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Staying informed is difficult, especially around conservation. Nature Needs Half news updates deliver you the latest information on the work to protect half, both internationally and regionally.

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There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

Posted in All Articles, News & Publications on 03/12/21

There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way. Dozens of countries are backing an effort that would protect 30 percent of Earth’s land and water. Native people, often among the most effective stewards of nature, have been disregarded, or worse, in the past. By Somini Sengupta, Catrin Einhorn and Manuela Andreoni With a million species at risk of extinction, dozens of countries are pushing to protect...

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Who will save the planet?

Posted in All Articles, News & Publications on 09/19/18

Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth. People Have to Do That. By Erle C. Ellis This planet is in crisis. The safe limits within which human societies can be sustained, the earth’s “planetary boundaries,” are being exceeded, a path leading inevitably toward collapse. The experts have spoken. Only if humanity heeds the science, reverses course and lives within earth’s natural limits can disaster be avoided. Or maybe you believe the opposite:...

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Mapping China's Wilderness

Posted in All Articles, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 09/19/18

A Preliminary Study on Mapping Wilderness in Mainland China   Article by Cao Yue, Yang Rui, Long Ying, Steve Carver Wilderness areas are, in the main, places that are ecologically intact, mostly free of industrial infrastructure, and without significant human interference. With a growing appreciation of the intrinsic value of wilderness, more attention is being paid to wilderness protection and management especially as threats increase and remaining wilderness areas shrink in...

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Space for Nature

Posted in All Articles, News & Publications on 09/19/18

Space for Nature   How much of the planet should we leave for other forms of life? This is a question humanity must now grapple with. The global human population is 7.6 billion and anticipated to increase to around 10 billion by the middle of the century. Consumption is also projected to increase, with demands for food and water more than doubling by 2050. Simply put, there is finite space...

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How to Protect Half

Posted in All Articles, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 08/30/18

How to protect half of Earth to ensure it protects sufficient biodiversity   Abstract   It is theoretically possible to protect large fractions of species in relatively small regions. For plants, 85% of species occur entirely within just over a third of the Earth’s land surface, carefully optimized to maximize the species captured. Well-known vertebrate taxa show similar patterns. Protecting half of Earth might not be necessary, but would it...

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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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Nature Retention, Not Just Protection

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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