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Vlad Tchompalov/Washington, USA

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]]   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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"The 'future of conservation' debate: Defending ecocentrism and the Nature Needs Half movement"


Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 11/27/17

Originally published by Biological Conservation By Helen Kopnina, Haydn Washington, Joe Gray, Bron Taylor Abstract The Future of Conservation survey, launched in March 2017, has proposed a framework to help with interpreting the array of ethical stances underpinning the motivations for biological conservation. In this article we highlight what is missing in this debate to date. Our overall aim is to explore what an acceptance of ecocentric ethics would mean...

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Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist


Posted in Library, Multi-Media, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 08/29/17

Originally published August 27, 2017 by CBC Radio Canada Listen to the full radio segment > Harvey Locke is a self-described "free range conservationist". His ancestors lived in the mountains of the Bow Valley before Banff became a national park, and he still lives in the town of Banff. He happily shares his property with wildlife. It's not rare for a grizzly bear, or a wolf, or a 700-pound elk to wander...

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Safeguarding space for nature, securing our future


Posted in Blog, News & Publications on 08/1/17

From our colleagues at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) WHEN: 27 Feb - 28 Feb 2018 WHERE: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY  REGISTER: www.zsl.org/ticket/safeguarding-space-for-nature-securing-our-future-both-days We are rapidly losing Earth’s wild species and wild spaces, with global vertebrate populations set to decline by two-thirds by 2020. Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have pledged to protect,...

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From Laggard to Leader?


Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 07/26/17

Canada's renewed focus on protecting nature could deliver results Originally published by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Executive Summary CANADA IS A COUNTRY DEEPLY CONNECTED TO NATURE. It underpins our sense of place, our well-being, and our economy. Maintaining the health of Canada’s ecosystems to sustain wildlife and people requires the creation of an extensive network of protected natural areas as the foundation for effective nature conservation strategies. This...

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Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction


Posted in Library, News & Publications on 07/26/17

By: Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anthony D. Barnosky, Andrés García, Robert M. Pringle, Todd M. Palmer Originally published in Science Advances The oft-repeated claim that Earth’s biota is entering a sixth “mass extinction” depends on clearly demonstrating that current extinction rates are far above the “background” rates prevailing between the five previous mass extinctions. Earlier estimates of extinction rates have been criticized for using assumptions that might overestimate the severity...

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