Don’t Hedge Your Bets, Bet on the Hedges

Don’t Hedge Your Bets, Bet on the Hedges

The UK has more miles of hedges than miles of road, and they are a vital home and highway for wildlife. Birds, insects, toads, snakes, and (appropriately named) hedgehogs all live in the country’s hedgerows. In addition to being “reservoirs of life,” they also sequester carbon, prevent soil erosion, and reduce flooding. 

Why this Matters: Nearly 75% of the UK is farmed land. Planting hedges is one of the best ways to combat the ecosystem fragmentation that comes with so much of the country being used for agriculture.

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One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

One Cool Thing: Changing Names of Species and Places In the Name of Justice

There is a growing movement to rename certain species in order to ensure racial justice and equity, John Platt writes in the Revelator. An organization called Bird Names for Birds is working to change eponyms (a person after whom a discovered species is named) and honorific common names, which can be problematic if they honor […]

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One Cool Thing: Key UN Global Biodiversity Report Due Out Today click button

One Cool Thing: Key UN Global Biodiversity Report Due Out Today

Today the UN will release its latest scientific assessment on the state of the global environment — this one is on biodiversity, and specifically how well the world did in meeting its goal of protecting 10% of the planet by the end of this year.  The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) is also expected […]

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New England Aquarium Releases “Munchkin” a Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle into the Wild

New England Aquarium Releases “Munchkin” a Rehabilitated Loggerhead Sea Turtle into the Wild

We LOVE stories like this one!  Last Tuesday, the New England Aquarium released back into the wild Munchkin, the largest sea turtle it had rehabilitated after it was found last November on a Massachusetts beach emaciated and near death after being entangled in debris, most likely a lobster trap line.  According to the local National Public Radio station, there were hundreds of spectators crowded onto the same beach where she was recovered to watch volunteers and scientists from the New England Aquarium get the 340 lb female of breeding age onto the sand, where she promptly “raced down the beach, pausing just before she dove back into the water.”

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Interview of the Week:  Azzedine Downes, ifaw

Interview of the Week: Azzedine Downes, ifaw

Azzedine is the President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, where he leads their efforts to help people and animals thrive together in more than 40 countries around the globe. ODP:  IFAW just celebrated its 50th anniversary. What have been the organization’s greatest accomplishments? AD:  From humble beginnings 50 years ago, IFAW […]

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A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

A Call for 30% Protection by 2030 Is Uniting Green Groups

There is a call for another “new deal” growing globally — this one a New Deal for Nature — and twelve of the largest international environmental groups are united behind it.  They launched their campaign yesterday, with a powerful message — “Securing Earth’s biological diversity is a moral obligation. It is also critical in averting catastrophic climate change and ecosystem collapse.” They believe that we need to conserve 30 percent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 30 percent of oceans (dubbed “30 by 30”) through an effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative, well-connected systems of highly protected areas.  Scientists argue that protected areas are much more resilient to damage from climate change or other human impacts.

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