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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Bonus Biodiversity Interview:  Stephenne Harding, National Geographic Society

Bonus Biodiversity Interview: Stephenne Harding, National Geographic Society

Stephenne Harding is the Senior Director of the Campaign for Nature at the National Geographic Society and is also part of a coalition of environmental groups working to conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.  She spoke to ODP from a key meeting of the United Nations in Kenya happening this week. ODP:  What is […]

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Julian Castro Reveals Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Plan

Julian Castro Reveals Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Plan

Last week, 2020 presidential hopeful and former HUD secretary Julian Castro was the first candidate to release an action plan addressing animal welfare issues. Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali broke the story and explained that Castro’s plan, called PAW: Protecting Animals and Wildlife, Calls for ending the euthanasia of domestic dogs and cats in shelters and […]

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Climate Change forcing Species to Migrate, How Will Humans Deal With It?

Climate Change forcing Species to Migrate, How Will Humans Deal With It?

A new study from the University of Florida and the University of Tasmania found that climate change is currently forcing species to migrate from their historic ranges and its leaving communities unprepared for these new species. As the UF blog explained, “scientists predict species will generally move toward the poles or higher elevations as they […]

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