30x30 has been pitched as a key tool in the climate fight. Indigenous peoples say it threatens their lives.
The field frets about endangered polar bears and tigers. Why not also bacteria?
Two newborn pumas and a convalescing porcupine share a room in the home of the Zapata family, which has renounced livestock farming to focus on stewardship of the Colombian Amazon and its animals uprooted by deforestation. Just over a decade ago, the Zapatas decided to change their ways, and instead of cutting back trees for […] The post Colombia Wildlife: A Family’s Conservation Journey appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
The longtime logging town of Darrington, Washington is showing how local communities re-engage with the federal forests that surround them.
Researchers worry the Colombian environmental ministry will side with animal-rights activists rather than curb the spread of invasive hippos once kept by drug-cartel leader Pablo Escobar
Wetland protection, fertiliser and ailing amphibians among issues likely to have global impactWhat should people who care about conservation be paying attention to? Each year since 2009 scientists and conservationists from around the world have come together under the direction of researchers from the University of Cambridge to answer that question. Their goal is to “provide novel information that society and decision-makers may wish to consider in legislation, planning and actions that contribute to environmental sustainability and mitigating threats.”This year’s group came up with 15 top issues that fall into four main categories: resource use, disturbance of organisms and habitats, technological innovations, and policy and law. Nearly half of the topics that bubbled to the top have a connection to the climate crisis. Continue reading...
The nonprofit Environmental Working Group says the government's biggest farmland conservation programs don't prioritize "climate-smart" practices.
National and local environmental groups Monday filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — alleging that officials have allowed the state of Colorado to persistently violate air quality standards. The lawsuit, submitted in a federal appeals circuit court, challenges the EPA’s approval of a state plan that failed to sufficiently reduce smog in the...
Colorado is failing to keep pace with many of its neighbors in the shift toward a renewable energy economy — with coal remaining the state’s dominant source of electricity generation, a new analysis has found. The carbon-rich combustible is responsible for 37 percent of the state’s power, compared to the national average of 20 percent, according...
Every year, the US Department of Agriculture spends billions of dollars propping up large-scale farming of commodities like corn and soybeans. These crops in turn suffuse the food system, fattening animals on America’s factory-scale meat farms and providing the bulk of sweeteners and fats in processed foods. This style of agriculture doesn’t just underwrite a […]
DUBAI (Reuters) - Brazil on Friday unveiled a proposal at the COP28 climate summit to set up a global fund to finance forest conservation that it...
A new grant from Vital Impacts funds long-term efforts to document environmental solutions in the photographers' own communities
“Aquamaids” were once the stars at an amusement park in San Marcos. Now, they are making a comeback to help the environment
New research reveals the mechanisms behind pathogen spillovers and a way to predict and prevent them. Preserving and restoring natural habitats could help prevent the...
By Ainslie Cruickshank Internal government documents show unprecedented nature funding could be on the table in trilateral agreement negotiations
The new global target aims to protect 30 percent of land and waters. But is it a powerful goal or an empty slogan?
World Parrot Day is an annual event celebrated on May 31st, dedicated to raising awareness about the conservation and welfare of parrots worldwide. These charismatic birds are known for their vibrant plumage, remarkable intelligence, and unique ability to mimic human speech. One country that stands out for its remarkable diversity of parrots and its commitment […] The post Celebrating World Parrot Day: Costa Rica’s Commitment to Conservation and Awareness appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
Scientists are using GPS, satellites and statistics to track and protect giraffes. Read more about the efforts in Africa to protect these iconic animals. The post Giraffes, and the scientists trying to save them first appeared on EarthSky.
But one environmental group said the Bureau of Land Management is still allowing too much oil and gas development near Denver, potentially increasing smog in the area.
Canada’s prime minister calls on China, Russia and Brazil to expand protected areas for natureJustin Trudeau has urged China, Russia, Brazil and other large countries to massively expand protected areas for nature at Cop15 while putting Indigenous rights at the heart of conservation, as momentum gathers behind a controversial target to conserve 30% of Earth.On Wednesday, the Canadian prime minister committed C$800m (£510m) of funding over seven years for Indigenous-led conservation projects in his country across an area the size of Egypt, starting a “story of reconciliation” with Indigenous peoples. Continue reading...
In an exclusive essay for HuffPost, Prince Harry, Sen. Chris Coons and former Ethiopian PM Desalegn share a "better path forward" for global environmental efforts.
The twins are an important addition to their vulnerable species and its dwindling gene pool
Mexico is celebrating national conservation day
Conservation is a government job, right? Not any more. Here’s why the enormous growth in land managed by conservation NGOs is a boon to our environment
Agreements to reduce developing countries’ debt burden in exchange for spending on nature will be on the agenda at a finance summit in Paris this weekAfter decades in the wilderness, and familiar to only those in the know, “debt-for-nature swaps” are becoming one of the hottest things in conservation finance. Last month, Ecuador struck the biggest deal of its kind: refinancing $1.6bn (£1.3bn) of its commercial debt at a discount in exchange for a consistent revenue stream for conservation around the Galápagos Islands.Other nature-rich countries that are struggling to pay their debts have taken notice and deals are rumoured in Gabon and Sri Lanka. The market for debt-for-nature swaps is poised to exceed $800bn, according to Bloomberg, prompting fierce competition between banks as demand for green investments increases. Continue reading...
J-WAFS awards 2023 Solutions Grants to bring two water-related innovations to the market.
The Biden administration is partnering with six environmental and conservation advocacy groups as it aims to advance conservation in the Western U.S., it said on Tuesday. The Bureau of Land Management will use $28 million in funds from the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act for conservation on public lands. It will partner with groups including the...
Survival International issues guide calling for reappraisal of terms such as ‘wilderness’, ‘voluntary relocation’ and ‘protected area’Words and phrases commonly found in school textbooks, wildlife documentaries and the media around nature conservation are perpetuating “racist and colonial” myths, according to a new guide.Survival International is calling for an end to the use of everyday language that it says is mired in racism, white supremacy, land theft and violence. The human rights group has published a guide to decolonising conservation terms, including “wilderness”, a word it says has been used to portray lands as empty so that they could be taken, when in fact they belong to Indigenous peoples. Continue reading...
Now Playing | Does whale watching protect or harm whales? This film explores heated controversies over whale watching, boat noise, and orca conservation in Washington State and British Columbia. Whale watching companies claim that they serve as "sentinels" protecting the orca from unwary recreational boaters, ferries, and ships. A number of local conservationists and scientists have argued that whale watching boats crowd and harass whales, while adding noise to the orcas' immediate environment that makes it difficult for the social species to survive. "Sentinels of Silence?" uses dramatic imagery, peer-reviewed science, and interviews with conservationists, scientists, and industry officials to bring a fascinating chapter in the orca conservation story to light. In December, 2020, three months after Sentinels of Silence? was released, the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission made an historic decision to more closely regulate whale watching companies' activities around the Southern Resident Killer Whales, citing noise and harassment as factors.
Bugs need conservation areas too.
The Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Energy are evaluating the request
New international agreements are a step in the right direction, but the real work to ensure robust and equitable protections is just beginning. The post How 30×30 Ocean Conservation Can Protect Human Rights and Nature appeared first on The Revelator.
Scientists have found a way of capturing DNA from snow tracks — a promising non-invasive method of monitoring elusive animals like polar bears. Polar bears are icons of the Arctic, elusive and vulnerable. Detailed monitoring of their populations is crucial for their conservation — but because polar bears are so difficult to find, we are […]
By Fatima Syed In a letter obtained by The Narwhal, a lobby group for builders and developers expresses concern with how Bill 23 will limit access to technical environment expertise
Natural landscapes are continually transformed to make room for agricultural and urban developments – often at the expense of important habitats and species. That’s why, to avoid unnecessary species extinctions, it’s crucial to know which habitats to protect. In a recent paper we studied how changes to the landscape affected butterflies in a grassland area […] The post Butterfly behaviour shows ways to protect natural habitats in a rapidly changing world appeared first on SAPeople - Worldwide South African News.
A recent ruling by Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court has sparked a heated debate regarding the number of daily visitors allowed in Manuel Antonio National Park. President Rodrigo Chaves expressed his discomfort with the decision, highlighting its potential negative impact on the economy. Meanwhile, Minister of Environment and Energy Franz Tattenbach acknowledged the Court’s ruling and […] The post Manuel Antonio National Park: Striking a Balance Between Economy and Conservation appeared first on The Tico Times | Costa Rica News | Travel | Real Estate.
Between 2016 and 2018 Cape Town experienced the real possibility of "Day Zero," the day when the taps would run dry
Now Playing | Mayday Terranean is a documentary film portraying the problems of the Mediterranean Sea as well as the beauty it still has to offer. Scientists, conservationists and activists from countries around the Mediterranean Sea talk about the topic, their relationship to ocean conservation and shed light on the story of this wonderful but endangered place.
Albanese government commits to agency and new national environment standards in response to Samuel review of EPBC ActFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Albanese government has committed to establishing a new environment protection agency with powers to decide whether or not developments proceed and to enforce laws designed to protect and restore nature.Releasing the government’s response to a review of national environmental laws, the environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, confirmed the government would also introduce new national environmental standards against which conservation, protection and major development applications will be measured.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
White men have largely controlled American conservation policies for more than a century
This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Ammon Bundy only got 17 percent of the votes in the Idaho governor’s race. Phew, I thought. What a relief. Then: Wait, 100,000 people voted for Ammon Bundy? Yikes! That sorta sums up the 2022 midterm elections: Western voters generally chose pragmatism over ideology, moderation […]
By Ainslie Cruickshank The prime minister says some resource extraction could still be allowed in conserved areas as Canada shifts away from a parks-style protection model
Federal funds aimed at helping agriculture address the impacts of climate change must not be raided to fund agriculture as a whole, Democratic senators say. The move comes as Congressional Republicans suggest defunding agricultural conservation programs entirely. “I strongly oppose any measures that would essentially cannibalize Inflation Reduction Act conservation funding in order to pay...
A scent-detecting dog led the team to the discovery in South Africa, and traces of mole DNA helped confirm it
A Biden administration proposal to safeguard swaths of public land from future mineral and fossil fuel extraction has set off a battle in southwestern Wyoming. “We're out there, hiking, running our dogs, working on these lands every day,” Julia Stuble, Wyoming senior manager for The Wilderness Society, told The Hill. “But they're not our lands...
Although the state Endangered Species Act does not name insects, sections of the law suggest invertebrates may be grouped under the category of fish.
By Ainslie Cruickshank The B.C. NDP campaigned on protecting species at risk. Years later, the province still doesn’t have stand-alone species at risk legislation
California water agencies have signed new conservation agreements to help reduce strains on the overtapped Colorado River.
Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2023) — Findings from a new paper published in Cat News have identified the first ever report of Pallas’s cat on Mount Everest, in the Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. This groundbreaking finding is a result of the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition, the most comprehensive single scientific...
To give native species their best chance of survival, we have to embrace ecosystem-based conservation – rather than trying to rescue individual species in isolation.
A new curriculum tells a more inclusive history of public land preservation & access in the U.S.
Now Playing | “Wings of Hope,” is a film chronicling the re-discovery of a population of wild Harpy Eagles in the Maya Mountains of southern Belize. It details the history of the Belize Foundation and Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) and UNC Wilmington initiative born from this discovery – the Integrated Community-based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program. Created by Emmy-award winning filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster of Wildlife Film Productions, this 20-minute documentary is rich with breath-taking footage of adult and juvenile Harpy eagles and other wildlife and vistas found in the pristine tropical forests of the Bladen Nature Reserve. Over the seven year duration of the project, the Fosters followed local people involved as they transition from trainees to conservationists and as their lives are changed through their efforts to save this rare bird and its diminishing habitat.
A goal of the California Conservation Genomics Project is to highlight habitats that should be protected because of their genetic richness.
Australia’s First Peoples have a strong and continuing connection to the land. Their determination to maintain this connection provides important opportunities for conservation. Our new research explored…
Iowa is known for its lush, green summers and abundant rivers and streams. Today, most of those streams are dried up and the rivers are at all-time lows. The soft rains we used to see from April to October are gone and now we’re facing longer bouts of drought, high heat events, torrential downpours, and […] The post Op-ed: Farmers Want Climate Resilience, but GOP Lawmakers Want to Redirect Billions in Conservation Funds appeared first on Civil Eats.
By Ainslie Cruickshank Five months after COP15, governments in Canada agree to work together to protect the country’s lands and waters, but progress is slow
A goal of the California Conservation Genomics Project is to highlight habitats that should be protected because of their genetic richness.
A new study ahead of key COP15 biodiversity conference urges world leaders to involve local communities to better protect nature.
Washington, D.C., May 31, 2023 — The National Geographic Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Wayfinder Awards. This year’s awardees include an Egyptologist, documentary filmmaker, investigative journalist, biologist, urban ecologist and other innovators, and were selected for their exemplary achievements in exploration through science, education, conservation, technology, and storytelling. Wayfinder Award...