Global Conservation News March 23

Source: Bringing back large mammals boosts restoration of entire ecosystems: Study  

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Pressure grows for deal to save nature at crunch talks in Geneva

The Guardian

Time is running out for governments to reach an ambitious Paris-style agreement for nature, say campaigners, who warn that crucial negotiations to protect biodiversity are moving at a “snail’s pace”. Amid increasingly alarming scientific assessments about the state of life on Earth, negotiators are meeting in Geneva for talks aimed at halting and reversing the destruction of wildlife and ecosystems that support human civilisation…

Unnatural Barriers: How the Boom in Fences Is Harming Wildlife

Yale Environment 360

From the U.S. West to Mongolia, fences are going up rapidly as border barriers and livestock farming increase. Now, a growing number of studies are showing the impact of these fences, from impeding wildlife migrations to increasing the genetic isolation of threatened species…

Bringing back large mammals boosts restoration of entire ecosystems: Study  

Nation of Change

The reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 triggered a cascade of knock-on effects. The wolves kept herbivores like elk in check and on the move, reducing their browsing pressure on young trees. As a result, groves of willow and aspen sprouted along watercourses…

In Rio de Janeiro, a forest slowly returns to life, one species at a time


Rio de Janeiro’s Tijuca National Park has become a laboratory for the reintroduction of locally extinct species. A study shows that, of the 33 species of large and medium-sized mammals that used to occur in the Tijuca National Park area, only 11 remain today. A forest full of large trees but empty of animals is a forest on its deathbed…

Groundwater: depleting reserves must be protected around the world

The Conversation

Groundwater is our planet’s invaluable natural store of freshwater but it is woefully neglected. It differs from the water running off into rivers, lakes and wetlands as this underground flow derives from precipitation that occurred years, decades or even millennia ago. Much of the estimated 23  million km³ of groundwater…

What is groundwater and why is it so important?

World Wildlife Fund Stories

Groundwater is the water found underground in the cracks and spaces in soil, sand, and rock. It is held in aquifers—permeable water-bearing rock and/or sediment – and can be extracted through wells or bubbles up naturally through a spring or is discharged into lakes or streams…

Sleeping giant: The large climate risk of Europe’s thawing peatlands 

World Economic Forum

Carbon-rich peatlands in Europe and Western Siberia contain around 40bn tonnes of carbon – about twice what is stored in Europe’s forests. However, a recent study finds that under a moderate warming scenario, around 75% of this area could be too warm or too wet to maintain permafrost by the 2060s…

Research finds nature sounds ‘benefit mental health’

BBC News

Research has found the sounds of nature could help people’s mental health. Data was collected from more than 7,500 people as part of the BBC series Forest 404 – a podcast that depicts a world without nature. Participants reported sounds of birdsong provided relief from stress and mental fatigue…

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