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New York Aquarium Joins Other Aquariums and State Leaders in Opposition to Atlantic Coast Blasting
A coalition of major public aquariums has announced that they are opposed to the federal government’s pending issuance of permits to allow repeated seismic blasting along the East Coast in search of offshore oil and gas. Marine scientists are concerned that the prolonged and extreme noise pollution introduced into already highly stressed ocean environments will disturb marine life from tiny plankton to commercially valuable fish stocks and even giant whales.
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Big Study of Fishing Communities  Finds Good Neighbors Are Hard to Come By
A study of 89 fishing communities in East Africa has found that good neighbors who agree with common proposals to improve shared fisheries management are uncommon, illustrating that the “tragedy of the commons” dilemma is alive for many fisheries facing sustainable use challenges.
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More than 200 Governments, Business, Bankers, and NGOs Join Call to Action for Biodiversity “Net Gain”
Over 200 individuals from conservation organisations, governments, companies and financial institutions have joined in a “Call to Action” for greater efforts to secure “Biodiversity Net Gain” in the context of development.
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New Survey Shows Rangers Across Central America Share Passion for Protecting Nature Despite Poor Working Conditions
Government-employed park rangers in Central American countries described a challenging and often inhospitable work environment in their responses in a recent survey (English | Spanish) on their wellbeing and working conditions conducted by Global Wildlife Conservation, Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and local partners. 
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A WILDERNESS “HORROR STORY”
Producing the first comprehensive fine-scale map of the world’s remaining marine and terrestrial wild places, conservation scientists writing in the journal Nature say that just 23 percent of the world’s landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest – excluding Antarctica – lost to the direct effects of human activities.
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WCS Commits to Protecting Coral Reefs At Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia
WCS President and CEO Dr. Cristián Samper issued the following statement on the announcement of $185 million in new support from Michael Bloomberg and Ray Dalio’s OceanX to increase ocean exploration and protection at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia.
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Planting Cocoa to Save Forests in Makira, Northeastern Madagascar
As groups gather for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Sept 12-14, WCS has released a video showcasing how communities in Madagascar are doing their part to fight climate change.  Watch the video here. Local indigenous communities in the Makira landscape have limited access to economic opportunities and relied on traditional forms of natural resource extraction such as illegal logging and land-intensive rice farming for their survival. These livelihoods not only ca...
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Scientists in Fiji Examine How Forest Conservation Helps Coral Reefs

Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa), WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), and other groups are discovering how forest conservation in Fiji can minimize the impact of human activities on coral reefs and their fish populations.


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Study Discovers Just 13 Percent of World’s Oceans are “Wilderness”

An international study published today in the journal Current Biology discovered that only 13 percent of the ocean can still be classified as wilderness.

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Brazil Creates Protected Area in Amazonia That Will Serve Needs of Wildlife and People
The Brazilian Government has created an important protected area in Amazonia that will safeguard both iconic wildlife such as jaguars, giant otters and other species as well as the livelihoods of people who depend on natural resources.
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