Global Conservation News January 20th

Source: What does it take to reintroduce and contain a herd of bison to a national park?

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One, two, tree: how AI helped find millions of trees in the Sahara

The Guardian

Efforts to map the Earth’s trees are growing – and could change our understanding of the planet’s health. When a team of international scientists set out to count every tree in a large swathe of west Africa using AI, satellite images and one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers their expectations were modest… The biggest surprise…

An eye in the sky on deforestation: Q&A with Jean Jardeleza and Kim Carlson


With fires and deforestation driving land use change around the world, Mongabay held a three-way Q&A with Kim Carlson of New York University and Jean Jardeleza of Ateneo de Manila University on the technology of studying land use change…

Deforestation spurred by road project creeps closer to Sumatra wildlife haven


A road in Sumatra that cuts through the only habitat on Earth that houses rhinos, tigers, elephants and orangutans has recently been upgraded. Environmentalists say it’s only a matter of time before the encroachment spreads into the national park, triggering fears that it will fragment the habitat…

Deforestation fronts

World Wildlife Fund 

Two-thirds of global forest cover loss is occurring in the tropic and subtropic regions of the world, where vast clusters of deforestation hot spots—also known as “deforestation fronts”—are destroying the important ecosystem services forests provide. There are 24 of these hot spots that are spread across…

Sumatran rhino conservation inspires a thriving creative economy


Local communities in a Sumatran rhino stronghold are benefiting from a creative economy built up around the conservation of the critically endangered species. From collecting leaves to feed the rhinos, to selling wood carvings and wildlife-themed batik clothes, communities living around Way Kambas National Park are developing new income streams…

Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

The Guardian

Birds that became tangled in baited lines appear to be scared off by coloured pipes. A cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands of vulnerable seabirds annually, researchers have estimated…

What does it take to reintroduce and contain a herd of bison to a national park?


What does it take to introduce, and then maintain, a herd of bison in a national park? Years of planning, meticulous tracking — and a really cool fence. With one year left in the Banff Bison Reintroduction Project, facilitators say it has been going well…

How to Create a Nature-Friendly Recovery

Eco Watch

It would be easy to assume that COVID-19 allowed nature to thrive. However, we must not prematurely celebrate nature’s comeback. Far from downplaying glimmers of hope and beauty that were welcomed interruptions to an otherwise difficult year, acknowledging that these have little impact in the long run will serve us better to achieve meaningful progress…

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean


A group of more than 60 scientists have provided recommendations to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), a basin-wide monitoring system to better understand the impacts of human-caused climate change in a region that has been warming faster than any other ocean…

Climate change adaptation: Cost to at least quadruple for developing countries in 3 decades

Down To Earth

The current annual adaptation costs in developing countries are around $70 billion. The annual cost of adaptation to the effects of climate change for developing countries is estimated to at least quadruple by 2050, according to the United Nations Adaptation Gap Report, 2020…

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future of mass extinction’ and climate disruption

The Guardian 

Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining health and climate-disruption upheavals” that threaten human survival because of ignorance and inaction, according to an international group of scientists, who warn people still haven’t grasped the urgency of the biodiversity and climate crises…

Air pollution will lead to mass migration, say experts after landmark ruling

The Guardian 

Call for world leaders to act in wake of French extradition case that turned on environmental concerns. Air pollution does not respect national boundaries and environmental degradation will lead to mass migration in the future, said a leading barrister in the wake of a landmark migration ruling, as experts warned that government action must be taken as a matter of urgency…

How the Suburbs Could Help Save Biodiversity

Scientific American

Plants, and the insects which rely on them, are the living foundations of our planet. But these foundations are under stress because, as we urbanize and suburbanize natural areas, we have an unfortunate tendency to sterilize the landscape… The first step is to redefine our concept of “garden” to include more than just plants. We need to intentionally share our space…

Recent notifications from the Convention on Biological Diversity

Webinar on policy options for access and benefit-sharing and digital sequence information on genetic resources

I am pleased to announce the third webinar of the webinar series on digital sequence information on genetic resources. This webinar will focus on the various policy options for access and benefit-sharing and digital sequence information on genetic resources emerging from various studies and dialogues…

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