How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Wildlife populations have plummeted by 68% since 1970. But we have a plan to turn things around.

Piero Visconti, Research Scholar, Ecosystem Services and Management Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity agriculture wildlife ecosystem-services ecosystems biodiversity-loss sixth-mass-extinction food-systems

Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas.

Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science and Professor, Arizona State University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  conservation  biodiversity  indigenous-peoples  endangered-species  ecosystems  wildlife-corridors  earth-observation  sixth-mass-extinction  paris-climate-accord  monitoring  connectivity

Why grandparents should talk to children about the natural world of their youth

Shifting baseline syndrome affects everyone. It's blinding us to the long-term deterioration of wildlife and ecosystems.

Lizzie Jones, PhD Candidate in Zoology, Royal Holloway • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: biodiversity wildlife oral-history generations grandparents baseline-assessments

Zoos are key to the planet's healthy future – don't let them go extinct

Zoos are struggling more than most businesses.

Matyas Liptovszky, Honorary Assistant Professor of Zoo Animal Medicine, University of Nottingham • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity coronavirus animals interdisciplinarity animal-welfare zoos

EU subsidies benefit big farms while underfunding greener and poorer plots – new research

The €24 billion spent supporting farm incomes in richer regions could more than cover the EU's Biodiversity Strategy.

Mark Brady, Associate Professor in Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity european-union-eu common-agricultural-policy food-production agricultural-subsidies

How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity inequality racism indigenous-people urban-ecology

Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.

Matthew D. Moran, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: biodiversity insects science extinction ecology research biodiversity-loss publication-bias scholarship

Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations.

Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University • conversation
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity fish construction dams rivers freshwater-biology roads eels

Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here's why

Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity microbiome gut-microbiome disease urban-life germs urban-biodiversity indoor-microbial-ecology

Giant panda conservation is failing to revive the wider ecosystem – new study

Pandas have done more to raise awareness of biodiversity loss than any other species. But they may not be good at stopping it themselves.

Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity china human-wildlife-conflict tiger species-loss carnivores

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