Why David Attenborough cannot be replaced

Wildlife television as we know it was constructed around Attenborough. Take him away and the whole thing needs to be reinvented.

Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Associate professor in Science Communication, UCL • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Almost 90% of the world's animal species will lose some habitat to agriculture by 2050

Our research shows we could feed the world sustainably – but conservation will have to become a lot more proactive.

Michael Clark, Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Not so fast: why India’s plan to reintroduce cheetahs may run into problems

India's last cheetah was killed 70 years ago. Should the country import a different subspecies from Namibia?

Simon Evans, Principal Lecturer in Ecotourism, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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'Extinction: The Facts': Attenborough's new documentary is surprisingly radical

A conservation scientist interviewed on the programme says Sir David tells it like it is.

Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Five reasons people buy illegal wildlife products – and how to stop them

By understanding what drives people to buy wild species, we can figure out how best to stop them.

Diogo Veríssimo, Research Fellow in Conservation Marketing, University of Oxford • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Trump greenlights drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but will oil companies show up?

The Trump administration is opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas leasing – a step that's as much about politics as it is about energy.

Scott L. Montgomery, Lecturer, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Aug. 21, 2020 ~9 min

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How bird life may be affected by roads – and what to do about it

My research into Britain's birds found 77% of species varied in abundance around roads.

Sophia C Cooke, Research Associate, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

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Hundreds of elephants are mysteriously dying in Botswana – a conservationist explains what we know

The death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages.

Vicky Boult, Postdoctoral Researcher in Conservation Biology, University of Reading • conversation
July 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Arctic heatwave: what warmer summers mean for the region's wildlife

As snow melts and landscapes change, there will be winners and losers.

Helen Wheeler, Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~6 min

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