Global Conservation News Feb. 20

The latest news related to nature conservation from around the world. If there is an important news article we missed, please get in contact with us.

Protecting not-so-wild places helps biodiversity

The remaining pieces of intact wilderness, such as the Canadian boreal forest, have received considerable attention as targets for conservation.

Restoring the Colorado: Bringing New Life to a Stressed River

The Colorado River has been dammed, diverted, and slowed by reservoirs, strangling the life out of a once-thriving ecosystem. But in the U.S. and Mexico, efforts are underway to revive sections of the river and restore vital riparian habitat for native plants, fish, and wildlife.

Biodiversity of Hindu Kush Himalayas will plummet by 2100

It’s not just the snow and ice that’s disappearing on the roof of the world. Animals and plant species, crop diversity and ecosystem diversity are disappearing in one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. This is the evidence presented in the landmark ICIMOD assessment report on the state of…

Taking Some of the Pain out of Human–Wildlife Conflict – Scientific American

Throughout the world, interactions between wildlife and people can sometimes lead to conflict. This may manifest itself as crop and property damage, livestock …

Drones and big data: the next frontier in the fight against wildlife extinction

Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in conservation and ecology research. Drones in particular hold huge potential in the fight to save the world’s remaining wildlife from extinction. With their help, researchers can now track wild animals through dense forests and monitor whales in vast…

Indigenous hunters have positive impacts on food webs in desert Australia

Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In…

Headline: The Principle Of Optimal Biodiversity: Why Nature Needs Diversity And How It Achieves It

Biodiversity conservation is a vital task for humanity as IPBES (1, see section 3.2, pp. 196) recently stated once again

Headline: ‘Brexit gap’ over wildlife protection is looming

Wales risks losing 80% of the laws that protect its environment after Brexit with no plans in place yet to replace them, nature charities have warned.

Headline: Sensors take the manual work out of forest monitoring

SÃO PAULO] A remote monitoring system rolled out in Brazil is taking over the exhausting and risky task of keeping an eye on commercial forests.

IUCN Director General nominated to top post at UNEP

IUCN Director General Inger Andersen has been nominated to the post of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. IUCN Director General Inger Andersen speaks at a marine plastics event at the UN Palais…

Support for UN Convention on Biological Diversity gathering steam

A regional consultation workshop has gathered signatories to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) …

Ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks

A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. The study found that the disappearance of great whites has led to the emergence of sevengill sharks, a top predator from a different habitat. A living fossil, sevengill sharks…

Marine Protected Areas To Expand

MORE than 10 years ago, the government committed to protecting and effectively managing 20 percent of our marine environment by 2020 to ensure a healthy marine environment and sustain livelihoods in fisheries and tourism.

World’s biggest terrestrial carbon sinks are found in young forests

More than half of the carbon sink in the world’s forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young — under 140 years old — rather than in tropical rainforests, research shows.

Headline: Australian mammal becomes first to go extinct due to climate change

(CNN)A small brown rat which lived on a tiny island off northern Australia is the world’s first mammal known to have become extinct due to “human-induced climate change,” the government says.

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