Angelina Jolie Takes One for the Bees and Women in Beekeeping

Angelina Jolie Takes One for the Bees and Women in Beekeeping

Angelina Jolie appeared in a portrait for National Geographic on World Bee Day (May 20) to raise awareness for the need to protect bees and for a UNESCO-Guerlain program that trains women as beekeeper-entrepreneurs, Women for Bees 

Why this Matters:  Jolie’s right. Three out of every four leading food crops for human consumption depend on pollinators — from fruit, nuts, and vegetables to alfalfa for cattle feed— all in all, honeybees created $20 billion in crop production for the United States

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Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Exciting news: The feature I’ve been working on intermittently for 1.5 years is finally out. It’s the story of the Florida panther— its miraculous comeback and hopeful but uncertain future. (A thread.)https://t.co/MLt3agPfIt — Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) March 9, 2021 By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The endangered Florida panther is finally getting the spotlight it deserves […]

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Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta click button

Natural Gas Drilling Begins Upriver from Biodiverse Okavango Delta

A massive natural gas drill rig has broken ground on an exploratory well just miles upstream of Namibia’s Okavango Delta, one of the world’s largest protected wetlands and a crucial migratory route for the largest remaining elephant population, National Geographic reported.

Why This Matters: ReconAfrica, an oil and gas exploration company with German, Canadian, and American stakeholders, has licensed 13,200 square miles of land in Namibia and Botswana.

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Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

Best of 2020: The Creation of Tristan da Cunha MPA

On Friday, the government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago in the South Atlantic, announced that it is creating the fourth-largest marine “no-take” reserve in the world

Why This Matters:  As National Geographic states, while 8% of the world’s ocean territory is protected at some level, commercial fishing is banned in only 2.6%.

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Another Notch on the U.K.’s Blue Belt- Tristan da Cunha’s Marine Protection

Another Notch on the U.K.’s Blue Belt- Tristan da Cunha’s Marine Protection

On Friday, the government of Tristan da Cunha, a four-island archipelago in the South Atlantic, announced that it is creating the fourth-largest marine “no-take” reserve in the world

Why This Matters:  As National Geographic states, while 8% of the world’s ocean territory is protected at some level, commercial fishing is banned in only 2.6%.

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Citizen Scientists Pitch In On Research For Bird Die-Off In the Southwest

Citizen Scientists Pitch In On Research For Bird Die-Off In the Southwest

Over the last few months, thousands of migratory birds have dropped dead, inexplicably falling out of the sky across the southern United States. Scientists speculate that smoke from wildfires has poisoned birds and forced them to migrate through new territory with fewer food sources.

Why this Matters:  It’s difficult for scientists to research long-term data trends since they often work in small teams, in small geographic areas.

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