Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]

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The Lonely Existence of the Last Two Northern White Rhinos

The Lonely Existence of the Last Two Northern White Rhinos

In a story for the New York Times, Sam Anderson documents the lonely lives of the two beautiful creatures and details what we lose when a species vanishes before one’s eyes — it brings gravity to the extinction process that numbers and statistics just can’t.

Why This Matters: In 2019, the United Nations released a report detailing accelerating extinction rates.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Biodiversity Crisis Is Recognized, Movement for #30×30 Is Growing click button

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Biodiversity Crisis Is Recognized, Movement for #30×30 Is Growing

This year was supposed to be a big one for biodiversity with the Conference of the Parties for the Conference on Biodiversity meeting in the fall in China, of all places, and then the pandemic struck and pushed the meeting back by a year.  Nevertheless, the evidence of the importance of conserving nature and ensuring we do not experience a mass extinction crisis became even clearer, especially when compounded with warming across the planet.

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The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

The Vicuña Makes A Comeback

Just a few decades ago, the vicuña was nearly extinct from overhunting. Today, there are more than 350,000 vicuñas — the long-necked fluffy alpaca cousins — living in their native range along the Andes. How did this conservation comeback happen?  By giving communities the rights to shear the vicuñas for their prized wool, the animals became a source of income. 

Why This Matters: Vicuña wool is a luxury item and one of the most expensive fibers in the world.

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Louisiana Marshes May Be A Goner Due To Expected Sea Level Rise

Louisiana Marshes May Be A Goner Due To Expected Sea Level Rise

A new study in the Journal of Science Advances concludes that the “drowning” of the roughly 15,000 square kilometers of remaining marshland in the Mississippi River Delta of Louisiana is “past the tipping point” and now “probably inevitable,” according to The Washington Post

Why This Matters:  Louisiana has already lost one-fourth of the land in the Delta at the beginning of the last century.

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Interview of the Week: M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

Interview of the Week: M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International

ODP: COVID-19 has caused so much suffering here and around the globe.  What is the leading cause of diseases that spread from wildlife to humans? MS: COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease. Like HIV, MERS, SARS, Hanta, and Ebola, it jumped from wildlife to people, likely through contact with an animal outside of its natural habitat. […]

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