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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.

Vlad Tchompalov/Washington, USA

Nature Needs Half: A Necessary and Hopeful New Agenda for Protected Areas (US version)

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 01/22/15

By: Harvey Locke, originally published through The George Wright Society © 2014 Americans celebrated a milestone in global conservation this year: the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. For many, wilderness designated under it has become the gold standard of nature protection in the US. While few protected areas in the world can match designated wilderness in a US national park for ensuring nature’s well-being, it is well to remember...

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John Muir's Last Stand

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 01/22/15

By: Tom Butler, Eileen Crist, originally published by  | DEC 24, 2014 JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. One hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s obituary in the New York Times was effusive, listing professional accomplishments after recounting his emigration from Scotland (“the youth who was destined to become one of...

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Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 11/11/14

Originally published in the Smithsonian Magazine by Tony Hiss, September 2014 The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event "Battles are where the fun is,” said E.O. Wilson, the great evolutionary biologist, “and where the most rapid advances are made.” We were sitting in oversized rocking chairs in a northwest Florida guest cottage with two deep porches and half-gallons of...

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Nature Needs Half: A Necessary and Hopeful New Agenda for Protected Areas

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 11/7/14

Originally published in the Nature New South Wales Journal Article by: Harvey Locke, Founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, writer and photographer Conservation targets should be based on what is necessary to protect nature in all its expressions. When, in 1988, the Brundtland report called for tripling the world’s protected area estate (which was then at 3 to 4 per cent of the land area) there was a strong belief...

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Nature Needs Half in the Earth Island Journal

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 11/7/14

Originally published in the Earth Island Journal by William H. Funk Conservation group promoting an ambitious new proposal for wilderness protection During the last half century conservationists around the world have won some impressive victories to protect wild places. Here in the US, the Wilderness Act preserves some 110 million acres of public land. Private holdings by groups like The Nature Conservancy safeguard tens of millions of additional acres. The idea...

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Will protection of 17% of land by 2020 be enough to safeguard biodiversity and critical ecosystem services?

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 11/7/14

Originally published in the Oryx International Journal of Conservation, 2014  Frank W. Larsen, Will R. Turner and Russell A. Mittermeier Abstract To stem the loss of biodiversity and ensure continued provision of essential ecosystem services world leaders adopted the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2010, to be fulfilled by 2020. One key target (Target 11) prescribes an expansion of the global protected area system to at least 17% of land surface and 10% of oceans...

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Local Scale Comparisons of Biodiversity as a Test for Global Protected Area Ecological Performance: A Meta-Analysis

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 11/7/14

Originally published via PLOS ONE | August 2014 | Volume 9 | Issue 8  Bernard W. T. Coetzee 1,2*, Kevin J. Gaston 3, Steven L. Chown 2 1 Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, 2 School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3 Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall, United Kingdom Figure 1. Map of the study...

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A recipe for balancing northern development with environmental protection

Posted in Multi-Media, News & Publications on 08/19/14

While environmentalist and industry views about Northern Australia's development almost completely differ, it's difficult to see how a fair balance can be struck. Conservationist and former Canadian Liberal Party candidate Harvey Locke has spent a lifetime researching how to weigh up the interests of industry and the environment, in the United States and Canada. He suggests development should focus on centers of high value industry, while making sure ecosystems remain...

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Go WILD...For a Change

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 07/25/14

Article originally published in Sanctuary Asia magazine, February 2013, by Vance G. Martin, president of The WILD Foundation "Our climate is on steroids" is the catchy metaphor used by Dr. Gerald Meehl of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. One of those rare scientists with a flair for communication, Dr. Meehl makes a good comparison when he likens greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to steroids in the body of a champion...

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Boreal Birds Need Half: Maintaining North America's Bird Nursery and Why It Matters

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/5/14

  The North American Boreal Forest has been dubbed "North America's Bird Nursery" due to its impressive role in supporting migratory birds. The statistics are astonishing:   –  Between 1-3 billion birds representing more than 300 species flock to the boreal each spring to find summer nesting habitat. –  Once the young have hatched, 3-5 billion birds migrate back south toward their winter habitat—many as close as the U.S. and some as far...

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Biodiverse Urban Habitats in Ioannina, Greece

Posted in Blog, News & Publications, Urban on 03/18/14

By: Austin Perez One of Greece's largest cities has proven to be an unexpected biodiversity hotspot supporting an urban habitat for a diverse array of vegetative species. Ioannina is a city in the northwestern region of Greece with a population of over 112,000 people, and is full of centuries worth of history and culture. But researchers have recently discovered that Ioannina is also a biodiversity hotspot and provides a fruitful habitat for a...

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Two Yukon First Nations and Two Yukon Environmental Organizations launch Legal Action against Yukon Government to protect Peel River Watershed

Posted in News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 01/27/14

  Press Release: Two Yukon First Nations and Two Yukon Environmental Organizations launch Legal Action against Yukon Government to protect Peel River Watershed  January 27, 2014 Introduction:  Vancouver, BC – Today in Vancouver Thomas R. Berger, O.C., Q.C. announced that a lawsuit is being filed against the Yukon Government on behalf of two Yukon First Nations and two Yukon environmental organizations. Berger and his clients, the First Nation of Nacho Nyak...

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