Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation insects migration wildlife-conservation pollinators trump-administration endangered-species habitat butterflies endangered-species-act

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

Primates are facing an impending extinction crisis - but we know very little about what will actually protect them

Without adequate information, we can’t prioritise efforts and funding to best protect our primate relatives.

Jo Setchell, Professor of Anthropology, Durham University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation animals primates research endangered-species monkeys gorillas orangutans mountain-gorillas conservationists

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

American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.

Prakash Kashwan, Co-Director, Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: conservation racism us-history indigenous-people national-parks us-environmental-policy wilderness theodore-roosevelt

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

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

Plastic found lining UK seabird nests on a worrying scale

We found plastic waste in pellets seabirds regurgitated and lining the nests where they raise chicks.

Tom Ovenden, PhD Candidate - Forest Ecology, Resilience and Biodiversity Conservation, University of Stirling • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  conservation  nests  uk-wildlife  litter  plastic-pollution  marine-plastic-litter  seabirds  marine-life

Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy environment conservation politics funding donald-trump economy jobs parks trump-administration research clean-energy forestry job-creation environmental-protections

What living alongside crocodiles can teach us about coexisting with wildlife

In the villages of central Gujurat, humans and wildlife are forced to share the same spaces – with varying consequences.

Silvio Marchini, Research Associate and Conservation Fellow under the Chester Zoo/WildCRU-University of Oxford Partnership, University of Oxford • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation india crocodiles human-wildlife-conflict

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