Tag Archive | Conservation

“World’s poorest shoulder cost of tropical conservation”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/07/05/Worlds-poorest-unfairly-shoulder-costs-of-tropical-forest-conservation/1681530794182/?nll=1

Conserving tropical forests is an essential part of the fight to slow climate change. Tropical forest conservation benefits everyone, but the economic burden is mostly shouldered by some of the world’s poorest people.

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“Orangutans Have Been Adapting To Humans For 70,000 Years”

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Rather than being an ecologically-fragile ape, there is evidence that orangutans have long been adapting to humans. The modern orangutan is the product of both environmental and human impacts, and where they live and how they act appear to reflect our shared history.

“Debt for dolphins: Seychelles creates huge marine parks in world-first finance scheme”

The parks cover 15% of the Seychelles ocean.

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An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans

“Can Markets Save the West’s Most Controversial Bird?”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/can-markets-save-the-west-s-most-controversial-bird

Nevada, along with Colorado and Wyoming, has been working to create statewide markets for the conservation of the bird. In the simplest terms, these markets let developers—mining and energy companies, mainly—offset their impact on sage grouse by purchasing “credits” from ranchers who conserve an equal amount of habitat. It’s like cap-and-trade for conservation. Nevada is so far the only state to open its exchange, with the first transaction occurring on Nov. 9.

“Saving Elephants, One Exotic Vacation at a Time”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-27/ethical-elephant-riding-in-thailand-at-anantara-golden-triangle

Anantara Golden Triangle in northern Thailand is one of the only places where you can ethically interact with the country’s elephants.

“Lynx could return to Britain this year after absence of 1,300 years”

A Eurasian lynx stalking prey in brushwood

Lynx!

After an absence of 1,300 years, the lynx could be back in UK forests by the end of 2017. The Lynx UK Trust has announced it will apply for a trial reintroduction for six lynx into the Kielder forest, Northumberland, following a two-year consultation process with local stakeholders.

“Anti-poaching drive brings Siberia’s tigers back from brink”

Amur, or Siberian, tiger numbers have grown from 20-30 in the 1930s to around 500 now.

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The fortunes of the Amur tiger have been more encouraging than most. Its population had dropped to only 20 to 30 animals in the 1930s and the species was on the brink of extinction. Today, there may be more than 500 Amurs in the wilds of Siberia thanks to the work of conservationists, backed by governments that value good conservation.

 

“Why Sea Cucumbers Are Making Life Harder for Diesel Traders”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-06/a-million-fishermen-kept-off-china-seas-starve-ship-fuel-profits

On top of stricter emission controls and a move toward electric vehicles, Asia’s diesel traders now have to worry about sea cucumbers off China’s coast.

A Chinese move to protect endangered marine creatures with a fishing ban contributed to a drop in the so-called crack spread in Asia for diesel, a measure of returns from producing the fuel, to a 9-month low. That’s because thousands of the country’s fishing trawlers idled between May and September won’t require the fuel at a time when supplies are usually ample as refineries return from maintenance work.

“Paul Allen’s High-Tech Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Animals”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-09/paul-allen-is-using-technology-to-save-the-african-elephant

If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation project to date, a command-and-control system for rangers to record and respond to poaching threats from Kenya to Tanzania.

” Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas If You Want To Save The Planet”

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what Darwin rightly recognised is that – panda fans avert your eyes – worm conservation is much more important once we factor in their provision of what we now call “ecosystem services”, which are crucial to human survival