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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Consider a New Paradigm With Nature: Coexistence

Consider a New Paradigm With Nature: Coexistence

By Azzedine Downes,  President & CEO of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare History is laden with the underlying mythology of the immense human struggle to exist, a ‘push and pull’ across cultures, countries, resources, and boundaries, both natural as well as those that are man-made. It is this notion that we must fight for […]

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One Cool Thing: Largest Animal (and People) Crossing in the U.S. Opens In Texas click button

One Cool Thing: Largest Animal (and People) Crossing in the U.S. Opens In Texas

Highways connect people, but they often create barriers separating wildlife from key habitat areas and other animals.  There is a growing movement to create wildlife “corridors” across man-made obstacles and last week the largest one (so far) in the U.S. opened in San Antonio, Texas.  The Robert L.B. Tobin Land Bridge connects San Antonio’s Phil […]

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The Arctic Is Literally On the Move

The Arctic Is Literally On the Move

A new study published last week in the journal Science, in which scientists took an extensive look at Arctic wildlife, found that animals are on the move — dramatically changing where and when they breed, migrate and forage.

Why This Matters:  The dramatic changes in the Arctic will have very significant impacts on the people who live and work there.

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Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut click button

Watch This: Sir David Attenborough’s New Documentary and Insta Debut

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer This week, Sir David Attenborough put on a full-court press for biodiversity — he joined Instagram and he “called for a $500 billion per year global investment in nature,” as Kaelan Deese reported for The Hill. According to Deese, this exhortation for conservation “came during a one-day summit by […]

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Freshwater Mussels Face Potential Pandemic of Their Own

Freshwater Mussels Face Potential Pandemic of Their Own

While humans face COVID-19, freshwater mussels could be facing a pandemic of their own. Researchers have found a novel densovirus, dubbed “Mussel-bola,” that may be responsible for killing 80,000 mussels in a 650 foot stretch of the Clinch River in Virginia over only 2 years.

Why This Matters: Mussels serve as a proverbial canary in the coalmine for freshwater ecosystems.

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