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Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth


Posted in All Articles, News & Publications on 06/28/18

June 28, 2018 - Jeremy Hance Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth Conservation scientists believe our current mass extinction crisis requires a far more ambitious agreement, in the style of the Paris Climate Accord. And they argue that the bill shouldn’t be handed just to nation states, but corporations too.  Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and...

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Posted in All Articles, News & Publications on 06/27/18

Nature retention, not just protection, crucial to maintaining biodiversity and ecosystems June 27, 2018 by Mike Gaworecki Is it time to completely rethink how we design the goals of conservation programs? Some scientists say it is. In a paper published last week in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, a team of Australian researchers argue that we need to shift conservation goals to focus on diverse and ambitious “nature retention targets” if...

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'Nature Needs Half' Takes Center Stage At AREDAY Summit


Posted in All Articles, Library, News & Publications on 06/25/18

  Elizabeth Stewart-Severy June 18, 2018 The 2018 AREDAY Summit kicks off today, and it includes conversations about setting aside half of the world for nature. Nature Needs Half is a coalition of scientists and conservationists working to protect half of the world’s lands and seascapes for wildlife and the natural world. Amy Lewis, vice president of the Wild Foundation, a conservation organization that initiated the Nature Needs Half network,...

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Portrait of a llama, Peru. Photo by Paul Lequay.

AREDAY’s Impact Film free showings aim to inspire


Posted in All Articles, Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 06/22/18

AREDAY’s Impact Film free showings aim to inspire   June 22nd, 2018 Aspen, CO Article by Todd Hartley, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer Amidst the features and short films constituting the lineup Friday and Saturday at AREDAY’s free Impact Film screenings in Snowmass Village, there is a short entry of five film clips called the “Nature Needs Half” series. It boasts a big-name star in Ashley Judd and despite its...

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What is a biodiversity? Image by Amy Lewis.

A Place for Nature Coalitions to Flourish


Posted in All Articles, Blog, Education, Multi-Media, News & Publications on 06/14/18

  Hello! Welcome to the new Nature Needs Half coalition-building website! We all know that protecting life on Earth, especially in this day and age, is a big task. But that is no reason to despair. Big is not the same thing as impossible, especially when we work together to surmount the toughest challenges. That's why we formed the Nature Needs Half movement back in 2009, to create a dynamic...

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The Great Societal U-turn to Responsibility


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 05/24/18

Randy Hayes’ SFSU Honorary Doctorate Speech May 24, 2018 -- AT&T Park -- San Francisco, California Nature Needs Half incoming chair, Randy Hayes, of the Rainforest Action Network, was honored by San Francisco State University as an honorary doctorate. The time for change has come, now it's our duty to lean in to it and embrace the "Great Societal U-Turn." A wise professor taught that when our careers are attached...

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How to pay for saving biodiversity


Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/10/18

  Originally published by Science Magazine The 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was one of the first international environmental agreements negotiated. In the same year, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for funding biodiversity conservation in developing countries was launched. Yet 25 years later, biological populations and diversity continue to decline both on land (1) and in the oceans (2). The main reasons are chronic underfunding of global biodiversity conservation;...

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In Defense of Biodiversity


Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/10/18

Originally published by Yale Environment 360 A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world. A few years ago, I helped lead a ship-based expedition along south Alaska during which several scientists and noted artists documented and made...

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Why is connectivity important in the rainforest?


Posted in Multi-Media, News & Publications on 04/19/18

Dr. Tom Lovejoy, considered to be the "godfather of biodiversity," revels in the importance of a connected rainforest ecosystem in the Amazon and the role that his Camp 41 serves — embedding human aspiration in natural landscapes.   [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV4rYiVs26c&feature=youtu.be[/embed]   Video by Jayme Dittmar, Drone footage by James Brundige of Nature Needs Half Media, created for “Planet Forward in the Amazon”

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Extinction tsunami can be avoided


Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 04/5/18

  Originally published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America In many senses, the recent publication in PNAS by Ceballos et al. (1) on population losses and declines in vertebrates can be traced back to efforts early in the 20th century led by the American Committee for International Wildlife Protection to document the extinction phenomenon (2⇓–4). The focus at the time was very...

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