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New WCS Special Report Shows Links between Degradation of Ecological Integrity and Emerging Infectious Diseases

A WCS special report shows how degradation of ecological systems has significantly increased the overall risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks and has other complex effects on human health.

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Isolated Female Burmese Roofed Turtle Surprises Conservationists by Laying Fertile Eggs

Conservationists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in Myanmar have announced that this year for the first time, an isolated female Burmese roofed turtle living far upstream on the Chindwin River who has never been known to produce fertile eggs, deposited a clutch of 19 eggs, 14 of which hatched earlier this month.

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A Freshwater Giant Heads Home
A giant South American river turtle (Podocnemis expansa) equipped with a tiny acoustic transmitter lumbers back to its watery home in the Meta River in eastern Colombia. 
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Twenty-Three Royal Turtles hatch on Cambodia's Sre Ambel River – more than the three previous years combined

Twenty-three Royal Turtles hatched from nests on the Sre Ambel River this year. This is more than the total number hatched in the previous three years combined.

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Study in Nature Ecology and Evolution Says Australia’s Devastating Wildfires Were Made Worse by Logging

Logging of intact, native forests increases the risk and severity of fire, and likely had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by a team from the University of Queensland, ANU, Macquarie University, and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

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A Reality Check for Biodiversity Offsetting: New Study Says Massive New Development Projects Don’t have the Space to Compensate for the Full Extent of their Biodiversity Losses
A research team studying the use of offsets to achieve No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity to address negative impacts of development projects found a disturbing trend: we are running out of land for offsetting. The results are published in the journal Nature Communications.
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Howling Planet: A Baby Howler Monkey is Rescued from Fire-Ravaged Guatemala
A Planet in Trouble: Humankind’s fractured relationship with nature is on the face of this Guatemalan black howler monkey. 
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Can Big Data Save the Planet?
A new paper in Nature Communications says that the “big data” revolution, which encompasses techniques to capture, process, analyze and visualize large datasets in a rapid timeframe, could benefit the planet if tightly coupled with ongoing sustainability efforts. 
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Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

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End the Trade: New Coalition Invites Global Community to Take a Stand Against Future Pandemics
The global trade in wild animals has produced the conditions for disastrous and deadly pandemics, including COVID-19. To prevent the next pandemic, the Coalition to End the Trade is calling for the permanent end to the commercial trade and sale in markets of terrestrial animals for consumption, particularly birds and mammals. 
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