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Six Heroes Now Vie for Quarter of a Million Dollars in World’s Leading Award for Animal Conservation (INDIANAPOLIS-January 30, 2014)— Joel Berger, Ph.D., is one of six exceptional conservationists advancing as a finalist for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation. Selected from a group of 39 nominees, Berger is in the running for $250,000 along with Gerardo Ceballos, Ph.D.; Carl Jones, Ph.D.; Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D.; Carl Safina, Ph.D.; and Patricia ...
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World’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins threatened WCS has supported ongoing research here since 1980s New York (Wednesday, January 29, 2014)—Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world's largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Argentine Patagonia, not just indirectly through food deprivation, as has been repeatedly documented for these and other seabirds – but directly as a result of drenching rainstorms and, at other times, heat, according to new findings from the University...
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According to recent reports, human consumption of natural resources is officially moving at an unsustainable pace. Dr. David Wilkie, WCS Director of Conservation Support, and Dr. Joshua Ginsberg, WCS SVP of the Global Conservation Program, discuss the necessary steps to protect the earth's biodiversity.
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Scientists Urge Focus on New Branch of Environmental Health NEW YORK (November 19, 2013) — A new paper from members of the HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) consortium delineates a new branch of environmental health that focuses on the public health risks of human-caused changes to Earth’s natural systems. Looking comprehensively at available research to date, the paper’s authors highlight repeated correlations between changes in natural systems and existing...
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WCS Canada Analysis Calls for More Protection across Southern Canadian Rockies of AlbertaGrizzly bear, wolverine, and native trout ranked as “highly” vulnerable to loss of habitat security and climate change TORONTO (November 12, 2013) Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) scientists said today that the draft South Saskatchewan Regional Plan released recently by the Alberta government falls far short of protecting vulnerable fish and wildlife populations and headwater sources of pre...
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Commitment’s Goal: Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Demand  An unprecedented collaboration – moving beyond extinction stats to solutions for elephants Elephant numbers have plummeted by 76 percent since 1980 due to ivory poaching; 35,000 slaughtered by poachers in 2012 alone Commitment Makers include: Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and World Wildlife Fund Commitment Partners: African P...
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A new map shows the regional effects of climate change and identifies those areas that are most, and least, vulnerable.
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WCS is proud to partner with the government of Madagascar on an innovative project to help preserve Makira Natural Park.
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WCS and Government of Madagascar create the Makira REDD+ Project to prevent the release of 32.5 million tons of carbonCarbon credit sale will protect Madagascar’s most wildlife-rich forest, support local communities, and fight climate change NEW YORK (September 17, 2013) - The Government of Madagascar and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that 705,588 carbon credits are certified for sale from the Makira Forest REDD+ Project. WCS estimates that it will prevent the release ...
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Southern and southeastern Asia, western and central Europe, eastern South America, and southern Australia arethe most vulnerable regions. Least vulnerable are intact regions in North and south-western Africa, Northern Australia and SouthernSouth America. Map will help governments protect people, wildlife and habitat NEW YORK (September 16,2013)—Using data from the world’s ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the...
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