Op-Eds and Blogs

Information is Lacking for Sharks and Rays in the Western Indian Ocean
by Dave van Beuningen, Rhett Bennett
In developing nations, more and more people are migrating to the coast, and sharks and rays are increasingly becoming an important source of food and income. This increased threat is unsustainable.
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Adapting to Climate Change in Alaska
by Lauren Oakes
"In the face of the daunting news headlines and dark future projections," WCS's Lauren Oakes writes about climate change, "I still want to know what leads some people to innovate while others do nothing at all."
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Protecting the Giant South American River Turtle
by German Forero-Medina
Today in the Amazon and Orinoco basins, there are at least 85 initiatives promoting the conservation of the charapa, South America's largest river turtle. These projects are protecting or managing a record 147,000 females.
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Pea Burgers Can Help Save the Planet
by David Wilkie
I ate a burger last night and it surprised me. It was delicious and dripped juice through my hands, sending another T-shirt to the laundry. It was all I craved in a burger. So what was surprising? It was made from peas.
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Will the EU's Newly Elected MEPs Tackle One of the Most Serious Threats to Our Planet?
by Janice Weatherley-Singh
The need for the EU's newly elected parliamentarians to push the issue of biodiversity conservation up the political agenda and bring strong international leadership to these discussions is more urgent than ever.
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Burned and Beetle-Killed Forests Need Protection Too
by Hilary Cooke
Recently disturbed forests are not sites of wasted wood to be “salvaged.” They are as important to the natural ecology of our forests as the oldest stands of spruce, and they deserve to be protected and managed accordingly.
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A New Technology to Help Protect the World’s Endangered Coral Reefs
by Emily Darling
"The faster we deliver data to local communities and policy makers," writes WCS's Emily Darling, "the faster that evidence-based decisions can support coral reef conservation and management."
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Protecting Mozambique’s Coastal and Marine Ecosystems
by Hugo Costa, Mike Markovina
The Mozambique Channel and Western Indian Ocean comprise a hotspot of marine biodiversity where WCS has worked with the Mozambique government to identify priority conservation actions over the next 5 years.
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Securing Globally Important Marine Areas in the Western Indian Ocean
by Jason Patlis, Michelle Cordray
The use of the ocean and its resources is expanding faster than at any time in the past. The Western Indian Ocean in particular is undergoing a significant economic transformation
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The Unseen Threat: Noise in the Arctic Marine Environment
by Martin von Mirbach
WCS Canada is helping to develop strategies to reduce the impact of underwater noise generated by shipping in the Arctic so that the ocean remains relatively quiet and the marine species there continue to thrive.
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Healthy Reefs, Healthy People: Community-Based Marine Conservation in Papua New Guinea
by Jonathan Booth
Papua New Guinea poses a complex challenge for natural resource management: conserving biological and cultural diversity while ensuring communities develop and sustainably adapt to the modern world.
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This World Oceans Day, a Crisis at Sea
by Luke Warwick
In advance of the upcoming CITES CoP, over 60 countries, including representatives from every continent, are championing the listings of a record 18 species of sharks and rays on the Convention’s appendices.
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Indigenous Peoples Have a Critical Role in Conserving Nature
by Michael Painter, David Wilkie, James Watson
Reducing human pressure on nature does not mean an area must be free of people. Evidence shows that many of nature’s remaining strongholds have been sustained through the stewardship of local people.
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Why Don’t We Weep for Turtles?
by Brian Horne
If we can rally around the loss of a beautiful iconic cathedral that has been with us for centuries, surely we can do the same for turtles that have crawled across our planet since the late Triassic Period nearly 220 million years ago.
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Don’t Cut Budget Support for New York Culture
by James King, Kristina Newman-Scott, Taryn Sacramone
Cutting culture is penny-wise and pound foolish. The evidence is overwhelming that art and culture play a critical role in sustaining our citizens, our kids, our seniors, and our neighborhoods.
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Saving Our Caribou Forces Us to Face Tough Questions
by Justina Ray
“We do a terrible job of valuing natural services and biodiversity retention because we don’t “pay” for these services,” says WCS Canada’s Justina Ray. “We will likely only really value them when they are gone.”
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After a Bleak Report on Species Extinction, Reasons for Optimism
by John Robinson
It is the actions of humans that have brought us to the crisis in which we now find ourselves. But it is likewise the actions of humans that can help us address the threats to the existence of all species before it’s too late.
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The Birds That Are Helping Save their Own Species
by Hilary Cooke
This Earth Day, and every day, we must act deliberately and consciously to stop the steady decline of the blackpoll warbler and other boreal songbirds by protecting this globally important songbird nursery
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A New Commitment to Protect New York City’s Natural Spaces and Resources
by Eric Sanderson
New York City Nature Goals 2050 is united behind a common policy agenda, shared goals and targets and a desire to sustain the long-term health of New York City’s natural space and resources.
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Saving the Saiga
by Susan Lieberman
WCS's Sue Lieberman argues that the effort to stop poaching of saiga so that herds oft this unique animal may once again roam steppe grasslands of their native range exemplifies CITES’ enduring importance.
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Coral Reef Finance: An Essential Investment
by David Meyers
Many finance tools have been shown to be effective at raising capital, realigning incentives, and increasing efficiency of coral reef management but are not widely implemented due to limited knowledge and capacity.
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The Secret Sauce for Environmental Problem Solving
by David Wilkie
An open mind and the right connections may sound so simple," notes WCS Conservation Measures and Communities Exec Director David Wilkie, "but they are undervalued ingredients in effective collaborations."
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What Are Vipers? (Photos)
by Kevin Torregrosa, Julie Larsen Maher
While vipers’ adaptations for survival have given rise to generations of people with an irrational fear of snakes, they bear no ill well to humans. They simply want to do what they've done for the last 60 million years: survive.
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Promoting Diversity in the STEM Workforce
by Karen Tingley
"There are thousands of women in STEM who can influence young people looking for validation of their interests and motivation to solve our world’s most complex problems," writes WCS's Karen Tingley.
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