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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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GOOD NEWS: New Data Analysis Identifies the Planet’s Best “High Value Biodiversity” Habitat Areas. BAD NEWS: Only 18.6 Percent are Currently Protected
A team of scientists combined fine-resolution data of highly threatened habitat with intact natural systems, revealing a first-of-its-kind global map of the world’s remaining high-value biodiversity habitat areas. 
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Wild canids and hyenas are potential flagships for conserving a wide diversity of habitats in India

A new study reveals that wild canids (wild dogs, jackals, wolves, foxes) and striped hyenas can serve as flagship species for increasing India’s conservation potential

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A New Hope for the World’s Most Endangered Gorilla
The EU announced a four-year, two million euro initiative to protect the Cross River Gorilla – the world’s most endangered great ape – and secure the Cross River National Park, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for communities that live adjacent to the gorilla’s forest home.
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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Awards $2.7 Million to 13 U.S. Conservation Projects Implementing Approaches to Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has announced 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change. 
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WCS Partners with Ecosia to Plant 900,000 Trees in Tanzania
WCS and the non-profit search engine Ecosia announced today a massive effort to replant some 900,000 trees in degraded landscapes in Tanzania. 
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World Wildlife Day Remarks by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper

The following are excerpts of remarks given today by WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper at the Celebration of World Wildlife Day 2020, on the theme of “Sustaining all life on earth.”

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WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces Request for Proposals for Nature-Based Climate Adaptation Projects
Through its Climate Adaptation Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is soliciting proposals from nonprofit conservation organizations implementing new methods that help wildlife adapt to the rapidly-shifting environmental conditions brought about by climate change. 
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Jaguars Receive Further Protection Under Convention of Migratory Species
The jaguar proposal for Appendix I and II was approved by consensus at the CMS CoP 13 in India today
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