Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

Congress Urges Biden to Declare Extinction Crisis a National Emergency

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, nine Representatives introduced a bill that would direct the President to declare the global extinction crisis a national emergency. The Extinction Crisis Emergency Act would designate resources and agencies to evaluate and protect threatened species across the country and crack down on international endangered animal trade. Advocates say that […]

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BP Begins Drilling Development Near World’s Largest Cold-Water Coral Reef

BP Begins Drilling Development Near World’s Largest Cold-Water Coral Reef

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Oil company BP has embarked on a gas-drilling project off the coast of Senegal and Mauritania in West Africa. The company is calling the project the first step in a series of projects in the region. The project borders the world’s largest cold-water coral reef, and the company, which pledged to reach net-zero […]

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Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund  Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]

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The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together.   This week, the results of […]

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U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas click button

U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas

The U.S. has joined the U.K., Chile, Costa Rica, and France in a coalition aiming to increase the amount of ocean area under legal protection as a solution to mitigate climate change.  Together these five countries last week launched the International Partnership on Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Why This Matters:  Tomorrow is World Ocean Day.  Special Envoy Kerry put it quite well when he has said, in essence, there are no ocean solutions without climate solutions and no climate solutions without ocean solutions.

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Neil Vora click button

Interview of the Week: Dr. Neil Vora

Preventing and preparing for pandemics is now a crucial task for world leaders. A crucial part of preventing pandemics is the protection of nature and the conservation of biodiversity. This week we had a chance to ask Conservation International’s new pandemic prevention fellow, Dr. Neil Vora, about why safeguarding our natural world is so important […]

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