work.

Why This Matters:  The most important leaders of United Nations efforts on the ocean, climate, and biodiversity appeared jointly in order to emphasize the point that their work continues as fervently as ever, despite the pandemic’s challenges.

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Ocean Biodiversity Could Be Key to COVID Vaccine and Other Medicines of the Future

Ocean Biodiversity Could Be Key to COVID Vaccine and Other Medicines of the Future

As we still struggle to find permanent solutions to the COVID pandemic, the ocean and ocean resources could be essential. 

Why This Matters:  This week, because of the World Environment and Ocean Days, biodiversity and ocean conservation leaders around the world raised their voices in unison in concern for the health of the ocean and natural resources, particularly in the areas outside of national boundaries.

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